Monthly Archives: April 2013

Congress Hero Program Reminder

In an effort to ensure that State 4-H Congress is affordable for all teens wishing to attend, the State 4-H Office and the Virginia 4-H Foundation propose the use of the “Congress Heroes” program. Through this program, youth will share information with corporate and private partners to help generate funds to support Virginia 4-H as well as providing an avenue for 4-Hers to have their Congress registration fee sponsored. 4-Hers interested in attending State 4-H Congress are encouraged to ask friends, family, and businesses to become a “Congress Hero”. Their tax deductible donation will help provide Virginia teens the opportunity to learn about leadership, citizenship, and life skills through innovative workshops, dynamic speakers, competitive events, service learning, and a college fair. Small donations can make a big difference. If a 4-Her is successful in securing $200.00 in Heroes sponsorships, the 4-Her will only have to pay half of the registration fee for State 4-H Congress. Those who secure $250.00 or more in Clover sponsorships will not have to pay any registration fee to attend State 4-H Congress. Prizes will be awarded at Congress for top Congress 4-H earners.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the state 4-H office.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress 2013 will take place November 29 – December 3, 2013. It is a wonderful experience and an extreme honor to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress. Please encourage your senior 4-H members to apply. Applications are due April 30 to the State Office. Interviews and delegate selection will take place during state congress on Tuesday, June 18 in Blacksburg.
For more information on this event, please visit the sites below.
General Information and Application Process:
Sample Resume:

Fishing Camp at Holiday Lake 4-H Center

The brochure link for Fishing Camp 2013 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center that will be April 26-28.  Please share this with as many people as possible so we can get lots of campers this year.  Along with our normal prize giveaways, every camper who attends fishing camp this year will receive a fishing pole and tackle box!

 Thank you for sharing this!

 Tamara Arrington

Natural Resource Education Coordinator

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

(434) 248-5444

 Upcoming Events at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center:

 Fishing Camp — April 26-28, 2013 —  Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

Holiday Lake Bluegrass Festival — June 1, 2013 —

Reality Store and Kids Marketplace Materials on the Intranet

Thanks to the great work of Dawn Barnes and Kim Turman–Floyd County UAA–The Reality Store and Kids Marketplace materials have all been updated and uploaded to the Complete Programs section of the FCS agent resource sharing site. This should hopefully make it easy for those of us doing RS and KM programs to access the materials if you don’t have them already.

As a reminder, you can reach the resource sharing site by going to the intranet, clicking on FCS, and scrolling down to Resources From Previous Professional Development Events where you’ll find a link to FCS Agent Resource Sharing Site. Once there you’ll need to enter our PID and password in order to access the site. You can also follow this link to reach the site:

April, Month of the Military Child

Since 1986, April has been designated as “Month of the Military Child.”  During this month we honor children of U.S. Service Members around the world for their contribution to their family’s well-being and the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country.

Virginia is home to nearly 150,000 youth who have parents serving in the military.  Approximately 124,200 of these youth have Active Duty parents. More than 25,800 of these youth have parents who serve in the Virginia National Guard or Reserves and live in communities across the state.

While a military youth may look like you or the kids next door, many of them live a life of frequent moves, changing schools, leaving friends, and making new friends.  They also experience family separations through deployments and then reintegration issues that make life challenging.  Through it all, military kids are often looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events.

As a result, we encourage each county or city 4-H youth development program to take time in April to celebrate the strength of military children and honor them for the sacrifices they make.  No effort is too small.

As a reminder, please read the email announcement below from Megan Baker, Program Director for Virginia Operation: Military Kids (OMK), regarding the following initiatives:

Virginia Purple Up Day! April 15th

Wall of Heroes

Learn how Virginia 4-H can get involved.   Please join in and celebrate our young heroes during April, Month of the Military Child.

Visit our new Virginia 4-H Military Club website: