4-H Events and Activities

Monday, April 07, 2014

2014 Multi County Camp - July 7-9, 2014

“The Great Outdoors” is this year’s theme.  The campers will experience 4-H projects & how they relate to the outdoors.  Camp will be held at Lakeview Baptist Encampment in Lone Star Texas on July 7-9, 2014.  We have a lot of fun activities and events planned.  A $115.00 (non-refundable) registration fee and your camp forms are due to the Kaufman County Extension Office by May 1st, 2014.

Please note – registration is due to your county Extension office.

Again, youth will need to be signed out by an adult – parent, volunteer, agent - - - we don’t want anyone to get left at camp or wonder where & who they left with.  Everyone needs to be picked up by 10 am – parents are invited to come to the closing & awards presentation.

2014 Camp Workshops
Sewing           -         Outdoor First Aid
Shooting Sports           -         Biologist Skills   -         Conoeing/Kayaking
Junior Master Gardener – Edible Plants – area Master Gardner goups
ROPES Course  - For those participants that pay by May 1st, 2014

Volunteer Virtual Conference - May 5th and 6th

State 4-H Dog Show - July 11-13

The 2014 Texas 4-H Dog Show registration is now open on 4-H CONNECT.  It will be held at the Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas on July 11-13, 2014. The deadline for registration is May 9, 2014. From May 10th -16th , late registration will be open for a $50 late fee.  DO NOT wait until 4:55 on the last day to enter. It will be difficult for your County Extension Office to help you if you run into problems. Registration will be a little different this year.   You may want to print the attached worksheet and work with your project leader or as a family and determine on paper which classes you are going to enter. This will save you time at the computer and hopefully save corrections down the line.

The dog(s) you certified will be listed at the top of the registration. You will select the dog you are entering and then select the events for that dog.  Once you select the event, you will be given the option to select the specific class as you scroll down the page. At the bottom of the page are three buttons.  If you have another dog to enter, click “Save and Add New Entry”. With the new entry page pulled up, select the next dog and repeat the entry process. At the end of the last dog, you will click  “Continue”.  This will take you to a payout page with a list of the dogs you have entered and the total for each one. At the end of the list, in blue, you will see “Edit Payment Information”. Please double check the payment information you have.  The most common problem is credit cards that have expired.  DO NOT click 4-H/County Check unless you have specific information from your County Extension Office to do so.

If it is your first State show, for the most part you will enter the lowest skill level class. For those who showed in Obedience, Rally or Showmanship at State last year.  The first step will be to pull your score sheets from last year or go to the State Dog Show web page and look at last year’s results to help you determine which skill level you should enter in your event this year. Obedience and Rally results have an “*” next to qualified scores which means you should move up. Showmanship, you will need to know what you placed and how many were in your class, then refer to the chart on page 15 of the rule book.  Any titles received up to time of entry will determine the class entered.  It is not necessary to advance based on titles received between entry and the show.

Once you hit submit, it will first go to the county level, where your County Extension Agent or support staff will approve them. If you have made a mistake or need to make a change, contact your County Office to kick it back for you to correct.  The charge will not go through until the entry is approved at the State level.

There is also a photography contest. Pass the word to your friends outside the project. They don’t have to own a dog to enter the photography contest.

Parents and Project Leaders can register as adults for the show.  The only selections for adults will be ordering a t-shirt and signing up to help with various tasks. Be sure to pass this information along to your project leaders.

We will have a silent auction to raise funds for judge’s. Additional information about the silent auction will be coming, but start thinking about what your county group or multi-county group could provide. 

We are still short on Obedience/Rally and Conformation/Showmanship judges. If you know of a judge you would like to nominate, please read the packet carefully and then provide the nomination form to the potential judge. At this point we are notifying judges within a day or two of receiving their nomination form. 
If you have trouble with 4-H CONNECT, contact your County Extension Office.  The 2014 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rules and Guidelines and last year’s results are available at the State Website  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/show 

We hope you are having fun with your project and look forward to seeing you in Belton in July.

North Central Texas 4-H GEAR Robotics Contest

North Central Texas 4-H GEAR Robotics Contest
Contest Type:  GEAR Robotics
Eligibility:  Actively enrolled Texas 4-H members
Date:  May 10, 2014
Location:  Dallas Research and Extension Center, Building C
Check-in Time:  8 - 8:30 a.m.
Cost:  $60/team
Registration:  April 9 - May 2, 2014 (one youth or adult will register the whole team on 4-H Connect)
Limit:  30 team maximum

What to Bring (per team):
·         1 pre-programmed Lego robot (RCX, NXT or EV3)
·         1 power strip
·         1 laptop with Lego software
·         Items for educational presentation (if needed)

·         1 GEAR Robotics practice game mat (optional)

This same information will soon be posted on our robotics page along with other existing resources.  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/robotics   More contests are being planned, so we will be adding those on this same page once they are confirmed.