Monday, May 23, 2016

Marquette County 4-H Summer Camp 2016

2015 4-H Camp Photo

You have all been anxiously awaiting it, and now it is here! The 2016 Marquette County 4-H Summer Camp will be held July 6-8 at Clear Lake Education Center, located in the Hiawatha National Forest. Campers (ages 9-13) will enjoy participating in a variety of fun, hands-on educational activities while at camp, including a high ropes challenge, nature exploration, swimming, arts and crafts, drama, and lots of group activities. Youth do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend camp, but they will need to enroll in 4-H as part of their registration process.

Older youth (ages 14 and up) are needed to serve as Counselors. Youth serving in these positions will provide leadership (along with an Adult) to a cabin of younger campers. We are asking Counselors to attend a Counselor Training the day before Camp begins (July 5th at 2:30 p.m.). Counselors will be given the opportunity to participate in high ropes after their group of campers have gone through the course and for a $25 fee. 

Two Adult MEN are needed to serve as Camp Dads and two Adult WOMEN are also needed to serve as Camp Moms. Adults serving in these roles must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process before they are accepted as volunteers. Adults provide oversight for a cabin of campers and youth counselors.

For Marquette and Alger County Residents, the Early Bird cost of 4-H Camp is $55 per youth already enrolled in 4-H ($65 for youth not yet enrolled in 4-H) and includes everything campers will need; daily meals, snacks, lodging, all program supplies, crafts, and instruction. This price goes up after June 8th to $70 for 4-H members and $80 for youth not yet enrolled. For residents of other counties, the cost is just $10 more. Youth Counselors and Adult Volunteers attend camp at no cost.

Space at camp is limited. Registration will be completed in the order that applications and payment are received by the Marquette County MSU Extension Office. The final day to register a camper (space permitting) is June 17, 2016. Counselor and Adult applications must be submitted to the MSU Extension office no later than June 13, 2016.

For questions or more information, please contact the MSU Extension office, located at 184 US Hwy 41 East in Negaunee. Call 906.475.5731or email

Camper and Counselor forms are available at the Marquette County MSU Extension office, from your club leader, or can be downloaded here:

****Please make all CHECKS out to Marquette County 4-H Council and mail your packets to the MSU Extension Office: 184 US Hwy 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866****


Marquette-Alger County Camper Registration Forms

4-H Camper Registration Forms for Youth From Other Counties 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

MSU 4-H Exploration Days 2016

Registration Books and Forms are now available online (see "Forms" below).  They will also be available at the MSU Extension office on Friday, March 6th. Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperons will be on the Michigan State University campus June 22-24 for the 46th annual 4-H Exploration Days. Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest such as veterinary medicine, Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming, and many more. 214 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered this year. Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old by January 1, 2016 in order to participate in the event. The Marquette County Delegation will leave on Tuesday, June 21st for this event.

Cost and Scholarship Information

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
New and Returning 4-H Members

Full cost with no scholarships
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship applied
Cost with $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship AND $113 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied

The options above show the cost for youth to participate in the event. The costs include a $165.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee, a $25.00 early arrival fee, a $70.00 bus fee, and (for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H) a $10.00 Participation Fee. In addition to these fees, participants are also responsible for 3 meals while traveling to and from East Lansing. Some sessions also require that participants pay a "session fee". See registration booklet for more info (these session fees are due along with any balance at the orientation meeting in June).

The Marquette County 4-H Council and the State 4-H Office provide financial assistance to support the participation of Marquette County youth in this event. Youth must complete scholarship applications in order to receive financial assistance. 

Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship
The Marquette County 4-H Council will provide $113.00 scholarships to youth who complete a Marquette County 4-H Council - Exploration Days Scholarship Application Form. The form must be received by the Marquette County MSU Extension office by April 15, 2016 in order for youth to get this scholarship.

State 4-H Scholarship
Each year the State 4-H office awards each county a limited number of Exploration Days Scholarships. These $40 scholarships are to support participation of financially limited youths who would otherwise not attend and to encourage and support youth who have not participated in Exploration Days in the past. If you are new to Exploration Days, please fill out an application. If you have multiple children attending, please fill out an application. These forms are due April 17th, as well.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines
Please note: All participants MUST include 8 session choices on their registration form. You will not be registered unless your form has all 8 session choice lines completed and the $80 registration fee is paid ($90 if you have not yet paid your participation fee). Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well. 

** Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged! **

The deadline for registration is April 22nd. Scholarship applications are due April 15, 2016

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meetings
Mark your calendar and save the date!  ALL youth participants and a parent, are required to attend one of these meetings.  I also ask that the chaperons and CCAs attend at least one of these meetings. 
mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 31st.  This meeting will be a shorter version of the orientation meeting for individuals who have attended Exploration Days in the past. A mandatory Exploration Days orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 2nd. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. Location of both meetings will be determined at a later date. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios
Personal Data Sheet with a current photo will be needed for each youth and adult participant. These sheets will help county conference assistants (CCAs) and chaperones put names and faces together, put all pertinent information in one place and assist with identification and tracking if someone is missing. I encourage you to fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms. You can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June as well.


Registration Checklist

Registration Book and Forms (scroll down and you will find the links to the book and forms)

Personal Data Sheet

For More Information about 4-H Exploration Days please go to The Michigan 4-H Web Page

Monday, February 8, 2016

Current U.P. Opportunities for 4-H Families and Teens

Please follow the link below for more information and the registration form for this fun day of activity for the whole family! 
Tahquamenon Area Schools (Newberry)
March 12th, 2016

Luce County's Winter Break for Knowledge

Educational Workshop on Leadership and Citizenship.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 4:00-7:00.m. (EDT)
Copper Country ISD, Conference Room B

Leaders for Tomorrow in the Copper Country

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

U.P. Teen Overnight

Learn new skills, meet new people from all over the U.P. and try new activities- like downhill skiing and gymnastics!  

This program is open to all youth, not just 4-H members! Invite a non-4-H friend!

Information on how to register and what to bring is in the brochure at the link below. 

2016 U.P. Teen Overnight Brochure

Below is a link to the online registration page.

2016 Teen Overnight Online Registration Page

Thursday, January 7, 2016

U.P. State Fair Steer Exhibitor's Information

U.P. State Fair Steer Exhibitors, please click on the links below for needed information regarding showing steers at the U.P. State Fair. 
Please note the DEADLINE of February 16, 2016.

2016 Cover Letter and Rules for Steer Exhibition

2016 Preliminary Entry Form for Steer Exhibition

For more information, please call Lori Branstrom at 906-212-5419  or 906-241-6970

Monday, January 4, 2016

Marquette and Alger 4-H Ski Events

Marquette & Alger County’s 4-H Ski Events!

Friday, January 22, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
**Saturday, February 27, 2016
4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
at Marquette Mountain!

$16 fee includes:
Rental equipment & Lift ticket

Additional family members also pay just $16!

You must print and present this flyer with coupon to
Marquette Mountain to receive this special rate!

*This fantastic opportunity is made possible by Marquette Mountain*

Just print the flyers below and present the coupon at the ticket counter. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!!

January 22, 2016 Ski Event

February 19, 2016 Ski Event

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Ski Event 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Archery Instructor Certification Training


 The 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop provides the necessary skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities.  This workshop is for adult leaders and teens 16 and older who are active in their shooting sports club or want to become involved.   Participants should express and interest in working with youth and have a willingness to improve their own knowledge and skills in shooting sports.  This workshop is archery specific.  Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range.  All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSUE office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process.

DATES and Time:
Saturday, January 30, 2016 and Sunday, January 31, 2016, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm both days

Negaunee Rod and Gun Club
355 North Road
Negaunee, MI 49866

$65.00 per person, includes materials, light morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack both days (Does NOT include lodging)

Registration –   Nikki Kulppi                                  Questions:     Liana Graves
  MSUE Alger County                                         (906) 387-2530 Alger Office
  E9526 Prospect St., Suite 1                               (906) 475-5731 Marquette Office
  Munising, MI 49862                               
  (906) 387-2530

  • Please bring a three ring binder.
  • Checks payable to Alger County 4-H Council- No refunds (unless training is cancelled)
  • Bring samples of your club archery equipment - bow, arrow, arm guards, quivers - ONE each only - Instructors can inspect/advise and recommend how to use/build program around your equipment.  If you do not have equipment Instructors will recommend where, how to obtain.  ALL SHOOTING WILL BE DONE WITH EQUIPMENT PROVIDED.  ABSOLUTELY NO BROADHEADS!
  • Registration deadline is January 20, 2016

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Liana Graves at (906) 387-2530 or (906) 475-5731 by January 20th to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.