4-H News in Washington County, April 2019

Important Dates

April 6– Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament

May 31-June 1– 4H@UMaine

June 29-July 6– Citizenship Washington Focus, Washington D.C.

July 19-21– Maine 4-H Days, Windsor Fairgrounds


2019 Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The annual Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament took place on Saturday, March 9 at the University of Maine at Machias. All 4-Hers participating did a wonderful job. Forrest from 4-H Tech Changemakers, Cali, Rhianna and Kiigan from North Woods qualified and will participate in the state 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on Saturday, April 6 in Orono. Good luck!

A special thank you to Rebecca Bragg, Hope Carle, and Rita Stephenson for judging the presentations.

Phoebe and Ruth present at the 4-H PST.Cali presenting on goats at the 4-H PST.Forrest presents at the 2019 Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.Zoe at the 4-H PST.


Washington County 4-H Robotics and Engineering Expo

The 13th annual 4-H Robotics and Engineering Expo took place last Saturday, March 23 at the University of Maine at Machias! Teams demonstrated amazing projects, some that included an engineering focus for the first time ever; attended workshops and the Physics Roadshow! Special thanks those who judged projects, presented workshops, parent volunteers and to David Sturm for bringing us the Mainely Physics Roadshow!

A team watches their robot at the Washington County 4-H Robotics and Engineering Expo.A youth explains his project to the judges. A team stands in front of their robotics display.Liquid Nitrogen display at the Physics Roadshow.


Raise Your Hand for 4-H in Maine!

You can help by raising your hand to support kids in your community!  Vote now (https://4.h.org/raise-your-hand/) and the Maine 4-H Program could win $5K, $10K or $20K to help more young people do, learn and grow. Join us today and Raise Your Hand, because every child deserves a chance to succeed.

Voting is open from April 1 – May 15, 2019. U.S. residents ages 13 and up are eligible to vote.

4-H Raise Your Hand Promotion


Library Spring SPIN Club
The following 4-H activities will take place at the Porter Memorial Library in Machias:
Tuesday, April 16, 11-12 noon-  Experiments with Sound Workshop (ages 5-11)
Thursday, April 18, 11-12 noon-   Snack & Stories from EFNEP (Expanded Food & Nutrition Education program) w/Rita Stephenson, Community Education Assistant, UMaine Cooperative Extension (Ages 4-8)
Friday, April 19, 11-12 noon- Shadow Puppet Workshop w/Steve Copel (Ages 5-11)
For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Sandy Copel Parsons at 207.255.3345 or sandra.copelparsons@maine.edu.

4-H Camp and Learning Center at Greenland Point Camper Scholarships

Folks are asking on how camp scholarships work or how to apply for them and we’d like to help answer and make it easier to understand: Scholarships (financial assistance) are often made available to us by private donors, organizations that donate funds for us to apply to get kids to camp, or by our staff applying for grants for the same purpose.

The easiest process is to visit the website-Choose the program you like-Register online (by creating an account)-and make the initial $150 deposit. Click the Request a Scholarship tab.

By doing this, you can easily complete the forms there rather than mailing in. We will then seek and apply the appropriate scholarship to your program.

(Current scholarships average $300) This year, we have a good number of them for overnight camps so it’s best to register early. (They don’t apply to day camps at this time.)

There is no financial info required, meaning all are welcome to apply. We’d like to see them go to those that need them, but we are not going to ask you to verify any financial information.

You can also call our office at any time between 8am-4:30pm and ask for assistance at 207-665-2068.

We hope this helps and we hope that you will make Greenland Point your summer camp destination this summer!

youth canoeing in a lake

News from the State

Save the Date for 2019 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.


Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee
July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.


Come to Orono for the 2019 4H@UMaine May 31 – June 1!
Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are always looking for individuals interested in helping with pre-event planning or attending the event itself! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich atkranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.


2019 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament
The 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. More information is available.