4-H Four-cast

February 27-March 12

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

Camp registration is opening soon! This year, camp is open to everyone, 4-Hers and non-4-Hers alike, from the moment of registration! 4-H members will be eligible for a discount--exact cost numbers coming soon. Look for the announcement next week!

Also, the 4-H Enrollment Deadline for fair participation is March 15th. If you aren't fully enrolled in 4-H Online and paid by then, you are not eligible for fair participation! See below for information on enrollment!

STEP Classes are still available to register for on our website! More info below, but we have an exciting series for our 2023 "STEP it Up" as we dive a bit deeper, though still at a level for beginners, into cooking, food preservation, science, sewing, and arts. Let's grow those skills in preparation for county fair!


Lena and Steven


Congratulations to 4-H Student Worker Regan Moreau!

Regan Moreau completed her first big project as Jackson County’s 4-H student worker. She organized all the 4-H curriculum materials alphabetically and got rid of everything from the 1970s and 1980s! Materials are available to leaders for free or can be purchased by members. If there is only one copy left, we can order copies for you. We have lots of project materials to help you during your journey through 4-H. Reach out to any 4-H staff member for help!

This Week (February 27-March 5)

  • Poultry 101 Workshop: Monday, Feb 27, 6:30PM in SOREC Classroom.
  • 4-H Association Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday, Mar 1, Extension
  • First Padgham Exhibit Hall Committee Meeting: Wednesday, Mar 1, 4PM, Extension Classroom
  • First Robotics SPIN Meeting: Wednesday, Mar 1, 6PM, Extension Auditorium
  • Jackson County 4-H Association Meeting: Wednesday, Mar 1, 6PM, Extension Conference Room
  • Interstate Exchange Meeting: Wednesday, Mar 1, 6:30PM
  • Livestock Superintendent Meeting: Thursday, March 2, 6:30PM, Zoom
  • Sheep Tagging Day: Mar 4, Barker Barn - Expo

Next Week (March 6-12)

  • Camp Counselor Application Due: Monday, Mar 6, 8AM
  • Camp Counselor First Zoom Meeting: Monday, Mar 6, 7PM
  • Animal Science Education ZOOM -- Handling Rabbits for Showmanship: March 9, 6:30PM-8PM
  • Registration Closes for Youth Voices in Action: Friday, Mar 10
  • Shooting Sports Leader Training: Saturday/Sunday, Mar 11-12, Grants Pass (call 541-776-7371 for information)

Information for Everyone

Tagging Days and Fair Participation Enrollment Deadline

  • Beef Tagging: (passed) February 18
  • Sheep Tagging: March 4
  • Goat Tagging: March 21
  • Horse Declarations: At April Leaders Meeting (April 10th)
  • Swine Declarations: At April Leaders Meeting (April 20th)

If you have questions about your tagging/declaration day, reach out to your leaders! If you are a leader, reach out to your superintendent! If you are a superintendent and have questions, well, best of luck to you.

4-H Enrollment is done at v2.4honline.com. Make sure to click through until you hit "submit" or your enrollment will not be submitted. When it asks about payment, simply click "Pay by check" regardless of how you plan to pay your enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is now $60 and can be paid by cash or check at SOREC or online at our Enrollment Fee Site.

If you have questions about enrollment, call us at 541-776-7371!

LEGO Robotics SPIN Club

Our first meeting for the LEGO Robotics SPIN Club is this Wednesday, March 1 at 6PM!

This is open to 4-H Members! If you are not a 4-H member, you can enroll as a part of the Robotics SPIN Club!

Register at this link: Robotics


Our next two STEP Classes are:

Class is Full! - Pie in the Sky: March 2 and 3 at 6:30PM, Ages 8-19:

In this two-day class, 4-H Foods Judge Shelli James will be teaching participants how to make homemade pizza! On day 1, participants will learn to prepare and make dough. On day 2, they will come back to learn about preparing toppings and baking a pizza! The class will cover basics of food safety and tips on making quality pizza.

Piece of Cake: March 10 and 17 at 6:30PM, Ages 9-19:

Learn how to build awesome cake creations with 4-H Foods Judge Shelli James in this two-part cake decorating class! On day 1, participants will practice the basics of cake decorating with icing bags and tips. A week later, participants will use their knowledge to ice and decorate a fair-themed cake. Participants can even bring their own cake or use a foam round as is often used for cake decorating at the fair!


Check out our new webpage for the STEP program at https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/jackson/step-classes!

You can register for STEP Classes at this link! Deadline to sign up is 4PM on the day before the first class.

There are STEP it UP classes for all 4-H ages, so take the time to check them out! Some of them are two-parters this time, which means that you should attend both sessions. We'll make pizza, can jam, make schlep bags, preserve our own fruit, and much, much more! Check it out!

The Jackson County Ambassadors are Recruiting New Members!

The Ambassadors Club is now open to 7th-12th graders! The club is a wonderful way for teens to learn about leadership and represent Jackson County 4-H programs throughout the county. Find the application at: Jackson County Ambassadors!

For questions, contact Amy Grow at grow.amy@yahoo.com today!

2023 Padgham Volunteers and Planning!

We are just about to start our Padgham Planning Team for Summer Fair 2023! We are also putting together our team of volunteers for the following areas:

  • Judging day set-up (Friday, July 7)
  • Clerks on static judging day or for other competitions (Saturday, July 8)
  • Exhibit Hall set-up, we need many volunteers here (Sunday-Monday, July 9-10)
  • Padgham Hosts (Wednesday, July 12-Sunday, July 16)
  • Educational activities for the public! (Wednesday, July 12-Sunday, July 16)
  • Padgham Tear Down (Sunday, July 16)

If you are interested in being a part of the Padgham Exhibit Hall for 2023, please fill out this form! Our first meeting is this Wednesday, March 1, at 4PM in the Extension Classroom.

We also need some photography judges! If you are interested, give us a call!

Looking for Camp Counselors!

Jackson County 4-H is excited to announce 4-H summer camp at Camp Myrtlewood for 2023!

We are looking for Camp Counselors who are in 8th-12th grade to volunteer for the 2023 4-H overnight camp season at Camp Myrtlewood in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Volunteer camp counselors gain valuable job experience, learn about leadership and responsibility, and become role models for the 4th-7th grade campers. 4-H Camp Myrtlewood will occur between July 24 and July 28. 4-H and non-4-H youth from Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Douglas, Lake, and Coos County in Oregon are welcome to apply. Applicants for camp counselor must be 16+ years old by July 1, 2023 (completed 10th grade) and applicants for CIT (counselor in training) must be 14-15 years old (completed 8th or 9th Grade). If you're younger, be on the lookout for camp registration later this Spring--campers can be ages 9-13!

Apply Here by March 6 at 8AM! Our first meeting will be on Zoom on March 6 at 7PM.

The first Counselor Training will be at Camp Myrtlewood from March 17-19th. Let Steven know if you cannot attend.

Save the Date: Oregon 4-H Outdoor Leadership Training

Are you planning to be a camp counselor? Do you want to learn about outdoor leadership?

Oregon 4-H is offering the first ever Outdoor Leadership Training this year! What's more, the state will be offering huge fee discounts for the first so many folks to sign up! What's even more, Steven is planning to attend this event at the 4-H Center and, if we have enough youth from our county attend, will be able to provide free transportation!

Registration Opens: March 1

Retreat Dates: May 5-7

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Some Other Important Deadlines (Scholarships and More!)

There are a few deadlines coming up for 4-H Scholarships and Activities!

Mar 1: Applications due at Extension office for:

Mar 6: Application due Online for:

May 1: Application due at Extension office for:

Make sure to have these in on time for full consideration! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

Animal Affair is coming up!

March 26th. The day we've been waiting for since the return of this amazing event last year. Mark your calendars for our annual Animal Affair! This is an awesome day of learning, classes, food, and the fabled Ag Olympics!

Check-in will be at 8:45am with doughnuts and coffee! There will be 3 sessions of education starting at 9:30am, each of them lasting 45 minutes. Each session will have 7 classes offered. Lunch is provided and we'll wrap up the day with the Ag Olympics!

We hope to see you there!

Mail-In Tournament

There's still time to participate in the Mail-In Shooting Sports tournament! The state contest will be June 19-21, and the mail-in tournament is how you qualify for state. If you'd like to participate, reach out to your shooting sports leader! You can register HERE

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Classic

Spring Classic will be April 28-30 in Redmond, OR! Put it in your calendars!

Information for Leaders

BottleDrop Information

Is your club considering BottleDrop for fundraising? If so, please reach out to Cristy Harms, our new Office Specialist at SOREC! You can reach her weekdays 8AM-5PM at 541-776-7371!

Shooting Sports Volunteer Training Soon

Every year during 4-H recruitment we have dozens of folks in the county reach out with an interest in a 4-H Archery club. For the past few years, unfortunately, we've had to turn kids away from 4-H Archery because we don't have archery-certified volunteers. Archery volunteer certification, like other shooting sports certifications, requires a day of training.

Registration for the March 11 and 12, 2023 Shooting Sports Master Leader Training is open.

Saturday, March 11 (8am-5pm)




Hunting Skill

Sunday, March 12 (8am-5pm)




(Disciplines that don’t fill are subject to cancelation)

Cost is $80/day or $160 for both days. The Jackson County 4-H Association will likely be able to cover the cost. Lunch and curriculum is included. Volunteers must be enrolled, approved and take the Shooting Sports eModules prior to attending the training.

Reach out to 541-776-7371 for information on taking these trainings!

State-wide or Virtual 4-H Opportunities

OSU Discovering the Scientist Within

Would your kiddos be interested in this event? It is a fun (free) event if your kids have a way to get to Corvallis!

OSU is hosting a free half-day science workshop called Discovering the Scientist Within. The event is designed to nurture girls’ interest in the sciences by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women scientist role models. The goal of the workshop is to introduce girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to the STEM fields. Participants are provided the opportunity to meet successful women pursuing a diversity of careers related to science and engineering fields. The event will be held IN PERSON on Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon, on Saturday, March 11th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individual pre-registration is required. Registration opens February 3rd and closes March 3rd. Schools are welcome to bus students to the event, but each student must register individually with their parents. For more information, those interested can visit http://beav.es/ZCq, email precollege@oregonstate.edu, or call Emily Nicholson at 541-737-9424.

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4-H Camp Tumbleweed

4-H Camp Tumbleweed is open to youth in 4th-6th grade.

Are you ready to learn new skills, meet new friends, and sing camp songs? It sounds like you’re ready for 4-H Camp Tumbleweed, Survivor Edition! Spend your spring break learning outdoor survival skills, testing your confidence on “the big swing” and exploring the forest on group hikes. You will be grouped with a trained teen camp counselor who will be your guide through camp. You do not need to be a currently enrolled 4-H member to attend, so bring your friends!

Camp Dates: March 28-31

Camp Location: Camp Tadmor near Lebanon, OR

Registration: Open February 1st

Regular Registration Cost(ends March 5): $220

Payment: Payment will be made online through Idealogic

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Oregon Legislators 4-H Event

Oregon 4-H members will be traveling to Salem on March 30, from 4:30pm-7pm to meet with legislators and talk about the impact of 4-H! If any members are interested in sharing their stories with the legislature, reach out to 541-776-7371 (SOREC) today. What a great leadership opportunity!
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Youth Voices in Action - Be a Change Agent!

Looking to get out of the house during spring break? Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend the Youth Voices in Action leadership conference in Salem, Oregon. Youth will have developing their leadership skills, practicing public speaking, and working in teams while meeting with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Katy Zollner Scholarship fund. Deadline for applying for this scholarship is February 10th. The scholarship may say it has “preference” counties but it is open to all youth so feel free to apply! The registration fee will cover food, lodging and conference expenses except for one dinner out.

Check out this link for more information!


$200 February 16th - March 1st

Dates for Youth Voices in Action: Tuesday March 28th to Friday March 31st.

Registration is open -- early bird deadline is February 15th -- closes 3/1/2023.

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Community Classifieds

Extension Regional Hiring

Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Forester

Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position serving as an Extension Forester for Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon. This is a 12- month, full-time, county-based Extension and fixed-term professorial position based in Klamath Falls, OR. The anticipated starting salary is in the range of $58,008 - $63,000, commensurate with education, skills, and experience. To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/131634. Apply to posting # P06446UF. For full consideration, apply by March 15. Closing date of March 31, 2023 is subject to change without notice to applicants. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Summer Extension Interns

Heads up, shortly, we will be recruiting summer interns in each Southern Region Counties.

Community Classifieds (not endorsed by OSU, but provided as a service)

Free Rooster for a 4-H Member!

Amy Polsky is looking to donate an ~1-year-old Houdan rooster named Kozi to a 4-H member who raises poultry. She can be reached at 808-870-3391! See the photos below!
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Our activities are open to all who meet the appropriate age requirement. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five days prior to the event to Lena Hosking, 4-H Educator lena.hosking@oregonstate.edu

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