Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Financial Fitness Greater Austin $MART KID ESSAY CONTEST

This essay contest is aimed at helping students to develop knowledge of economic and personal finance concepts, understand budgets and the importance of financial planning and become better prepared for their future roles as consumers, investors, and workers.

Youth will be required to answer questions in an essay format. This is open to youth in grades 6 - high school. Additional details and information may be found on the website under the upcoming events link.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mission Possible Camp

Mission Possible promotes the involvement of all youth. We invite youth with disabilities, special needs, or who require special accommodations to participate in this unique summer residential camping program. The focus will be on each campers' abilities and not their disabilities. Campers will be encouraged to recognize their individual abilities and limitations while participating in a safe and fun environment - the great outdoors! Youth will have the chance to participate in all activities and have the opportunity for person and social growth as they interact with others in a close-knit camp community.

Dates: July 1 - 3

Shooting Sports Camp

Participants will receive hands-on learning in several disciplines, which may include Archery, Light Rifle, Air Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle Loading, and Air Pistol. The session will also include Firearm Safety, Hunter Education Certification, and an introduction to the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Project (WHEP). Participants are housed in air-conditioned dormitories and chaperoned by 4-H Center summer staff. Parents are welcome to attend the camp with their child.

Dates: Wednesday, June 3 through Saturday, June 6 (4 days, 3 nights)
Fees: Youth Registration - $195.00
Adult Chaperone - $121.00

Limited spaces available, so reserve your space now!


SpecTra has much to offer 4-Her's across the state. The objective of SpecTra is for youth to enhance project knowledge, expand leadership skills, explore careers, and strengthen their self-image. The foundation of the SpecTra program is approximately 17 hours of intensive training in one project area. Participants will also have opportunities for recreation and leisure during the evening to make new friends and visit with old ones. The final activity of the week is the "Gala", which provides participants an opportunity to experience a formal event and reflect on the week's activities.
Registration will be on-line via 4-H Connect. Please go to the Texas 4-H website,

The total cost for SpecTra '09 is $300.00. This fee includes all lodging, meals, snacks, program fees, and a commemorative t-shirt.

Prime Time

Camping is a great opportunity for youth to grow and develop as an individual. When at camp, they will have a chance to meet persons who may be different from them, they will get to share living space, and enjoy the great outdoors. They will also get to experience some new activities and maybe some they are more familiar with.
Camp is all about learning, but in a casual environment. Youth will participate in a schedule that keeps them busy for most of the day. Some activities are conducted indoors, but most daytime activities are outside. (Summer temperatures in Brownwood generally average about 100 degrees or more, so come prepared!) There are a variety of activities that will hopefully meet everyone's needs and abilities.
This is a great chance to "connect with nature". And, to "get out of the house".

4-H'ers Assist With Travis County Farm Bureau Food Check Out

Noah Shrout, Marie Young, Sara Young, Stephen Young, Matthew Evans and Alex Bainter assisted Travis County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Ralph Breed and Lamar Weiss with the annual Farm Bureau Food Check out. These members helped deliver food the Ronald McDonald House.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Building Your 4-H Resume Workshop

Looking for ways to build your 4-H Resume? You know you need to be doing something, but not sure how or when to get there, then this workshop is for you! Learn how to make the most of your 4-H career to help benefit you in the long run; (i.e - scholarships, interviews, etc...). Open to 4-H youth and adults of all ages.

Monday, April 6, 2009
6:30 p.m. @ the County Extension Office

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Farm Bureau Food Check Out

Looking for a few youth participants.... Monday, February 16th
The week after Valentine’s Day, Feb. 15-21, 2009, join the Travis County Farm Bureau in the celebration of America’s true love – food. Based on Agriculture Department statistics, Farm Bureau’s Food Check-Out Week—seven weeks into the year—marks the date when average Americans will have earned enough income to pay for their entire year’s food supply.

In recognition of this, Travis County Farm Bureau is commemorating the fact that America’s food supply is the safest and most affordable in the world. To mark this success, Travis County Farm Bureau is making a food donation to the Austin Ronald McDonald House.

4-H has been asked by the Farm Bureau to participate. Travis County 4-H will be donating the soda tabs that have been collected.

If you are interesting in participating in this event (great for the recordbook) please email Cory to let her know. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. and will only last about 30 minutes or so.

Monday, February 9, 2009

National 4-H Congress

Below is some limited information about this opportunity. For those who may be interested, please talk with Cory to obtain more details about the trip and the application and interview process.

National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the National 4-H program. Each year a National Design Team of Extension educators, 4-H youth, and 4-H adult volunteers analyze current youth issues and determine the most effective ways to address them.The program combines a variety of fun and exciting educational, recreational and networking opportunities.
The program combines plenary sessions, seminars, discussion groups, and a service learning
experience. The nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers, and educators present the most current and timely information available.

To improve the ability of teen 4-H youth to express themselves in written and verbal forms of
communication that are necessary and important “life skills” for today and in the future.

To increase the awareness of the importance of Leadership, Citizenship, and Community Service
in 4-H Youth Development.

Who can apply?
Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 on September 1 of the year they are applying. Applicants
must have been born during the period beginning September 1, 1991 and ending August
31, 1995.

Youth must be enrolled in High School and not entered college full time at the time of event.
Youth must still be in high school during the time of the trip.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

TCYS Feedback Opportunity

If you have suggestions for rules change for TCYS, (Livestock or Youth Fair) this is your opportunity to share those suggestions. The process for submitting your requests is as follows;
  • Identify the rule you would like to suggest a change (section, page #, etc)
  • State the original rule
  • State "new" rule suggestion
  • Provide an explanation
All suggestions need to be submitted to Cory by email at by March 25th.
(All suggestions will be submitted and considered by the rules committee. Some suggestions may not be approved.)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ag Day Essay Contest

2009 Ag Day Essay Contest

  • Theme - "Agriculture — Every Day in Every Way"
  • Length - Essays must contain no more than 450 words
  • Eligibility - Students in grades 7-12 in the 2008-2009 school year
  • Prizes - State winners (one per state) - $100; National winner - $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. The winner will be recognized on March 12, 2009 at the Celebration of Ag Dinner to be held at the Whitten Patio.
  • Deadline - Entries must be received by: February 9, 2009

  • For more information, application and rules, please check out the following link.