Thursday, January 26, 2017

Range Safety Officer Traning

NC Wildlife Resource Commission LogoRSO TRAINING

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The NC Wildlife Resource Commission along with NC Cooperative Extension, Camden County Center will be hosting a Range Safety Officer Training to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park
in South Mills, NC.

The training will begin at 10 AM and will end around 5 PM.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost to participate in this

Each hunter education team must have a certified range safety officer in attendance at competition in order to compete at tournaments.

Please contact Chase Luker at
Danelle Barco at for more information or to register.


Horse Bowl Volunteers Needed

horse with 4h cloverWe’re looking for a few good folks to help with the North Central District Horse Bowl competition scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11th – would you be interested in lending a hand?

This year, the competition will once again be held at the Guilford County Extension Center located at 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405.  Registration is slated to take place from 9:00-9:45AM, followed by a contest start time of 10:00AM.  This is a GREAT youth development event that impacts numerous youth across our district.  We plan to run two rooms for competition, and we’re in need of the following volunteers to make this run as efficiently as possible:

  • Moderators – One per room for a total of two:  to read the questions and reset the buzzers (we prefer to have an experienced moderator who has volunteered before)
  • Judges – Two per room for a total of four :  decide if answers given (that are different from the answer listed in the question and answer key) are correct or incorrect
  • Score keepers – Two per room for a total of four:  keep up with how many points each team has (one individual and one team score keeper)
  • Door keepers – One per room for a total of two:  make certain that no one enters or exits the room during a match
  • Runners (usually a couple of teen 4-Hers) – to take score sheets to the tabulations room   

 We will gladly provide volunteers with a free lunch (in addition to the reward of helping these young people develop integral life skills that will serve them well for years to come - hey, how can you beat that?!)

If you are willing to help, please contact me the office @ 336-372-5597 or

Friday, January 20, 2017

Holiday Classic Open Horse Show Planning Mtg

NC 4H horse program logo
It's time to start preparing for the Spring Holiday Classic Open Horse Show that is a fund raiser horse show for the North Central District 4-H Horse Program and the NCSU Western Equestrian Riding Team.  We need your help in planning for the show as well as running the show.  We have several dedicated volunteers that have been running this show and putting lots of hours into preparing for the show, but now have other commitments so we need your help!  

The next planning meeting for the Holiday Classic show will be on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pmat the Hursey's BBQ in Mebane.  Come early to eat.  

Please fill out the doodle poll at this link if you plan to attend the meeting.  Just click here and then put your name and click that you can attend that date so we can get an idea of who is planning to attend.

Please understand that these shows cannot run without your help.  If you have never helped out before but are interested please let us know, we would love to train new volunteers to help us out with this fund rasier which helps pay many scholarships for our district 4-H horse program youth and volunteers.

If you have any questions please let us know and you can learn more about the Holiday Classic Shows at the website (which will be updated soon for the spring info) -

Advanced Livestock Judging

animals around 4-H cloverInformation can be found below for the Advanced Livestock Judging program.  This program allows youth to meet once a month starting in March through the state contest in July.  We will have several different instructors that assist in teaching each month.  

At this time we only plan to accept 10 youth into this program for 2017, and applications are due February 10th.  

Open to youth 14-18.  

For more information visit the links below:

WHEP teams being formed!

WHEP logo
Interested in wildlife and the habitats they live in? You may want to learn more about WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Education Program).  We are now forming teams for 2017.  The contest is open youth ages 8-19 (you must be 8 as of January 1, 2017).  Youth will be on teams ages 8-13 (Juniors)and 14-19 (Seniors).  Teams will be able to travel to the state contest and if winners, travel on to the national contest.  State competition occurs typically in May.  You do not need prior experience to participate.

Two former WHEP participants will be coaching our teams this year.  Bryan Cassell and Gretchen Huysman have both participated and won on the state level and competed at the National Level winning 3rd.

For more information or to be added to the interested group contact the office at (336) 372-5597,  You can also visit the state website @   Deadline to contact the office is Friday, January 27th.  Practice schedule will be determined by participants and coaches.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 NC 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Did you know that honey bees maintain a temperature of 92-93F in their hive regardless of the outside temperature? Sounds pretty balmy on a day like today!

We encourage our 4-H youth to explore more about the fascinating story of the hardworking honeybee by participating in the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest. The essay provides a platform for youth to creatively express their working knowledge and research of the craft of beekeeping.

2017 Beekeeping Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Beekeeping has had is five minutes of fame for the past seven years. Now more than ever, the general public along with beekeepers are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” With the continued threat of pesticides, this is a very real question. Your paper should research and help answer this question.
Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

Essay Guidelines

honey bee on daisyThe scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information

and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative  references spell it as one word.

For more information visit the link. Includes tips and guidelines.    


Winner of the state contest is forwarded on to the National Contest.  National prizes include:  1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500 and 3rd place - $250.

Essays are due to Amy by February 23rd @ 5 pm.  All essays should be emailed to  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Innovative Approaches Survey

Appalachian district health care logo
We need your help!!!  AppHealthCare has received a grant called, “Innovative Approaches: Community Systems Building Grants for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” from the NC Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch.

The Innovative Approaches initiative serves to improve the system of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) age birth – 21. CYSHCN have or are at risk for having on-going physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional health needs that need different services or care than what other children their age may need. For example, these children may need care for asthma, autism spectrum disorder, depression, cerebral palsy or developmental delay.

Thank you for completing this survey, which will help us better meet the needs of families like yours.

Please complete the survey only once and all answers will be kept anonymous.

Innovative Approaches Survey

You may also print a hard copy or feel free to contact the office and we will be happy to mail you a  hard copy.

Printable Innovative Approaches Survey

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute

We hope each of you had a great Holiday Season and are looking forward to 2017.  We wanted to send out a brief reminder that applications for the Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute are due this Friday, January 6th.  

  1. Applications are due in the State 4-H Livestock Office by Friday, January 6, 2017.  The top eligible applicants will be selected for the Institute.  All applicants will be notified by February 1st.
  2. Youth ages 10-19 can apply.  We will break the group into two sections depending upon age.
  3. Cost:  FREE, meals, snacks, learning materials will be provided.  Youth will only be required to make arrangements for travel to and from the event.
  4. Youth completing the institute will be asked to conduct some leadership activities throughout the following year.  For example, students may be asked to speak at their local Meat Goat Association meeting, 4-H Club meeting, serve on a committee, conduct a training session, etc.
  5. Applications should be mailed to:
                              North Carolina State University
                              Brent Jennings
                              Attn:  Meat Goat Leadership Institute           
                              Campus Box 7621
                              Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

The application can be found on our website at the link below.