Starting July 1, 2020, the preferred mode of meetings is still virtual.  However, 4-H members and leaders may be allowed to hold small face to face gatherings in groups of 10 people or less if the following steps are taken BEFORE the gathering.

If you are interested in holding a 4-H gathering of 2 to 10 people, you must contact Melinda at 920-391-4613 or melinda.pollen@wisc.edu before scheduling anything.  You and Melinda will discuss the activity, and she can share with you considerations and what she may have available to help you.  After initial contact with Melinda, she will direct you to fill out a form that needs to go through an approval process from UW-Madison Division of Extension 4-H Positive Youth Development Program before the gathering is allowed to proceed. 

 

July 30, 2020

Wisconsin State Fair will honor 2020 YQCA certifications for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show YQCA requirements.  In order for Wisconsin Sate Fair to accept 2020 YQCA certification for 2021, exhibitors must email a copy of their certificate to entryoffice@wistatefair.com no later than November 3, 2020. 

 

Sept. 25, 2020

We invite you to start National 4-H Week by celebrating the graduation of our cloverbud and seniors, and the years of service of our 4-H leaders, by joining us for a DRIVE THROUGH recognition ceremony, Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 4:00-5:00pm at the Brown County Fairgrounds (1500 Ft Howard Avenue, De Pere). 
 
Here is how the ceremony will work:  You will enter the Brown County Fairgrounds south entrance in your own vehicle, and be greeted by a 4-H staff member or volunteer.   The graduate or leader in your vehicle will be announced through a speaker system, and invited to enter the recognition circle.  Along the circle drive, 4-H volunteers will be cheering and celebrating you!  As you near the end of the circle, you will be able to stop, pick up your recognition bag, and then be on your way.  What a fun way to celebrate your (our) graduates and leaders!
 
Please RSVP by clicking here if you plan on attending.  Please RSVP by September 30th.  Your RSVP will help us plan recognition bags accordingly.  Thank You!    
 

Sept. 25, 2020

Are you interested in or already involved in the horse project?

Eastern Nationals will be offering a Virtual Horse Academy during the month of November!  Please join us in this virtual educational opportunity for youth (ages 13 and up), coaches, volunteers and extension staff to promote knoledge gain, growth, and success in our national level contests.

Interested participants should click here to register by Oct 12. Participants will complete a Qualtrics survey for registration and then redirect to the website for payment.  More information is available now via the website at www.4hroundup.com.
 

Sept. 25, 2020

As you may have heard, National 4-H Council has either cancelled or moved to virtual the national 4-H Educational Experiences.  The experiences impacted are below:

- 2020 National 4-H Congress - Canceled
- Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration - Canceled
- National Youth STEM Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Healthy Living Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Agri-Science Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Photography Summit - Canceled
- Citizenship Washington Focus - Virtual
- Leadership Washington Focus - Virtual
- National 4-H Conference - Virtual
- Space Camp - No Wisconsin Delegation
- American Spirit Experience - Canceled
- 2021 National 4-H Congress - To Be Determined (Does Not Meet at National 4-H Conference Center and is held in November)
 
Because of this, the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association Educational Experiences committee will not be putting out the typical educational experiences scholarship and interview packets, as in years previous.  Please be sure to watch your email and newsletter as virtual and remote experiences arise, as there will be information about potential scholarships and financial support.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out.  To request the full announcement from Amber Rehberg, WI 4-H Educational Experiences Specialist, email alyssa.zirbel@wisc.edu.
 

Sept. 23, 2020

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation has kicked off their Celebrate the Arts Contest; challenging all 4-H members to explore and share their creativity.  The contest is open to any current Wisconsin 4-H member, with cash prizes totaling nearly $1,000. The contest will be held virtually, with photos of all entries submitted electronically.  Entries are being accepted now through November 1.

The contest is broken into eight categories:

  1. Drawing Using Any Medium
  2. Painting (acrylic, watercolor or oil)
  3. Pottery, Ceramics or Clay
  4. Photography
  5. Paper
  6. Fabric, Yarn or Fiber
  7. Wood
  8. Any Other Media (ex: digital, metalcraft, jewelry, leatherwork, wax, eggshells, taxidermy, etc.)

A winner will be chosen in each category with a Best of Show Award given to the top entry as chosen by the judging committee.  Category winners will be purchased by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation for $100, with the Best of Show entry receiving an additional $150.  Winners will be notified by email by November 20, and a complete winner’s list, as well as photos of the winning entries, will be on the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation website by December 15, 2020.

For official contest rules and requirements and how to submit photos of artwork, please visit Wis4HFoundation.org/events/celebrate-the-arts/

Winning entries become the property of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.  The Foundation will sell the art in an art auction to be held in the spring of 2021.  Proceeds from the Celebrate the Arts auction will be split with half invested in the Talen Endowment for 4-H Arts Programming for future program needs and half used for arts programming in the next 4-H program year.

If you have any questions and/or need any additional information, please reach out to Amber Rehberg, WI 4-H Educational Program Specialist at amber.rehberg@wisc.edu or 608.294.8131.

 

Sept. 21, 2020

We are happy to announce that registration is open for the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Livestock Judging Contest on Sunday, October 18th, 2:30-6:00pm.

Juniors (grades 3-8, age 8-13) and Seniors (grades 9-13, age 14-19) are invited register as individuals to participate and display their livestock evaluation skills in this competitive educational experience. Youth will judge classes and enter placings through www.LivestockJudging.com. Seniors will present oral reasons via Zoom. Juniors and Seniors will also answer questions for a portion of the classes through Livestockjudging.com. 

With the cancellation of all national 4-H livestock judging contests in 2020 These will be stand-alone, non-qualifying state educational contests.

No cost to enter! Registration available at this link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hzcm6iHKWG3J89

Registration Deadline: October 12, 2020.

Also, save the date for the WI 4-H Virtual Meats Judging Contest on Saturday, November 22nd! Registration and details coming soon.

More information at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4haganimalscience/livestock/

Please direct all questions to Joe Muellenberg at joe.muellenberg@wisc.edu or Bernie O’Rourke at borourke2@wisc.edu
 

Sept. 18, 2020

4-H Online is upgrading from the 1.0 to 2.0 system this fall and our current target date to start accepting enrollments is October 1, 2020.  This upgrade is more user friendly and a welcome transition for leaders, members and staff.  Club leaders, please check your emails for zoom sessions to help familiarize you with the new system.  If you have any questions about the transition, please email alyssa.zirbel@browncountywi.gov.

Sept. 18, 2020

Join us virtually for the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Fall Forum on November 6-7, 2020.  Fall Forum is an opportunity for youth and adult leaders to attend the statewide training weekend with county and state staff. Planned by a team of youth and adult volunteers from the  Wisconsin 4-H Leaders Council with the support of county and state staff; we hope you will promote to youth and adult leaders in your county!  Visit the fall forum website by clicking here or head straight to register by clicking here.  Registration is due by October 1st. 

 

Sept. 17, 2020

Mark your calendars NOW and plan on joining us as we “celebrate” National 4-H Week!  All WI 4-H youth and adult leaders are invited and encouraged to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m.  to reflect on our 2019-2020 4-H Year and look ahead to 2020-2021!!  WI 4-H Staff will be sharing information about the 4-H Movement, our WI 4-H Project Tip Sheets and more.    
 
We acknowledge it has been a challenging year.  Let’s come together to celebrate what we have learned and done and to look forward to opportunities and possibilities in the upcoming year!! 
 

Sept. 17, 2020

Each year Tractor Supply Company (TSC) does two fundraising campaigns that benefit Wisconsin 4-H.  The fall campaign is October 7 through October 18.  For every $1 paper clover sold at a Wisconsin TSC, 90 cents comes back to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation to be used for leadership activities.

Previous years, the Foundation has offered an incentive to 4-H clubs to plan an in-store activity or display during the Paper Clover Campaign.  This year, TSC is requesting no physical presence from 4-H programs at their stores including outdoor spaces like parking lots.   So we are doing something a bit different.  We are asking that clubs get creative with their social media, emails, displays (stand-alone – not staffed) or any other promotion.  Any club that does a promotion with a store the week before or during the fall paper clover campaign and provides the Foundation with photos, clippings and/or screen shots, the Foundation will give that club $20.  And, if the promotion is chosen as one of the five best, the Foundation will give the club an additional $50.

Click here for more information on how your club can join in on the TCS Paper Clover Campaign!
 

Sept. 11, 2020

Help us make a 4-H Coloring Book!! Create a hand-drawn line illustration based on one of the themes of the 4-H Essential Elements for our coloring book.

Scan/photograph your child’s artwork and use the official entry form below to submit your entry before September 30, 2020. Winners from each of the four themes will be selected via a vote on Facebook and will receive fun 4-H merchandise!

Illustration Themes

  • Belonging: Be yourself, make friends, grow positive relationships with youth and adults
  • Mastery: Develop new skills through hands-on learning
  • Independence: Explore new opportunities and open the door to new experiences, projects and places
  • Generosity: Give back to your community!

Submission Details 

  • Scan/photograph your child’s artwork and enter using this form.
  • All work must be the original work of the youth member.
  • Drawings should be on a single sheet of standard letter-sized (8-½” x 11”), unlined paper, in portrait/vertical orientation.
  • The Extension Office may need to alter entries for formatting and reproduction purposes.

Questions?

Contact Amy Mangan-Fischer at amy.manganfischer@wisc.edu, Washington County 4-H Program Educator.

Aug. 21, 2020

Attention Brown County!!  COVID can’t stop this...

Remember to collect your pop tops! Brown County 4-H is collecting pop tops to raise funds to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.  When pop tops are donated, volunteers bring them to a local recycling facility and exchange the aluminum for cash. Revenue from recycling helps keep families near their children who are receiving medical treatment. 

At the 2019 weigh-in (pictured) Brown County 4-H clubs and groups raised nearly 600 pounds of tabs! Members have their sights set to surpass that number with the 2020 collection.

If you have any questions or know of other groups interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tops, please email bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com or contact the 4-H program at the Extension Brown County  office by calling 920-391-4654. We gladly will take any pop tabs and store them here until the 2020 weigh in!
 

Aug. 20, 2020

Agri-View is featuring the Next Generation of Agriculture in photos. Seniors who graduated in 2020 are our priority but we will feature photos of anyone still in school or having just graduated from school who is involved in the agricultural industry.

Please email photos as jpg attachments to agriview@madison.com and include the student’s name, whether he or she lives on a farm, what generation the farm is, information about the family if desired, what the student is involved in and the student’s future plans. Photos should be at least .3M or 300k in size.

Also any 4-H leader who would like a subscription to Agri-View to use with 4-H members should email agriview@madison.com with the request. Include name, address, phone, 4-H club name, and farm or school information of the leader.
 

Aug. 11, 2020

Please utilize the links below for frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and events in 2020.

FAQ: COVID-19 and WI 4-H:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/4-h-faqs-related-to-covid-19/
FAQ: COVID-19, FAIR and EXTENSION:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/extension-fair-faq/
FAQ: COVID-19 and EXTENTION/4-H:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/2020/05/15/wisconsin-4-h-and-covid-19-response/

Aug. 10, 2020

The Brown County 4-H Leaders Association needs your help to brainstorm fundraising opportunities to help maintain the current and future programming provided to our Brown County 4-H members.  If you or your family members have any great ideas for fundraising, please share them on this form: https://forms.gle/5HEUbRqTmyNX1KjGA

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please contact Cindy Ossmann at cossmann1@gmail.com

 

Aug. 5, 2020

Madison, WI [August 1, 2020] — Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation have teamed up again to present the “Cedar Crest Ice Cream 4-H Flavor Contest” for Wisconsin 4-H clubs. More than 1600 clubs are eligible to create and submit a flavor ‘recipe’ with the top clubs named as finalists, and the top flavor produced for summer 2021.
 
According to Brenda Scheider, Executive Director of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, the contest is a great opportunity for 4-H youth to work together to develop and name their flavor.  “The most exciting part of the contest is the winning flavor will be available through Cedar Crest beginning next July.” The annual contest has already yielded popular flavors including Deep Woods, created by the Badger Boosters 4-H Club of West Bend and Wisconsin Campfire S’mores, created by the Springbrook 4-H Club of New Richmond. This year’s winning flavor was Road Trip Wisconsin, created by the Trail Blazers 4-H Club of Holmen in LaCrosse County.
 
A panel of ice cream experts chosen by Cedar Crest judges the entries. The company manufacturers more than 80 flavors of ice cream, along with frozen custard, sherbet and sorbet at its Manitowoc, Wisconsin, plant, and distributes products in five states. Many of the flavors now produced by Cedar Crest, including Wisconsin Campfire S’mores and Big Muddy, are a result of the contest.
 
More information and the entry form are available at www.cedarcresticecream.com. Entries are due by November 13, 2020. The winner will be announced in December 2020.
 
Based in Madison, WI, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provides essential funding for 4-H programs throughout Wisconsin. By partnering with individuals, corporations and foundations, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation supports more than 150,000 youth who take part in various 4-H leadership, development and community-building activities throughout the state. Learn more about the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation at  www.Wis4HFoundation.org.
 
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Aug. 4, 2020

Thomas PictureThe COVID-19 pandemic has affected organizations across the nation, many creating virtual events and programs. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is no exception but you probably ask how is virtual shooting sports a possibility? The Alabama 4-H program developed a virtual shooting sports quiz bowl and the opportunity was distributed by National 4-H Shooting Sports to all states. 
 
Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Doug Thompson shared this opportunity for Wisconsin 4-H  youth to register through the Alabama 4-H program to participate in the virtual quiz bowl. Quiz questions were set to a time limit with a penalty given for a slow response even for correct answers. Questions covered archery, muzzleloader, rifle, pistol, shotgun, western heritage and wildlife. Participants could register as individuals or as a team of four in the Junior or Senior divisions and were given a week to go online and complete their quiz.
 
Thomas Sevcik, Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports member, participated as an individual in the Senior division. Participants who competed had their results placed both in their respective region in the United States and nationally. Thomas placed 5th out of 23 in the North Central Region, which comprises the mid-western states, and was 26th out of 120 in national competition. Congratulations to Thomas for representing Brown County and Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports with these outstanding scores.    
 

July 14, 2020

Stay busy during social distancing with hands-on design engineering challenges from Brown County 4-H!  We are releasing new activites each week via YouTube tutorials with new topics and challenges.  Watch the videos, get creating, and share your photos using #wi4h, #inspirekidstodo and #bc4hwi! Be sure to check back here each week here for the newest video which we will post at the bottom of this list.

At University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, we are working to integrate accessibility into our web, video, and audio content. If you experience accessibility barriers using our web, audio, or video content or would like to request complete captions or other alternative formats, please contact us at accessibility@extension.wisc.edu. You will receive a response within 3 business days.
June 16, 2020

In consideration with the 2020 Summer and Fall State 4-H Horse Association events being canceled and also considering the safety of 4-H members and volunteers, the 4-H horse practice days at the Brown County Fairgrounds have been canceled. Please continue to safely ride on your own, and we look forward to the next time we can get together as a group.

- Brown County 4-H Horse Association

June 5, 2020

The school year is coming to a close, but summer is just getting started! I hope you find some useful information in the May issue of Exploring 4-H. Click here for the May issue!

Summer is a great time to try new things and see new places. Every time we do something new, we learn. This month's issue has some great resources for adults to help everyone in your group learn as much as possible through reflecting on your hands-on experiences. Whether that experience is showing an animal, traveling to a park, or creating a craft project, reflecting with youth helps them learn more and help you see where they might need extra support.

If you joined 4-H in the last month or you haven't had a chance to check out the previous editions, you can find all the previous issues on our website.

Please don’t forget to fill out this 5-question survey.  4-H is all about “making the best better”, and your feedback helps us improve! 

Please stay home and healthy during this time. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

May 28, 2020


After receiving a $100 Do Good grant from Modern Woodmen in February, the Lost Dauphin 4-H members have been hard at work.  After Covid-19 has shut many things down, the club decided to use the money to buy supplies to make crafts for people in nursing homes.  Members completed projects at home which were then collected to go to the nursing homes.  These included cards, sun catchers, chia pots, and fabric marble mazes. By doing this project the club hopes to cheer up nursing home residents.

Boy Sewing Girls Smiling Boy Sewing

Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
 
May 11, 2020

Four VirtualFarm Tours at the Arlington and Lancaster Research Stations  every were recorded.  The tours highlighted the sheep, swine, beef units as well as the farm center and feed mill. Attendees will get the opportunity to view an animal surgery suite, facilities, tractors getting ready or in the fields, baby lambs, baby calves and so much more.  For previous live farm tour recordings, please click here

May 7, 2020

The Brown County 4-H Leaders Association is proud to announce this year’s Scholarship Recipients:

Alicia Baroun
Candra Carter
Paris Riggle
Sarah Vander Heiden

 
They have been awarded a scholarship to acknowledge their active participation, community service and leadership in the Brown County 4-H program.  We thank them for all their time and dedication and wish them much success as they continue their educational goals.  Congratulations!

Apr. 23, 2020

Did you miss any of the Photography 101 series that Brown County 4-H held via Zoom? All of the videos are now available on our YouTube channel!  Each session is available by clicking on the names below.

Learn Your Camera Settings
Basic Composition
Intermediate Composition

Apr. 16, 2020

In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond.  We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!

Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. We chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation.

The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources.  Click here to start exploring the resources!

Apr. 6, 2020

Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids!
Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT

For the next few weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together.  Click here for more information.

Mar. 23, 2020
Give BIG Green Bay was an amazing experience for us, and your support means the world to our office. Both through your contributions and your sharing of our messages went a long ways in helping us receive over $9,000 in total contributions from donors. We are still waiting to find out how much we are receiving in matching incentives, but no matter what, those raised funds will go a long ways for us to be able to grow some of our existing programming and expand our programming into new areas in the county while making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in     4-H programs.
 
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
 
Feb. 20, 2020

Brown County 4-H wants to be able to better tell the 4-H story to members of our community. The best way to tell the 4-H story is by hearing YOUR 4-H story.
 
We’re looking for 4-H members, alumni, volunteers, parents to share your story by telling us “How has 4-H impacted you?” You can tell your story by recording a short video (no longer than 3 minutes), and uploading it via a Google form. We will then use videos to create promotional videos and tell the 4-H story to others.
 
As we promote 4-H for Give BIG Green Bay and other future community outreach events, we want to be able to share YOUR stories. 4-H means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and we want to be able to communicate that.
 
Upload your story here: https://forms.gle/zPx1c22iR9pwo4Wh7 (selfie videos are welcome!)
 

Jan. 24, 2020

The 4-H Sewing Workshop was held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the STEM Innovation Center.  This new location was fantastic for sewing with it's large windows and natural light.  It was a great opportunity for 4-H youth to learn sewing skills.  It was fun to see the smiles on the members when they saw their final creations! 

Thanks to the sewing leaders who guided these youth in creating their one of a kind sewing project during the workshop.  Without our leaders sharing their skills, these opportunities would not be available for the youth.

Jan. 21, 2020

Please help us bring Chris home!  All tips are anonymous.  We are only concerned with bringing him home.  If you choose to include your name with a tip that leads to his discovery, there will be a reward offered! 

Please click here to leave a tip towards his discovery!

Jan. 17, 2020

Do you know a 4-H alumni who is currently serving in the military? Do you know a 4-H family who has a family member serving? Lost Dauphin 4-H club is sending care packages to service members and wants to support those who are or have been involved with 4-H. If you know a service member or a family that can share contact and address information and would like a care package, please have them contact Carrie Ostroski. Carrie can be reached by email at costroski1@yahoo.com.
 
Thank you for helping Lost Dauphin support those who serve.
 

Dec. 18, 2019

Please check out this video on Parliamentary Procedure and Group Decision Making put together by Sarah Tarjeson from Extension Sheboygan County.

Dec. 10, 2019