Crow Wing County 4-H

February 6, 2023

Extension 4-H

Volunteer News

Dear Minnesota 4-H Volunteers,

Enduring in service

After one more snowfall, one more coldsnap or one week of too many gray skies, Minnesota winters have a way of pushing us to endure. When we serve our youth, the same can be said. As a volunteer myself, I know firsthand there are weeks that seem too full, or days that seem too heavy to invest in service. But the gift of service is that the opportunity takes me outside of myself, and lets me see something on the horizon that will endure beyond my day, my feelings and my experiences.

Thank you all for enduring and making a commitment to serve our youth through Minnesota 4-H this year

Transitioning roles and responsibilities

Yet there comes seasons and times when enduring is not the answer. Life happens, and we may come to say honestly, I’ve reached an end (not the end). It may be an end due to lack of time, health, passion or just a need to set a new course. Whatever the reason, 4-H staff are here to support you if you are considering transitioning out of your role at the end of this year, or if you need support in delegating responsibilities to others so you can invest deeper.

If you are in need of a transition this year, or need support delegating your responsibilities to others, take note of these the steps you can take:

  • Be clear in communication - It’s important to have clear communication about your needs and next steps as a volunteer with 4-H staff so staff can develop a plan.

  • Be involved, to a degree. When transition happens, we value the insight and recommendations you have about how to continue the program; however it is not the role of a volunteer to appoint and place new volunteers.

  • Be willing to see change - Allowing others to step in and volunteer means things will inevitably change as new perspectives and skills are utilized

  • Be focused on the mission - Remember that while styles may change, the core outcome of the program is the focus for all MN 4-H volunteers

  • Be a cheerleader- Just because you are not serving, doesn’t mean you cannot continue to invest and support 4-H. We value our volunteers for who they are, not just what they bring. Stay in touch with the program and show support as available.

Upcoming leader connection - Delegating and transitioning responsibilities

I encourage you to attend an upcoming virtual connection opportunity. Join me on February 16 at 7:00 pm as we talk through further strategies to support volunteers as you transition out of your role, or look to delegate responsibilities to new volunteers in your program. You are welcome to attend and bring other needs and questions as a volunteer. For more information, visit


Jeremy Freeman, Extension Education, Volunteer Systems (NE region) / 763-310-1987

2023 Fair T-shirt Design Contest

Fair time will be here before you know it and the Extension office has already started to plan. We need your help! 4-H youth of any age are invited to design the next 4-H fair t-shirt!

T-shirt design guidelines:

The design must include the words “Crow Wing County 4-H 2023”.

Must be your original work.

Draw the design on an 8 ½ by 11” piece of paper.

The design will be on the FRONT of the shirt. Sponsors are placed on the back.

The top three designs will be selected by the Extension office and be voted anonymously by Crow Wing County 4-H members.

Must be enrolled in Crow Wing County 4-H.

The winner gets to choose the t-shirt color this year and will win an additional t-shirt! Please submit your designs via email to on or before March 1, 2023, by 4:30 pm. NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted!

We can't wait to see your designs!

College Bound 4-H Youth, Apply for Scholarships by April 1

Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H offer several scholarships for 4-H youth who are pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Eligible 4-H youth are encouraged to visit the Extension 4-H scholarship website for detailed information on the applications, letters of recommendation needed, and amounts awarded.

Please note that applications are available and accepted online only. The online application form does not auto-save. We suggest applicants prepare their responses in another document and copy/paste them into the scholarship form when they have enough time to complete the process. Scholarship applications are no longer accepted via email or mail.

Application deadline: April 1.

4-H Quilt Quest 2023

Statewide offering | grades 4+


Youth in grades 4+ are invited to join us for a fun-filled quilting adventure. Participants will meet virtually, to make a quilt top using the fat quarter fizz pattern. Together we'll explore tips and techniques for quilt-making. Adult guidance is recommended unless you are an experienced sewer.

There may be supply costs: a sewing machine, needles, thread, material, etc. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Sessions will be held via Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following Sundays: Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 2, April 30.

In addition to the virtual sessions, how-to videos will be available for assistance.

Learn more and register.

Registration deadline: Feb. 22.

In search of Camp Counselors!

The search is on for camp counselors to join us at the NE 4-H Camp @ LLCC in 2023! Improve your leadership skills, make a difference in the lives of youth, and create life-long friendships as a 4-H Camp Counselor!

All youth in grades 8-13 are welcome to apply by March 1 at For more information about the NE 4-H Camp @ LLCC, visit or contact Alli Hansen at or 715.297.2140 (cell)

Save the Date! Share the Fun and Talent Show

Gather your crew and start preparing!

Share the Fun with an added Talent Show is to be held on March 26th, 2023 at the Pequot Lakes High School.

More information and registration forms will be available next week!

Needle Felting Gnomes

Local offering | grades 5+

In person

During this two-session workshop, learn the basics of needle felting, the types of materials used and where they come from, and how to further your project learning in the needle arts.

Walk away with a ready-to-enter fair exhibit and the knowledge to share with a judge on how to needle felt.

The two sessions are on Thursday, February 23, and Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Land Services Building [322 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401].

The cost is $10 per person, check or cash, by Feb. 16 to the County Extension Office [326 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401].

A light snack and juice box will be provided. Grades 5+. Registration closes on Monday, February 20, 2023. To learn more and register:

Your springy gnome is sure to light up any room!

Minecraft Gaming Project Club

Local offering | grades 5+


Interested in coding, different gaming platforms, and socializing with other gamers? Join this Ambassador-led six-session Minecraft gaming project club to learn more!

Sessions will be held via Zoom and participants must have a computer or laptop with Minecraft available. Online safety will be weaved throughout the program and adult volunteers will be present.

The cost to participants is free and members will have the opportunity for additional play times outside of the gaming club.

Session times are Fridays from 6:00-7:30 pm on Feb. 17, Mar. 3, 17, 31, Apr. 14, and 28. Grades 5+.

Zoom links will be sent via email the Wednesday before each session. Registration is from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14, 2023, and the program has a maximum of eight participants.

To learn more and register:

Hubbard County Rabbit Fun Show

Hosted by Hubbard County | all ages

In person

Save the date!


Date: Saturday, February 18th at the Akeley ARCC

Clinics and Registration start at 9:30 am; the Show starts at 10:30 am

Judge: Haley Maday

Cost: $3 per rabbit entered

- Cloverbud Showmanship Clinic

- Market Rabbit Selection and Beginner/selection showmanship Clinic

- Showmanship classes during the show

- Bring a tarp for under the carriers

- Silent Auction

- Food Stand Available

Passport to Tasty Tuesdays... Foods from Around the World

Statewide offering | all ages Virtual Get your food passports ready as we travel to a different country, learn about their culture and create some of their favorite meals or desserts! Our destination will be a mystery until you get your ingredient list! You don't want to miss out on this exciting food adventure! Our arrival dates for our mystery destinations are: February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 4 and 11 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Registration is currently open and there is no deadline.

To register, log in, or if Registration is new to 4-H, enroll, at For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at

Amazing Amphibians and Roaming Reptiles

Statewide offering | grades K-13


What do frogs, snakes, and turtles have in common? Join us and learn more about Herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles. We will go undercover and discover the mysteries of our cold-blooded friends as we learn how they can become one of your new 4-H projects! Hop and slither to the sessions on the following dates: February 2, 16; March 2,16,30; and April 6, 20 from 7 pm - 8 pm via Zoom. Registration is open and there is no deadline. For grades K -13

Registration is currently open and there is no registration deadline. To register, log in, or if new to 4-H, enroll, at For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at

10th Annual Chick Chain Program, Check this out!

Local offering | all ages

Interested in learning more about backyard chickens? The Poultry 4-H Club is hosting its 10th annual Chick Chain Program.

The Chick Chain Program is designed to give an opportunity for new and existing 4-H members, including Cloverbuds, to learn more about raising backyard chickens. Youth have an opportunity to learn life skills while having fun learning about chickens and the poultry industry.

Now in its 10th year, the 4-H Poultry Club will be awarding 10 egg-laying chicks (likely red or black sexlink birds) for eligible 4-H participants that qualify for the program. Chicks will be purchased from a reputable hatchery.

Registration and fee must be received by February 10, 2023.

Read more and register here:

Market Beef Animal ID due February 15th, 2023

All market [including market steers, market heifers, and dairy steers] beef MUST be owned, tagged with a MN 4-H ear tag, and identified by February 15, 2023.

Breeding heifers, cow/calf pairs, and prospect calves (steers and heifers) must be owned or leased, tagged or tattooed, and identified by May 15, 2023. Please note that Cloverbuds do not need to identify beef animals at this time.

Contact the Extension office to arrange a pick up time for tags.

Crow Wing County 4-H Yearly Calendar

Events are added throughout the year and edited if needed.

Access the Yearly Calendar events HERE.

Upcoming Events

  • Northern Reins 4-H Club | Monday, February 6, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm | Location TDB

  • Poultry 4-H Club | Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm | Brainerd Public Library

  • Long Lake Beavers 4-H Club | Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm | Brainerd Public Library

  • Cloverbud Project Day | Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 10:00-11:30 am | Land Services Building

  • Black Bear 4-H Club | Sunday, February 12, 2023 | Tubing @ Mount Ski Gull

  • Pequot Lakes 4-H Club | Sunday, February 12, 2023 | Tubing @ Mount Ski Gull

  • Last day for Fruit and Meat Sales | Monday, February 13th

  • Daggett Brook 4-H Club | Monday, February 13, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 | Daggett Brook Town Hall

  • Cuyuna Range Miners 4-H Club | Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Location TBD

  • General PDC | Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Land Services Building

  • Local Ambassadors | Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 6:30-8:15 pm | Extension office

  • State Ambassadors Applications Open | Tuesday, February 28, 2023


Events and news are separated into county items and regional/statewide items. Please click on each of the links to view county and statewide events.

Events in Crow Wing County – calendar of events

Statewide news - learn about what's going on across Minnesota

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