Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hunting and Wildlife Leader Trainings

Registration for the 2014 Hunting & Wildlife Leader/Coach Trainings will open on 4-H Connect Thursday!

4-H Hunting & Wildlife is a 4-H Shooting Sports discipline and much more. During the 4-H Shooting Sports State Games each summer, youth can register to participate in this discipline that offers live firing events as well as interactive events that challenge the knowledge and skills of the contestant. The live firing events are designed to simulate as closely as possible the type of shooting one would do in a hunting field rather than on a shooting range.

One design of this training is to prepare an adult leader to coach youth in the Hunting & Wildlife Shooting Sports discipline and certify them to train their youth to safely and responsibly use the four firearms (shotgun, smallbore rifle, muzzle loading rifle, and bow) in live firing situations. The training is also designed for any Adult Volunteer Leader wishing to work with their local youth in a hunting or wildlife project or a combination of the two.

Any actively enrolled Adult Volunteer Leader, Extension employee, or senior 4-H youth is eligible for this training. Actively enrolled youth who have reached age 14 by September 1 of the current 4-H year may participate in a training as an Assistant Coach/Leader Candidate. Please Note: to be eligible to become a fully Certified Coach in the Hunting & Wildlife Shooting Sports discipline, you must be minimum 21 years of age or older.

Detailed information will be available soon via the Texas 4-H Natural Resources website and blog.

Hunting & Wildlife Leader/Coach Trianing-College Station, Brazos County
February 1-2, 2014
Registration open December 12, 2013-January 9, 2014

Hunting & Wildlife Leader/Coach Trianing-Monahans, Ward County
February 8-9, 2014
Registration open December 12, 2013-January 16, 2014

Horse Project Opportunities as San Antonio Livestock Show

Two opportunities have been posted to the website for horse project related events at the San Antonio Livestock Show

District 8 4-H Shotgun Coach's Training

Due to recent winter weather that swept the state, the District 8 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training (Shotgun Only) was cancelled earlier this month.  The training has been rescheduled to be held January 25-26, 2014 in Fort Worth.  Registration for this event is currently open to anyone in the state who is eligible and enrolled in 4-H.  Registration is open on 4-H Connect and will close on January 9, 2014.  Anyone who enrolled for the training on the original date does not need to re-register for the event. 

Note that this training covers the Shotgun discipline only.

Monday, December 16, 2013

East Region Shooting Sports Coach's Training

East Region 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training
January 25-26, 2014--Tyler, TX
Registration Open on 4-H Connect December 5, 2013-January 9, 2014

See the Coach and Assistant Coach Training and Certification Information document for detailed information.

District 11 Archery and Rifle Coach's Training

District 11 Rifle and Archery Coach’s training.  It will be held January 11-12, 2014 in Victoria, Texas at the 4-H Activity Center (259 Bachelor Dr., Victoria TX 77904).

Registration will be from November  21, 2013 – December 27, 2013 for $120.00.  Late registration will be from December 28, 2013 to January 6, 2013 for an additional $25.00 late charge.   Registration will cover meals & course materials.  Lodging will not be provided for registrants. Registration is now open on 4-H Connect.

Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter - December Edition

The December Edition of the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter has been released.
Key Items in the newsletter: Click here to check out the information
  • Texas 4-H Roundup Survey
  • White House Student Film Festival
  • Invitational Photography Judging Contest
  • Recipe Rally
  • Teen Retreat
  • Healthy Lifestyles Invitation  - Resources
  • Beekeeping Essay Contest
  • Summer Camp Dates
  • 4-H Day with the Mavericks
  • 4-H Day at Texas Motor Speedway
  • PBR at AT&T Stadium

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Teen Retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center

The Texas 4-H Conference Center is busy planning for the 2014 Teen Retreat January 10-12. The retreat provides a state level leadership experience for 4-H youth ages 13-19. The program is designed to allow teens to explore 4-H projects and return to implement them in their counties. Sessions will include dance, entomology, fashion, consumer decision making and the wildlife habitat education program.
Join us for a weekend of Fun, Fun, Fun! College professors, 4-H  Specialists and other experts will lead program sessions. Please join us for a weekend full of fun and exciting activities!

To register visit the 4-H Center website: texas4-hcenter.tamu.edu
Click on the “Register Now” link. $115 for youth & $80 for adults. Each county is responsible for providing adult chaperones.


Dear Texas 4-H Families:
Ashley Piercy, FCS Agent from Scurry County, was awakened to a fire in her apartment complex early Tuesday morning. She was able to get out with her dog, cell phone and Extension calendar. She has not been allowed back into her apartment (for safety reasons) so has not been able to determine what all she has lost. The apartment complex has a furnished apartment for her to move into for the time being.

Ashley has been an awesome employee of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and and asset to the District 2 4-H program for the past several years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley.

If you would like to help Ashely, there are a couple of options.

A relief fund has been established for Ashley at:
Ashley Piercy Fire Relief Fund
Prosperity Bank
3610 College Avenue
Snyder, TX 79549
Acct.# 213610461

Additionally, The Texas 4-H Foundation has set up an online donation at: 
Please share this with any families and friends that you feel would want to assist Ashely during this horrible loss. More than anything, please keep Ashley your prayers.

We have a 4-H family that will be traveling that direction this next week so if you have anything you would like to donate, please send items to the county extension office.

Friday, December 13, 2013

4-H T-shirt Order - Need more orders

Order your Travis County 4-H T-shirt. Click here for the link to order form. Order by Thursday, December 19th.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Leadership Live - December 16th

4-H Leadership LIVE gives youth, adult volunteers, parents, and County Extension Agents the opportunity to learn about leadership from those that lead in the organizations they serve.  This is a virtual event, so in order to participate, simply go to the following link next Monday, December 16th at 7:00 pm: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/texas-4-h.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Director, and Ms. Sarah Hamm, former 4-Her and State 4-H Council Officer, about their leadership perspective and how they apply leadership. The evening will conclude with the opportunity to hear from current State 4-H Council members about the leadership lessons they have learned and are applying as a result of participating in the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program.