Wednesday, September 30, 2015

D-8 Shooting sports Coach Training

We’re pleased to announce that District 8 4-H will be hosting a Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training for Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun in Stephenville on November 14-15, 2015.

Email Cory for the flyer and website is listed below for more details. 
This training is open to any potential coaches across the state.
  • Registration will be conducted through 4‐H Connect.
  • Look for 2015 D8 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training – Stephenville
  • Registration is now open and closes October 30, 2015.
  • Please pay close attention to the deadline!
  • Cost is $120

Participants MUST have completed and passed the Background Check PRIOR to registering for the event, so if they have not completed this, they should do so IMMEDIATELY! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Additional details:
  • Registration will cover meals and course materials.
  • Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun) is obtainable per participant per training.
  • Lodging will not be provided for registrants.
  • Event will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, November 14 and tentatively end at noon on Sunday, November 15, 2015.
  • Tentative schedule, what to bring list, and release forms can be found on the website. Additional details will be sent to those that register.

Visit the website to view more details (including lodging information):

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Lonestar Cattlemen Soiree - October 16th

We are excited about the 2015 Lonestar Cattlemen Soiree which will be held Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Travis County Expo Center. The Lonestar Cattlemen Foundation is a buyer’s group which supports our most precious resource – Young Texans!!

Because of your participation and generosity, it enables us the privilege of being one of the Top Buyers at various county and state youth auctions. To date, we have been blessed to contribute over $1,400,000 towards hundreds of 4-H and FFA student’s projects across the state. The Soiree is our largest fundraiser and social event of the year.

 Please look at our website for details:

Late Lamb and Goat Tag Orders

If you missed the Lamb and Goat Tag order the first time or did not purchase enough, you can order late tags. Forms and money are due Wednesday, October 7th.

Late tag form may be found at the link below.

Look under the heading of Sheep and Goat -

Saturday, September 26, 2015

4-H Robotics Project Updates

Texas 4-H Robotics Advisory Committee
Applications for new youth and adult committee members are now open and will close on October 15.  Eligibility and other details can be found in the attached document.  Below are the links for youth and adult applications.  Youth (not adults) are required to have a non-parent/guardian adult complete the Adult Recommendation Form.

Major Stock Shows
San Antonio and San Angelo stock shows are each planning to host their first robotics competitions in 2016. 
·        San Angelo
o   February 11, 2016
o   TCEA Game Format
·        San Antonio
o   Please keep an eye on their website for dates, rules and other details.  Estimated announcement timeframe is early October.

2016 Roundup
Plans are underway to have an invitational robotics contest at Texas 4-H Roundup in 2016.  Rules and additional details will be released this fall.  Stay tuned.

FREE Online Robotics Course for Beginners
Sign up now for our free online course that will start in October.  No prior robotics experience required.  A flyer has been attached to share with interested parties.  Module lesson titles include:
o   Sort and Build
o   Driving School
o   Stay in Touch
o   Eyes of the Robot
o   Design Like an Engineer
o   Helping Hand
o   How Far, How Fast

The course is designed for beginner leaders to go through the course with their students and robot kits.  Requirements for taking the course include at least:
o   1 adult volunteer
o   Youth 4-H members
o   1 Lego Mindstorm NXT or EV3 (preferred) kit

To register, go to this URL:  Once registered, a detailed step-by-step set of login instructions for the course will be made available (in PDF format) to download. 

Invitational Food Challenge- Calhoun County

Food and Nutrition Workshop - September 30th

Rabbit Workshop - October 1st

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Book Available

Texas 4-H Foundation Oppportunity Scholarship

Attention Graduating Seniors:

The 2016 Scholarship information has been posted. Please check out the following link to see a copy of the application, eligibility requirements and examples.

Please keep the following date on your calendar: Thursday, December 3rd. Cory will be hosting a workshop on completing the scholarship application starting at 6:30 pm at the extension office.

County Council - Be a part of the team!

Any Travis County 4-H member may attend and participate in the County Council Meetings. This year, a new component is being added. To be part of this group, youth must complete the application a the link below. This will provide us with the contact information that is needed to keep everyone who wants to part of it in the loop. This is a great way to meet other youth around the county and learn more about the 4-H program and the opportunities that are available.

If your club elected someone for the council delegate officer  position, please have them complete the application at the link below, any 4-H member may complete the application

Dates for meetings
o   September 28th
o   October 26th
o   January 25th
o   March 28th
o   April 25th
o   May 16th

If you have questions, please email Cory at 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NAMI Walk - Saturday, September 26th

Each year, Travis County 4-H volunteers to provide the dog watering stations for the walkers/runners who like to bring their pets out to the NAMI Walk.  It is always greatly appreciated by the event organizers and dog owners.

Event Information:
Saturday, September 26
The Long Center - Austin, Texas

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 9:30 a.m.
We are usually done around 10:30 - 11:00 am
Click here for directions

Free parking at One Texas Center
Paid parking ($8) at Palmer Garage

Email Cory if you will be participating in this service activity -

Junior Leadership Retreat - November 13-15

Register here!