4-H Youth Development

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4-H Youth Development

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4-H Jammie Workshop, March 3

4-H youth ages 8 and older are invited to practice their basic sewing skills and make pajama or lounge wear pants at the “Jammie Jamboree” sewing workshop on Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. No cost to attend. Parents or adults are needed to help 4-H’ers. Must sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 28 by calling 402-441-7180. Bring your sewing machine, basic sewing equipment (scissors, pins, measuring tape, etc.), simple pull-on pajama bottom pattern, pre-washed flannel or 100% cotton fabric — see yardage requirement on pattern envelope (no one-way design fabrics or plaids — if you choose flannel, purchase an additional 1/2 yard), elastic as recommended by pattern and matching thread. Do NOT cut out pants ahead of class time!

4-H Furniture Painting Workshop, March 10

4-H youth ages 8 and up are invited to participate in a furniture painting workshop on Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. No cost to attend. Adults are welcome to attend to help youth. Must sign up by Wednesday, arch 7 by calling 402-441-7180. Bring a small piece of unpainted furniture, such as a shelf, stool or chair. These items can be found around your house, at craft stores, garage sales and thrift stores. Learn how to prepare new and used wood furniture by sanding, sealing, painting and finishing. All paints and finishes are provided. Wear old clothes appropriate for painting.

New 4-H Livestock Requirements

New Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (formerly Quality Assurance) requirements have been expanded to include ALL livestock exhibitors (not just those showing market animals). 4-H Livestock ID/Ownership requirements for showing at State Fair and/or AKSARBEN Stock Show have changed for 2018. Details HERE

New 4-H Cooking Project Books
Starting in 2018, Lancaster County will be using the new 4-H Cooking series, 4-H Cooking 101-401. A new Home Food Preservation series is also available. “Let’s Bake Quick Breads” is another new foods project book which includes gluten-free bread recipes. More information HERE
IT’S TIME TO RE-ENROLL IN 4-H!

The 4-H year is Oct. 1–Sept. 30 and, since it is a new 4-H year, all 4-H members and volunteers must re-enroll for the 2017–2018 4-H year (even if you just enrolled in August or September). The website to enroll or re-enroll is https://ne.4honline.com. The process is easy and only takes a few minutes per member or volunteer. Only parents/guardians may enroll 4-H members. Each 4-H household will need to initially set up a profile in which the 4-H youth and/or volunteers in the household will be added. There is no fee to enroll in 4-H in Lancaster County. NOTE: Health information is optional. You DO NOT need to complete this portion of the online form. If you have questions about the process, call the Lancaster County Extension office at 402-441-7180.

2018 4-H Calendar of Events

The 2018 Lancaster County 4-H Calendar of planned events is now posted. You can start planning and marking your calendar! Flyer HERE

Spring Rabbit Show, March 17
4-H Rabbit Show

The 4-H Spring Rabbit Show will be held Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Event Center – Exhibit Hall. Registration will be 7:30–8:30 a.m. Open to all youth ages 8–18. This is an opportunity to learn and practice your showmanship. FLYER

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Heart of 4-H Award Winner - January 2018
Troy Bernadt Heart of 4-H

Lancaster County 4-H is proud to announce Troy Bernadt as winner of January’s “Heart of 4-H Award” in recognition of outstanding volunteer service.

A 4-H volunteer for five years, Troy coaches the North Star Trap Club.

“I enjoy working with kids and watching them mature and get better at shooting trap,” Troy says. “My favorite experience as a 4-H volunteer was coaching a shooter that hit one target her first practice and at the end of the season she was hitting 18 to 20 targets out of 25.”

Lancaster County 4-H thanks Troy for donating his time and talents. People like Troy are indeed the heart of 4-H!

Read about previous Heart of 4-H winners

Lancaster County 4-H presents a Heart of 4-H Award to a Lancaster County 4-H volunteer each month! These volunteers are recognized for their outstanding volunteer service. You can nominate a deserving volunteer!

4-H Year in Review!

In 2015, Lancaster County 4-H involved nearly: 1,017 club members, 248 independent members, 2,205 youth in afterschool & summer programs which incorporated 4-H activities, and 20,582 youth in 4-H school enrichment programs. Nearly 1,345 adults volunteered!

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