4-H News in Washington County – December 2020
Tuesdays in December: 4-H Tuesday Trivia
Thursdays– Virtual Teen Science Cafes
Dec. 5: Kick-Off Meeting for 4-H Aquarium Club
Dec. 11: Application Deadline for Virtual National Youth Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits
Dec. 25: Office Closed- Christmas
Dec. 31: Final Deadline for Reenrollment Paperwork
Dec. 31: Deadline for Volunteers to Complete Background Check
Jan. 1: Office Closed- New Years Day
Feb. 11-14: Virtual National Youth Healthy Living Summit
March 1- Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship Application Due
March 4-7: Virtual National Youth Agri-Science Summit
4-H Aquarium Club
The 4-H Aquarium Club is open to youth ages 5-18 who are interested in being members of a community of youth aquarium hobbyists! This group is for Maine youth who already have an aquarium hobby, or who are looking to start one, to come together to talk about their love for fish and aquaria. The club is led by aquaculture experts Dr. Scarlett Tudor from UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute, and Melissa Malmstedt from the UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR).
Final Reminder: Volunteer Background Check
Thank you to all the volunteers who have completed the background check! There are a few individuals who still need to complete the background check or show proof that it has been completed within the last three years. This needs to be completed by Thursday, December 31 or your volunteer status will be in jeopardy. Please contact Tara Wood at 207.255.3345 or by email at email@example.com if you need assistance with this process.
LAST 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafe of 2020!
The last 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafe happening in 2020 will take place on December 9th. Dr. Pauline Kamath will teach about how to be a Genetic Detective tracing the source of an outbreak. The program will be running again in Spring of 2021, if you have ideas of new topics, please email Alice Philbrick. Register today!
Every Wednesday, you have the opportunity to participate in The University of Vermont’s VTeen Science Exploration – these are a similar format and run from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. On their announcements page, scroll down to VTeen Science Exploration for details about the different offerings, and registration links.
To view spring session webinars, visit the Maine QuaranTEEN Virtual Science Cafe Recordings website.
4-H Tuesday Trivia
Come join the fun and test your knowledge in a variety of topic areas, including your knowledge of 4-H and our land-grant university, the University of Maine!
When? Every Tuesday in December! Register to play and each Tuesday at 12:00 noon you will get an email with your link to the week’s trivia game. The quiz will close at 11:59 pm that night. Each game will have questions about 4-H, the University of Maine, and one of these themes: Disney, Winter, Animals, Star Wars, and the State of Maine.
Who Can Play? Any 4-H member, family, or volunteer can play. We will have four age categories: Cloverbuds (age 5-8), Juniors, (9-12), Seniors (13-18), and Adults (4-H volunteers, parents, and 4-H staff) In addition, you can invite your non-4-H friends to join the fun and play along too!
Does it cost anything? Nope, it’s free! AND, you can win prizes!
Did you say prizes? Yes! Prizes include t-shirts, 4-H swag, gift cards, and a 4-H Camp and Learning Center scholarship! Each week we will draw random winners. Top scores at the end of December in each age group will receive prizes. You can even receive an award for recruiting the most non-4-H friends to play! Each week youth play, their name will go into a drawing that will take place at the end of the month for a partial 4-H Camp and Learning Center scholarship up to a $150 value.
How do I sign up? Head to the Maine 4-H Tuesday Trivia website and click on the form. Then, each Tuesday in December, watch your email for your link to your trivia game. Submit your answers. Speed and accuracy count. Check back on the webpage to follow the leader board and see who the weekly prize winners are.
Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships
Graduating seniors can apply for a 4-H scholarship from the Maine 4-H Foundation. Applications are due on March 1, 2021 to the local county office and on March 8, 2021 to the Maine 4-H Foundation. For more information please go to the Maine 4-H Foundation Funding website.
Virtual National Youth Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summit Applications for 2021 are Available Now!
The National Youth Summits on Agri-Science and Healthy Living will be held virtually this year allowing us to add more youth to our teams. Attendees will learn more about their area of interest by attending interactive workshops, and pitching their own action plan ideas. 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 11 – 14, 2021
Agri-Science: March 4 – 7, 2021
Eligibility: Youth ages 14-18, enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2020 – this year youth may enroll in Maine 4-H solely in order to attend the Summits and participate on the team.
Cost: $75.00 – we are currently working on funding sources and expect the participant cost to be closer to $25.00 per youth.
Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits Application – This is a combined application for both the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits. Please note that references are not required this year.
For more information about the National Youth Summits please visit the website or check out the application for more details. Email or call Sara, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-781-6099, with any questions. Applications are due by December 11, 2020.