June 2022 4-H Newsletter

4-H Happenings

A monthly newsletter for Hancock County 4-H Members

Table of Contents

Upcoming Dates| County News | Club News | State News | Leaders Meeting Minutes

Upcoming Dates to Remember

June 14 – 4:30pm – Leaders Meeting (Hybrid)

June 17-194-H June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds! Camping on Friday night, Hands-on workshops on Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00pm

June 30 – Animal Approval Forms Due in the Extension Office

July 5 – August 54-H Summer Learning Series

County News

Leaders’ Meeting – The next Leaders’ Association meeting will be Hybrid (in-person or Zoom) on Tuesday, June 14, at 4:30 pm. All 4-H Volunteers will now receive a separate email invitation and reminder with the zoom link. Contact carla.scocchi@maine.edu for info.

Hancock County 4-H June JamboreeRegister now for Hancock County’s 4-H June Jamboree! 4-H June Jamboree is an annual event hosted by Hancock County 4-H. It is open to ALL 4-H members, friends, and family in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington Counties. June Jamboree features a weekend of hands-on workshops covering topics such as: science, art, crafts, physical activity, nutrition, animals, demonstrations, and animal project clinics. It is held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds and overnight camping is available. Rain or shine — fun for the entire family, all ages welcome!

Back in person in 2022! June 17-18, 2022Register by Wednesday, June 15.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) –  Don’t forget, now is the time to get your application into the Maine  Association of Livestock Exhibitors. Membership in this organization covers families with liability insurance. This insurance is a requirement at all fairs in the state of Maine. You can now renew or join online at:  www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/. Doing it online means getting your membership cards quicker, but don’t delay. You must show proof of this membership before you will be able to show.

4-H Summer Learning Series – The Maine 4-H Summer Learning Series will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 from July 5 – August 5, 2022. Workshop topics range from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more.

Early registration will be available to enrolled 4-H’ers on Friday, June 3, 2022 and will open to the public the following Friday, June 10. Help us spread the word to your friends and communities – enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate, this event is open to all! For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series page.

Animal Approval Forms –  For youth planning to show livestock in any 4-H shows this year, Animal Approval Forms (PDF) are due by June 30.
You can submit your form in multiple ways:
• Mail them to the Extension Office: 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
• Scan & email a copy to carla.scocchi@maine.edu
*Remember to visit the Animal Science Project webpage for important information about showing livestock, dates, forms, deadlines, etc.


Club News

Horse of Course
The Horse of Course 4-H Club met in June and we welcomed three new members.  The group made homemade dog biscuits and cut them out into the shape of a dog bone, pig, and unicorn. They all were able to take a bag home for their dogs.  While the bones were baking we talked about getting entries into the photo contest and the upcoming June Jamboree at the fairgrounds. We did more work on parts of the horse and there were pictures of horses for them to color.  Our meeting in June will be using stencils on wood and then painting it and our two teenage members will be making a tie quilt that will be donated to the Cottontail Cottage Farm Sanctuary in Cherryfield to be auctioned off on their Facebook page to raise funds for their rescue.  Submitted by Club Leader Elaine G.

State News

  1. 4-H Summer Learning Series
    After an incredibly successful 4-H Summer Learning Series over the past two years, Maine 4-H will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 from July 5 – August 5, 2022. Planning is still taking place, but topics in previous years have ranged from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more.Early registration will be available to enrolled 4-H’ers on Friday, June 3, 2022 and will open to the public the following Friday, June 10. Help us spread the word to your friends and communities – enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate, this event is open to all! For more information, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series
  2. Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent Forms – June 10 Deadline
    Youth planning to participate in the market lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit a 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent to Sell form by June 10th. An online form, as well as a pdf form, can be found at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/sheep/. The lamb’s tag number and bill of sale must accompany the intent form. Market lambs must be owned and in the possession of the 4-H member by June 1, 2022. Please contact your local Cooperative Extension office with any questions or to obtain a printed copy of the form.
  3. Looking for 4-H Alumni & Members Attending UMaine!
    If you are a current or former 4-H member planning to attend UMaine this fall, know of a 4-H member currently attending UMaine, or know of a recent 4-H alumni attending UMaine, read this! Collegiate 4-H is an opportunity for 4-H alumni and college students interested in supporting the mission of 4-H to be involved in 4-H after high school. We are currently exploring starting a Collegiate 4-H Club at UMaine with an anticipated start date for the 2022 fall semester. Simply fill out this short form to let us know if you think you might be interested!
  4. Save the Date for the Maine 4-H State Dairy Show
    The Maine 4-H State Dairy show will be July 22nd-24th at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The event is open to all Maine 4-H dairy project members 4-H ages 9 and above. In addition to the 4-H dairy show, the event includes a 4-H dairy fitting contest, grilled cheese contest, and educational workshops.  For additional information and a schedule of events please visit umaine.edu/4h/maine-4-h-state-dairy-show/.
  5. Upcoming 4-H Working Steer Events:
    Save the date for upcoming 4-H working steer shows! In order to qualify and be a part of the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, you must attend two of the three tryouts. The tryout events are:

    • Saturday, July 9th at Ossipee Valley Fair
    • Saturday, July 23rd at Windsor Fairgrounds
    • Thursday, August 11th at Skowhegan Fair

For more information on upcoming 4-H working steer events and the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, please visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/working-steer/ or contact Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or sadee.mehuren@maine.edu.

  1. Adulting 101: 4-H Virtual Club
    Are you a teen worried about impending adulthood? Do you want to know how to find answers to your questions about money, jobs, and roommates? Consider joining the Adulting 101 SPIN Club! Over the course of six meetings, we will learn some basic adult skills, including how to manage stress, interview for a job, and take advantage of existing resources in your community. Each week will cover a different topic: life/work balance and stress management; saving, spending, and credit; nutrition on a budget; resumes and interviews; rent and roommates; and a topic chosen by the participants! Access to a computer is required for participants, a smartphone won’t be sufficient.Youth ages 13 – 18 need to register by June 6, 2022 for this club which will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays June 22 – July 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  2. Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel
    Join us at the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab, 9 Depot Street Bridgton, on July 9th, at 10:00 am for a free workshop. Learn from a panel of veterinarians and nutrition experts on the health and wellness of animals. From your dog and backyard goats to poultry and large livestock. Don McLean, DVM and Paul G. Rudenberg, DVM will provide information followed by a question and answer session to help you keep your animals safe and well. Contact jennings@maine.edu for more information.
  3. Maine 4-H Foundation Summer Camp Scholarships
    The Maine 4-H Foundation has a limited number of scholarships for 4-H members for Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, Greenland Point, and Tanglewood. These scholarships are applied by the camp when you register and pay the deposit for camp. Scholarships are available from $50 to $200 depending on the camp expenses and needs.
  4. Summer Camp Opportunities
    Visit the Summer University Youth Programs’ Youth Summer Camps page to learn about a huge variety of camp experiences available to youth. From our traditional 4-H Camp and Learning Centers, to camps that focus on Academics, Art, Music, or Sports – there is something for everyone.
  5. Maine 4-H Virtual Learning Hub
    Maine 4-H Virtual Learning is a hands-on, virtual learning program for youth ages 5-18. Workshops will be organized by age and topic. Topics include engineering, science, animals and agriculture, teen leadership, and more.Workshops will range from single-time events to short-term programs (typically four to six sessions). Participants will engage in hands-on activities, interact with other 4-Hers, and be positive adult role models.No prior experience with 4-H is required to participate. This is a great way for those who are interested to learn more about 4-H.

  6. EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Massaged Kale Salad!
    Summer is finally here! School is out, and it’s time to gear up for picnics, barbecues, and cookouts. For this month’s EFNEP Recipe of the Month we have a delicious Massaged Kale Salad recipe that is the perfect side dish for any occasion. When you massage the kale, it becomes tender and aromatic. You can even change up the fruit with whatever is in season. Even the youngest family members can help with this recipe by massaging the kale! For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series. By Debbie Barnett (EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties – barnett@maine.edu).

    Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
    offers FREE nutrition education classes to income-eligible adults with children, or young adults 19-25 years old, and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start. Find out more online.

Leaders Meeting Minutes

Hancock County 4-H Leaders Meeting of May 10th, 2022

–Zoom Meeting–

Present– Lisa Carney, Joanie Jodrey, Lisa Reilich, Lee Sargent, Terry Swazey, Elaine Gokey and office staff Carla Scocchi (online). (5)


Secretary’s Report– motion to accept the April report as written; motion seconded and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report– motion to accept the report as read by Terry, seconded and accepted.


Club Reports– Jolly Juniors: Cooking on Monday nights, delivered May baskets, roadside cleanup, several cloverbud meetings and summer planning meetings.

Margaret applied to the goat team as a steward this year; there is quite a bit of activity in southern Maine.

Horse of Course- Elaine will have a meeting next week with some potential new members! Planning to cook and make homemade dog treats. Remind them of the photo contest.

Old Business

  • Jamboree- Friday, June 17th- Sunday, June 19st. The last committee meeting was 4/21/22. Found out that we do not need a nurse on site, just someone with CPR and first aid training. There was interest in having a Virtual version of Jamboree. Next meeting will be Monday the 16th at 6pm. Carla will make a link and meeting invite for all who are interested.
  • Scholarship Committee- deadline was April 1st, no applications were received as of last meeting. One application was received today! Elaine and Terry are now the committee.
  • Steer Tickets- Terry will order them.
  • CWF- still waiting for updates.

New Business

  • Blue Hill Fair
    • The fan in the food booth is not working. Lisa will stop in at the Restaurant Barn in Ellsworth to see if they know of anyone who can take a look at it.

Office Report

  • Carla will email a link to the LA Zoom meeting for all registered 4-H leaders.
  • Is the Leaders  training offered online now? – Much of it is online, and Carla can meet by Zoom or in person. There are no set training times at the moment, Carla customizes each training to the leader.
  • CEA search committee met today, and will be interviewing candidates next week. Hopefully the new CEA can start in time for Jamboree. We are still accepting applications for the Administrative Support Specialist (20 hours/week).

Adjourned at 5:09

Respectfully submitted 

Lisa Carney, Secretary