Thursday, December 19, 2013

4-H Ski Nights at Marquette Mountain

Thanks to Jill Churchill, we will be enjoying two 4-H ski nights at Marquette Mountain this winter!
Lift tickets and Rentals are just $16 per person.
Just present the flyer at the time of purchase and you will get the discount. 
Non-4-H Family Members are also included in this deal!
Come out to the hill and have some fun! We hope to see you there!
February 9th Ski Night Flyer
March 2nd Ski Night Flyer

Friday, September 6, 2013

2012-2013 Marquette County 4-H Awards Information

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 year badge and 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)

Forms are due to the Marquette County 4-H Council no later than Wednesday September 25, 2013. Only those who submit completed forms to P.O. Box 971, Marquette, MI  49855 by the deadline will be considered for awards. If you would like to submit your forms electronically, please email them to

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ice Cream Booth at the Marquette County Fair

The Marquette County 4-H Council is serving Jilbert's Ice Cream at the Fair again (located inside and 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds)! It is a fantastic way to help raise funds for the Marquette County 4-H Program. The Council helps fund 4-H Camp, Exploration Days, National 4-H Congress, and much more!
The 4-H Council has hired two individuals and is looking to hire one more person for the job of ice cream booth manager for the four days of the fair: Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 11th. Managers must be 18 years of age or older to be considered for the position. If you are interested, please email Liana at or call the MSU Extension Office at 906-475-5731.

Youth, parents, and club leaders are encouraged to volunteer in the ice cream booth as well. It is a fun way to serve your community and help the 4-H program. Please follow the link below to sign up. Once you are at the sight, type in your name and select your top choice time slot. Scroll over to the right hand side of the page and hit save. That is all you need to do to sign up for the ice cream booth. Space is limited to three volunteers per 2 hour time period.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pig-A-Palooza Handouts

For those of you who missed Pig-A-Palooza but show pigs at the fair, please help yourself to the handouts that the participants received. We hope you find them helpful. If you need hard copies, call the Extension office and we can provide one for you.

Swine Exhibition Handouts

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pig-A-Palooza Swine Camp

What: A swine camp for all 4-H youth- geared toward those interested in showing at the fair.
When: Sunday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, July 2
Where: Marquette County Fairgrounds
Registration Deadline: Friday, June 21st

Pig-A-Palooza Promo Flyer

Pig-A-Palooza Camper Packet

Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 4-H Camp

 2012 4-H Camp Photo

You have all been anxiously awaiting it, and now it is here! The 2013 Marquette County 4-H Summer Camp will be held July 9-11 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 at Moosewood Education Center the day before Camp begins (July 8th at 9:00 am). Adult volunteers 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 8th 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 28, 2013. Junior and Adult Counselor applications must be submitted to the MSU Extension office no later than June 14, 2013.

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

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****


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:


Monday, April 22, 2013

U.P. State Fair Junior Market Forms and Rules

Below you will find links to Show Rules and Pre-Entry Forms for both Hogs and Lambs.
Please be certain to note the deadline dates as they have taken a hard line and will not accept any late registrations.

Junior Market Hog Show Rules

Junior Market Hog Pre-Entry Form

Junior Market Lamb Show Rules

Junior Market Lamb Pre-Entry Form

Good Luck!

Monday, March 4, 2013

2013 U.P. Leadermete

Saturday, April 27th 10:00-4:00
Holiday Inn, Marquette

U.P. Leadermete:
-An educational experience designed for adults and youth, ages 12 and older.  
-Programs are designed to meet the needs of 4-H volunteers and youth, yet anyone can participate to learn more about what 4-H offers.
-Learn new skills that you can bring back to your club and teach to others. 
-Mingle with youth and adult volunteers from around the U.P.

U.P. Leadermete Brochure

2013 4-H Exploration Days Information

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, 2013 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 the award-winning show by “The Magic Stu” - brimming with high-energy, side-splitting comedy and entertaining illusions. The Bonus Opening Show will be Anthony Ianni, former MSU basketball player and advocate for the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
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.

Jack Breslin Student Events Center -Tour the home of the MSU Spartan basketball teams and a variety of sports, mu­sic and other events. See the trophy cases, media room and “star signing wall” that are not normally open to the public.

MSU Animal Field Laboratory Tour -Travel by bus to visit either the MSU Dairy, Horse or Beef Facilities.

MSU Bug House- See the Entomology Department’s amazing collection of creepy critters – both alive and pinned.

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.

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 20. Marquette County has one youth competing for a State Award so please plan to attend and give your support.

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 $170.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee (includes a handling fee), a $24.00 early arrival fee, a $50.00 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 19, 2013 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.

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 either from your club leader or 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 19, 2013.

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 Tuesday, June 4th.  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 6th. 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. There will not be another orientation meeting held, so please put this on your calendar 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. You can fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms or you can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June.


For more information about Exploration Days, visit the website:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Two more 4-H ski Nights at Marquette Mountain left

With the harsh conditions on Tuesday, we were unable to take advantage of the Ski Night fun. So, Jill was able to get another night for us! Thanks Jill!

Feb 26 Ski Night Flyer

Mar 1 Ski Night Flyer

Don't forget to print the flyers to present at the ticket booth to get the awesome discount.
Hope to see you out there!

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Member Enrollment Form

New Member Enrollment Form

To goal behind posting this form is to help club leaders who have run out and need one in a pinch. If you are a parent of a young person who wants to get started in 4-H, please conact the Extension Office prior to filling this form out. The number is 906-475-5731. We would like to see if there are clubs in the area that can best fit into your goals for 4-H participation.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 U.P. State Fair Junior Steer Pre-Entry Information

The U.P. State Fair deadline for Junior Preliminary Steer Entry is coming up next month. Please read the cover letter provided in the link below, read the show rules as some things have changed for this year, and fill out the pre-entry form completely before submitting.
The deadline is Friday, February 15th.
The U.P. State Fair is collecting hair samples for DNA testing with their pre-entry forms. Bags will labels are available at the MSU Extension office. So, please call and we can mail them or stop and pick them up.

UP State Fair Cover Letter for Junior Steer Show 2013

UP State Fair Junior Steer Show Rules 2013

UP State Fair Junior Steer Pre-Entry Form 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

4-H Recreational Leadership Workshop

4-H Teen and Adult Leaders: Are you interested in improving your leadership skills- especially in the area of recreation? Do you want to help improve the Marquette County 4-H Camp program?

This workshop is for 4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years and older) interested in Recreational Leadership, infusing fun into their clubs, serving as camp counselors and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. MSU Extension staff is also welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.
Click on the link below to see the full Workshop flyer.

4-H Recreational Leadership Workshop

If you are interested in attending, call the Extension Office or talk to your club leader. The Marquette 4-H Council has funds to sponsor trainings like this.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mark of Excellence

For all you 11 and 12 year-olds out there who love 4-H, here is an awesome opportunity. If your essay is selected, you will be recognized during the State Awards ceremony during Exploration Days. If you have any questions, contact the Extension office at 906-475-5731.

Mark of Excellence Flyer

4-H Ski Nights at Marquette Mountain

Do you love to ski? Have you never tried it but would love to give it a shot? Now is your chance to enjoy yourself with little cost involved! Marquette Mountain has provided 4-H with our second season of ski nights. The links below are three flyers (one for each night) which serves as a coupon. From 4:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. on each of these nights you can present the appropriate flyer to get a lift ticket and ski rentals for just $15. Family members of 4-Hers also only pay $15 for a lift ticket and rental!

January 24th Ski Night

February 19th Ski Night

March 1st Ski Night

Thursday, January 3, 2013

4-H Teen Leadership & Community Change Conference

4-H Teen Leadership & Community Change Conference

January 19-20, 2013

Kettunen  Center


Teens are you interested in being a leader in your club, community or school?  Do you want to be part of a movement where teens lead? If yes, to either if these questions, then we have a workshop for you!!!  It’s called the 4-H Teen Leadership & Community Change Conference on January 19-20, 2013 at Kettunen Center near Tustin, Michigan. Registration is open to teens (age 13 and up) and their adult chaperones.  Hurry, don’t delay, registration closes on January 9, 2013. 


Lodging, meals and fun (karaoke, dance, sledding and more) for just $58 if you are a 4-H member (the Marquette County 4-H Council can help with a scholarship) and $101.25 for non-4-H members.  You can access the conference announcement at the new Michigan 4-H Event Registration System or on Michigan’s 4-H Youth Development webpage at either or the secured website at Call your local 4-H office and they will be able to assist you.


Check out what’s happening at the conference….

v  Lead in Style: Duct Tape Sculptures

v  World Travelers: Geocaching & Travel Bugs

v  Backseat Driving-Allowing Youth to Take the Steering Wheel

v  Snowman and Snowshoes: Outdoor Winter Activities

v  World in Jeopardy!

v  Photovoice Project: Recording Your Life & Community

v  “Green” Youth Leadership

v  If I Ran for Office, I would….

v  Turtle Mythology: Youth Leaders in a Global World

v  Teen Leader Training: Communicating through Conflict, Generating Ideas & Moving to Action

v  Teen Leader Training: Officer Roles & Parliamentary Procedure

v  Who’s Behind the Mask? Make the Connection between Life Skills & 4-H

v  College & Career Skills through Community Service

v  Stars & Stripes: Engaging in Democracy

v  Global Teens: Michigan 4-H International Exchange Program

v  Open Your Home: Be a Host Sister or Brother

v  Smoothie Off!  And Other Healthy Living Challenges

v  Leadership through 4-H Animal Projects

v  Social Media & Leadership

v  Opportunities beyond the County Program