4-H Opportunities

Hope everyone is having a great winter break so far and enjoying time with friends and family!

Just a few things:

Level 1 Coaches Training will be held on January 21st and 22nd somewhere in College Station. You must register on 4-H Connect by January 2, 2012. I encourage ALL of our parents to attend this training class as the more coaches we have the better! Also, senior aged (14-18 years old) 4-H’ers can also attend and become a teen coach. It cost $120 per person but here is the good news….Adult Leaders Assoc. pays for half ($60) and our club has decided to pay for ¼ ($30) of the fee meaning, so it’ll end up costing you $30 to become a coach for our club! What you’ll do is pay the whole fee and then give a copy of your coaches certificate to the extension office and they’ll write you a check for $60 and then bring a copy to either an archery practice or monthly meeting (preferably get it to Paul Hinton, our treasurer, but if he’s not there we’ll get it to him) and we’ll write you a check from the club for $30. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Next is BCYLS (Brazos County Youth Livestock Show) validation for FCS (Family and Consumer Science) items. It will be held on January 21st at Louis Pierce Pavilion from 10 am to 12 pm. Get on bcyla.net to print all the registration forms and read the rules and guidelines. For those of you who don’t know what BCYLS or FCS is, let me explain. BCYLS is our county livestock show for 4-H and FAA members in Brazos County. It will be held on March 23rd to 27th at the Brazos County Expo Center. It is a super fun weekend/week and I encourage all to go just to check it out, if nothing else. There will be a dance on Friday night (March 23rd) where the Fair Queen will be announced….I will be selling tickets for that dance in a few months, so please get with me if you want discounted tickets to go to the dance. The FCS part of BCYLS is the non-animal section…it includes baked goods, wood working, arts and crafts, photography, sewing, horticulture, and other stuff like that. It is only $5 an item to enter, so I challenge everyone to try to enter at least one thing this year! There is no limit on how many items you can enter. The best part about the FCS categories now is that Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in each of the seven divisions (so fourteen total) will get to sell their item in the Premium Auction on Tuesday (March 27th)…. the minimum you’ll get for you item is $500 but normally it’s between $700 and $1000. And it’s not a trust fund or scholarship (although I recommend if get to sell your item to save some of it, of course); you get a check made out to the 4-H’er so it’s cash you can do what you want with. Now obviously it’s stiff competition and there are lots of entries, so your goal shouldn’t be to get Grand or Reserve, especially if you are younger or it’s your first year; it’s just something to look forward to as a possibility. Anyways, you need to decide what you are going to enter by January 21st (but it doesn’t actually have to be made yet) and go pay for all your divisions. You also will need to be a BCYLA member, which costs $10 for an individual of $25 for a family, so make sure you fill out that form too. Make sure you write a check for payment….cash is NOT accepted. I’ve done the FCS divisions for the past four years, so if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Enjoy the rest of 2011!

Melanie Sera

Brazos 4-H Archery Club President

Comments are closed.