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4-H Intermediate Congress

From the VSU 4-H Office: 

The 4-H office at Virginia State University is once again proud to announce the 2017 4-H Intermediate Congress summer program. This year we will hold camp from Monday, July 10th through Wednesday, July 12th. Our theme will be “What Is Your Superpower?”  The cost is all-inclusive at $150.00, and is open on a first-come, first-served basis for any child between the ages of 11 and 13. We do have limited spaces available, so please sign up as soon as possible.  There is limited financial assistance available for anyone who needs it, just contact me at 804-524-5964 for more information. 

We are also looking for ten Teen Mentors between the ages of 14 and 15 who have completed the 4-H Teen Mentor training. The cost for them to attend is free, they just need to help our leaders with programs. 

Attached you will find a printable brochure. The brochure gives the link to an online registration site, along with the address for mailing all payments. We ask that a check or money order (NO CASH PAYMENTS ACCEPTED) for $150.00 be made out to Virginia State University and sent to:

Jessica Harris
Attention:  Intermediate Congress
Virginia State University
PO Box 9081
Petersburg, VA 23806

We ask that all payments be mailed out to us NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 30th. Any payments postmarked after this date will not be accepted, and the child will not be considered registered.

Thanks so much for your support, and we look forward to another great Intermediate Congress!

Reminders and Updates

As a reminder, entry forms for the Grace Church Livestock Show are due to the Extension Office Monday, May 1 by close of business at 5:00 pm. Rules can be found here.

CALF Club 4-H members Brianna Wright and Brandon Shifflett at a previous Grace Church Farm Tour.
Additionally, we have filled our current slots for 4-H Camp and have started a waiting list. We order our list by gender and assigne open spaces in the order of sign-up. We will know how many additional slots that we may have on Tuesday, May 23, but it is likely that we will be able to take additional campers. If you would like to sign up for the waiting list, please contact the office (no payments are accepted until your child is guaranteed a slot).

Congress Registration Closes Soon

There are only 10 days left in the State 4-H Congress registration process.  Due to our use of the online system, 4HOnline, and requirements with Virginia Tech, registration for State 4-H Congress will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, May 5. As a reminder, please have all delegates, adult volunteers, and faculty/staff register within 4HOnline before the due date.  We WILL NOT be able to accept late registrations.

More information about Congress can be found here

Japanese Exchange Host Families Still Needed

From Eliza Seibert,  Virginia Coordinator for States' 4-H International Exchange Japanese IB Program: 

We have 9 more Japanese delegates that need host families (7 boys and 2 girls) by May 15th. Host families should have children ages 11-16.

No special activities need to be planned, these youth want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English by staying with your family.
Based on a complete immersion model, each volunteer host family opens their home to an international youth who becomes a son or daughter for the summer.

Hosting period: 4 weeks from July 23 to August 18, 2017

If your family would like to host this summer, please go to  http://www.states4hexchange.org
Or email elizas@vt.edu.

You will find the list of students to choose from below. There are 7 boys and 2 girls. Please, send me a first and second choice of a good match for the host sibling in your family so I can save that student for you.  A reminder that the student must be the same gender and within 3 years of age of the host sibling.  I have more information about the students so we can discuss them further.           

If you have any questions about the program. Feel free to contact me. 540-872-6680.         

List of Delegates:


B1- A 12 y/o male who likes chess, basketball and fishing. Likes photography, painting/drawing, arts and crafts, and Disney music. Likes swimming, cycling and ping pong. Asthmatic but symptoms settle down with medicine. Favorite subjects: Science and PE. Intermediate swimmer.

B3- A 13 y/o male who loves swimming (belongs to a Swimming club) and wants to be a good swimmer. He also enjoys playing minecraft, watching movies, and watching sports (Baseball, Tennis). Favorite subject: Math. Advanced swimmer.

B4- A 13 y/o male who likes to play basketball and fish. Likes history, video games, singing, Cooking, arts and crafts, watching tv. Favorite subject: Math and English. Beginner swimmer. Mildly allergic to dogs (prefers not to be with “fluffy” dogs).

B5 - A 13 y/o male who likes soccer (in soccer club), swimming, ping-pong and outdoor activities. Loves dogs. Likes camping, nature/outdoors, video games and movies. Favorite subjects: PE, Science and Social Studies.

B6 - A 13 y/o male likes playing minecraft and watching YouTube. Likes computers, video games, swimming, camping. Quiet but loves to laugh. Intermediate swimmer. Favorite subject: Science.

B10 - A 14 y/o male who likes soccer, cooking, playing outdoors, listening to music and singing, reading comics. Likes hiking, camping, dogs, video games, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Favorite subjects: English, PE, Japanese History. Intermediate swimmer.

B11- A 15 y/o male who loves Basketball, Music, and playing video games. Also likes museums, shopping, swimming, dogs, popular music, show tunes and hip-hop. Intermediate swimmer. Favorite subject: PE


G2 - A 12 y/o female who loves basketball (on basketball team for 3 years) and cooking. Likes playing piano, singing, dancing and arts and crafts. Likes nature/outdoors, gardening, hiking and camping. Favorite subject: Science. Allergic to cats and cannot be placed in a home with indoor cats. Beginner swimmer.

G14 - A 14 y/o female who likes karaoke, shopping and playing tennis. Likes watching sports (baseball and soccer) and watching tv, specifically music programs. Sociable, cheerful, and outgoing. Beginner swimmer. Favorite subject: Japanese

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