Ah, summer just the thought of it. Can you feel the warmth and the sunshine on your face? What do you smell? The fragrance of beautiful flowers? How about the neighbors grill? That's what we are talking about. We just can't wait. But now is the time to make your plans for the summer.
Summer is a time to help your child build wonderful memories. It is also a time for them to make new friends and to have new experiences. That is where this 4-H experience comes into play. First let me preface by saying you do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to participate in this activity.
Every June, over 1,000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.
If you've completed 8th grade, you're eligible to attend. You don't even have to be in 4-H! You will get to experience campus life, and meet new people from across the state. You will be having fun while learning by doing, dancing the nights away, and serving the community. You will get to learn new things to take back to your community and school, and in the process you might even discover something new about yourself! There are opportunities for you to share your talents with the rest of the delegation through small group discussion, the Conference Chorus, and a Talent Show!
If you have a specific interest in either animal science or crop production, you might want to look into becoming part of the ROUND-UP or CSI:Crops tracks!
What is ROUND-UP and CSI:Crops you may ask? Well Animal Science ROUND-UP includes specialized workshops focusing on beef, sheep, swine, dairy, dairy goat, and horse. You will learn new animal agriculture technologies and be introduced to career opportunities in animal agriculture. CSI:Crops includes specialized workshops focusing on agronomy and its many facets. You will find out about GMO's, GPS, FEEL, ELISA, and DNA. You will conduct a plant crime scene investigation to solve insect, disease, weed, and plant growth problems.
The dates for this State Youth Conference are June 29th thru July 1st. The registration deadline is May 25th. For more information, contact Brenda Medick at the Extension Office, 712-225-6196.
The stage has been set and all we need is to cast is YOU! The theme for this year's conference is "Set the Stage". Now is your time to shine. So gather your friends and the more 1,000 other "cast of characters" at the 2010 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.
"That's a wrap, for this week."
Until next week . . .