Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Mission Possible Mentor Applications are open!

The Texas 4-H Center has started taking applications for 2018 Mission Possible Mentors.  Mission Possible is a three day camp for youth with and without disabilities, held at the Texas 4-H Center. If you are a 4-H member who would like to be a part of this great leadership team please contact Cari Snider or Mark Carroll for an application.  The training and camp will take place from July 1-4, 2018.

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Madison County 4-H Whizbang Shoot - March 3-4, 2018

Registration is now open for the Madison County 4-H Whizbang Shoot on the iclays website.  The event will take place March 3-4, 2018.

Since the shoot is so early in the season this year, they are bringing back the Novice Class!  There will be limited slots so they are asking that you reserve your spot as soon as possible.  Details are available in the Informational letter, which is also located on our website (scroll down to Whizbang).  

2018 Wildlife Conservation Camp Applications

Applications are now open for the Wildlife Conservation Camp sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society!

Applications can be completed by visiting  Complete camp details can also be found on that webpage.  Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018.  

Space is limited so please explore and apply soon for this hands on, broad experience surveying and learning about the habitats of Texas, the wildlife we live with, and the management techniques and careers encompassing our wildlife.  

2018 Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge

The 2018 Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge will be held on June 22-24 at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center.  This and the Outdoor Challenge Rules and Resource Guidecan be found in the “Contest” section of this page:

The 10 events for 2018 are:
  • Shotgun
  • Off-road Biking
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Rifle
  • Biologist Skills
  • Gear Judging
  • Outdoor Safety
There are a few changes to this year’s rules, which have been highlighted in the Outdoor Challenge Rules and Resource Guide.  Please review that document fully - there are notable changes to rifle and fishing. 

New this year, we will be limiting registration to the first 50 teams (100 youth).  This means that both members of the team must be registered on 4-H Connect to be considered in this count.  Registration will open on May 1 and close on May 30. 

Coaches and Parents, please help ensure youth are fully trained in all 10 events as well as in the use of all necessary equipment to assist us with minimizing safety issues.  If you have questions about training please contact Mellanie Mickelson at or Larry Hysmith at  

2018 JoANN Fabric Paper Clover Campaign - February 2018

Outlined below is some important information you need to know to participate in the Paper Clover Campaign that will be running at all JOANN Fabrics stores throughout the month of February 2018.  If you are interested in participating in this service event, please email Mellanie at

  • The campaign will run from February 1 thru February 28. 
  • Customers will have the option to give $1 or $4. If they give $4, they will also receive a $4 off coupon for their next visit to Joann’s. 
  • MOST IMPORTANT! On February 3rd, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4-H clubs/groups are asked to coordinate an in-store community service activity of making Valentine’s day cards. It is then up to the club where the Valentine’s day cards will be delivered. Examples include a nursing home, hospital, children’s home, etc. In order to do this, We are asking clubs interested in participating to let us know they would be willing to contact the store manager(s) to make a plan for the February 3rd community service event. 
  • Travis County has 2 JoANN Fabric stores - 1 south and 1 north Austin location
  • Your District 4-H Specialist will be following up with you very soon to ensure a plan is in place and all stores have been covered.  
  • There will be significant national media promotion both social and traditional at the end of January and into early February around this partnership.  That includes JOANN’s sending out emails directly to their customer listserv. We (Texas 4-H) plan to promote the campaign via social media as well and hope counties will do the same. 
  • Marketing materials for use in this campaign are available at: To access all of the graphics, an account has to be set up, but it takes less than a minute to do so! 
  • Funds acquired through this paper clover campaign will be disseminated to county 4-H programs to support 4-H clothing & textiles programming through a mini-grant application. More details on this after the campaign! 

Please let us know if you have any questions!

College Prep 101 Workshop - 2/19/18 - sponsored by PVCEP & Texas A&M AgriLife 4-H Program

Prairie View Cooperative Extension Program and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are excited to announce a join programming effort focused for youth and parents wanting to learn more about preparing for college.  This first workshop will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 on the campus of Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX.  The workshop will focus on the basics of planning for college including admission tests, academic requirements, major/degree selection, and financial aid.  The workshop is focused for youth in the 8th grade and older.

Please share this information with your 4-H families.  The workshop is free, but is limited to the first 50 youth and adults that register online at:

2018 Travis County Photography Contest

Please see the letter below for instructions on entering the 2018 Travis County Photography Contest.  Registration for the County Photography Contest will be done via e-mail and entries are due by 5:00 PM on May 4, 2018. 

Entry into the contest is free. Please email all entries to CEP 4-H Agent Nathan Tucker at: . Please be sure that all photos are properly labeled as per instructions below.

Please note that the county contest is not a qualifying contest for the District or the State Contest.

For the purposes of the County Contest, the following categories have been altered from the State Cateogry rules:

  • Sports - is not included as a separate category, it is combined with motion and action
  • Storyboard - we will keep this category for County
  • Theme - is expanded to include photographs taken outside of the school and home

For full details and instructions, please view the 2018 Travis County Photography Contest letter.  It is also available on our website HERE.  (Scroll down to County Events)

Travis County 4-H Shooting Sports invites you to the 18th Annual March Madness Invitational Shoot!

The Travis County 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the Austin Rifle Club would like to invite all Texas 4-H Shooting Sports members to join us on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 in Manor, Texas at the Austin Rifle Club for the 19th Annual March Madness Invitational Shoot. The following is the information and instructions for registering to participate in this event. We look forward to seeing you all there and enjoy a large, safe and fun turnout. 

Date:          Saturday, March 3, 2018

Location:   Austin Rifle Club, 16312 Littig Road, Manor, Texas 78653

Entry Fees: $45 for three events (except BB Gun)
                     $3 IClays registration fee
                     $5 for BB Gun match to be paid at the event (equipment provided or bring your own) 

Registration: available through the iclays March Madness website link if you have previously registered.  

If you are new to iCLays registration, go to, click on upcoming tournaments, scroll down to March, and locate Travis County 4H Shooting Sports 2018 March Madness and click on register. Input your last name and email address, then press enter to create a new shooter in the system.

Please click HERE to see the flyer for full details, rules, and instructions!

2018 San Antonio Baked Foods Contest

The San Antonio Livestock Show Family Fair Committee is hosting a Baked Food Contest in conjunction with Youth Day.  Young chefs put their skills to the test when they enter one of the twelve different food classes. 

More details are available at:  Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the link to the Baked Food Show Entry Forms and Guidelines

Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Texas 4-H Center Summer Camps!

Registration for summer camp at the Texas 4-H Center opens today, Friday January 19th

The first 10 registrants will win a shirt or cap of their choice out of the T-Shirt Shoppe when they get to camp!

Join us for some fun in the sun in Brownwood! The list of camps with dates and prices are available for viewing below.

2018 Bell County Youth Fair Livestock Judging Contest - 2/9/18 at the Bell County Expo Center

2018 Refashion Retreat at the Texas 4-H Center - February 9-11, 2018

Texas 4-H members, grades 3rd-12th, are invited to participate in this year’s Texas 4-H Refashion Retreat taking place at the Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood, February 9-11.  Registration is taking place now through January 26th via the Center’s website at,  Cost is $120 for youth, and $90 per adult participant.  Each 4-Her must be accompanied by an adult that will serve as a mentor, and provide assistance to them during the event.  The fee includes:  lodging in the dorms, meals, educational session supplies, and a funds to purchase start-up items for a refurbished outfit.

The focus of Refashion Retreat is to introduce youth to sustainable fashion.  Participation will inspire 4-Hers to take clothing pieces purchased at the local Good Samaritan Ministries thrift store and recycle them into a fashionable outfit they can model and wear.  Educational sessions will be taught by members of the Texas 4-H Clothing & Textiles Advisory Board, County Extension Agents, and Extension Program Specialist, that will teach youth competencies to build knowledge and skills related to the Clothing & Textiles project.  A few of the hands-on workshops focus on quilting, appliqué, hand stitching, putting in zippers, making jewelry and more!  At the end of the retreat participants will develop a commentary and model their sewn outfit in a runway fashion show for parents and guests to experience.  In the past, some 4-H members have used the outfit they constructed at Refashion Retreat as their County 4-H Fashion Show entry!

All participants are encouraged to participate in the Texas 4-H Clothing & Textiles Service Project that is currently taking place by collecting clothing and accessory items on a local level, and bringing to the retreat to be donated to the Good Samaritan Ministries in Brownwood.

A list of “What to Bring” will be provided to all registered participants following the registration deadline.  Each youth will need to bring a sewing machine, basic sewing supplies (thread, scissors, measuring tape, etc.), an adult chaperone, and a passion for fun and learning.

For more information, contact Cari at the 4-H Center at (325) 784-6486.

District 11 Shooting Sports Training - February 24-25, 2018, Victoria, TX - ARCHERY NOW OFFERED

District 11 is hosting a Shooting Sports Training for RIFLE, SHOTGUN, and ARCHERY.  The deadline to register on 4-H CONNECT is February 2, 2018.  Please see below for more information and required documents.  they are also available on our website to download.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Leadership Opportunity at Rodeo Austin Junior Shows

Leadership Opportunity at Rodeo Austin Junior Shows. We are looking for youth to say the 4-H pledge and FFA Motto. Below are the dates and times. Please remember to double check your calendar prior to selecting an option.Longhorn Show - Saturday, March 10th  - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Market Lamb & Goat Show - Tuesday, March 13th   - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Market Poultry Show - Wednesday, March 14th  -Show starts at 11:00 am
  • Open Boer Goat Show - Thursday, March 15th - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Barrow Show - Saturday, March 17th - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Barrow Show - Sunday, March 18th - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Market Steer Show - Tuesday, March 20th - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Market Steer Show - Wednesday, March 21st - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Jr. Breeding Heifer Show - Friday, March 23rd - Show starts at 9:00 am
  • Jr. Breeding Heifer Show - Saturday, March 24th - Show starts at 9:00 am

 For those interested in this leadership opportunity, please sign up using this online form link below. You will need to plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the species show in which you are volunteering. One parking and one gate pass will be provided for the youth who is volunteering (provided you do not already have any) and the passes will be mailed to the address provided.

When you register, please select the option to use alternate name and in the "First Name" box , fill that out using first and last name of the youth member. In the "last name" box, fill that out indicating which county or chapter in which the youth is a member.

If you would like to sing the National Anthem, a video needs to be emailed to Cory by January 25th as those spots will be assigned.

If you have questions, please email Cory at

2018 Rodeo Austin Instructional Horse Show

Please see the invitation below for 4-H youth to participate in a 4-H Instructional Horse Show at Rodeo Austin. This is the first year that this opportunity is being offered. It will have one fee for 4-H members to participate in four different classes and is intended to help prepare youth for both the District and State Horse Show.

It is important to note the deadline to enter is February 1st. Families can directly enter online, these entries do not have to be submitted by the county office. 

2018 District 7 Shooting Sports Coach Training - March 10-11, 2018

information for the 2018 D7 Shooting Sports Coach Training which will be held at the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood on March 10-11, 2018.  The training is open to any eligible 4-H Leaders interested in becoming certified in one of the following 4-H Coach Certifications: Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, Pistol


  • Registration is done through the 4-H Conference Center registration system, NOT 4-H Connect.
  • BUT all leaders that register for the event MUST have an active enrollment status in 4-H Connect prior to the training

Henderson County Whiz Bang - 3/31/18

Registration for the Henderson County Whiz Bang scheduled for March 31st is now open. The registration packet is attached. Questions should be directed to Misty Adair at .

Grayson County Invitational Quizbowls - 2/4/18

Grayson County 4-H would like to invite all Nutrition, Beef, and Horse Quiz Bowl teams to an invitational match on Sunday, February 4th at 2 p.m. Registration can be found at

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 - January Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Reminders

As a reminders, applications for the 2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships are due in the Travis County Extension Office on Monday, January 22, 2018.

I encourage you to send in a Word draft of your application to as soon as possible so we can help provide feedback for you.  Below are some other reminders:

  • Make sure there are no additional pages include in the application, page numbers should be the same as the blank application.
  •  All signatures need to be originals. On the initial page the 4-Her, parent, and agent must initial every line individually. Please use a blue pen only.
  • Transcript must have either a raised seal or original signature to be considered official.
  • We need all pages of the FAFSA, not just the first page.
  • Counselor page must have GPA in 100 point scale and be un-weighted as well as have an original signature.
  • Applications cannot be printed front and back - single side only
  • A career choice needs to be listed on the first page.
  • Every space on the application must be complete.

A new rule that started in 2014 stated that the scholarship application must be 100% correct and complete prior to arriving at the Texas 4-H Office. This makes it very important to ensure the application is correct prior to submitting to County Office. 

The earlier you can get your applications in, the earlier we can go through them and let you know what changes need to be made, if any. The weeks after they are due are very busy with district contests as well as the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. As soon as your applications are ready, please send them in so we can begin reviewing.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Paying for College Without Selling Off a Kidney: Important Terms and Tips for Parents - A Collegewise Free Seminar - 1/17/18

Are you looking for help nagivating the admissions and financial aid process for College?  Collegewise is offering a seminar with some smart, sane admissions and financial aid advice. 

As a special perk for 4-H families, Collegwise will offer any family who has not previously worked with Collegewise a 1- hour free meeting with one of our counselors (valued at $295).

On January 17, 2018, they will be offering a seminar on Paying for College Without Selling Off a Kidney: Important Terms and Tips for Parents. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

What families will learn:

529’s, UTMA, UGMA, Coverdell...CommonApp, Coalition, ApplyTexas...oh my! If this sounds daunting to you, don’t worry…you’re not alone. Deciphering college financial and admissions jargon is often overwhelming. Whether you’re a grandparent looking to invest in your grandchild’s education or a parent with a student in elementary, middle, or high school, this seminar will provide you with smart, actionable steps for each stage of the college financial planning timeline. In collaboration with Collegewise and AXA Advisors, LLC, seminar attendees will:
  • Receive insight on the common savings and investment vehicles for college expenses
  • Discuss the effects those accounts have on your financial aid eligibility, taxes and estate
  • Gain insight into what college admissions officers are actually seeking in their applicants
  • Learn tips and techniques for navigating both the college admissions and financial aid processes while avoiding common mistakes

When: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy • 10910 Domain Dr #100, Austin, TX 78758

Please  RSVP at Eventbrite in advance to save your spot. 

9th Annual Ellis County 4-H Open Invitational Archery Tournament - 2/24/18

Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Project Coach Training – Central Region February 10-11, 2018

District 11 Shooting Sports Training - February 24-25, 2018, Victoria, TX

 District 11 is hosting a Shooting Sports Training for RIFLE and SHOTGUN.  The deadline to register on 4-H CONNECT is February 2, 2018.  Please see below for more information and required documents.

Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Project Coach Training – East Region 1/27 - 1/28/18

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Beekeeping Essay Contest

The 2018 Beekeeping Essay Contest theme has been announced.  This year’s topic is “What's So Super About the Super Organism in the Honey Bee?

The deadline for submission to the Texas 4-H office is Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically via Texas 4-H Connect:
Event: State – 2018 Beekeeping Essay contest

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from Texas 4-H:

  • 1st Place: $200.00
  • 2nd Place: $100.00
  • 3rd Place: $50.00
The first place essay will advance to the national contest representing Texas 4-H.

The complete rules and guidelines are attached.  They will also be available online under the Entomology Project section of the Texas 4-H website

You can see past winner’s essays by visiting the following website and clicking on 4-H Essays tab at the top of their page.

District 9 Invitational Quiz Bowl - 1/13/18

2018 Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Livestock Judging Contest - 1/19/18