Waldo County 4-H Newsletter – May 2022
05/05: Waldo County 4-H Leaders’ Association Meeting
05/28-05/30: 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat
06/30: Animal Approval Form Deadline
The Waldo County 4-H Leaders’ Association monthly meeting will be on May 5th at 12:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome to join in person at the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office or virtually through Zoom. More information on how to attend the meeting and the meeting agenda will be sent via email. We look forward to seeing you there!
Let’s go camping! You are invited to join fellow 4-H teens and staff at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center for a 4-H Teen Retreat. During Memorial Day weekend (May 28th-30th) 4-H Teens from Knox/Lincoln, Waldo, and Kennebec counties will be gathering at Tanglewood for a teen leadership retreat. Participants will have the opportunity to get the complete camp experience including meeting new friends, archery, low ropes course, hiking, and much more! For more information or to register visit extension.umaine.edu/waldo/4h/4-h-teen-retreat/.
4-H members who are planning on showing livestock at in-state 4- H shows this summer must submit their animal approval forms and accompanying lease forms to the county office by June 30th. Copies of forms can be found online at extension.umaine.edu/4h/forms/ or they can be obtained by contacting the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office at 207.342.5971.
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 and will open to the public the following Monday, June 6. 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 extension.umaine.edu/4h/4-h-summer-learning/.
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 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.
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 at extension.umaine.edu/4h/adulting-101/ by June 6. This club will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays June 22 – July 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
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, the last meeting will be held May 26 at 10:00 am. Register at umaine.edu/4h/4-h-for-all-club.
Visit the Summer University Youth Programs Youth Summer Camps page at umaine.edu/summercamps/ 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.
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 the camp. Scholarships are available from $50 to $200 depending on the camper’s expenses and needs. Visit the Maine 4-H Foundation page at extension.umaine.edu/4hfoundation/.
Do you 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. 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 for the first 50 completed submissions, and a guaranteed internship interview for the top 10 submissions following his/her college sophomore year. The deadline for submissions is May 15th.
Visit tylertech.com/maine-app-challenge for a series of innovation workshops from the University of Maine Foster Center for Innovation that will help you get started or to submit your entry.
Maine 4-H VirtualLearning 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.
Visit the virtual learning Hub at extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-learning-hub/ to check out upcoming programs, learn how to become a volunteer, and to register for programs.
This year’s Oxford County June Jamboree will be held June 11th & 12th at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. This is an opportunity for youth enrolled in sheep, swine, and horse projects to join us for our livestock clinic! We will have presenters teach about showmanship and animal care. We will be doing t-shirts, rabies vaccinations for sheep and horses, and Coggins vaccines for horses as well! Overnight accommodations and meals will not be provided (besides Saturday night pizza if you request it). Registration costs will vary depending on the number of attendees. Please see the registration page for further details at: extension.umaine.edu/oxford/june-jamboree-2022/#gf_20. Register by May 9th.
Now that we have successfully navigated through this winter, we’re looking ahead and can see summer on the horizon! Memorial Day is the official kick-off to grilling, picnics, and fun in the sun. This summer-inspired turkey pasta salad is sure to be a hit at any cookout. Remember to keep your food safe to eat with these barbecue and tailgating food safety tips found at extension.umaine.edu/publications/4278e/.
For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/recipe-video-series/. By Debbie Barnett (EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties )
Recipe ingredients and instructions to download and print are available at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/recipe-video-series/#turkey-pasta-salad.
Turkey Pasta Salad
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1 cup
2 cups of pasta noodles, cooked
1½ teaspoons chives, dried, or 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh chives (optional)
¼ cup light mayonnaise
1 ⅔ cups cooked turkey, diced
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved1/3 cup celery, thinly diced
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
2. Stir chives into mayonnaise.
3. Lightly mix together pasta, turkey, grapes, and celery.
4. Stir in mayonnaise/chive mixture.
5. Chill well and serve.
Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) offers 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 at: extension.umaine.edu/4h/2022/02/28/expanded-food-nutrition-education-program-efnep/.