Friday, July 12, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

From Derrick Bruton, Extension Program Specialist with 4-H Youth Development and STEM:

Online applications for the 2019-2020 STEM Ambassador team are now open through July 31.  Please share with those interested in joining the STEM Ambassador program (formerly named Technology Team).  An overview video that was shown at Texas 4-H Roundup is linked here for sharing.  The new STEM Ambassador logo is also attached for inclusion in newsletters and social media. 

As STEM Ambassadors, our mission is to educate communities about science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities; both inside and outside of 4-H, while learning essential skills in STEM, communication, and teamwork.

Eligibility for New Members
Individuals must:
  • Be in at least the 9th grade
  • Be an active 4-H member or 4-H Adult volunteer for the 2019-2020 year, a former Tech Team member now in college, or Extension employee
  • Complete and submit application by July 31, 2019
  • Have a willingness to learn about STEM
  • Be willing to work collaboratively on a team with other youth and adults
  • Be responsive and engaged in team communications
  • Share knowledge and skills with others
  • Not serving on the 2019-20 Texas 4-H Council

To Apply
Individuals must complete the online application, which includes the following sections:
  • Overview and Expectations
  • Personal Information
  • Technology Access & Communication
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Experience and Future Areas of Interest
  • Technology Experience Essay
  • Personal Video Narrative*
  • Letters of Recommendation**
  • Acknowledgement and Agreement

* Youth applicants will need to record a personal 2-3 minute video reflecting “who you are and what you do”. The video must be published to YouTube and the link shared on the application.

** Youth applicants will need to secure two letters that will be uploaded online or emailed.

July 1 – Applications open
July 31 – Applications close (no extensions or exceptions will be made)
August 1-29 – Applications will be reviewed
August 30 – Applicants will be notified of acceptance
October 25-27 – Required training for new and returning members at Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood
Spring 2020 meeting date and location TBD

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 TAMU Ranch Horse Program

  The second annual TAMU Ranch Horse Program will be held on August 4th, 2019 in conjunction with the 2019 Beef Cattle Short Course.  The morning topics will include information on nutrition for the ranch horse, disaster preparedness, history of the King Ranch and ranch horse hoof care.  In the afternoon participants will head to the arena to learn about finishing and using the working ranch horse from Mr. Jeff Williams.  Mr. Williams has started colts for many clients including the Haythorn Ranch, King Ranch, Beggs Ranch, Matador Ranch, Espuela Ranch and the Muleshoe Ranch for over 20 years.  The program will take place at the Hildebrand Equine Complex from 8am to 3pm and is free to those who have registered for the 2019 BCSC.  For those that wish to attend just the Ranch Horse Program the cost will be $50 at the door.  We are asking that those who wish to attend RSVP at this link:

Sheep Capital Lamb Camp - August 2-4, 2019

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County are proud to present the Sheep Capital Lamb Camp to be held in San Angelo, Texas on the fairgrounds the first weekend in August.

The camp will be open to incoming 3rd Graders through seniors in high school, and exhibitors of all levels of experience are welcome to participate.

Camp will be a three day program, kicking off on Friday, August 2. Sunday, August 4 will wrap things up just after lunch!

The registration fee will include breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and lunch Saturday and Sunday, a t-shirt, and a camp packet.

Registration is available beginning May 1 and can be found at:

State Games Registration

Good Morning,

Due to the low registration numbers for the 2019 Texas 4-H Shooting Sports State Games, registration will be extended until Friday, June 28 with NO late fee.  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Recordbook County Level Placings

Thank you everyone for your hard work. Congratulations to you all....

Friday, June 21, 2019

2019 D10 Leadership Lab

Some information for those who are attending Youth Leadership Lab next week:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Business Fair

Recordbook Review Prep.

The Travis County Extension office is providing Recordbook assistance June 4th 2019 from 8:30 am - Noon. Please feel free to attend.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 District 10 Community Service Project

This year for the District 10 Community Service project we will be collecting and donating stuffed animals and blankets to be donated to your local police and fire departments. The goal of this project is to collect all these items to be donated for distribution to kids who do not have a blanket or stuffed animal. We would appreciate any new or gently used stuffed animals and blankets for this project. Thank you so much for all your help!

Texas 4-H Record Book Guide

The Texas 4-H Record Book Family Guide has been updated to clarify some discrepancies found as our record book season is upon us and families and agents are reviewing the materials more closely. The 2018-2019 Record Book Family Guide was originally released state wide August 31st.  

The overall content of the Record Book Family Guide did not change, we have just made some updates to clarify some areas that were unclear related to inputting data for the junior age division in respect to the number of previous years. Also, in April we were notified that there was an error in the Record book report forms  in regards to the number of pages allowed for Seniors in Section IV - Other 4-H Projects. What was indicated in the Family Guide & PowerPoint presentation did not match the information on the actual form.

The record book forms were updated on the Texas 4-H website to reflect that correction in April.
Senior Section IV - Other 4-H Projects
Maximum page limit: Junior & Intermediate - 1 page; Senior – 2 pages.  Updated 4/10/2019

Please make sure you are using the updated Family Guide which has 5/1/2019 Updates related to clarification are highlighted in yellow on the front cover.

Friday, May 17, 2019

REMINDER: Youth Leadership Program is Registration Open

Our Youth Leadership Program is going to take place on June 3rd, 4th, & 6th this year!  Come join us as we will do some in-depth learning about public speaking, along with tips and techniques, as well as develop and present three, 3-5 minute speeches.

Please see the informational flyer below and be sure to register online at 

If you need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have
questions about the physical access provided, please contact Mellanie at
512-854-9600 or at least 2 days prior to the program.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Texas 4-H Roundup and LEAD Academy

Registration Deadline:
Friday, May 17th is the deadline to register for “Texas 4-H Roundup w/LEAD Academy” or “LEAD Academy 2019” events June 10-13, 2019.  A late fee will be added above the initial registration cost starting Saturday.  
The late fee rates are as follows:
  1. May 18 - May 21, 2019: Additional $50 Late Fee
  2. May 22 - May 26, 2019: Additional $125 Late Fee
  3. May 27 - June 6, 2019: Additional $250 Late Fee

County offices please make sure all your qualifying event participants are entered as well as any 4-H members you know that will be competing in our invitational contest.  Scholarship recipients have been notified as of yesterday if they will be the recipient of a scholarship. All scholars need to register as well. If they are no competing, they may select a day pass based on which day they will be receiving their scholarship. 

EVERYONE attending Texas 4-H Roundup must register (either pre-register or register on-site) and have a valid name badge on at all times. This is a requirement of the event for safety, liability and insurance purposes. In the event of an emergency, it is important for us to know who is at Roundup.

Our Future 4-H Members (those 2nd grade and younger) that will be attending Texas4-H Roundup with family members will have complimentary name badges provided to them at the on-site registration desk. Please be sure and pick one up for them to wear during the event. On the back of the badge is a place to write their name and emergency contact information should they be separated from you.

Registration Approval Process:
Please begin reviewing your county registrations and approving them ASAP.  We need all registrations to the state level by Friday, May 24th.  For those needing to submit a county check for registration, an invoice may not be generated until all registration are approved at the State level. The county approval process is step 1, then the Districts have to review the registrations before submitting to State. All county offices should have their registrations to the District level no later than 8 am, Tuesday, May 21st in order for us to achieve this. If you are having difficulty reviewing the county registrations, please contact your District 4-H Specialist of myself so we can determine what issues you are having in finalizing the registration approvals.  

Steps in the Review process:
Please check for this information during the county approval process. If these steps are not met when registration is reached at the State Office, registration will be returned to youth to resubmit, delaying our registration process. As a reminder the State office will have over 3,000 registrations to process in a timely and efficient manner for this event. Following these steps will help us expedite the process which includes providing accurate contest information to our superintendents so that they are able to prepare for the contest on their end.

  1. Chaperone: All youth attending Texas 4-H Roundup must be accompanied by a REGISTERED chaperone in a ratio of 1 adult to 8 youth. All chaperone ratios must adhere to gender (i.e. if you send 4 males and 4 females, then you need 1 male chaperone and 1 female chaperone). All youth will be required to declare who will serve as their primary REGISTERED chaperone during the registration process on 4-H CONNECT. Youth not naming an adult chaperone in the registration process will not be accepted. Chaperones will always need to have a required HEALTH FORM of the participants with them, in the case of an emergency. This form is available for download from 4-H CONNECT. Those registering on-site can complete the Waiver, Indemnification, and Medical Treatment Authorization Form (See Appendix)

  1. Waiver, Identification, & Medical Treatment Authorization Form (HEALTH FORM):
Everyone attending the event must have a current form on file in 4-H CONNECT. Chaperones must print/keep a copy of this file with them at all times for each of the participants. This form is completed during the Enrollment process for each youth/adult. Please verify that all participants have completed this section during 4-H Enrollment. If they have not, have the member edit their enrollment profile and update this information.

Make sure they have signed the document (entered date and typed their name) included Emergency Contact Information, Medical Insurance information and any special services.

  1. Team information
·       Make sure the registration accurately reflects the team member information for both Qualifying and Invitational contest. This is necessary, especially in the case where counties have multiple teams entered. Team designation needs to be established at registration. We do not allow for teams to declare the team members the day of the contest.
·       Intermediate Age youth can compete as a Senior to complete a team for SOME Invitational Contests. This will NOT be allowed for the following contests: Hippology, Healthy Lifestyles, Livestock Skill-A-Thon, Poultry Judging and Soil Judging, as these contests have the opportunity for a team to advance to a National Contest and that National Contest requires “Senior Age” youth.
·       Those intermediates competing as Seniors, denote TEAM in their registration profile and then list the Senior members of their team. We will be able to pair them up to the Senior team if this step is followed.
·       As a point of clarification, in an invitational contest, a county may only have a maximum of 2 individual entries per age division. If there are at least 3 individuals from the county in the same age division, they will be considered a team.
·       If a team and its members are not designated on the registration, they will be placed on a team by the State Office.

4.    Contest Paperwork Upload Requirement:
Youth participating in Food Show, Fashion Show and Discover Scientific Method are required to provide paperwork at time of registration as an uploaded document in 4-H CONNECT.  Please verify that all youth enrolled in this contest have provided the necessary paperwork. If the paperwork has not been provided, please notify the 4-H member and ask them to resubmit their registration with this information included.
*NOTE* for Intermediates competing in Discover Scientific Method this upload box was not appearing for them in registration. We are working at the state office to determine the number of intermediate entries this impacted, it was not brought to our attention until yesterday when a family emailed the contest superintendent.  Please

Those youth competing in Share the Fun must must complete a Gravity Form using the following as well as register in 4-H CONNECT for the contest.

5.    Speaking Event Title:
Please verify those that are competing in Educational Presentation or Public Speaking have included their title of their presentation when they register. 

6.    Archery Participants
All who are competing in the Archery Contest must be currently participating in a county archery program under the direction of a certified coach. The coaches information must be included with their registration. The Shooting Sports office will verify that all archery contestants are in a local program under the direction of a certfieid coach. Those who are not, will not be approved at the State level to compete. Please check that all youth in your county that are signed up for archery have included this information during registration.

County/Club Check Payment Method:
REGISTRATION PAYMENT All payments for Texas 4-H Roundup must be RECEIVED IN THE STATE 4-H OFFICE by Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  Registrations not having been paid by the close of business June 5, 2019 are subject to cancellation. To prevent the possibility of cancellation, everyone is encouraged to use the credit card payment option on 4-H CONNECT. A payment invoice may not be generated by a county office until the registrations have been approved by the State Office.

If a COUNTY/CLUB is mailing a payment, it must be mailed to: United States Postal Service:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/4-H CONNECT
2473 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2473

Overnight mail through either FedEx, UPS, or Lonestar:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/4-H CONNECT
1470 William D. Fitch Parkway
College Station, TX 77845

All registrations paid using a county/club check must include a county invoice (transfer) with the payment. Absolutely NO PERSONAL CHECKS will be accepted. Personal checks will be returned.

Thank you notes:
We are waiting on a few confirmation regarding sponsorship before we are able to release the Thank You note list. We apologize for the delay, but we are wanting to release as complete of a list as possible versus updates as we have done in the past as additional sponsorship notifications were provided.

Schedule of events:
Our schedule is continually being updated. We ask that you direct your families to our 4-H Roundup Blogspot for the most up-to-date information . Also we encourage everyone to download the Texas 4-H App.  We will post a final schedule on Wednesday, June 5th. (At least that is our plan barring any unexpected changes).

Parking Permits:
Don’t forget to purchase your parking permit and print for the event. Encourage your families to do so as well.

Remind families that t-shirts are on sale through Market Place until Sunday, May 19th at 11:59 pm.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office.

We realize this event is one that takes a village to be successful. We appreciate what each of you do to help with the success!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The results of the Travis County Photography Contest are in!  It was our largest contest yet with over 200 entries.  Our judges also felt that it was our strongest batch of entries yet, making it ever more difficult to obtain the coveted Best in Show awards.  Please visit the Travis County CEP 4-H blog to view the results.  I'll have the ribbons at the Travis County 4-H Council Meeting on Monday, May 20th.  If someone from your club is unable to attend the council meeting, I'll get them in the mail right after that.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

REMINDER: Raise Your Hand for State Youth by 5/15!


Raise Your Hand
for Your State Youth!

Win $20,000 and bring 4-H programs to more kids in your community!

The "Raise Your Hand" initiative is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote to win funding for their 4-H state program. This funding helps more kids in their communities benefit from the hands-on learning programs 4-H offers, helping kids serve their community and build critical life skills needed to thrive.

Vote for your state and the three states with the highest ratio of hands raised to total state population will win $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 to bring local 4-H programs to more kids.

Raising your hand is as easy
as 1, 2, 3


Raise Your Hand:

Go to to support youth in your community.


Compete for Your State:

Raising your hand is a vote for your state to win $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 to bring 4-H skill-building programs to more kids.


Pay it Forward:

Share support with friends & family with the #4HGrown hashtag! Ask them to raise their hand for kids in their community at


And finally:

Thanks to JOANN, if you're a 4-H alumni, volunteer, or member - sign up for a JOANN rewards card while the promotion lasts, and your state will automatically be entered into a drawing to receive a $1,000 gift card.

Raise Your Hand by May 15th—because every child deserves a chance to succeed.





NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., age 13+. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on 04/01/19 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 05/15/19. Total ARV of all prizes: $50,000. Odds of winning Random Drawing Prizes depend on the total number of entries received. For full Official Rules visit . Sponsor: National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

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