Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015 4-H Camp


2013 4-H Camp Photo

You have all been anxiously awaiting it, and now it is here! The 2015 Marquette County 4-H Summer Camp will be held July 7-9 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, astronomy, arts and crafts, drama, and lots of group activities. Youth do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend camp.

Older youth (ages 14 and up) are needed to serve as Junior Counselors. Youth serving in these positions will provide leadership (along with an Adult Counselor) to a cabin of younger campers. We are asking Junior Counselors to attend a Counselor Training the day before Camp begins (July 6th at 2:30 p.m.). Junior 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. Adult MEN are needed to serve as Counselors. Adults serving in these roles must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process before they are accepted as volunteers. Adult Counselors provide leadership for a cabin of campers and youth counselors.

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 5th to $70 for 4-H members and $80 for youth not yet enrolled. Youth and adult counselors 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 4-H Council. The final day to register a camper (space permitting) is June 26, 2015. Junior and Adult Counselor applications must be submitted to the MSU Extension office no later than June 15, 2015.

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

Camper, Junior Counselor, and Adult 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****


Downloads:
Camper Registration Forms



Thanks to the support of Powell Township School and the Marquette County 4-H Council, we are able to offer transportation to and from camp this year:


Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Exploration Days

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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 24-26 for the 45th 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, 2015 in order to participate in the event. The Marquette County Delegation will leave on Tuesday, June 23rd for this event.

Cost and Scholarship Information

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
$260
$220
$147
$107
New and Returning 4-H Members
$270
$230
$157
$117
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 17, 2015 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. 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 23rd. Scholarship applications are due April 17, 2015. 


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, June 2nd.  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 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 4th. 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.

Forms

Registration Checklist










Personal Data Sheet


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

Friday, February 6, 2015

Marquette County H T-Shirt Logo Contest

The 4-H Council is looking to print a new Logo for 4-H Camp and Exploration Days tee shirts this summer. We are inviting our 4-H youth members to participate in a contest to have their logo printed on our tee shirts. If you are interested in submitting a logo idea, we have a few requests:
 1.  Please submit your document to me by 4pm on Sunday, February 15th. You can email them in a .pdf or .jpeg format to deisenro@anr.msu.edu.
 2.  We will use this logo for several years, so please don’t put specific dates on it.
 3. Please have Marquette County and a 4-H Clover on the design somewhere. Here are the proper 4-H clovers. Outlined Clover          Black Clover
 4. National 4-H has regulations about the 4-H Emblem. Below is a link to the guidelines for the use of the clover.

We had some awesome designs last time! We hope to have great participation again! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

U.P. 4-H Teen Overnight 2015

When: Saturday, February 21- Sunday, February 22, 2015
Where: Marquette County 
Who: Youth ages 12 and up (as of January 1st) and adult chaperons will also be needed.
How Much: $55 per person. Partial scholarships are available to those who need help with the cost.
What: We will be skiing at Marquette Mountain (inexperienced skiers are welcome), learning how to luge at Lucy Hill Luge Track and snowshoeing there as well. 

U.P. 4-H Teen Overnight Brochure

Here is the link to the registration page:
http://events.anr.msu.edu/UP4HTeenOvernight/

Email Liana Graves if you would like more information about this event at deisenro@anr.msu.edu 
I hope to see you there!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2013-2014 Marquette County Awards

About the Awards Program:
The Awards program is an annual event that provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of 4-H members, leaders, volunteers, and families. An invitation  to this event will be posted later this month.

Individual Awards
As in past years, 4-H youth members (ages 9 and up) need to fill out the Project Awards Form if they would like to be considered for a project pin. Each enrolled 4-H member is eligible for a year pin and a project pin. The same project pin and/or award cannot be received two years in a row. Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) will receive a certificate, but are not eligible to receive project pins.

Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards
Youth ages 12 – 19 (4-H age determined by age of child on 1/1/2013) are also eligible for Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards. Youth must fill out a cover sheet for these awards and write an essay.

Volunteer and Community 4-H Awards
Also, be sure to make nominations for Volunteer & Community 4-H Awards. Youth, leaders, volunteers and parents are encouraged to fill out a nomination sheet. This is your opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions and efforts that others make to 4-H!

Awards Handbook
The Awards Handbook provides more information on the awards process and eligibility for all awards. If you have questions about the awards, please contact your club leader or the MSU Extension office.
Download the Marquette County 4-H Awards Handbook 

Awards Forms
Printed forms are available to pick up from the Marquette County MSU Extension office, or may be downloaded here:


(If you would like forms mailed to you please contact the MSU Extension office at 906-475-5731)

Deadline
Forms are due to the Marquette County 4-H Council no later than Friday, October 31, 2014. Only those who submit completed forms to 184 US Highway 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866 by the deadline will be considered for awards. If you would like to submit your forms electronically, please email them to deisenro@anr.msu.edu.

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Pig-A-Palooza: Livestock Camp

Pig-A-Palooza LIVESTOCK Camp

What: A LIVESTOCK camp for all 4-H youth (9-19 years of age)- geared toward those interested in showing at the fair. This year there will be instruction for: Steers, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Chickens, and Rabbits.

When: Sunday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 1st

 
Where: Marquette County Fairgrounds

 
Registration Deadline: May 23rd


2014 Pig-A- Palooza Promotional Flyer

2014 Pig-A-Palooza Camper Packet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Exploration Days



Registration Books and Forms are now available at the Extension office and online (see "Forms" below).  Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperones will be on the Michigan State University campus June 19-21 for the 44th 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, 2014 in order to participate in the event.

Exploration Days, Michigan’s largest annual 4-H event, is designed to help students learn new ideas and techniques while exploring career options and developing decision-making, independence and teamwork skills. They also meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and areas throughout Michigan. 4-H volunteers and staff are on hand to offer oversight and guidance.


“Exploration Days gives 4-H youth an authentic collegiate experience,” says Judy Ratkos, MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program leader and coordinator of the event. “They are exposed to things they cannot get at the local level. Information learned in a session may spark their interest in a college major or career.”


Wednesday Night’s Wharton Center Entertainment is “Science in the Movies”. See the secret science behind movie stunts and special effects! Presented by Steve Wolf, an award winning engineer of stunts for feature films and TV shows.

When not in sessions, students will have a plethora of recreation and learning choices. This year’s Exploration Days features the following options:

Abrams Planetarium- Take in a narrated sky show to learn about the stars and planets.
Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center -This MSU facility features the latest in shooting range technology and is designed to accommodate a variety of shooting sports activities. It promotes, advances, and encourages the safe use of firearms and archery equipment for programmatic and recreational use.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum -This new, world-class museum provides innovative educational and creative art including interactive exhibits to help visitors learn about the modern art on exhibit.
 4‑H Children’s Garden- Experience the many themed gardens within the world-famous 4‑H Children’s Garden.
MSU Animal Teaching and Research Centers Tour- travel by bus to visit the MSU dairy, horse or beef facilities.
MSU Dairy Store- See where MSU makes its very own ice cream and cheese, and consider buying a yummy snack while you’re there.
MSU Museum -Explore the animals, cultures, crafts and much more on display at MSU’s very own museum.
Science Palooza- See and do a tons of really cool, fun science-related activities.
Swimming- swim with others from your county delegation in MSU’s Oplymic-sized outdoor pool.

During your leisure time at 4‑H Exploration Days you can also bowl, shoot pool, dance, ice skate, swim and more!

The annual State 4-H Awards Celebration, a formal event celebrating the accomplishments of more than 160 Michigan 4-H members, takes place June 19.

 

Cost and Scholarship Information

 

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
$254
$214
$141
$101
New and Returning 4-H Members
$264
$224
$151
$111
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 $24.00 early arrival fee, a $65.00 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 17, 2014 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. Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well.

Everything you need to register for Exploration Days is in the Registration Book. You can download the book (or only the forms) from this blog. Printed books are also available at the MSU Extension office. Feel free to stop by and pick one up or contact the office and we can mail you the book.


Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged!
The deadline for registration is April 30th. Scholarship applications are due April 18, 2014.

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meeting
Mark your calendar and save the date!  A mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 5th.  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 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10th. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. ALL youth participants and a parent, and adult chaperones are required to attend one of these meetings.  Location of both meetings will be in the 4-H building at the Marquette County Fairgrounds. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios

A 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.

Forms

Registration Checklist






 
For more information about Exploration Days, visit the website: http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days

Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 Marquette County Fair Livestock Record Books and Entry Form

Below you will find the necessary forms for exhibiting your livestock at the Marquette County Fair.

Livestock Pre-Entry Form

Beginning Member Livestock Record Book

Intermediate Member Livestock Record Book

Advanced Member Livestock Record Book

Please contact Emily Bruce, the Marquette County Fair Livestock Superintendent, for further information.
embruce@sirfcu.com