Good Afternoon 4-H Members, Families and Volunteers!
First off, I would like to let everyone know that over the past several weeks, I have been experiencing great problems with email. If I have not responded to your email, or if you have asked me to do a favor, and I have not done it yet, please send me another email. I try my best to answer everyone’s emails in a timely manner and get everything done that you ask of me. However, with the problems I have experienced with the emails and a lot of emails getting deleted, I fear that I may have missed a few emails or tasks that I was supposed to do. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, please resend me an email with what I can do to help with all of your 4-H adventures or answer any questions you may have had, that I have not answered. Thank you!!!
4-H Camp applications are now AVAILABLE!!
For new 4-H members, or even older 4-H members who are unaware of what 4-H Camp is, 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night camp for youth members ages 9 to 13 that is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal, Virginia. Youth members will explore new interests, enjoy swimming and recreation and participate in evening activities and campfires. Camping with the 4-H Program provides a fun, exciting and educational experience in a safe setting as the NOVA Camp Center is an ACA (American Camp Association) accredited facility. This accreditation means the camp meets the highest standards for safety, food service and staffing, health care, and program quality. Campers are lodged in a room with campers of similar age, and have the opportunity to request their roommates. Each room is part of a Pack which will serve as the camper’s “family” during the week of camp. Packs are involved in different contests on various days and Bear Claws are awarded for spirit, participation, and demonstrations of good character! Each day, campers will attend three different classes that they sign up for prior to arriving at 4-H Camp. There is free swim and recreation time each day, as well as evening programs and a campfire. Past evening programs have included Water Olympics, Newspaper Fashion Show, Talent Shows, and Scavenger Hunts. Each year we recruit teen volunteers that are aged 14 and up to serve as Counselors for our camp. These teens, as well as all adult volunteers and 4-H Center Staff, complete a training series and are tested on core concepts before attending camp.
This year, we are running an early bird special, and I am opening this early bird special to registered 4-H Members first. Early Bird Registration members will have preferential choices on classes and roommate selections. In order to qualify for the Early Bird Registration, youth must submit their registrations on or before Friday, January 19, 2018 along with a check for the full price of camp. Scholarships may not be applied to early bird registrants.
In addition to the Early Bird Registration, we are now taking applications for Camp Counselors. Camp Counselors are the heart and soul of 4-H Camp as they guide campers throughout their camping experience. We are in search of responsible, organized, teens who are 14 or older as of January 1, 2018 and have completed the 8thgrade. For teens that are interested, please submit your application to be a camp counselor before 4:00PM on Friday, February 16th to experience our extremely low Camp Counselor fee of only $50. After 4:00PM on Friday, February 16th, camp counselor fee will be increased to $150.
This year, Fairfax County can only take a grand total of 77 campers and 15 counselors, so please do not delay getting your application in to me or Ms. Lareka! For families who need scholarship assistance, please note that you are not left out! Scholarship families will be able to apply to 4-H Camp after February 16th. If you are in need of a scholarship to help send your family to 4-H Camp, please direct your attention to page 3 in the Camper Application.
I look forward to attending camp yet again this year and can’t wait to work more with our phenomenal teens in a leadership position and all our 4-H Campers! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding 4-H Camp!
I would also like to take a minute to recognize our new County Council Executive Board Members:
President: Alina Ampeh, a member from Virginia Trotters 4-H Club
1st Vice President: Kelly Salguero, a member from Fairfax City 4-H Club
2nd Vice President: Becca Berglie, a member from Hoofers & Heifers 4-H Club
Treasurer: Karen Ampeh, an Adult Volunteer from Virginia Trotters 4-H Club
Secretary: Juliette Hainaut, a member of Virginia Trotters 4-H Club, Fairfax Rabbit & Cavy 4-H Club, and Krazy for K-9’s 4-H Club
Adult Advisor: Esther Wisdom, an adult volunteer from Falls Church 4-H Club
The County Council will meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 7:00PM in the Virginia Conference Room, unless otherwise noted.
Below are some big dates that I want to make sure is on everyone’s calendar for the Spring and Summer. If you have any questions about the following, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call:
January 1, 2018 ~ Deadline to be enrolled as a 4-H Member in order to be eligible to enter the State Fair or State 4-H Championship Shows.
January 5-7, 2018 ~ Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Training/Winter Meeting of the Virginia 4-H Shooting Education Council
January 15, 2018 ~ Camp Corral applications open. Registration is first come, first serve and will fill up fast. Apply as soon as registration opens to ensure your families spot. ~ NOVA 4-H Educational Center. For more information, please visit: http://fairfax4h.weebly.com/camp-corral.html
January 15, 2018 ~ Teen Weekend Registration Deadline
January 19-21, 2018 ~ VA/NC Horse Leaders’ Conference ~ W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center. For more information, visit: https://ext.vt.edu/4h-youth/horse/events/horse_conference.html
January 27-28, 2018 ~ VA State 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Contest/Natural Resources Educational Weekend ~ Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center
January 30, 2018 ~ 4-H Day at the Capitol
February 2-4, 2018 ~ Statewide Teen Weekend
February 3, 2018 ~ Northern District Hippology/Horse Judging Contest ~ Frying Pan Farm Park. Registration packets will be released soon
February 9-10, 2018 ~ Block and Bridle Hippology Contest ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
February 16, 2018 ~ FAA Junior 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration/Counselor Applications Due
February 16, 2018 ~ 2018 Virginia Competition of LifeSmarts ~ Glen Allen, VA
February 23-24, 2018 ~ Block & Bridle Livestock Judging Contest ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
February 23-24, 2018 ~ VA State 4-H Meats Judging Contest ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
March 3, 2018 ~ County Contest Day ~ Location TBD
March 17, 2018 ~ Piedmont Food Challenge ~ Brumfield Middle School
March 23-25, 2018 ~ EquiSmartz
April 7, 2018 ~ District Contest Day ~ NOVA 4-H Educational Center
April 19-22, 2018 ~ Virginia Beer Expo ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
April 20-22, 2018 ~ Junior Beef Roundup ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
April 20, 2018 ~ State 4-H/FFA Stockman’s Contest ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
April 21, 2018 ~ State Youth Cattle Working Contest ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
April 27, 2018 ~ VA Youth Poultry Convention/4-H State Poultry Judging Contest ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
April 28, 2018 ~ Livestock Judging Field Day
May 1, 2018 ~ Deadline to Declare your Horse Project for Eligibility to enter State Fair or State 4-H Championship Show
May 3, 2018 ~ National 4-H Congress Applications Due
May 10, 2018 ~ State 4-H Forestry Contest ~ Location TBD
May 18-20, 2018 ~ State 4-H Cabinet Meeting ~ NOVA 4-H Educational Center
June 13, 2018 ~ Virginia 4-H All Star Tapping Ceremony ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
June 17-21, 2018 ~ Mary Cole 4-Mile 4-H Horsemaster Ride ~ Burkes Garden, VA
June 20, 2018 ~ State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
June 25-29, 2018 ~ State 4-H Congress ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
July 7-11, 2018 ~ 2018 Virginia Hokie Horse Camp
July 8-14, 2018 ~ Citizenship Washington Focus ~ Chevy Chase, MD
July 16-20, 2018 ~ Leadership Washington Focus ~ Chevy Chase, MD
July 16-18, 2018 ~ Livestock Judging Camp ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
July 19, 2018 ~ Junior Hokie BugCamp (6-8 Y.O.) ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
July 20, 2018 ~ Hokie BugCamp (9-13 Y.O.) ~ VT in Blacksburg, VA
July 22-26, 2018 ~ FAA Junior 4-H Camp ~ NOVA 4-H Educational Center
August 2-5, 2018 ~ Fairfax County 4-H Fair ~ Frying Pan Farm Park
August 1-5, 2018 ~ Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships
September 13-16, 2018 ~ State Championship Horse & Pony Show ~ Lexington, VA
September 27-October 7, 2018 ~ State Fair of Virginia ~ Doswell, VA
As always, as new events and opportunities arise, I will let you know as soon as I know. Now for our two-week schedule with the changes that I am aware of. As the holiday’s draw near, I know some clubs have changed their schedules. I have listed only the clubs that I have not heard of club meeting changes from. If you think the following schedule is wrong, please inform me as soon as possible so I can make the appropriate changes. I don’t want to advertise a club meeting if they are not actually meeting and confuse current 4-H members or have new members show up looking for a meeting that is not happening.
Wednesday, December 20 ~ Salamander Savers 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Family Home (Please contact the Extension Office for exact location details)
Thursday, December 21 ~ Belvoir Bullets 4-H Club Practice ~ 6:30PM – 8:00PM ~ American Legion Post 177 (3939 Oak St., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Wednesday, December 27 ~ Spirit Flames/Spirited Cloverbuds 4-H Club Meeting ~ 3:30PM – 4:30PM ~ Holy Spirit School (8800 Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA 22003) Restricted to Holy Spirit School Students Only
Friday, December 29 ~ Deadline for the VA/NC Horse Leaders’ Conference
Friday, December 29 ~ NOVA Scoop Project Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM ~ St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, December 29 ~ Krazy for K-9’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM ~ Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA)
4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent