4-H News in Washington County – December 2019

Dates to Remember

December 25: Office Closed (Christmas)

December 31: Final Deadline for Reenrollment Paperwork

January 1: Office Closed (New Years Day)

January 18: 4-H Public Speaking Workshop, 10 a.m.

January 25: Snow date for 4-H Public Speaking Workshop

February 6: 4-H Page Day


4-H Tech Changemakers Help Distribute Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

On November 14th, the 4-H Tech Changemakers helped unload and set up tables of delicious fruits and vegetables at Washington Academy.  The complimentary produce was given away to all who wanted it.  Special thanks to The Good Shepherd Food Bank and Healthy Acadia. We look forward to monthly “produce pick-ups.” Special thanks to Mr. Woody, a staff member from Washington Academy who will help us coordinate the project!

Photos courtesy of Washington Academy


Apples, Apples, and More Apples for the Cobscook Currents 4-H Club

At the November meeting of the Cobscook Currents 4-H Club, members peeled and sliced 25 pounds of apples to make apple crisp that was donated to the Community Meal in Lubec!  Members also collected non-perishable food items for the Lubec Community Outreach Project!  Wonderful job Cobscook Currents!

4-H Public Speaking Informational Session – Online Registration Available

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Snow Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00 a.m. – Noon
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
28 Center Street, Machias
Conference Room

Come and learn all about 4-H Public Speaking!  4-Hers can get resources to assist them in planning their demonstration or illustrated talk for the county tournament in March.

Please register by Saturday, January 10, 2020. You may register online here!

Please call Tara at 207.255.3345 or by email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu for more information about the 4-H Public Speaking Informational Session!


Re-enrollment Final Reminder

A reminder that re-enrollment paperwork is due in the office by Tuesday, December 31st!  


Greenland Point 4-H Camp and Learning Center Scholarships

Thanks to the Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Campaign, we are offering three $125 scholarships to Washington County 4-H members for the 2020 camp season!  The scholarships will be given on a first-come, first-served basis so contact the office today to reserve yours by calling 207.255.3345 or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu.  To find out more about the Greenland Point 4-H Camp and Learning Center, visit the website.


Family Code Night with the Hour of Code Coming in January
Family Code Night is a whole-family event at which kids grades K-5 and their parents do their first hour of computer programming – together! At this special evening of learning and fun, you’ll play in parent-child teams to complete fun Code.org puzzles and challenges at your own pace, and learn core concepts in coding in this very first hour. No coding experience needed, laptops available if needed. This is a great experience to share with your kids!

Watch for more information on this event being organized all over Washington County!


News from the State

  1. Save the Date for 2020 Maine 4-H Days
    Maine 4-H Days will take place July 16 – 19, 2020 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.
  2. 4-H Science Saturdays are Returning in 2020!
    Thanks to the generous support of the Maine 4-H Foundation, we will be offering opportunities for middle/early high school-aged youth to visit the UMaine campus for targeted science or engineering experiences!  Science Saturday programs run from 10 AM – 1:30 PM, and include time for youth to engage in hands-on activities with professors and current UMaine students, as well as time for lunch in a UMaine dining hall!  We need your input!  What topics should we offer?  Please let us know by filling out the survey here.  
  3. 4-H Statewide Teen Dance Seeks Planning Committee Members
    There is a small group of 4-H members who would like to plan a statewide formal dance for teen 4-H members across the state. We are looking for teen volunteers who would like to be a part of the planning committee for this Winter event. FMI please contact Maddie Gray, maddicus83@gmail.com.
  4. Winter Becoming an Outdoor Woman Program
    The 2019 Winter Becoming an Outdoor Woman program will be held on February 21 – 23, 2020at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, 17 Conservation Lane, Bryant Pond ME 04219 in Oxford County. This fun weekend is geared towards women seeking new ways to get outdoors, meet new friends, and challenge themselves. All meals and lodging are provided and space is limited to 36 participants. FMI: https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/adult-programs/becoming-an-outdoors-woman/becoming-an-outdoorswoman-winter-skills-weekend/ or call 207.665.2068.
  5. Save the Date! 4-H Animal Science Bonanza
    January 11, 2020 at the Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Rd, Walpole, NH. This 4-H program will have beef, sheep, goat, dairy, and horse workshops with guest speakers. For more information contact Andrea, Extension Field Specialist, 603.352.4550 or sawyer@unh.edu.
  6. SAVE THE DATE: 4-H Page Day will be Thursday, February 6. From 8:30-12:30 youth will serve as pages in the House and Senate- ushering notes and correspondence within and between chambers. And in the afternoon, details still working themselves out, our group will meet at the Maine State Library/Museum to learn more about Maine’s history and having hands-on experience with the archives related to the Bicentennial. See the January Core News for information on registering for this day!