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4-H County Contest Registration Open

Registration is now available for the 2018 4-H County Contests. Age-eligible youth could win a scholarship to 4-H Camp or 4-H Congress! For all of the rules and the registration form (scroll to the bottom!), click HERE.

A few of our 2015 participants

Ivy Creek 4-H Junior Naturalists

Welcome to the 4-H Junior Naturalist program at Ivy Creek Natural Area. “Next Step Junior Naturalists” strives to get and keep kids excited about the natural world through fun activities and hands-on learning. The club is for ages 9 - 12. Most of the club meetings involve learning about trees, plants and native wildlife by going for hikes. There is no charge to be in the program, however, small fees for field trips or other minor expenses might be incurred. Please be sure that you have supplied an email address (as well as other information) upon registering.

The Rules: 
- The club generally meets every other Monday afternoon during fall, winter and spring. Please be on time; meetings start at 4 PM and are over at 5:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Children can be picked up in or near the Education Building or parking lot.
- The club is for 4-H participants only and is meant to foster group camaraderie. Parents, guardians, and/or siblings are requested not to attend (although parents/guardians might be asked to drive and serve as chaperones on field trips).
- Please see that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather. Most activities will take place outside, even in cold weather. Wet and muddy feet are always possible!
- Parents/guardians will need to be alert to email updates on the club’s activities. Some meetings will take place at alternate sites, and at least two field trips are planned. If you are not receiving email updates, please check the spam folder on your email to see if they are ending up there.
- Participants will need to be well behaved and attentive, and also able to maintain silence for extended periods; children unable to do so will likely not enjoy this type of club. Kids must be willing and able to follow the directions of the leaders. Those who don’t will be given up to three warnings - if infractions continue they will not be allowed to continue in the club. Infractions include (among others): walking ahead of the leader/s without permission; screaming and yelling; stick fighting; throwing rocks or other objects.

Questions/concerns can be directed to: Group leader: Deborah Andersen (dandersen64@gmail.com or 804-310-6464)

Leadership & Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus

 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a leadership and citizenship development program for senior 4-H’ers from across the country.  Every summer, thousands of young people stay at the National 4-H
Conference Center, near Washington D.C., to participate in this week-long program. For more than 50 years, CWF has enriched young people’s lives by promoting opportunities for them to:

·         Broaden appreciation and practice respect for themselves and others in their world.
·         Increase individual commitment to citizen involvement.
·         Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders.
·         Practice fitness and have fun!

Citizenship Washington Focus 2018 has been scheduled for the week of July 8-14, 2018.  Youth will experience an exciting week of citizenship workshops, tours, special events, opportunities to meet new friends, and developing a community plan of action to be implemented once they return home. 

More information can be found HERE and HERE.

Leadership Washington Focus

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), scheduled for July 16-20, 2018. is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7th through 9th. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus, and now we are happy to offer its precursor for middle school 4-H'ers, LWF.

Middle school 4-H delegates will:
  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H’ers from across the nation.
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Delegates will learn by doing and leave LWF with the experiences, tools, and connections to be leaders in their communities today.  Participants will enjoy:
·         Motivational speakers and educational workshops that increase individual leadership capability and build lifetime skills for success
·         Activities that encourage and form new lasting friendships with other 4-H youth
·         An enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights.
Destinations include, but are not limited to:
·         White House and Lafayette Park
·         Ford’s Theatre
·         National Archives
·         Presidential and War monuments and memorials
·         Smithsonian museums
·         And more!

One of the week’s signature events, called “Nightview,” is a spectacular evening tour where delegates will reflect on the different types of leadership conveyed through the symbolism of our national monuments and memorials. 

In between tours, youth can relax at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Washington, D.C’s premier youth and leadership hotel.  The hotel is situated on a 12-acre campus, minutes from downtown D.C., featuring a hotel cafĂ© all-you-can-eat buffet, 24-hour uniformed security, a fitness center, full-court basketball and volleyball court, recreation room with pool tables and arcade games, free parking and more.  Some aspects of the program are subject to change.

More information can be found HERE and HERE.

Honey Bee Essay Contest

From the State 4-H Office:
The 2018 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. and Virginia 4-H is open.  The due date for entries is February 28, 2018.  This is a great opportunity for 4-H members with cash prizes for the top 3 winners in the state being offered and the state winner will go on to compete nationally.   If you have questions or you need more information please feel free to contact us.

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