Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer, and Horse Clinic

May 21st, 2018 1:42 PM
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horses and UMaine studentsJune 8-10, 2018
Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8 through June 10 at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling, and learning activities around zoonotic diseases.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check-in begins Friday evening after 5:00 P.M.

For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree, please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must pre-register online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning. Registration deadline is May 25.

4-H National Trip (Congress and Conference) and Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Winners

May 21st, 2018 1:35 PM
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We recently held interviews for National Trips in Lisbon and Orono. Please, join us in congratulating the following winners for this year’s National Trips, and also the delegates selected for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip in July. We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Winners for the National 4-H Congress will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia in November are: Faith D. from Franklin County, Sophie P. and Amelia S. from Cumberland County, Mackensie S. from Waldo County, and the alternate if someone cannot make the trip, will be Gabrielle H. from Piscataquis County.

Winners for the National 4-H Conference will be traveling to Washington DC in April 2019 are:  Janie B. from Kennebec County, Andrew D. from Franklin County, Jessica F. from Cumberland County, Mackenzy L. from Kennebec County and the alternate if someone cannot make the trip will be Devyn H. from Cumberland County.

Delegates to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) that will be traveling to Washington DC, the week of the 4th of July are: Samuel P. from Washington County, Savannah and Nathan D. from Knox Lincoln County, Marcus V., Ana S., Abbie K., and Ryan I., from Waldo County, Eugene L. from Kennebec County, Bradley S., Noah and Caleb M., Allison B. from Franklin County, Don S., Natalie D, Matthew D., Lauren P. from Cumberland County, Josiah D from Penobscot County, Gretchen G., Richard H. from Somerset County, Jacob M. from Oxford County.

University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

May 21st, 2018 1:26 PM
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shooting instructor on range with studentThe 4-H Shooting Sports program has been steadily growing and the demand for new instructors is growing quickly. This training is for anyone that would like to create a 4-H club that offers archery, rifle, or other disciplines. It is also for folks that simply want to be able to offer shooting activities at outreach events, rod and gun clubs, etc.

Instructors than have access to the equipment held by the Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program to support these activities. The training is a Saturday-Sunday program and includes meals and lodging right here at University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond. We are offering instruction in Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, or Pistol. You can find more information on our website or call 207.665.2068.

Youth Field Day

May 21st, 2018 1:17 PM
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Sunday, June 3, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond

Camper holding a fishing rod and fishThe University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond will be hosting our annual Youth Field Day on June 3 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Youth Field Day is a free community day open to everyone! Bring the family, friends, neighbor or anyone that would enjoy a fun doors outdoors. We offer over 20 program areas that you can simply drop in or out of at your pace.

Activities will include archery, trout fishing, geology, wildlife ecology, canoeing and kayaking, farm and garden tours, and a great deal more. Lunch is provided for $5.00 per person. Plan to join us for a few hours, or the day! You may also plan a picnic lunch on your own. We have a hiking trail to the summit of Mount Christopher for folks that would like to stay longer. For more information, email ronald.fournier@maine.edu or visit our website.

Photo Contest!

May 21st, 2018 1:10 PM
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Maine 4-H Foundation logoFrom Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation

We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine. To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed! Photos make all of the difference! The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer, and staff photo contest.

To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo), and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to susan.jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age, and photo release information.

Maine Junior Solar Sprint

May 21st, 2018 12:58 PM
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Youth competing in Solar Sprint with their solar-powered vehiclesSaturday, June 2, 2018
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Paris Elementary School

The Junior Solar Sprint is a National competition for 5th-8th graders, designed to help youth use ingenuity and the engineering design process to create a solar powered vehicle. Students learn valuable hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills, while also learning about the benefits and importance of renewable energy. This spring, hundreds of students across the State of Maine have been creating solar powered cars in their classrooms, after school programs, 4-H Clubs, and more. The public is more than welcome to attend this fun-filled and exciting state final race!

Awards will be given out in the following categories:

  • craftsmanship
  • creative recycling
  • kids’ choice
  • innovation
  • technical merit
  • speed

We would like to especially thank our 2018 sponsors; please check out our website for more information.

Travels with Community Central

May 4th, 2018 11:13 AM
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Over their school break in April, Community Central Teen Leaders took the cities by storm.
The Portland High School 4-H club, including CYFAR Teen Leaders, went to the Big Apple!
ten teens and chaperone group photo at General Assembly at the United Nations

PHS 4-H visits the General Assembly room at the United Nations.

The teens take the trip to visit an urban college and to learn American history and civics. There were eleven juniors and seniors who went on the trip with two adult volunteers. Highlights included a visit to NYU admissions, a touching visit to the 9/11 memorial and a tour of the United Nations. Several students want to study criminal justice and be a police officer so the students asked NYPD officers a lot of questions on the trip.

The teens have been planning the trip since October. The teens had to identify potential colleges and sites to visit, conduct service learning projects, and attend leadership meetings in order to go on the trip. The teens also met with mentors on a weekly basis and maintained their grades and school attendance. Many of the teens loved visiting NYC but most came to the conclusion that they would prefer a college with more green space and less traffic!
A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!

A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!

Teen Leaders from Lewiston and the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to Boston!

teens group photo outside museum

Teen Leaders from Lewiston and Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council at the Boston Museum of Science.

Gray rainy days don’t scare away Main-ahs! Teen Leaders from Community Central in Lewiston and members of the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to the Boston Museum of Science to explore new information, celebrate the work they have done this year, and get ready for summer programming.

This summer teen leaders will be teaching engineering concepts to younger 4-H members. We kicked off their training by visiting the OMNI Theaters presentation of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

teenager and a 4-H youth at an engineering table at museum

Exploring Engineering concepts and looking forward to summer!

The teens collected a lot of ideas for future sessions with kids and have started sharing all of their new ideas with our 4-H youth. We’re looking forward to summer!

 

You can follow Community Central on our Facebook page and find out more about the program on our website.

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:
https://nifa.usda.gov/program/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address: kristy.ouellette@maine.edu

4-H Summer Camp Programs – Register Now!

April 24th, 2018 9:43 AM
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Registration is open for summer programs at the UMaine 4-H Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood for youth ages 8-17. Camps start up June 24 and run through August 18 with week-long, two-week, and mini-camp sessions to fit your needs. Campers shape their experience through activity choice (STEM, swimming, archery, gardening, watershed and marine ecology, creative arts, boating, drama, group challenge and primitive skills), on adventures and trips, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and in wicked evening programs. Teen Leadership Programs build conscious young adults, through teamwork and community stewardship, and teach canoeing/backpacking skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful woods and waterways. Special scholarships for 4-H youth from the Maine 4-H Foundation and some scholarships for Conservation Education camps through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. To learn more visit: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/camps/ or contact your local office.

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree

April 24th, 2018 9:43 AM
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Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A  Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic disease.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00P.M. For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must preregister online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Check with your county office for the online registration link which will be available soon. Registration deadline is May 25th.

Register Starting June 1st for 2018 Maine 4-H Days

April 24th, 2018 9:41 AM
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/.

Registration opens on June 1st.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.