Vermilion 4-H Cracklins

May 2023

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Dates to Remember


2 - Outstanding Club Member Banquet (qualifying members receive invitation)

11 - Jr. Leader Club Meeting (8th - 12th Graders) - Officer Elections!!


17 - Parish Horse Show

20-23 - State 4-H University

29- July 1 - District Horse Show


6-7 - Garden Camp

10-12 - Kid Chef Cooking Camp

11-14 - State Horse Show

17-21 - Sewing Camp

24-27 - 4-H Summer Camp

31- Aug 3 - 4-H LOST Camp

4-H Engineering Contest Results


Tractor Driving

1st Place – Blaise Hebert, GHS

2nd Place – Everett Pourciau, NVHS

Compact Tractor

1st Place – Everett Pourciau, NVHS

2nd Place – Blaise Hebert, GHS


1st Place – Benjamin Romero, NVHS

2nd Place – Everett Pourciau, NVHS

3rd Place – Blaise Hebert, GHS

4th Place – Aubrey Broussard, EHS

Congratulations 4-H Seniors!

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4-H Garden Camp - July 6-7

Registration Deadline - May 12 (midnight)

We are excited to partner with Vermilion Parish Farm Bureau to offer 4-H Garden Camp again this summer! The camp will be held at the 4-H office Thursday, July 6 – Friday, July 7, 2023 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm both days. We will focus on gardening basics: soil, basic vegetables, herbs, and ornamental plants, plant needs, composting, and designing and building their own gardens. Participants should be able to walk away with the intent on building and planting their own garden and recipes with items they are growing.

First priority for camp spots will be given to 4-H members in the 4th – 7th grades that are competing in this year's parish Garden Contest. After those spots are secured, camp will be filled on a first come first serve basis. A $30 fee will be charged upon being accepted into the camp. Please register with the following link by midnight on Friday, May 12. You need not send payment until you are notified that your member was accepted to the camp. We will begin notifying members on Monday, May 15th if they received a spot.

Registration Link:

Kid Chef Cooking Camp - July 10-12

Registration Deadline - May 31, 2023

Kid Chef Cooking Camp

Kid Chef cooking camp will be held July 10-12, 2023, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm each day at the 4-H office. 4-H members who were in 4th-6th grade during the 2022/2023 school year are eligible to participate. The camp is limited to 30 participants. To sign up for a spot to attend cooking camp, click on the link below. If we exceed 30 spots, a waiting list will begin. The camp will consist of hands on nutrition, cooking, food safety, and physical activity lessons. Cost of the camp is $25 per camper and more information will be sent after May 31, 2023 on how to complete the registration paperwork and send in payment. Sign up at the link by May 31, 2023

Jr. Leader Kid Chef Camp Helpers

If you are interested in assisting as a Jr. Leader for Kid Chef cooking camp to be held July 10-12, 2023, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the 4-H office, please fill out the forms link below. Ms. Mandy or Ms. Anna will be in touch with you much closer to the camp. On the forms please list a working email address and/or cell phone number so we can get in touch with you. Jr. Leaders will serve as group leaders and assist the instructors with camp.

Sign up by June 23, 2023 to assist at the link:

4-H Sewing Camp - July 17-21

Registration Deadline - May 12, 2023 (midnight)

We are excited to offer a 4-H Sewing Camp which will be held at the 4-H office Monday, July 17- Friday, July 21. This year we will have 2 different sessions/groups. The morning group (from 9:00 am - noon each day) will be open to members who DID NOT attend sewing camp last summer. They will complete the same projects as last summer's group did. The afternoon group (from 1:00 - 4:00 pm) will consist of members who participated last year's sewing camp.

This is a camp for 4th - 6th grade members. A $30 registration fee will be charged once the registration deadline closes. Members are welcome to bring their own sewing machine if they would like, but we also will have machines at the camp for those who don't have one.

We will be making craft items that can be used around the home and entered in next year's 4-H Achievement Day.

Register at this link by midnight on May 12 to secure your spot:

4-H University

June 20-23, 2023

Spots are still available!

If you are in 8th - 12th grade and interested in participating in State 4-H University and you are not already on the list, please contact the 4-H office or email the 4-H agents to secure your spot.

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Jr. Leader Club News

by Andrew Courville, Reporter

The monthly meeting of the Vermilion Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club was held on April 27, 2023. The 29 members in attendance learned about a lot of the recent and upcoming 4-H events. It should be noted that the next meeting on May 11 will be one of the most important, as club officers for the 2023-2024 term will be elected. Anyone who wants to vote must attend the meeting and have participated in at least one Junior Leader activity this year.

The Parish 4-H program will be conducting five camps this summer, which will need counselors. Any 4-H’ers interested should contact the 4-H office or see the newsletter for more information.

From April 10-13, the top 35 members of the club traveled on their annual end-of-the-year trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and participated in fun and educational activities including touring an urban garden, Northwestern State University, and a science museum. Additionally, Andrew Courville gave a presentation on his recent experience at National 4-H Conference in Washington DC. He represented North Vermilion High School, Vermilion Parish, Acadiana, and the state of Louisiana at this premier event which exemplifies the possible impact of 4-H. The delegates gave perspective briefings on important issues to federal agencies, attended a career fair about government jobs, toured the capital, and met government officials and other 4-Hers from throughout the country. The Vermilion Parish 4-H program is also proud of everyone who represented the parish at the Junior Leadership Conference at Camp Grant Walker in early March. They developed leadership skills, participated in an educational track of their choice, and met 4-H’ers from all parts of Louisiana.

There have been numerous 4-H competitions recently and there will be more in upcoming months. The results of these events have been and will be posted on various media platforms and in monthly newsletters. The program has been showing its appreciation for all of its participants through recognition banquets including Senior Night, 4-H Buyers Banquet, and the Leaders Banquet, as well as the Outstanding Club Member Banquet scheduled for May 2, 2023.

Andrew Courville travels to National 4-H Conference

Andrew Courville represented his family, North Vermilion High School, Vermilion Parish, Acadiana, and Louisiana as a National 4-H Conference Delegate, a premier 4-H opportunity. He spent six days in Washington DC along with 3 other delegates from other parts of the state.

Currently a junior interested in pursuing a career in government, Andrew cherished every part of the experience. However, when asked about what his favorite part was, he quickly answered, “I think it would have to be a tie between meeting new people and the youth perspective briefings.” The 300 delegates from across the states, territories, and tribal lands were divided into twenty roundtable groups of their choice, each of which had a prompt from a federal agency or department. In those small groups, they were tasked with designing a presentation on solutions to the problem presented. Andrew was placed in the “Intergenerational Collaboration for Environmental Justice” group which presented ideas to the Council on Environmental Justice on how youth and the federal government can cooperate to advance the environmental justice agenda of the Biden-Harris Administration. After two days of work, the group of 15 high school students prepared an impressive presentation highlighting three Initiatives in response to the prompt. Andrew said he was surprised when the group was praised by the CEQ because “We’re in high school, and the voices of youth are commonly disregarded in the world, but on this occasion, I think they might actually implement some of our ideas in some way. It sounds crazy, but just because we’re youth doesn’t mean we’re not smart enough to have great ideas, and I think the CEQ understood that.”

In addition to the youth perspective briefings, Andrew had a variety of other experiences. He went to a career fair that had representatives from over 20 federal agencies. The Louisiana delegation toured the National Mall and saw a total of seven monuments, Capitol Hill, and two Smithsonian Museums. When they visited Arlington National Cemetery, they were fortunate to watch a unique wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Andrew met several important government officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Louisiana Representative Ms. Julia Letlow (District 5).

When asked about what he would say to others considering applying for National 4-H Conference, Andrew responded, “There’s no other 4-H event like it. 4-H is more than just agriculture, and this is a way to prove that at the national level even if you don’t want to go for the political part of it.” When he considers what 4-H means to him, Andrew claims “It’s the organization which has had the greatest impact on my life. A lot of who I am now began with 4-H, and I’m still learning from it.”

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Louisiana National 4-H Conference Delegates with Louisiana Representative Julia Letlow (District 5) in Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Pictured are (from left to right) Payton Prichard, Bossier Parish; Samantha Shelton, Franklin Parish; Representative Letlow; Andrew Courville, Vermilion Parish; Emily Nevils, Winn Parish.

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2022-2023 4-H Calendar

Complete Vermilion 4-H Calendar

Find our 2022-2023 Vermilion 4-H Calendar, complete with club meeting schedule here:

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Vermilion 4-H

LSU AgCenter

1105 W. Port Street

Abbeville, LA 70510