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National Youth Science Day in D.C.

We received this email from the folks at National 4-H Council and wanted to pass along the invitation to you! If you choose to register, please list Karrin's name and contact information as the club leader so that the office has an accurate count of who plans to attend. Parents/chaperones do not need to register via the link, but will need to send Karrin an email. 
I would like to alert you to the opportunity to participate in this year's 9th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day. National 4-H hosted Virginia 4-H youth at this event for the last eight years.
This year's event is on Wednesday, October 5 from 8:30am-12:30pm and we can host 180 youth from both Maryland and Virginia. It will be first come, first serve and those that RSVP at this link by September 9 will be in:

The times might shift a bit, but we will let you know at least one month out. We can also offer some buses, again on a first come first serve basis with your help and coordination, as we have some budget for that. We just ask that each youth and each group of youth have proper chaperones and that the media release noted on the attached link is submitted electronically.

Some basics on the event include:

Where: The National Press Club 
              529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
              Washington, DC 20045

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 8:30am-12:30pm

Food: Mid-morning snacks and a box lunch to go will be provided.

End of Year Information

We hope that everyone has had a great start to the new school year! As the 4-H year starts to wind down, we wanted to remind you of several end of year items:

Project Books
Albemarle Project Book Guidelines -These have been modified slightly to exclude member records. This is a good resource to help you complete project books, yearbooks, or portfolios. This resource also goes over additional awards that can be won at the yearbook or portfolio level.

NEW! Large Market Animal Project Book- This project book is for steers, hogs, lambs, and goats. It is based on Rockingham's market animal project book, but has some slight adaptations for our local needs. This says 2017 and will be implemented fully next year, but you can choose to use it this year if you have not already started your book.

NEW! Large Market Animal Project Book Excel Version-Why might you choose to use this project book this year? Because you can do it all on the the computer! This project book can be downloaded as an Excel workbook that already has all of the formulas set to calculate your totals, so all you need to do is to enter your dates, weights, and amounts for the calculation portion. Again, this will be implemented fully next year, but you can choose to use it this year.

We hope to continue making our project books all PDF-fillable or Excel documents and will have more available for the 2016-2017 4-H year. Additional 4-H project books can be found here.

Project books are due to the Extension Office by Sept. 15. 4-H members participating in the State Horse Show may have until Sept. 30.

Outstanding 4-H Member and #4HGrowsTrueLeaders Applications
Outstanding 4-H Member Application- Any 4-H member can complete this application to be recognized as an Outstanding 4-H Member. This is open to Cloverbuds, Juniors, and Seniors. The Junior and Senior 4-Her with the highest number of points will be awarded the Salute to Excellence Award.

#4HGrowsTrueLeaders- The National 4-H Council's most recent marketing campaign has centered around the hashtag #4HGrowsTrueLeaders. On a local level, we would like to provide our adult volunteers and club leaders an opportunity to recognize our youth leaders. Any club leader or adult volunteer can use the attached form to nominate a Senior 4-H member for this award. (Thanks to volunteer Lynne Heetderks for this great idea!)

Award applications are due to the Extension Office by Oct. 15. 

4-H All Star Applications

4-H All Star Information- Being a 4-H All Star is the highest  honor that a 4-H member can achieve. Youth must submit an application and go through an application process.  The application can be found at the link provided.

All Star applications are due to the Extension Office by Oct. 15. 

4-H Calendar 2016-2017
We are waiting to finalize some dates at the district and state level but hope to have our calendar ready and put out by mid-September. 

Please note that County Council meetings will be held quarterly on the first Thursday of the month (October, January, April, and July) at the Extension Office and each club should have at least one representative. Additionally, Achievement Night will be held the first week of November, but a firm date will be provided soon. 

Thank you for all of your hard work this 4-H year and we look forward to continuing to grow our program!

C.S.I. Mystery Camp at Holiday Lake

Registration is now available for the CSI Mystery Camp at Holiday Lake and will be held October 29-30. The camp is for Junior 4-Hers (9-13) and costs $55.00. The deadline to register is October 14, 2016.

For a registration brochure, click here.

End the summer with a day camp with us! Sign up today!

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Karrin Temple, Albemarle/Charlottesville office at (434) 872-4580/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.