4-H Friday News Blast for 9.20.19

October 15th - Another 15th Date to Remember ... Due date for Nebraska 4-H Achievement Applications for Trips and Awards

4-H members ages 15-18 as of December 31 of the current year are eligible to participate in the state-level Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application. The application is a standard application form used for the selection of state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients.

Due date is October 15th, and more details can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/achievement-application

We encourage you to apply! Every Cass County 4-Her who applies will receive a $20.00 cash prize from the Cass County 4-H Council! It's true!


Get Ready for National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is right around the corner! This year's celebration will take place October 6-12. Start planning your celebration now! Here's some ideas:

  • Plan a community service project, like picking up trash in your community!
  • Write Thank You cards to 4-H staff and volunteers who you know.
  • Wear a different 4-H shirt each day of the week.
  • The list could go on and on. Be creative in promoting 4-H and educating others about 4-H!


Nominations for 4-H Council Members

If you are a youth or an adult who is interested in being on the 4-H Council, let us know!

Some people love that kind of involvement and work. If that's you, please speak up. We are currently taking names for new council members.

Youth council members must be age 14 or older, and are part of the decision making process in the Cass County 4-H Program. Youth Council Members have all the voting privileges of the adult 4-H Council Members.

Click on the following link and take a look at the "job description" of council members: https://4h.unl.edu/council-handbook/section-4

Also, check out the constitution of the Cass County 4-H Council on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/4-h-resources/#tab4


Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop Offered in Lincoln

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for mid-January in Lincoln. It will be held January 18-19 at the Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The deadline to register for the Lincoln session is January 8th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader.

Four project areas will be offered at the Lincoln Workshop - rifle, pistol, coordinator, and archery. The Coordinator certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects, 4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.

Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, building an overall plan focused on Positive Youth Development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just “shooting” with science and healthy lifestyles, and working within your county’s 4-H structure.

There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors is $90 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after January 8th is $160. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Please share this information with volunteers in your county. For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or you can register directly by clicking HERE.


New 2020 Shop 4-H Catalog


School Year Camps!

Did you know there are 4-H Camps during the school year? Continue the fun of 4-H with one of these camps! The first one is this weekend ....

  • Fall Resident Camp- September 21-22, 2019

  • Winter Resident Camp - February 14-16, 2020

  • Spring Break Day Camp - April 6-10, 2020

For more information click on this link! https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/school-year-camps


Summer Job Announcement ...

Nebraska 4-H summer camps are advertising for summer employees. Have you ever considered this? Camp employees have the opportunity to impact children's lives in many experiential, outdoor settings.

Summer camp employees are trained to help provide active, hands-on, fun, and cooperative outdoor programming designed to develop respect for self, others, and the environment. They are key to helping others discover, learn, and grow.

Interested in applying? Learn more at: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-jobs#tab1


Attending Summer Camp and Need a Scholarship?

With the support of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and its donors, Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers programs are able to offer a limited number of $100 camp scholarships to support the participation of young people at the Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps. Single Day camps are not eligible for camp scholarships. If you have a camper in need of financial support, your request is most welcomed.

Camp Scholarships must be awarded prior to registration. Any scholarships awarded after the registration process will not be applied to current registrations.

The application process for a Camp scholarship is simple. Go to: https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-camp/scholarship


Nebraska State 4-H Camp to Host Annual 4-H Foundation Trail Ride



Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle level or high school student who's making a difference through volunteering?

Applications are now open for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This award recognizes outstanding young people through their volunteerism. In order to qualify, students must:

  • Be in grades 5-12 as of November 5, 2019
  • Have participated in a volunteer activity at least in part after September 1, 2017
  • Complete and submit an online application by November 5, 2019.

Application available at spirit.prudential.com


2019 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest

They come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming to compete in National Western Stock Show’s longest running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 80 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.

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 2019 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2020 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.

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.
  • Any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is NOT eligible to apply.

Application is available here: Catch-A-Calf Contest

Applications for the 2020-2021 program close DECEMBER 1.


Upcoming Shooting Sports Training

There's a Shooting Sports Training at the Ashland Gun Club on October 26-27, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. More details will be coming, so keep checking the link below for updates to this and other new shooting sports trainings.

State Shooting Sports Calendar: https://events.unl.edu/NE4H-Shooting-Sports/search/?q=Shooting+Sports+Leader


Make it Yourself with Wool

The object of the contest is to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns; to encourage personal creations in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving of wool fabrics and yarns; and to recognize creative skills.

The 2019 State Make It With Wool Contest will be November 23 at the Adams County Extension Office, 2975 South Baltimore Avenue., Hastings, NE. The contest will begin at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to the public Fashion Show at 1:00 p.m.

Entry forms, fees, wool samples and wool testing fees are due October 15 to Andrea Nisley. (P.O. Box 757, Lexington, NE 68850-0757).

Narration Deadline is November 1, 2019

Entry Information:

National MIWW website: www.makeitwool.com


FYI - 4HOnline Shut Down for Maintenance

4HOnline will be shut down for maintenance from October 1st through October 15th. After October 15th, it will be open again for re-enrollment for the new 2020 4-H year. After October 15th, brand new 4-Hers can also begin enrolling for 4-H.

Questions - call the Extension Office at 402-267-2205.



Kudos to Caleb Kraeger and Easton Roeber for winning the Hover Board prizes at after-the-fair clean-up day (Sunday, August 11th). Thanks for your help, Caleb and Easton! Enjoy your prizes!


County 4-H Calendar

  1. Shooting Sports Leader Certification Add-One Workshop - Muzzleloader - September 21
  2. National 4-H Week - October 6-12
  3. AkSarBen Stock Show - Sept 26-29
  4. 4HOnline Shut down for Maintenance - Oct 1 - Oct 15
  5. 2020 4HOnline re-enrollments and new enrollments begin - October 16th
  6. Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge Application Deadline - October 1
  7. Nebraska 4-H Achievement Trips and Awards - due October 15th
  8. Youth in Action - application due October 21st
  9. Shooting Sports Training at the Ashland Gun Club - October 26-27
  10. 4-H Achievement Party at the EXPO - November 3, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  11. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium - Nov. 8-10 in Lincoln
  12. 4-H Council Meeting - November 18
  13. Make it Yourself with Wool - November 23
  14. Summer Camps announced for 2020


Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. Grand Opening Pollinator Garden ... September 23rd, Tekamah, NE
  2. Farm Ambitions Field Day ... September 24, 2019
  3. Household Hazardous Waste Collections ... September 20, 2019
  4. Cass County Electronic Recycling Event .... September 21, 2019
  5. Hort Update
  6. Gardening articles by Sarah Browning
  7. Recorded Webinar and info on "Hunting Leases" with vital information for landowners
  8. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  9. Cass County Extension Board Meeting ... October 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  10. Become a Master Gardener ... for 2020 program, register by January 17, 2020


4-H Mission Statement

4-H Empowers youth to reach their full potential,

working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service, and

My Health to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world!

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better!

4-H Colors

The 4-H colors are green and white.

Green, nature's most prominent color, symbolizes growth.

The white symbolizes purity and high ideals.

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu