Wednesday, November 28, 2012

San Antonio Livestock Show School Tour Guide

It is that time of the year again to sign up to serve as  a School Tour Guide at the San Antonio Livestock Show. To serve in this role, youth must be in grades 9th -12th.

Two dates have been selected; Wednesday, February 13th and Friday, February 15 as the dates for Travis County 4-H Members to serve in this capacity.

Click on the link below to sign up

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Opportunities To Volunteer With Brown Santa

Each year, Travis County 4-H typically volunteers with Brown Santa,  but we were not able to secure a spot for a large group. If you would like to volunteer on your own with Brown Santa, please check out the link below:

Volunteer with Blue Santa

Travis County 4-H has a time set up for volunteering with Blue Santa on Thursday, November 29th, from 5-7 P.M. If  you are interested in helping out, please complete the form at the link below. We need about 1 adult for every 5 minors, so if parents can come, that would be great.

Map to Operation Blue Santa Warehouse

Alec Bainter is the contact for this event as he serves as the Community Service Chairman for the county council. Any questions may be directed to him at

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Donation For Military Care Packages

Travis County 4-H has an opportunity to send care packages to soldiers. If you would like to contribute, please read below and send any items to the Travis County Extension Office by December 3rd.

"Any protein, magazines, movies, stationary&envelopes, or other sundry items would be greatly welcomed. Protein items: nuts, jerky, powdered protein, etc."

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Travis County Youth Recieves Recognation for Photo

Congratulations to Meredith Masi as she receives honorable mention recognition for her "People in Agriculture" photo that was submitted to the Texas 4-H and FFA Agriculture Photo Contest.

4-H Quilt Challenge and Community Service Project

The 4-H Quilt Challenge has a new look! We are proud to announce the changes to the statewide program will allow more youth to be involved and participate. It is now the 4-H Quilt Challenge Contest and Community Service Project. Specific rules and guidelines will be available on Oct. 16th at: http://fcs. The Quilt Challenge contest will focus on the creation of youthful quilts for Project Linus or adult patriotic quilts for our service men and women through the Quilts of Valor program. All quilts to be judged must be registered on 4-H Connect by April
15, 2013 and the quilt delivered by the May 1, 2013 deadline. Quilts will be judged and photographed with winners posted online. Following judging quilts will be returned to the participants to be donated to one of the organizations listed above. The community service portion of the Quilt Challenge will focus on the creation and donation of blankets, afghans and quilts to either Project Linus or a local charity selected by the individual or group. This includes fleece blankets, quilted blankets (not to be judged), and knitted or crocheted afghans. These blankets will not be judged. An on-line site will be provided for individuals and clubs to report their local donations. Our goal is to donate 254 blankets to charity before Roundup 2013. For more information go to:

4-H Day At The Capitol

ALL 4-H members, parents, and County Extension Agents are invited to join Texas 4-H
at the 4-H Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Austin Texas. This event will be a day filled with 4-H being recognized in both the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. In the afternoon, spend some time with your legislators and let them know about the great things 4-H is doing in your community. Registration will open on 4-H CONNECT on Monday, December
17, 2012 and will close January 18, 2013. In order to allow as many 4-H members, parents/volunteers and agents that wish to participate lunch will be on your own. Registration will include a t-shirt, registration materials, and insurance for the event. Lunch will be on your own. The registration fee will be announced in December.

Major Show Entries

For those who plant to exhibit a livestock project at a major livestock show in the spring or enter one of the shows contest (i.e. Food Challenge, Consumer Judging, Public Speaking, Skill- A- Thons or any other contests) entries are due to the county extension office by November 13th.

Beekeeping Essay

The Beekeeping Essay Contest is sponsored by the The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. For over 50 years, the American Beekeeping Federation has been serving the needs of the U.S. beekeeper. Any youth interested in participating in the contest must follow the instructions for the Texas selection process. Each State Winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey. Deadline for all submissions to the the State 4-H Office is January 13, 2013. For more information please visit the following

Tweet Up on Texas 4-H Scholarships

The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program will host its’ third “Tweet-Up” on Twitter on January 10, 2013 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This “tweet-up” will use twitter and to join the  conversation, just tag each of your post with the hash tag of #TX4HCONVO. Using this hash tag as you post will then let everyone know your questions and thoughts and we can respond back. This will be your last chance before scholarships are due to ask questions and hear from the experts.

Texas 4-H Holiday Tree Ornament Collection

The State 4-H Office has a new tree and we want to decorate with 4-H ornaments from across Texas! Each 4-H club and/or county is invited to mail a unique holiday ornament that can be placed on the tree highlighting something special about your 4-H club, county program, or project group.
Ornament(s) can be handmade, purchase and customized, or be a representation of your county. However, we ask that you please make sure they have a secure way to hang on a tree, and it has a
small, but readable, tag stating the name of the club/county who is donating it. The tree will be decorated the last week of November,so we ask that you ship your ornament to the Texas 4-H Office, c/o Ornament Collection, 4180 State Hwy 6 South, College Station, TX 77845 by November 20, 2012. Once all the ornaments are on the tree, we will publish photos on the Texas 4-H website as well as feature some of the more unique one’s in the December Texas 4-H Standard newsletter.

4-H Recordbook Workshop

Monday, December 10, 2012
6:30 pm at the Travis County Extension Office

Click Here for the flyer and more detailed information

4-H Scholarship Workshop

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 p.m. at the Travis County Extension Office

Workshop is geared towards graduating seniors, but juniors are welcome to attend to get a head start on next year.

Check out the flyer for more information - Click Here

For more information on eligibility requirements - Click Here

Texas 4-H Archery Camp

Texas 4-H Archery Camp, scheduled to be held at the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood on January 18-20, 2013, is open to any youth 4-H member wanting to improve their shooting knowledge and skills in recurve and compound archery.  The camp is also open to certified 4-H archery coaches desiring to learn more about coaching archery, archery equipment, archery games, and improved shooting skills.  Youth participants should have beginning or intermediate experience in shooting archery and understand the basic archery safety and  range rules and whistle commands.  Adult and youth participants must provide their own equipment.  

Registration on 4-H Connect will open Monday, November 12, 2012 and close on December 16, 2012. Registration will be $150 per youth or adult and includes lodging Friday and Saturday nights, and all meals from breakfast Saturday through breakfast Sunday (no meal will be provided Friday evening).  Registration is limited to the first 40 youth registrants and the first 10 adult coach/chaperones. 

Detailed information including a tentative itinerary will be posted on our website and announced via the blog soon. Please contact our office if you have any questions!

Friday, November 9, 2012

November Edition of Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

Check out the November edition of the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter.  A lot of great information.
Click Here To Check It Out!!