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. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2016 Marquette County Fair Information

Below you will find a letter from the Fair Board, the Pre-registration Form, and the Livestock Record Books for Marquette County Fair. Best wishes to all exhibitors on a successful year!!

Junior Beef Steer forms are due  BY January 31st 2016 
Lamb, Swine and Goat forms are due BY June 1st 2016
Letter from the Marquette County Fair Board

Livestock Pre-registration Form 2016 

Advanced Livestock Record Book

Intermediate Livestock Record Book

Beginner Livestock Record Book

Congratulations to Linda Talsma, Barb Bahrman, and Heidi Heidtman as they begin their new role on the Fair Board as the Livestock Superintendents! 

Thank you to Emily Bruce for her many years of service!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2014-15 Awards Banquet Information

Awards Forms Deadline: November 1st

2014-15 Awards Banquet Invitation
Individual Project Awards Form 
Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards Form 
Volunteer and Community Awards
Awards Handbook 

U.P. Challenge Seekers Invitation

Please see the flyer below for information about the first meeting of the year for the U.P. Challenge Seekers 4-H Club. They are welcoming anyone who would like to be part of their club to join them at the PEIF on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
U.P. Challenge Seekers 2015-16 Kickoff Meeting Flyer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

4-H Youth Tent Volunteers Needed August 13-16

Please complete the form below and send to Sarah Conery. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. 
4-H Youth Tent Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Ice Cream Booth Mangers Needed

We are in need of three managers for the ice cream booth at the Marquette County Fair. These managers are needed Thursday, August 13 through Sunday August 16 . We ask that these individuals be at least 20 years old.

Duties include:
1) Attending a managers meeting with Liana a few days prior to the fair for training
2) Orienting youth at the beginning of each shift change so they know what they need to do
3) Overseeing the money drawer and balancing it before a new manager takes over
4) Working with the other managers to develop a schedule that will work for everyone and report it to Liana by Wednesday, August 12
5) Providing information to Liana and Kimberly Pirman​ about ice cream levels and other needs throughout the fair

Each manager will be paid a $100 stipend. Each manager will need to pay their gate fees to get into the fairgrounds for their shifts.
Please call Liana at 906-202-3057 to express interest in this position.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Marquette County 4-H Ice Cream Booth Sign Up

The Marquette County 4-H Council holds an Ice Cream fundraiser each year at the Marquette County Fair.  Funds raised support the youth and adult volunteers who participate in the Michigan 4-H Youth Development program.  4-H members, parents, club leaders, and Council members are encouraged to sign-up to volunteer for a shift in the 4-H Ice Cream booth (located inside the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds).  A manager will be on-site during each shift to provide orientation and supervision. 

Wednesday (August  12)
Fair is not open to the public.  Volunteers are needed to help serve food and ice cream to vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and others who are setting-up and bringing their exhibits into the fairgrounds.

Thursday (August 13) – Sunday (August 16)
Fair is open to the public.  Volunteers will help take orders, run the cash register, scoop ice cream and keep the booth clean.

To sign-up for a shift please look at the available spots on the sign up sheet below and email Liana your preferred time at

Ice Cream Booth Sign Up Sheet

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

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 and mail your packets to the MSU Extension Office: 184 US Hwy 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866****

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


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
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 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.


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
 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:

Email Liana Graves if you would like more information about this event at 
I hope to see you there!