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 February 25, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News

Fair Club Leader Meet - March 9th
Save the date! The Fair Club Leader Meet is at 6:30 p.m. on March 9, 2016 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. It is very important that fair superintendents and a representative from each club attend to receive important Armada Fair information. Have your questions ready! Superintendents should look for an email communication from Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, as the meeting date gets closer.

4-H Youth Council Meeting - March 10th
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 10, 2016, at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township.  The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council needs your help to make things such as scholarships and countywide events happen in Macomb County, so attend a meeting, share your ideas, pitch in, and learn all about the exciting things that the Council is planning for your club and community! 

2016 4-H Fair Theme
The votes are in, and t he 2016 Macomb County 4-H fair theme is, "May the 4-H be with you!" The theme was the suggestion of Nate Maceroni of Clever Clovers 4-H Club. The theme received 19 votes.
 
"When you wish upon 4-H," submitted by Elizabeth Barone of Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club, came in second with 12 votes. In third was "Dive into 4-H" with 8 votes. The third-place theme was suggested by Unleashed 4-H Club members and by Sandi Pallas of Just-For-Fun 4-H Club. 
 
There were 31 great suggestions for this year's fair theme, giving voters a lot to choose from! Theme ideas were submitted by Clever Clovers, Just-For-Fun, Pirates, Ray Community, School Section, Unleashed, and Rays Riding Rascals 4-H club members and volunteers, and 86 non-duplicate votes were received. Thanks to all who participated!

Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Tack Sale
The 36th Annual Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Tack Sale is March 5th from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Berville Lions Field Hall, 13651 Hough Road, Allenton. Buy or sell anything for horse or rider! The event is open to the public. There is a $3 per person admission. Youth ages 12 and under are free.

Consignment check-in is March 4th from 6-8 p.m. or March 5th from 8-9 a.m. The consignment fee is $2 per page (15 items per page). Ray's Riding Rascals receives 15 percent commission on sold items. Contact Michelle at 248-425-3174 for more information.


Member Year Pins: Get 'em while they last!
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council will no longer be providing member year pins to clubs due to its decreased budget. The pins at the Macomb County MSU Extension office will be available to clubs while supplies last. Current inventory available to clubs on a first-come, first-served basis as of February 24, 2016 is listed below.

1st -  18
8th -    8
9th -  10
10th -  6
11th - 21
12th -   8
13th - 22
14th -   9
Blank - 3
I'm a 4-H Cloversprout - 9

Pins may be picked up at MSU Extension's office in Clinton Township, or delivered to a Macomb County 4-H Youth Council or program committee meeting. Contact the 4-H Office at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org to request member year pins.

 
Macomb County 
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
 
4-H Extension Educator
 
4-H Mentor Program Coordinator
  
4-H Program Coordinator
 
4-H Extension Educator
 
Program Coordinator, 
4-H Tech Wizards

Seth Martin
4-H Program Coordinator 
 
Computer Maintenance Clerk
 
Email:
 
Web Site:
 
Locations:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
 
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Save the Date for "4-H Meets at the Apple Store"
Save the date for " 4-H Meets at the Apple Store ." Members in grades 5-12 will be able to create amazing work right on the spot! They'll take their imaginations to new heights using Apple products to produce immersive, creative projects. This 1 1/2 hour program will be held at the Apple Store at Partridge Creek, 17360 Hall Road, Clinton Township, on April 16th. The time and registration information will be announced.

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Webinar
Join MSU Extension at 4 p.m. on March 24, 2016 for an exciting conversation on engaging young people in exploring entrepreneurship as a career option. Come prepared to share curriculum resources, tools, program models, success stories and more! An excellent open forum for exchanging ideas. A great opportunity to network with others interested in growing the next generation of entrepreneurs! Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/EmpoweringYoungEntrepreneurs  by March 22, 2016  for this FREE webinar!

Free Tickets to Riverdance, Matilda Performances
Macomb County MSU Extension will have a limited number of tickets available to 4-H families for shows at the Wharton Center in East Lansing:
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016
2 p.m. 
Tickets available: 6
Saturday, April 23, 2016
2 p.m.
Tickets available: 5

Tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org to request tickets.


Exploration Days registration begins March 15th 
Exploration Days is June 22-24, 2016 at MSU in East Lansing. Registration for this popular annual youth conference will begin on March 15th and run through April 26th. Best described as a "mini-college experience," this event gives Michigan youth who are ages 11-19 as of January 1, 2016 the opportunity to take fun, educational sessions of their choice, experience life in the dorms, attend well-chaperoned youth activities, and meet peers from across the state.
 
Updated information will be available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days by March 1st. Enrollment forms will be entered in the order that they are received at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township beginning March 15th. Turning forms in early may increase your chances of getting your preferred sessions, but will not guarantee it.
 
The cost for this year's event is $165 per person (4-H members) or $175 per person (non-members), plus any applicable session fees. An $80 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
 
A limited number of partial scholarships will be available from MSU Extension and the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council. The MSU Extension scholarship is open to youth members and non-members. The Council scholarship is open to Macomb County 4-H members and screened 4-H volunteers.
 
Participants will be housed either two to a room or four to a room, depending on the dorm our county is placed in. Macomb County roommates will be selected according to age and interests.
 
All participants, even returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County:

Exploration Days Orientation
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036

Exploration Days Orientation
June 7, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089
Balance information, session confirmations, orientation details and personal data sheets will be sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments, personal data sheets and any outstanding forms are due on or before your orientation date.
 
Chaperones and County Conference Assistants (CCAs): Adults, please consider being a chaperone or CCA for the Macomb County delegation. We will need one male and one female CCA, and at least one (same-sex) chaperone for every ten youth participants.
 
For more information, contact Jeran Culina at culinaje@anr.msu.edu or 
586-469-5979, 
or Roberta Busquaert at Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431.

Topline 4-H Dog Show
Get ready for this summer's dog shows by attending the Topline 4-H Club Dog Show on May 7th at Goodells County Park in Goodells! The St. Clair County club's warm-up dog show will be geared toward low-pressure learning and judge feedback for improvement. While the show will not have traditional trophies except for high-point, prizes will be available for each class. Register by April 30, 2016 and pay $6 for the first class, plus $5 for each additional class. Contact Calli at Morri1ce@cmich.edu for more information.

Other Macomb County News & Events

Diabetes PATH Self-Management Program
Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) self-management program  begins  April 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This program is for those living with diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes. Learn techniques to manage symptoms, fatigue, pain, stress, frustration and fear. Also learn strategies for healthy eating, exercises to improve strength and endurance and how to work more effectively with your doctor. The workshop runs 2/12 hours per week for 6 weeks. The cost is $15. Receive a $15 gift card when you complete the program! For more information or to register, call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at 800-852-7795 or visit AAA1B.com.

All About Food Conference: From Farm to Fork
Registration is now live for the All About Food Conference: From Farm to Fork, hosted by the Macomb Food Collaborative. The conference will be hosted on Tuesday, March 15th from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event will be located at the Macomb Community College University Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.
 
The early bird pricing of $20 is applicable now through February 15th. A locally sourced and prepared lunch is included in the cost of registration.
 
See the registration brochure for more information on the wide variety of food related sessions, our speakers, and further details. Register online at  http://www.macombfood.org/register-for-the-conference.html, or by mail to Macomb Food Collaborative/MSUE, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Make checks payable to Macomb Food Collaborative.

Gardening Classes Offered
Spring Ephemerals : On Monday, March 21, 2016, advanced Master Gardener, Cheryl English, will present Native Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden. Tired of tulips? Find daffodils dull? How about trying out some of our very own spring ephemerals! From trout lilies to trillium and from the exotic to the familiar, explore some native alternatives for the spring garden. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Library Auditorium, 150 Cass Avenue, Mount Clemens. English is also the owner of Black Cat Pottery and will have a display of her wares for sale before and after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5.00 to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members and two guests. For all others, the cost is $10.00 per person. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
 
Companion Planting : Join MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture coordinator Mary Gerstenberger at the MSU Extension Assembly Rooms in Clinton Township on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as we take a look at the friend and enemy plants of the garden. The presentation will cover what companion plants are or are not, talk about what makes good companions, and what services they provide to one another as well as the gardener. MSUE Extension Assembly Room. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association member and one guest. The cost for all others is $5 per person. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
The Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program will be held at the MSU Extension offices beginning March 3, 2016. Anyone interested in taking the class needs to go to the Master Gardener website, www.mg.msue.msu.edu to get to the registration for Clinton Township. Cost is $300 and class will run on Thursdays for 14 weeks, ending June 2. Master Gardeners may audit any class for a $5 fee.

Raising Money Smart Children - April 21
Michigan State University Extension is offering "Raising Money Smart Children", a FREE workshop at Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue in Warren, on Saturday, April 23, 2016, for adults and their children in grades 3-6. Adults and children will engage in activities designed to explore wants vs. needs, allowance, spending plans, and saving tips, and practice managing their money as a family unit. Seating is limited and lunch is provided. R.S.V.P. to 586-469-7614 by April 21, 2016.

4-H Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

March 5
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Berville Lions Field Hall, Allenton 

March 9
Fair Club Leader Meet
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

March 10
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

March 15
4-H Exploration Days registration begins 
9 a.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

March 24
4 p.m., online

March 25
Macomb County offices closed
12-5 p.m.

April 16
Time TBA, Apple Store at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

April 26
Last day to register for 4-H Exploration Days
Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren 


Other Macomb County News & Events

March 15
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Macomb Community College University Center, Clinton Township

March 21
Spring Ephemerals
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Public Library Auditorium, Mount Clemens

April 4
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

April 19
Companion Planting
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension Assembly Rooms, Clinton Township


Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

March 4
Michigan 4-H Children's Garden Classroom, East Lansing

March 5
Spring Galaxy 4-H Horse Program Committee
Contact  Taylor Fabus
 
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
 
March 11-13
Beechpoint Christian Camp, Allegan
 
March 12-13
Kettunen Center, Tustin
 
March 12-13
Kettunen Center, Tustin
 
March 19
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan
 
March 19-20
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 20-23
Lansing
 
April 6
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
 
April 10
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
 
April 16
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
 
April 16 
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
 
April 22-23
Anthony Hall & MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
 
April 22-23 
Small Animals Day
Contact  Carla McLachlan
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
 
May 21
State 4-H Poultry Show
Contact  Katie Ockert
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte

June 3-5
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville

June 4
4-H Day at Michigan's Adventure
Michigan's Adventure, Muskegon

June 22-24
Michigan State University
 
For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
Being a Michigan 4-H International Exchange Host Family
Michigan 4-H Youth Development needs families to host international students, teachers and chaperones. Hosting can be for a period of a month or as long as 10 months for an academic school year. For an overview of Michigan's 4-H International Exchange Programs, go to http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/international_exchange_programs .
 
Academic-Year Hosting Program (AYP) (August 2016 to June 2017)
Would you like to host an international high school student who will attend grade 10, 11 or 12 grade in Michigan? Through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program, the U.S. Department of State sponsors students, who are finalists in the top 2 to 4 percent of a competitive scholarship program. FLEX students come from Armenia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro,Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, 
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan. We also place students from Japan, Korea and Mexico through other programs. Host Families volunteer to provide friendship, support, and room and board (3 meals a day). Health insurance is covered by the program. Personal expenses
are paid by the student.
 
More information and applications are available on the Michigan 4-H AYP web page. You may also
contact Jan Brinn by email at brinn@anr.msu.edu or by phone at 269-673-0370, Ext. 2555.
 
International Youth Exchange (IYFE) Program
This program, formerly known as the International Farm Youth Exchange, was founded on the premise that through understanding each other, our world could become a more peaceful place. The program brings college-age youth, usually from Europe, to live and work at Michigan farms for three weeks in the summer. Since family living is at the heart of the cultural experience. IFYE representatives discover life in the United States as a member of the family, not as a guest or
tourist. During the hosting period, host families are expected to provide love and understanding, care and guidance, as well as food and housing.
 
For more information about this opportunity, visit the Michigan IFYE web site. You can obtain further details about hosting for summer or fall 2016 or for application forms, from Makena Schultz
by email at schul430@anr.msu.edu or by phone at 517-432-7603.
 
Japanese Summer Inbound Exchange (July to August 2016)
Do you have a child between the ages of 10 and 17? If so, we can match your son or daughter with a Japanese host sibling for four weeks this summer. The students will join your normal summer schedule. Funds are available for the student to join your child at camp. Alternatively, you may host an adult Japanese teacher or college-age chaperone for two weeks, either July 24 to August 7 or 
August 7 to August 20. These adult leaders are bilingual in English and Japanese. 
 
More information and applications are available on the Michigan Japanese Summer Inbound Exchange web page. You may also contact D'Ann Rohrer by email at drohrer@anr.msu.edu or by phone at 231-757-4789.
 
Find out more about the various national 4-H international exchange programs from :

4-H News, Events and Information Right in Your Inbox!
Did you know MSU Extension's News digests deliver the latest news, information and events right to your inbox?
 
Sent once a month, these electronic newsletters feature recent articles and events published on the MSU Extension web site and they are available in more than 60 interest areas! We recently added new 4-H and youth newsletter topics. These include 4-H animal science, youth arts, youth environmental and outdoor science, and youth money management.
 
If you already receive MSU Extension News digests, update your subscriber settings to add these new topics. However, if you're a new subscriber, simply text "MSUE" to 22828 or visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu and click on "Newsletter Sign-Up."


And the Winners Are!
The inaugural Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year Awards went to Mary Adams , a Calhoun County 4-H leader who has been involved in 4-H for more than 30 years and Cassie Holladay , a 10-year Oceana County 4-H'er. It was clear to the selection committee that both Mary and Cassie exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship.
 
According to Mary 's nominators, she's an energetic, dedicated leader who helps all youth, no matter what 4-H club they belong to.
 
Cassie, whose project areas include beef, dairy, horse, teen leadership and community service, is a 
member of the 4-Star and Rough Riders 4-H Clubs. While Cassie's nominators made it clear she is a fierce competitor, they also stressed she never hesitates to help teach someone less experienced. 
  
Read these articles for more information about:

Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp
The Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp will be held on June 3-5, 2016 at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan. Campers and their dogs will have the opportunity to attend various sessions such as games to play with your dog, learn hands on skills from a veterinarian, new training techniques, make it take it crafts and more. Campers will also have many opportunities to partake in camp activities such as an evening campfire, a climbing tower and hiking trails.
Camp Tuhsmeheta offers various lodging options to participants: lodge, tent or camper/RV sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on ammenities at Camp Tuhsmeheta, please visit  their website. Additional program information can be found in the program materials: 
Camp registrations must be postmarked by May 7, 2016.  Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michigan's Adventure to host 4-H Day - June 4th
Michigan's Adventure will be partnering with Muskegon County 4-H to host a  4-H Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Michigan 4-H members, volunteers, staff and their families are all invited. To get the discount on the day of the event, wear a 4-H shirt or bring something designating that you are with Michigan 4-H. Let's pack the park with 4-H clovers!!
 
The cost is $24 plus $6 with a lunch. Everyone will pay for their tickets on the day of the event. R.S.V.P. for the event and the lunch to (231) 766-9959 or  youthsales@miadventure.com by June 1st.


Biosecurity Must Remain Top Priority on Every Michigan Farm
In recent years, diseases like high pathogenicity avian influenza in poultry and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in swine have brought heightened awareness to farmers' biosecurity practices.
Biosecurity is essentially a set of farm management practices working to prevent animals from coming in contact with germs which would cause them illness. While how the practices are implemented may vary from farm to farm, there are always the same key components:

Keep Your Distance:  It's important to restrict animal access to people, wildlife and other domestic animals that could potentially be carrying disease. In addition, any time new animals are added to a farm, there should always be a period of time in which they are separated from other animals to ensure they are healthy before introducing them to the established animals.

Keep It Clean:  Washing your hands, clothes and footwear thoroughly before and after working with animals and regularly cleaning and disinfecting your equipment are essential to the prevention of disease on any farm.

Don't bring in disease:  It's important to think twice before sharing equipment or supplies with neighbors. If you decide to share equipment with others, always clean and disinfect equipment before and after sharing. It's also important to disinfect boots, vehicle and other items after returning from another farm.
 
Recognize a sick animal:  Early detection of unhealthy animals can help prevent the spread of the disease among your animals and in your community. It is always wise to consult with your local, licensed veterinarian.

"Regardless of the size of your farm, it's crucial to always implement and practice proper biosecurity," said State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill.  "Not only does it prevent your animals from becoming ill, it protects Michigan's animals."

Farmers experiencing severe illness or multiple death losses in their animals are asked to contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 or, for after-hours emergencies, call 517-373-0440.
 

The World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute is an experience designed to inspire and engage youth as the next generation of researchers, scholars, policymakers and leaders in addressing the vital topic of global food security.  Michigan high school students select, research and write a paper about a global food security topic in a developing country of their choice.  Students will present their research to peers and experts, and experience how Michigan State University leads the way in addressing global food security, during an exciting day on the campus of MSU on May 12, 2016.  The youth with the best research projects will be eligible to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize - Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (October 12-14, 2016) and may qualify to apply for scholarships and prestigous paid internships which will have them working side-by-side with leading food security researchers in the United States or around the world! 

Michigan 4-H Robotics Workshop
 
Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
The Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference scheduled for March 11-13, 2016 at Beechpoint Christian Camp in Allegan is now open for registration. Individuals who expect they will be receiving full or partial funding from local scholarships or local councils, should contact their local county office prior to registering. This will insure payments are applied correctly.
 
Participants may register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/MI4HDairyConf/. Workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Event Services at 446 W. Circle Dr. Room 11 in East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. Registrations must be entered into the ANR Events Management System no later than 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2016.
 
State 4-H Goat Expo
The State 4-H Goat Expo is April 16, 2016 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. All exhibitors must be aged 9-19 as of January 1, 2016. Contests will include a quiz bowl, breed judging, skill-a-thon, illustrated talk, problem solving, creative writing, educational posters, cookery and foods, and arts and crafts. The cost is $5 per participant plus $3 per contest. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/goatexpo.  For more information, contact Katie Ockert at 517-432-5270.

Upcoming Horse Events

Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show/Clinic, April 10
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available.  Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback as well!  Find event details and a showbill at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs . Purchase stalls at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 .
 
4-H Pattern-O-Rama Horse Show/Clinic, April 16
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available.  Focusing on showmanship, equitation, and horsemanship. Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback!  The event details and showbill are online at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
 
4-H Equine Educational Expo, April 22-23
Anthony Hall and MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
The state-level contests for public speaking, presentations, horse bowl, horse judging, and hippology.
Registration and event details available at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Taylor Fabus at 517-353-1748 or tenlenta@msu.edu .
 
Bee Keeping Essay Deadline Extended
The 2016 Bee Keeping Essay contest deadline has been extended to February 28th.  Please share this information with those interested in this subject.  All Michigan entries should be submitted to baumga75@anr.msu.edu by the deadline date.
 
This year's essay topic is: "Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?" The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. Contest rules and information are available on line at http://preservationofhoneybees.org/essays.

4-H Shooting Sports Adult and Teen Instructor Certification Workshop
The 4-H Shooting Sports Adult and Teen Instructor Certification Workshop scheduled for April 22-24, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Register online by April 10, 2016 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/ShootingSportsWorkshop2016/. If not paying online with a credit card, please send payment and a copy of your registration receipt to ANR Event Services, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11, East Lansing, MI 48824. 

4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Program
Enroll now for the 2016 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series and become a 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader! A multi-session training program is designed to develop the skills of adults interested in using the outdoors to help young people develop life skills and competencies. The training program includes an introduction to the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge program and training in the technical skills needed for backpacking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, winter camping, and outdoor survival. The training program also focuses on risk management, leadership skills, processing skills, initiative games and group dynamics.
 
You must be at least 16 to enroll in the training series, and at least 21 to become a certified 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader. After successfully completing each training component, you can begin working with youth at the level for which you've been trained if you also meet the CPR and Standard First Aid certification requirements.

Level 1 :
Orientation - May 6-8. 2016

Level 2
Kayaking - August 12-14, 2016
Flatwater Canoeing - August 19-21, 2016
 Winter Camping - February 17-19, 2017
Level 3
Rock Climbing - May 27-29, 2016
Swiftwater Canoeing - by arrangement
Caving - Suspended

Level 2 is not a prerequisite for participation in Level 3. Trainings are $50 per training at each level, up to $300.  To enroll for 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge (OAC) leader training, you must:

1. Complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process through your county MSU Extension office.
2. Complete the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Enrollment Form available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/outdoor_adventure_challenge or from Nick Baumgart, 4-H OAC Coordinator at 906-774-0363 or baumga75@anr.msu.edu.
3. Mail the enrollment form and fee (check payable to Michigan State University) as indicated on the form. Deadlines and fees vary for each training.

The deadline for enrollment and Level 1 (orientation) sign up is April 29, 2016.  For more information about the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series, contact Seth Martin at 
(586) 783-8163 or Nick Baumgart, (906) 774-0363.