Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter–April 2022
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Upcoming Events and Important Dates
April 1-30 Round-up for KL 4-H at Good Tern Co-op, Rockland
April 9 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, UMaine Orono
April 12 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro & online
April 19 WHEP Wildlife Workshop, 9am-4pm, Tanglewood 4-H Camp, Lincolnville
April 22 WHEP Wildlife Workshop, 9am-4pm, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Augusta
April 23 4-H Dairy Judging Tryouts, Juniper Farms, Gray
April 27-May 8 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co.
April 28 4-H for All Club, 6-7pm, online
April 30 4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helper applications due
May 1 ESE Horse and Dairy Animal Approval forms due
May 1 Working Steer Animal Approval forms due
May 10 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro & online
May 14 4-H Camp Day & Photo Workshop, Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp, St. George
May 28-30 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat, Tanglewood 4-H Camp, Lincolnville
June 1 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent due
Happy Birthday to Hayden C. and Jeremy D.!
4-H Camp and Program Scholarships Offered
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association offers scholarships to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to be used to attend educational camps and programs. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as they are submitted, through the summer of 2022, or until available funds run out.
Be sure to indicate in your application what date scholarship funds are required by the program.
Applications will be reviewed by the Knox-Lincoln Scholarship Committee. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the funds available in a given year and the number of qualified applicants. Download the Camp Scholarship application or request a paper copy by contacting Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343 (in Maine 800.244.2104) or email@example.com.
4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helper Program Open to 4-H and Alumni!
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is seeking two young people, plus one alternate, to assist 4-H staff at the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at Union Fair (July 27-31, 2022). The program is open to 4-H members or 4-H alumni pursuing post-secondary education age 13-22. Scholarship funds will be awarded to the assistants based on number of hours contributed. These funds may be used by currently enrolled youth to attend Citizenship Washington Focus, 4-H National Congress, 4-H National Conference, Leadership Development Programs at Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, Greenland Point or Bryant Pond 4-H Camps, or another Extension staff-approved leadership program. For 4-H alumni, scholarship funds may be used for tuition or book/materials expenses incurred at a post-secondary educational program.
The Youth Helper position carries more commitment and responsibility than simply volunteering to help. Those chosen for this position will assist staff and adult volunteers in overseeing the operation of the exhibit. This includes (but not limited to) getting the exhibit ready to open or close for the day (depending on shift), making sure barns are stocked with “products” while the exhibit is open, supporting volunteers and filling in when they need a break. Successful candidates will be comfortable speaking to the public, answering questions, and assisting staff in training and leading volunteers.
Each person chosen must commit to one shift (2 ½ hours) each day that they are scheduled to help during Union Fair. The number of shifts and days required will be worked out with members and families as helpers are chosen, but at least 5 shifts are expected during the run of the fair. Successful candidates must be 13-22 years of age A mature 12-year-old may be considered if they are recommended by a 4-H leader or 4-H staff member. Applications due April 30, 2022.
Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and volunteers are invited to join Ryan and Cindy at Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp & Learning Center on Saturday, May 14 for a day at camp! We have some fun camp activities planned, including a mini photography workshop. We will find lots of interesting things to photograph at Blueberry Cove! Save the date and stay tuned for details!
4-H Teen Retreat at Tanglewood
Let’s go camping! 4-H Teens from Knox-Lincoln, Waldo, and Kennebec counties are invited to join 4-H staff at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center for a 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat during Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. Participants will have the opportunity to get the complete camp experience including meeting new friends, archery, low ropes course, hiking, cooking, and much more!
The cost of the retreat is $40 per individual. (If you anticipate that you will need financial assistance to attend, please contact your county Cooperative Extension office.) Registration for the 4-H Teen Retreat is open!
Round-Up for 4-H at Good Tern Co-op in April!
The Good Tern Co-op in Rockland, Maine has chosen 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties as their Round-up recipient for the month of April! Customers who shop at the Good Tern will be asked to round up their purchase total to the next dollar to support 4-H during the month of April, 2022. We appreciate their support and hope that you will help spread the word to your family and friends to shop at the Good Tern Co-op, especially in April!
4-H Paper Clover Campaign April 27-May 8 at Tractor Supply Co.
Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply Co. helps raise money for 4-H programs with the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign. Customers can donate $1 or more to 4-H in-store at the register or online. The funds are used locally for scholarships for 4-Hers to participate in camps and leadership programs. Participate by donating online or in-store, and tell your friends and family, too!
4-H for All Club: Spring 2022
The purpose of this virtual club is to provide new and potential members and their families a place to learn about 4-H; and to connect youth across the state. Youth will choose a project to complete and learn more about 4-H and how to become involved. We want you to join and engage in our 4-H program! There is no cost, and meetings will help challenge you to create new goals and discover new passions. Open to youth 5-13, dates will be April 28, May 26 at 10am and 6pm. Register for 4-H for All online.
4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair
Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 1.
The Maine App Challenge
Love technology? Here is a chance to put your passion to a purpose and win a scholarship along the way! The Maine App Challenge is an incredible opportunity for Maine middle school and high school students who are 13 years of age and older to create a mobile application with a chance to win a scholarship and other valuable rewards. A series of innovation workshops from the University of Maine Foster Center for Innovation will help you get started! There are three scholarships available for the top mobile apps: $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.
Other awards include: $500 to the high school with the highest participation, Tablets to the first 50 completed submissions, a guaranteed internship interview for the top 10 submissions following his/her college sophomore year. For more information, visit the Tyler Technology Maine App Challenge website.
New 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.
Check out the 4-H Virtual Learning Programs calendar for events we have planned in the coming months.
ESE Approval Form Reminder
All 4-H members intending to exhibit a horse or dairy animal at Eastern States Exposition this fall must submit their 4-H animal approval form, as well as their accompanying lease forms and health documents, to their county Cooperative Extension office by May 1. 4-H Animal Approval and Lease forms can be found online. Please contact your county office with any questions.
EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Egg Bites!
By Debbie Barnett, EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties—firstname.lastname@example.org
The sound of songbirds, crocuses poking their heads out of the snow, vacation week, new calves, and lambs in the fields were all signs for me as a child to celebrate the beginning of Spring. It got me thinking of celebrating the beginning of the day and an EGGcellent recipe for breakfast, or anytime! Eggs are a great affordable source of protein. In this Egg Bites Recipe, you can easily change up the optional add-in ingredients to fit your taste or mood! Check out this and many other great recipes in our Maine Dish Recipe Video Series.
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.
2022 Intent Form for Maine 4-H ESE Equestrian Team Now Available
The 2022 Maine 4-H ESE Equestrian Team Tryouts intent to participate form is available online. In order to be eligible for participation, 4-H members must submit their intent forms by May 1. Forms can be completed online or a hard copy of the form can be mailed to the Franklin County Cooperative Extension office. For more information or for questions, please contact Tara Marble at email@example.com or 207.778.4650.
Maine 4-H Offers Agriculture Symposium for Teens
You are invited to join Maine 4-H staff for the 4-H Agriculture Symposium, an immersive agriculture experience for Maine teens. The 4-H Agriculture Symposium is an overnight experience for Maine youth ages 14-18. Participants will take part in hands-on learning opportunities, engage with industry professionals on UMaine Orono and UMaine Augusta-Bangor campuses, develop leadership skills, and make friendships with teens from around the state. Current 4-H membership is not required. Assistance with transportation can be provided upon request.
The program is free and registration is required. Register on the program webpage. Current CDC and University of Maine health guidelines will be followed for all in-person events. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Alisha Targonski at 207.622.7546; firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is made possible with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund.
Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Tryouts Scheduled for April
The 2022 Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will be held on April 23 at Juniper Farms in Gray, ME, and Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME. The event is open to all enrolled 4-H dairy members and will serve as the official tryouts for the 2022 Maine 4-H Eastern States Dairy Judging Team. Visit the Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Contest page for a complete schedule, contest rules, and directions to the farms. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation please contact Sadee Mehuren at email@example.com or 207.342.5971.
Wildlife Workshop with WHEP and 4-H
Come for a full day of activities dedicated to learning about Maine wildlife and habitat management. Are you interested in learning about wild animals and the places they call home? Do you want to feel and examine an otter’s pelt or hold a bear skull in your hands? Then you should sign up for the Junior (9-12 year old) Workshop! Do you want to delve deeper into ecology and food webs? Are you interested in exploring wildlife and habitat management as a career? Then sign up for our Teen (13+) Workshop! Both age groups will have the chance to participate in hands-on activities and learn from wildlife experts with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
There are two opportunities to participate:
April 19, 9am-4pm at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood, in Lincolnville
April 22, 9am-4pm at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine in Augusta
The workshops will be identical, so you only need to sign up for one! More information about the day will be emailed to you as the day of the event approaches. Spaces are limited. Please be sure you can commit to attending before signing up. Visit the Wildlife Workshop Registration page to register today. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Erin McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.324.2814.