Crow Wing County 4-H

January 9, 2023

Extension 4-H
Note: There will be no newsletter next week in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Volunteer News

Dear Minnesota 4-H Volunteers,

Welcome to 2023 and the new opportunities you have this year to positively impact young people through your service in the 4-H program. We are grateful for your presence alongside our young people and for the important role you play in helping them build skills that last for a lifetime.

Earlier this fall we focused conversation on developing a growth mindset in young people. Young people who display a growth mindset face challenges and pursue learning through effort over innate ability.

You can encourage a young person to practice developing a growth mindset by attending one of our upcoming leadership development seminars, BLU and TEEL. We know that young people are more likely to attend if they have support from someone else (like you!). We also recommend finding 2-3 youth to attend together. Young people will find comfort in trying new things when they are surrounded by their peers. Many local programs have funds set aside for youth to attend these events. Discuss these options with your local 4-H staff.

Don’t forget to stay connected to the Volunteer Resource Center for more tools and resources to support your service. If there is something you are looking for that you can’t find or maybe doesn’t exist yet, reach out to me so we can help.


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

Drill Team Kick off meeting

Interested in joining the Crow Wing County drill program for the 2022-2023 4-H year? Attend this meeting to learn more about the program, meet this year's coaches and lead volunteers, and ask questions.

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00 pm at the Land Services Building, Meeting room 1 - downstairs

Drill team offers 4-H'ers a chance to develop leadership and teamwork skills and learn more about horses. It's a positive environment in which to gain mentoring skills. In drill team, you'll learn coordination, timing, speed, and synchronizing with other riders. Variety and creativity in dress and routine are encouraged.

Dog PDC Meeting

Interested in the dog project?

Join members enrolled in the dog project to discuss dog programming for the spring and summer, decide on a dog show date, and when to hold dog orientation.

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm at the Land Services Building, Oak room - upstairs

Livestock PDC Meeting


Livestock PDC Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2023

7:00 pm | Land Services Building, meeting room 2 - downstairs

Items up for discussion:
Animal ID's, NE Livestock Show Update, Rabbit Fun Show, closing animal barns at the fair early, scholarship review, planning education events, and checking in on yearly goals

Federation Meeting + Fruit and Meat Fundraiser KICK OFF!

The fruit and meat fundraiser will kick off at 6:00 pm on January 16, 2023, during the January Federation meeting! ALL families are highly encouraged to attend to gain information on how to launch a successful fundraiser. NEW this year: 50% of the profits will go back to your community club!

Note the earlier start time of 6:00 pm.

4-H Intro to filmmaking

Statewide offering | grades 3+


Let’s get started in filmmaking! If you’re in grades 3-13 and enjoy making TikToks, creating animation, or editing film together, this online program is a fantastic way to meet like-minded youth and connect them to adults who can help them develop their skills. Learn more and register at

4-H Gross Science

Regional offering | grades K-6


Join us as we explore the slimy, stinky, stomach-turning underbelly of our natural world! Youth take a deep dive with hands-on projects that make science disgustingly tangible! Join us via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 p.m., starting on January 17! Registration starts Dec 6 and ends on January 17 - register today!

4-H Passport to Adventure

Regional offering | grades K-6


Come travel the world with 4-H!! Each week, we'll visit a new country, participate in a hands-on activity, and get your passport stamped after your new adventure! Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Cost is free and open to Cloverbuds and Youth, Grades K-6. Registration starts Dec 6 and closes on Jan 18.

4-H Explore Farm Life

Regional offering | grades K-6


Come along with 4-H as we explore farm life!! Each week, youth will learn something new about living on a farm, and create a crafty animal for their barns. Classes are held every Thursday, via Zoom, starting on January 19. Event is free to all 4-H participants! Time is 3:30-4:15 p.m. Open to Grades K-6.

4-H Arts and Crafts

Regional offering | grades K-5


Create your next masterpiece with 4-H Arts & Crafts! Each week, we'll highlight and practice a style of art. We look forward to seeing you there! Registration starts December 6, and closes on January 23. Classes are held virtually via Zoom, on Mondays, and are open to Grades K-5. Cost is free.

4-H Creative Writing: Genres

Regional offering | grades 6-10


Hone in on your literary genre skills and explore different writing styles and techniques. This event is open to Youth, Grades 6-10, and is free to all participants who are registered in 4-H. Sessions will be held on Monday evenings, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Registration opens on December 6, and closes on January 19. We'll be mailing journals out to approved participants - watch your mail!

Cloverbud Project Day: January Wild about Wildlife

Regional offering | grades K-2

In person

Brrr! Join us in January to learn about animal life below-freezing! Sessions are available virtually or in person. The session starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:30. There is no cost for this event. Registration opens on December 1, and closes on January 11. Open to all Cloverbuds, Grades K-2 who are registered in 4-HOnline.

Crow Wing's in person session will be held at the Land Services Building [322 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401]

Register for BLU and TEEL

Regional offering | grades 6-9, grades 10+

In person

Registration is now open for youth leadership workshops BLU (for youth in grades 6 - 9) and TEEL (for youth in grades 10+). Both workshops will take place in February and this year's theme is "Seasons of Growth."

Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU)

At BLU, youth in grades 6-9 will have the chance to build leadership skills, form relationships with other youth and learn to work together. Youth will also learn about leadership while connecting to their own personal story through hands-on activities and discussions led by the Minnesota 4-H Ambassadors.

Learn more and register.

Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL)

TEEL is a workshop for youth in grades 10+ to gain valuable leadership skills while connecting with peers from other counties and regions. This workshop builds on the leadership skills older youth have developed at BLU and through their lived experience both within and outside of 4-H. Teens will engage in large and small group discussions. They will also enhance their leadership skills through hands-on activities and discussions led by the older 4-H youth and recent 4-H alumni.

Learn more and register.

4-H Animal Discovery: Dog & Poultry

Statewide offering | grades 3+


Youth in grades 3+ are invited to join 4-H Animal Discovery, an exploratory learning series highlighting two animal species: dog and poultry.

This 5-session virtual series kicks off on Feb. 6. Youth can expect fun, interactive lessons, at-home challenges and group reflection supported by 4-H members, volunteers, and staff.

Mark your calendars – registration opens on Jan. 3.
Learn more and register.

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

  • Statewide Livestock PDC Webinar | Monday, January 9, 2023, from 7:00-8:00 pm | Virtual

  • Local Ambassadors | Tuesday, January 10, 2023, from 6:30-8:15 pm | Extension office

  • Long Lake Beavers 4-H Meeting | Wednesday, January 11, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Brainerd Public Library

  • Drill Team Kickoff Meeting | Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 6:00-:7:00 pm | Land Services Building, Meeting room 1 - Downstairs

  • Dog PDC Meeting | Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 6:30-:7:30 pm | Land Services Building, Oak Room - Upstairs

  • Livestock PDC Meeting | Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 7:00-8:30 pm | Land Services Building, Meeting room 2 - Downstairs

  • Cloverbud Project Day | Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 10:00-11:20 pm | Land Services Building

  • Sledding hosted by Long Lake Beavers 4-H Club | Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 1:00-3:00 pm | Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Ice skating hosted by Long Lake Beavers 4-H Club | Sunday, January 15, 2023, from 1:00-3:00 pm | Gregory Park

  • Federation Meeting/ Fruit and Meat Fundraiser Kick-off Meeting | Monday, January 16. 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Land Services Building

  • Drill Team Kick-off Meeting | Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 5:30-6:30 pm | Land Services Building

  • Horse PDC Meeting | Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm | Land Services Building


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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Thursday: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Friday: 12:30 - 4:30 pm

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Livestock PDC Meeting


Livestock PDC Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2023

7:00 pm