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Youth Development Classes & Activities

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April 18, 2015:  Canine All-stars Dog Show
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April 24-26, 2015:  MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.
Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.
Conference Objectives:
The 4-H Shooting Sports Adult & Teen Instructors Certification Workshop provides leaders an opportunity to:
•    Develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth
•    Work toward certification to become a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports certified instructor in a variety of shooting disciplines.
•    Learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports programs
•    Exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with other leaders
•    Develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program.
For registration, go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/4hshooting15/Once registrations have been entered, workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Events Management at 446 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. All fees must be prepaid prior to attendance at the conference or be subject to cancellation. When county staff login to register other individuals, they will select the type of participant from the roster and register the person in the system. Registrations must be entered into the MSU Extension Event registration System no later than 11:59 pm on April 15, 2015 at which time registration will be closed.

April 25, 2015:  4-H Discovery Day
Fun, family, Fair and 4-H are what 4-H Discovery Day is all about!  The event  is a collaborative effort between Oakland County 4-H and Oakland County Fair designed to showcase all the opportunities for youth in 4-H and at the Oakland County Fair (July 3-12, 2015).  We are looking for 4-H clubs to showcase club activities or project areas with a hands-on-activity, demo or craft.  Also needed are lots of volunteers to assist with set-up, clean-up and several activities throughout the day.  If you have any great ideas or want to join us, please contact Debbie Morgan or 248-858-0894.

May 1, 2015:  Oakland County 2015 4-H Fashion Revue
The purpose of the Fashion Revue is to help 4-H'ers in the Personal Appearance Project areas receive recognition for their efforts in the project and to give them experience modeling before an audience.

Personal Appearance projects have been expanded from the definition given to the original "sewing" projects to include the "total look".  This look can include such diverse aspects as health, nutrition and exercise, as well as clothing construction or purchasing and coordinating outfits.

The garments will be judged in two categories: Buymanship and Construction. You may bring a dressy or casual choice for both categories.

Experience Levels:
Beginners (1-2 years)
Intermediate (3-5 years)

Advanced (6-10 years)


May 2, 2015: Tail Waggers K-9 4-H Club 10th Anniversary Fun Match

We would like to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Fun Match.  All competitors receive a goodie bag for participating.  Our match this year is to benefit, Grace Centers of Hope and Michigan Animal Rescue League.  Bring an item to donate to either group or $10/dog will cover all your entry fees.  Hope to see you then.


May 31-July 18, 2015:  4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
CWF has been a part of the Michigan 4-H leadership and civic engagement programming for almost 50 years.  CWF is a learning lab about our national government in Washington, D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19.  Held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland (one mile outside of Washington, D.C.) these week-long sessions run with the help of college-aged program assistants.  Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington, D.C. sites.  At the end of training they actually become licensed tour guide for the D.C. area.  They work with each of the delegation coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates.  For more information, contact Deb Morgan at 248-858-0894.
June 1 - September 1, 2015:  Book Your Organization’s Summer Outreach Program Today!
Every year Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers special introductory educational programs to bring a sense of adventure and fun to help enrich summer youth activities.  Three new summer outreach programs will be offered for area libraries, community centers, and youth groups to book. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 1st through September 1st. Programs to choose from:
Super Hero Science (ages 5-11)
Super Animal Adaptation (ages 5-11)
Animation Unmasked (ages 12-19)
Programs are interactive and include hands-on activities.  See brochure for costs and details.  To book your session, contact Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889. For questions about program content, contact Mary Blumka at 248-858-0890.
June 21-25, 2015:  4-H Horse Camp
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills ... be better prepared for horse shows ... meet other horse kids ... and have fun?  If your answer is yes, youl should attend the Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp, a four-day instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to 4-H youth ages 9-19.  Campers and their horses attend three classes a day with instruction by local horse professionals.
June 24-26, 2015:  4-H Exploration Days
Oakland County 4-H is NOW accepting Exploration Days registrations. Registrations are numbered as they come in. On the morning of March 17th registrations will be entered into the system in the order they were received.
 
Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from nearly every Michigan county come stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days. This fun and interactive MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

• If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2015, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!

• The 2015 cost is $180 for 4-H members and $190 for those not enrolled in 4-H yet. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt.
 
• Registration deadline is April 24th. Don’t wait until the deadline though, because popular sessions fill up fast! 
 
Contact 4-H staff at 248-858-0889 for more information or if you have questions about 4-H Exploration Days.  View video
July 17-19, 2015:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688
4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship. 
August 15-16, 2015:  4-H Family Fun Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H! 

August 19-21, 2015:  Cloverbud Camp
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. 


Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more!   A snack and t-shirt are provided. 

Please pack a sack lunch! (No peanuts please!)

Check-in is  9:00 to 9:30 am and check-out is 2:30-3:00 pm.

Daily themes:

  • Wednesday, August 19 - Mad Scientist
  • Thursday, August 20 -  Make It Count
  • Friday, August 21 - Barnyard Bonanza

Price: $35/Day

Register now; space in this camp is limited to maintain low staff- to-camper ratios.  Your spot cannot be held for more than 10 days without payment.  Once payment is received there are no refunds.  Registration for this camp closes August 5th.

Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

 Ongoing Classes & Activities
 
The Tollgate Farm Center offers year-round educational field trips for school or youth groups.  Hands-on, interactive and engaging lessons are intertwined with real-life applications.  They create experiences that complement school curriculum and customize programs to be relevant and enriching.
 

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