Sioux County Newsletter

January 2022

Calendar of Events

Jan. 13 - 4-H After School

Jan. 20 - 4-H After School

Jan. 23 - Sioux Panhandle Best Competition

Jan. 25 - 4-H Council Meeting at 6 pm

Jan. 27 - 4-H After School

Jan. 29 - First Lego League competition

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Black Hills Stock Show

Black Hills Stock Show Youth Show entries are due January 22nd. Shows start on Friday, January 28th through Saturday, January 29th. To access the entry form click here. The goat show and sheep shows are on February 4th and 5th. To access that entry form click here.

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4-H Online Enrollment

4-H online enrollment is now open!! They have a new website:v2.4honline.com. You will use the same login and password as you did in the old system. Step-by-step instructions on how to reenroll, enroll a new family, or add a youth member can be found at our North Panhandle website: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/. Online 4-H payment option is now available.


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Youth who are between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1, 2022 are eligible to enroll as Clover Kid members and youth who are 8 as of January 1, 2022 are regular members. The fee to enroll in 4-H is $5. Members must enroll in 4-H prior to June 15, 2022 in order to participate in the County Fair. Youth who are participating in robotics and shooting sports need to enroll in 4-H prior to participating in the shooting sports practice and the robotics competition.

Coming in January!

We will be hosting a regular after school 4-H STEM program with hands on activities on Thursdays after the school at the bank basement. This free program is for youth ages 5 and above. We will start sessions on January 13th. Youth will participate in activities such as Laparoscopic surgery, DNA extraction, bristle bots, and more! Everyone is welcome to attend!

Volunteer Screening Process

Like many other youth-serving organizations, Nebraska 4-H makes youth safety a priority. Nebraska 4-H makes youth safe by screening the volunteers that work with youth. 4-H has different volunteer roles. Reach out to find out the different ways to volunteer! Depending on the volunteer roles, there are different volunteer screening processes.


Direct Volunteers (club leaders, adults who teach special interest programs, etc.)

  • Complete 4-HOnline Enrollment
  • Complete Volunteer Screening - done every 5 years after initial screening. Sioux next rotation will be 2023
  • Attend Volunteer Training


Indirect Volunteers (superintendents, 4-H Council, etc.)

  • Not required to complete 4-HOnline Enrollment
  • Sign paperwork given by office


Please note that certain volunteer roles within Nebraska 4-H require additional screening or training, including 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors/Leaders, FIRST Robotics volunteers, and 4-H Horsemanship Advancement Level Examiners.


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4-H Summer Camp Registrations

Registration is now open for 2022 Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps! See the full schedule of camp sessions and register now at 4h.unl.edu/summer-camp-schedule.

Wilderness Wonders Camp

We are starting to plan for a fun fill summer. We would love to be able to provide an overnight camp experience again, however, we need male chaperones to stay in the cabins. Male chaperones must be at least 19 years old and complete our background screening process and chaperone training. They would need to arrive by 5:30 pm on July 6th and stay until 7 am on July 7th. We would provide supper and breakfast plus a campfire experience. Please contact Melissa Mracek at mmracek2@unl.edu by February 1st if interested.

Special Garden Project

The Special Garden project gives 4-H members the opportunity to grow a new and unusual vegetable or flower each year. The project allows experienced 4-H gardeners to grow something fun and exciting while letting those who are newer to gardening get their feet wet in the horticulture project area. This year the focus is on Rubenza Cosmos. These plants produce unique flowers with petal that change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long.


To get started with this project enroll in the Special Garden Project within 4-H Online and contact the Extension Office or Melissa Mracek at mmracek2@unl.edu by January 15th to get your seeds ordered. Seeds cost $0.50 per person. For more information about the Special Garden project and the resources visit https://4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project.

Omaha Fashion Week - Student Night

Are you interested in modeling your 2021 garment in 4-H student night at Omaha Fashion Week on February 23, 2022? Deadline to apply is January 3, 2022. See more details on how to apply here: https://go.unl.edu/ofw2022