Saunders County 4-H Smore

October 24, 2019

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Achievement Celebration
  2. 4-H Council Applications
  3. 4-H Enrollment Open for 2020
  4. Shotgun Shooting Sports
  5. Shooting Sports Instructor Report
  6. Ne Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest
  7. 4-H Cat Club
  8. Nebraska Fed Steer Challenge
  9. National Western Catch-A-Calf
  10. Jarvis Scholarship
  11. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium
  12. Make it with Wool Contest
  13. 2019 4-H Activity Calendar
  14. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Achievement Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 6-7:30pm

1071 County Road G

Ithaca, NE


Achievement Night will celebrate the 2019 4-H year! We will be recognizing the individuals on the following sheets. Please let us know if you see any changes or anyone we missed to be recognized by October 18!

We will also recognize our career portfolio applicants, achievement application applicants and 4-H Council members.

There will be food served at the event. Please wear a "paint shirt" as we will be painting pumpkins at the end!

Prizes, Game and a good time to be had! We will also being giving away ONE FREE 2020 4-H ENROLLMENT!

4-H Council Applications


You can find all the information about the Saunders County 4-H Council here:

4H Shotgun Shooting Sports

Are you interested in learning and competing in the sport of Trapshooting?

Female and male youth, grades 6 – 12, interested in participating in club trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H.

Fall practice is beginning. Season runs January to May. No experience necessary. Hunter Safety Education Required.

Visit Contact us at:

Shooting Sports Instructor Report

Yearly Requirements to Maintain Discipline Certification

· All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline(s) every year.

· Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report (on-line format) to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline.

· Enroll in their respective 4-H Shooting Sports project(s) area in their county. Instructors should also complete leader release form and code of conduct.

It is important for the Nebraska and National programs to be able to show the level of involvement of our volunteer instructors.

Last year, volunteer 4-H Shooting Sports instructors contributed more than 53,840 hours towards the five categories of youth involvement with over 49,500 youth contacts across Nebraska. This was Awesome!

On behalf of the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, we are requesting this information about your instructor involvement in the 4-H shooting sports program. It is the goal of the National Shooting Sports Committee to provide support for National & State 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Trainings, 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, Teen Ambassador Leadership Training, State Shooting Sports Coordinators and other 4-H shooting sports program goals.

Please make every effort to have your county instructors submit their report by November 22nd or sooner. The electronic reporting form will close after 5 pm, November 22nd.

2019 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest

2019 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest details are available!!

This contest is open to seventh and eighth grade students!!

We have some very creative kids in our state!!

They can do an Infogram, a PSA or a Short video with a theme of severe weather safety/preparedness. All entries must be submitted electronically by November 25, 2019.

Please see attached flyer for details and be sure to share this with all of your middle schools!!

2019 NAEM PSA Contest (002).pdf

4-H Cat Club - REVAMPED

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time.

Check out September’s lesson about cat history and breeds here:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colorado. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2020 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2021 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.

4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may apply online at: .

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2019 and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2020.

Applications and forms are due no later than December 1, 201. Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: . Contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 for more information and an application regarding the 2020-21 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Contest.

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Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS)

The 16th annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) at the Animal Science Complex will be held on November 8th - 10th. Registration will be online again this year and can be accessed via the link below. Please note the application deadline of September 20th. If an individual is selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be collected at that time.
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Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

The nomination form can be found on our website at

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.