Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-December 2021

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

December 14 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

December 15 Re-enrollment paperwork due at KL Extension

December 15 4-H National Youth Summits applications due (see State News)

December 31 Fryeburg Fair Beef Intent to Sell form due (see State News)

January 11 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

January 31 Oxton Trust Applications due

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December Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Izzy B. and Owen B.!

Re-enrollment Time

Re-enrollment paperwork has been mailed to club leaders, volunteers, and some members. Annual enrollment is required for all 4-H members and volunteers to remain a part of 4-H. While most club leaders will distribute enrollment packets to members, a few club members and all independent members and volunteers will receive their packets at their home address. Be sure to check them over for accuracy, particularly the email, phone and mailing address that we should use to communicate with you in the coming year. All forms are due at the Extension office by December 15.

Oxton Trust Applications Due January 31 for All of 2022

Through the generosity and foresight of Robert Oxton, the Oxton Trust Fund was established to support 4-H youth development programs and activities in Knox and Lincoln Counties. The funds are available annually. Clubs, volunteers and members should anticipate what funds they expect to request for the entire 2022 calendar year and submit an application for funds to the Oxton Trust Committee by January 31, 2022.

If a club, volunteer or member discovers a need for funds at a later date in 2022, a special meeting of the committee can be called and an application considered at any time. Funds available for mid-year requests, however, will be more limited.

Grants may be awarded for 4-H youth development programs and projects falling into one of the following areas: leadership, youth development and special programs. Applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. The application form is available online or requested by contacting the Knox-Lincoln Extension office.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

National Youth Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summit Applications for 2022 Available Now!

There are currently 12 scholarships available through funding from the Maine 4-H Foundation to send youth to the Washington, D.C. area for the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits in early 2022. Attendees will learn more about their area of interest by attending career panels, interactive workshops, and visiting related agencies throughout D.C. The Summits were created to empower youth to be well-informed citizens, expand engineering and agriculture experience, and increase connections to living a healthy lifestyle, all while being actively engaged in their communities.

Healthy Living: February 10-13, 2022
Agri-Science: March 10-13, 2022
Eligibility: Youth ages 14-18. Enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2021
Participant Cost: $150.00 (Maine 4-H Foundation will cover the remainder of registration and flight costs—approximately $1,000.00).
Application: This is a combined application for both the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits

Visit the 4-H website for more information about the National Youth Summits. If any youth would like to attend, but do not receive the scholarship funding, they may self-fund and attend. Counties are also welcomed to provide full or partial scholarships to youth. Email or call Sara,, 207-781-6099, for more details on these options, or with any questions. Applications and Recommendations due by December 15, 2021.

Important Changes for 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Steer Intent to Sell Forms

This year the deadline for the form is December 31, 2021 (postmarked), and the form MUST come with the bill of sale/statement of value of the cow, as well as the photos of the front and side view of the animal.

We have an ONLINE form! The updated online form, as well as the printable word/pdf versions, are on the Beef page. Visit this link to the updated regulations for both Steers and Lambs at Fryeburg. Youth enrolled in 4-H outside of Maine (New Hampshire) will need to complete the paper forms and submit them to their local county office.

Youth who submit the intent will need to complete the regular Animal Approval form and list “Fryeburg Sale” as the show class for the animal.

Sustainable Fishing: Maine 4-H STEM Toolkit of the Month

Each month we will be highlighting a different 4-H STEM Toolkit available from UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program!

In this new, innovative toolkit youth will explore a variety of animals that are fished for in Maine and the various methods of how to find them. Bodies of water are huge! How can we narrow down where fish could be found and if they are actually there? In a series of 8 activities, youth will create maps with fish species, scavenge for evidence of animals and model how DNA can be used to determine whether an animal is present in a body of water. By exploring relevant phenomena, youth can persevere through puzzling activities, catch each other’s fish populations and investigate as crime scene scientists. Throughout these fishing-related activities, youth will consider which practices are sustainable versus unsustainable, working towards bettering the ways we interact with the environment and fishing industries. Run, don’t walk – this toolkit will be coming early 2022!

Learn more about this, and other 4-H STEM Toolkits online, where you can see what is available for different age groups or topic areas.

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Save the Date: New Virtual 4-H Dog SPIN Club!

A new virtual 4-H dog SPIN club will be starting on January 22 at 9 am and will continue monthly on Saturdays. This club is open to anyone state-wide, 4-H ages 9 and up. A dog is not required to join the club. For registration and information, visit the Dog Animal Science page, or contact Emily Mott at


Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a number of scholarships available to 4-H members. They range in value from $1,000 to $2,500. Donors from around the state have been very generous in supporting our 4-H seniors as they pursue their dreams and aspirations. Scholarships are due March 1, 2022 to your county office. Please check out the Maine 4-H Foundation website.

4-H Pitch Project

The Youth Trustees have established a fund to support young entrepreneurs in 4-H. Pitch us your idea for a business and we may fund the start-up idea. Check out the Pitch project on the Maine 4-H Foundation website.

4-H Club Resources

The Norma Hardison Fund has been created to support 4-H club special projects. 4-H Club Creativity Grant application ideas should tie into the 4-H program priorities for Maine, including club and community learning projects, philanthropic projects that engage members in the community supporting 4-H program work, and/or new creative educational ideas. Apply for funds in amounts up to $200; on a rare occasion, the grant request may be considered for more than $200. Sponsor: Maine 4-H Foundation Youth Trustees in Philanthropy.

4-H Service Innovative Education, and Philanthropy Grants

Grant application ideas should tie into the 4-H program priorities for Maine including club and community service-learning projects, philanthropic projects that engage members in the community supporting 4-H program work, and/or new creative educational ideas. Apply for funds in amounts from $100 to $500; on a rare occasion, the grant request may be considered for more than $500. Sponsor: Maine 4-H Foundation Youth Trustees in Philanthropy.