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 March 9, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News

Spring Break Camp - April 4-8
A Spring Break Camp for youth ages 5-12, hosted by Macomb County MSU Extension Youth Development, will be held at Thompson Community Center in Warren from April 4-8, 2016. The camp will feature fun, educational activities that focus on Healthy Lifestyles (food & nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being), Creative Art (arts & crafts, sewing, theatre arts) and STEM (junk drawer robotics, bedtime math). The $50 per child per week cost includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=661A2551618E140F by 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2016. 

Fair Club Leader Meet Rescheduled to March 28
The Spring 2016 Fair Club Leader Meet has been rescheduled to March 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU 
Extension, Assembly Rooms A and B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township.  There will be lots of valuable  information. 
Fair superintendents will be there to speak about the timeline 
and process to help create a smooth and fun fair week for our 
4-H members.
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2016 Armada Fair 4-H Theme: 
"May the 4-H be with you!"
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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! 

4-H Observation Ride
According to the Macomb County 4-H Horse Project Rules and Regulations, "members must have passed the basic observation ride and/or jump observation to be eligible to participate in the point shows if showing in riding classes." 

At a recent Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee (MCHPC) meeting, the 2016 observation ride was scheduled for Saturday, April 16 (with make-up on April 23), at the MacErin Equestrian Centre, 26550 32 Mile Road, LenoxTownship. The time will be determined based on the number of riders. 

Macomb County 4-H leaders, please submit names of club members who will participate in the observation ride to Anita Cipa ( amcipa@comcast.net or 586-596-8606) by April 1. Include:

-   Name of member
-   Contact information (email, address, phone)
-   Club Name
-   Indicate whether testing for basic , cross poles, or jumping (2'6")
-   Indicate if rider will be trailering with a friend (so similar times can 
   be assigned)
-   Indicate date of choice - April 16 or April 23

If the above two dates do not work with your club member's schedule, an individual ride can be scheduled at their own barn. The cost is $35 per rider. A representative of the MCHPC will contact rider or parent to schedule a day/time.

All participants must provide negative Coggins on the day of this event along with a signed waiver (provided by MacErin Equestrian Centre). No exceptions will be made. Get your Coggins drawn now to allow time for results to be returned.

A Little Tacky will be hosting this event and will provide beverages and snacks.

*Lead-Line and Walk/Trot riders are excluded from the basic observation ride.

Information submitted by Anita Cipa, Observation Ride Coordinator
4-H Meets at the Apple Store
Reserve your spot for " 4-H Meets at the Apple Store ." Macomb County 
4-H 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 storytelling projects. Participants will write their own stories and add their own graphics. This 1 1/2 hour program will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 16, 2016 at the Apple Store at Partridge Creek, 17360 Hall Road, Clinton Township. 

Registration is required. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 
586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to R.S.V.P. You will be asked to provide your name, grade, contact information, club name and 
t-shirt size. 
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

4-H Program Coordinator 
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
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

Join Our List
Deadline for Federal/CCI Youth Program Rimfire Orders: March 22
Shooting Sports Leaders: I f your 4-H shooting sports club needs .22LR ammunition for the year, we are putting in an order directly through the companies. The last day to order is  March 22nd , so please act fast. There are range loads and better quality competition loads to choose from. Please contact Seth Martin, Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator, at mart1885@anr.msu.edu or 586-783-8163 for  more information. 

Club Seeks Support for 4-H Dog Fun Match
K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club will be sponsoring a 4-H Dog Fun Match at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada on June 18, 2016. This show is a community event for 4-H youth to compete with their dogs in obedience, showmanship, agility, and rally obedience, and the club needs sponsors to support the event through donations. Expenses for the event include ribbons, trophies and funding for judges. If your business donates, they will receive their name on the back of a t-shirt that will be worn by the 4-H club members and sold at the match. The more donated, the more prominent the name will be on the shirt. The donation deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Please contact Chylie at chylieschramm@gmail.com for more information and/or to donate.

Macomb County 4-H Members Collect Water for Flint

From Left to Right: Academy of Warren students Danielle Stoudemire, Robin Bishop, Iraneisha Jones, LaAngel Bursey, (back: Alonte Fairchild) Jaya Owens, Mischelic Fresh, Maya Pearson, Netivia Smith, Gilbert Evans, and Kristyna Mclean. Owens and Pearson are also Macomb County 4-H Peer Mentors.

In a display of cooperation and caring, Sharper Focus 4-H Club, led by 4-H volunteer Tiffany Stevens, joined forces with students at the Academy of Warren to collect water for Flint residents last month. The water was delivered to the Richfield Public School Academy in Flint on March 1st. Sharper Focus and Academy of Warren, good job using your heads, hearts and hands toward community service  to benefit the health of the Flint community during the city's current water crisis! Participants  Maya Pearson and Jaya Owens, students at the Academy of Warren, are also  Macomb County 4-H Peer Mentors.

Children and Youth Institute Offers Volunteer Trainings
The MSU Extension CYI Capacity Building Work Team is offering the following trainings in Southeast Michigan:  

Real ColorsĀ®
March 31, 2016 / 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp.

for more information or to register.
Generational Differences
May 5, 2016 / 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
YouthVille Detroit
7375 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1520, Detroit
for more information or to register.

These trainings are aimed at helping to build the capacity of professionals, volunteers and youth-serving organizations.  Training sessions are designed to keep participants active and engaged. Registration costs, unless otherwise listed, are $55 with a reduced fee for MSU Extension staff and AmeriCorps members. The cost includes lunch and any workshop materials.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the workshop facilitators listed on the registration pages or Scott Lakin, 248-858-1509 or lakinsco@msu.edu

Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign - April 13-24
The Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is April 13-24, 2016. In partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC), the bi-annual 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser invites customers to donate $1 or more at checkout, supporting local 4-H programs across the country. Support 4-H from April 13-24 at two Macomb County locations:
Romeo Tractor Supply
66143 Van Dyke
Washington, MI 48095
New Haven Tractor Supply
57155 Gratiot Avenue
New Haven, MI 48048
All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and most (60-65 percent) will remain at the Macomb County level to support local 4-H youth development program activities .
Your involvement in the 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser is important. Counties with club and individual 
4-Her involvement receive significantly more in donations. To find out ways you and your club can participate in the Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090.

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.
Information and registration forms are now available online at  http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days . 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, including returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County:
Exploration Days Orientation #1
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Exploration Days Orientation #2
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.

Officer Roles and Parliamentary Procedure Training - March 10
St. Clair County is offering a 4-H Officer Roles and Parliamentary Procedure Training. The training will be held at the Goodells County Park Community Building in Goodells on March 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The training is open to all club members, not just officers. Please R.S.V.P. to 810-989-6935.
Other News & Events

Gardening Classes Offered

Companion Planting -  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 
Join MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture coordinator, Mary Gerstenberger, as we take a look at the friend and enemy plants of the garden. The Companion Planting 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. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest, $5 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Who's in My Backyard? - Monday, May 23, 2016  
Ever wonder why a Robin cocks his head? Can't tell the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker? And, what does a Red Winged Blackbird have in common with the TV show Sister Wives? Learn the answer to these questions, and more fun facts about birds. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Presented by Pam Goros of Wild Birds Unlimited in Macomb Township, it's free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 for all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
The Iris Lady - Thursday, June 30, 2016 
Advanced Master Gardener Betty Slominski will show participants how to divide all of those overgrown Iris plants in our gardens. This will be a hands-on class, so dig up a clump or two of Iris from your garden and bring them to class. You will be taking home your divided, healthy Iris, and maybe even make a few trades with classmates. If you have "buggy" Iris, please bring them to class. The class is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township.CLASS SIZE LIMITED. Registration is required. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Viburnums - Thursday, July 14, 2016 
Join Advanced Master Gardener Cheryl English as she educates session participants on one of the most diverse geneses of garden-worthy shrubs. Viburnums are also less utilized than they should be, due to that very diversity. Get beyond "garden" variety and explore some other options with this charismatic group of plants, and become acquainted with some superb native species in the process. The class is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. The cost is $5 to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +2 guests and $10 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.

Diabetes PATH Self-Management Program
A 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.

Macomb County residents asked to take the MCHD Community Health Survey
The Macomb County Health Department is conducting a Community Health Survey and is seeking participation from those who live, work and play in Macomb County. The results will help prioritize current public health needs and will allow for the enhancement of future services of public health in Macomb County. Please consider taking three to five minutes to fill the survey out online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCcomhealth.

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!

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, from 6-8 p.m. 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.

Showpig and Boer Goat Sale - March 26
The Mega Bucks Showpig and Boer Goat Sale is Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Whitley County Fairgrounds in Columbia City, Indiana. The Boer Goat Sale begins at 11:30 a.m. The Pig Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. A pre-sale sift begins at 10 a.m. The barn will be open from 6-9 p.m. Friday to view boer goats. Questions? Contact Jeff Brown at 260-312-5777 or jbrown@wsmgetchilled.com.

Free Potbelly Pig
A potbelly pig is free to a good home. For information, contact Sue 586-350-3474.

Mini-Horses Need a Good Home
There are two mini horses in need of a good home. They are siblings and the owner is asking that they stay together. Call or text Stacy 586-871-9600 for more information.

4-H Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

Fair Club Leader Meet

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

March 10
6:30-8:30 p.m., Goodells County Park Community Building, Goodells
March 15
4-H Exploration Days  registration begins 
9 a.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

March 22
Deadline for Federal/CCI Youth Program Rimfire Orders
March 25
Macomb County offices closed
12-5 p.m.

March 28
Fair Club Leader Meet
6:30-8:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

April 1
4-H enrollment deadline for new members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2016 Armada Fair.

April 4-8
Thompson Center, Warren

April 13-24
Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Campaign
- Romeo Tractor Supply, 66143 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48095
- New Haven Tractor Supply, 57155 Gratiot Ave, New Haven, MI 48048 
April 16
10-11:30 a.m., Apple Store at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

April 16
Macomb County 4-H Observation Ride
MacErin Equestrian Centre, Lenox Township 

April 23
Make-up Observation Ride
MacErin Equestrian Centre, Lenox Township
April 26
Last day to register for  4-H Exploration Days
Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

May 1
Deadline for 4-H horse project members to register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee
June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren 

June 18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

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

March 24
4 p.m., online

March 31
Real Colors Volunteer Training
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oakland County Executive Office Building, Waterford Township

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

May 5
Generational Differences Volunteer Training
10 a.m.-3 p.m., YouthVille, Detroit

May 23
Who's in My Backyard?
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension Assembly Rooms, Clinton Township

June 30
The Iris Lady
6:30-8:30 p.m., MSU Extension Assembly Rooms, Clinton Township

July 14
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension Assembly Rooms, Clinton Township

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

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

April 6
4-H Night at the Joe (Red Wings)
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

April 22-24
Kettunen Center, Tustin

May 1
Renewable Energy Camp application deadline
May 21
State 4-H Poultry Show
Contact  Katie Ockert
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte
June 3-5
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville
June 4
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 Renewable Energy Camp
Registration is now open for Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp, a five-day exploration camp held at MSU for youth who are ages 13-19 as of January 1, 2016. Campers will explore ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as it relates to natural resources and agriculture. Submit applications online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp_1 by May 1, 2016. See  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_renewable_energy_camp for more information.

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.

World Food Prize
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! 

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Michigan Youth Institute, contact Makena Schultz at schul430@anr.msu.edu or (517) 432-7603 and Brian Wibby at wibby@anr.msu.edu or (906) 475-5731.

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
Purchase stalls at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 .
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 .
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.