Be putting your 4-H teams together for the first 4-H Dodge Ball Tournament to be on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Carl Sandburg College Gym. The 4-H Federation is sponsoring this fun event!
Teams will have six youth. You must have equal number of males and females or more females on your teams. There will be a junior division (8-12) and senior division (13 and up). 4-H Adults may also have teams. Sign up your team by March 11 so tournament brackets can be determined. What a great way to have fun!
Sign up for the communications contest on Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m., Knox Agri Center. Sign up by March 24. We have had some fantastic presentations in the past and this could be your year!
Pledge Speaking (8-11 yrs old)
Project Demonstrations (Individual or Team of 2) – enrolled in a related project.
Food/Nutrition Demonstrations - demo must relate to current foods project.
Formal Speech Illustrated Speech
Extempore Speaking Oral Interpretation
**You may also give speeches and demonstrations relating to the horse project that would be given at the state contest in April.
***Special contests for horticulture speeches and demonstrations have been discontinued.
The horse and horticulture speeches and demonstrations could also be presented at the Illinois State Fair as well. The 4-H member must be 10 years of age by September 1, 2010.
Descriptions are available for each of the categories listed above. To be a state fair delegate you must be enrolled in Public Presentations. The Knox County Extension Education Foundation provides $5 each for participating in this contest and gives $10 for state fair delegates.
Ag Day for Kids will be held on Thursday, March 10 at Carl Sandburg College. This annual event allows local 4th graders to learn more about agriculture through hands-on learning and informational speakers. If you would like to contribute in some way or volunteer to help, please contact Cheryl. The 4-H Federation serves as group leaders and also speaks about the animals in the Farm Animal Display. Let us know if you are willing to help!
The shooting sports instructors for rifle and shot gun will present safety sessions on Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Knox Agri Center. You must only attend one of the sessions and it is only for rifle or shot gun participants. Information will be sent soon to project members.
Special note of thanks to the LongSpurs Wild Turkey Federation and the Pheasants Forever for their monetary donations to the 4-H shooting sports program in Knox County.
Rusty Spurs 4-H club will sponsor a series of horse workshops this spring. The workshops will cover equitation, showmanship, halter, western pleasure, English pleasure, patterns, and prepping for a show. The first two workshops will be held at Woodland View Farms in Knoxville from 2 to 4 pm. It will be on Sunday, March 13 and April 10. The May and June dates to be announced at a later date. There is a $5 arena fee for those that participate and to audit the workshop is free. For more information check out the Rusty Spur website- www.rustyspur4-hclub.webs.com or call Rebecca at 309/368-7534.
Calling all campers for 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello, dates for Knox County are June 5-9. For this week you will sign up through the Extension office and we have only 15 slots available. For any other week, you must send in your registration form directly to camp. Forms are available on our web site or by calling the office and are due May 1. Cost is $160 ($80 with half-fee scholarship) if you go June 5-9. Any other week is $175 ($87.50).
Mini-camp is for 8-12 year olds and will be held June 2-4. Registration forms are available on our web. These registrations are to be sent directly to camp. Cost if $120 ($60 with half fee scholarship). If you have any questions, please give us a call.
Saturday, April 9 is the day for Share-the-Fun and Showcase of Performing Arts. We would love for each club to present a 5-10 minute skit on the theme "4-H Bright Minds, Bright Futures" Please call the office by March 30 to let us know the title of your skit. Skits will be judged on Performance Ability (originality, suitability of selection, interpretation, rhythm, tempo, etc.), Stage Presence (appearance, costume, showmanship, poise, staging, etc.); and Audience Appeal (personality, appreciation, acknowledgement, vitality, etc.). The program begins at 6:00 p.m. at Costa Auditorium, 2726 Costa Drive.
We also would like to welcome individual or small group acts to perform for Showcase of Performing Arts. Examples of acts include dance, tumbling, singing, juggling and the list goes on and on. Call the office by March 30 to let us know what you will be doing and the title of your performance. The performances at the state fair have been discontinued. Prizes will be awarded for the top three individuals from the 4-H Federation!
Mark your calendar for May 22 to go see the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Los Angeles Angels. The game will begin at 1:15 p.m. that Saturday. You can get the registration papers from our website at web.extension.uiuc.edu/knox/youthdev.html under registration forms.
For those enrolled in welding, a workshop is planned for Friday, April 22 at the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Carl Sandburg College from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Information will be sent directly to those enrolled to register.
Now that you have decided on a project, it's time to set some goals. What do you want to do and learn in this project? Make your goals challenging, but don't make them so hard you cannot reach them. Ask yourself these questions.
What do I want to do?, What can I learn?
Who will help me?, When am I going to do it?
Where do I want this project to take me in one, two, or three years?
Your 4-H leader will help you get organized. Fill out a 4-H "project planning" form. There are special forms for each age group. Use the form to plan your project. Ask your 4-H leader, a parent, or another adult you know and trust to help you. These forms are very important.
H4-H project planning sheets are now set up by curriculum area so if you are taking two food/nutrition projects, you only need to complete one project planning sheet. Goal sheets are to be due sometime this spring to your 4-H Leader to review.
The Knox County Farm Bureau Young Farmers invite all 4-H and FFA members to attend Tractor and Lawnmower Safety School on Tuesday, March 22 at Birkey's, Galesburg. Registration will begin at 6:00 pm, and the class will start promptly at 6:30 pm.
This program is for all youth who may operate lawnmowers or tractors and is a prerequisite for the Lawnmower and Tractor Driving Contests that are held at the 4-H Show in July. All participants are encouraged to bring a parent, grandparent, or guardian. Pre-registration is not required.
The 4-H Great Debate is a conference for teens from across Illinois who converge in Springfield to debate bills and learn about the legislative process. The 4-H Great Debate is for all high school age youth who are interested in learning about how Illinois state government works.
During the two-day event, youth will:
- Learn how to find information on the legislative process
- Develop an understanding of the legislative process
- Debate "mock" bills in the Illinois House of Representatives
- Meet youth from other areas of the state
Besides all the work, participants will meet youth from across the state and enjoy games and music on Friday night. Registration fee for the conference is $72. The deadline for registration is March 15. Lodging will be at the State House Inn. Delegates need to bring a sleeping bag, snacks, and toiletries in addition to clothing.
More details on the conference are available at tiny.cc/4hgreatdebate. Registration forms are available at the website or contacting the office.
Imagine experiencing the simulation of "walking on air"…being aboard a shuttle going to Mars…living in a space station environment! You can do all this and more when you register for the 4-H Missions in Space camp program.
Youth who will be enrolled in 7th – 9th grades in the fall of 2011 can experience these simulated space missions, learn about shuttle operations, and be part of a shuttle mission team by attending the 4-H Missions in Space Camp, October 6-9, 2011, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The cost of this exciting experience is $360, which includes the Pathfinder program, housing in the Space Habitat, meals at the site, bus transportation, insurance, a T-shirt, and accommodations along the way. The only additional costs are meals while traveling and any souvenirs that the participant may want to purchase. A registration fee of $200 is due by June 24, with the remaining $160 due August 1. Please contact the office for more information.
We had a nice turnout for the 4-H Skate held in January. Thanks to those who came out in the snowy weather before the blizzard arrived. Thanks to the 4-H Federation for sponsoring this event! Let the good times roll!
A Horse clinic sponsored by the McDonough County Mounties 4-H featured clinician Tim Boyer—helping people with horse problems and horses with people problems. The entire event will be May 14 from 9 am to 5 pm at the McDonough County 4-H grounds. Adults -$3 and Children under 18—$1. Local clinician demos, concessions, vendor and stallion alley and pony rides. For more information contact Jackie at (309) 313-2826.
Fish Camp is open to any adult/child "team" interested in learning more about fishing. Each adult may take up to three youth campers. It will be held May 7 & 8 at the 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Your 4-H Leader has more information.
For any teen, ages 14-18 by September, be sure to check out the offerings for the Illini Summer Academies set for June 27-29. Delegates will live in college dorms and have opportunities to tour the campus. Early bird fee discount runs through April 15. For all the information, web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/summeracademies.cfm
The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve future life successes. For nearly a decade, preeminent youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University have been working with faculty at land-grant universities to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study that began in 2002, and continues today, surveying more than 6,400 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 34 U.S. The study is made possible by the contributions of our nation's land-grant universities and National 4-H Council. This in-depth study has discovered that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H:
· Have higher educational achievement and motivation for future education
· Are more civically active and make more civic contributions to their communities
Sunday, March 20
2:00 p.m.—Carl Sandburg College Gym
Senior Teams first, followed by the Junior teams and then the Adult Division. Every team will play at least 2 games.
You must have a parent/guardian sign a liability release form before you can participate. Those will be available soon on our web site or at the door.
The Tournament is sponsored by the Knox County 4-H Federation and meant to be for fun and exercise!
"How did you do that?!?" "That was fun – can we do it again?!" Those were just a few of the phrases heard during the 2011 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference held recently at Lake Williamson Conference Center near Carlinville. Almost 80 Illinois seventh and eighth graders attended this year's event, focusing on the theme EXTRA! EXTRA! Lead All about It!Attending from Knox County were Makinzy Andrews, John DeSutter, Katelyn England, Tiffani Fink, Annabeth Gibbons, Ella Gibbons, Brad Goss, Hannah Libby, Lindsey Nelson, Chris North and Gabe Witherell.