YMQA Trainings

posted Mar 6, 2017, 10:34 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

ALL 4-H/FFA LIVESTOCK MEMBERS: 

All youth exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, goats, poultry, rabbits and dairy must be YMQA (Youth Meat Quality Assurance) certified before August 1, 2017 to show at the Clarke County Fair and prior to August 15, 2017 to show at the Virginia State Fair.

 Clarke County has scheduled a TWO certification workshops; however, you are only required to attend ONE!

Training Dates

Monday, March 27th, 6:00-9:00p.m., Enders Fire Company Social Hall (9 S Buckmarsh St. Berryville, VA)

Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00-9:00p.m., Enders Fire Company Social Hall (9 S Buckmarsh St. Berryville, VA)

Click HERE to Register!

What is YMQA?

The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program (YMQA) is a program designed to teach youth the basics of animal husbandry and general management practices in raising a project animal. Quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume the products that come from livestock. The promise made is that products from livestock will be the highest possible quality and producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat. 

I attended a YMQA training last year – Do I need to attend again this year?

Yes, The program consists of total 11 modules.  Each year 4 modules are chosen as the main topics to be covered and then these topics are updated every third year.  Therefore, you will be participating in a new training each year.

Is there a test to become certified?

No.  Just attend and participate in any one of the YMQA workshops and you will be certified.  There is no test.

What if I became certified at school with my agriculture teacher?

Youth that have been BQA certified or YPQA+ certified and are current in their certification (good for 3 years) are exempt from YMQA, but they must let the Extension Office know. The BQA kids have to have attended the classroom portion, chute side portion and passed their certification test.

Can parents and 4-H leaders also attend the YMQA workshops?

Yes, but please register so we can be sure to have enough seats.

Other trainings will be offered and are listed below; however, registration information has not been released yet for the following dates:

4/12       1-4 pm                  Page county – Page Extension office meeting room, Stanley

4/17       6-9 pm                  Frederick county – Mid Atlantic Farm Credit Conference room, Winchester

5/18       6-9 pm                  Loudoun county – Sykes Hall Loudoun Fairgrounds, Leesburg

5/25       6-9 pm                  Frederick county – Mid Atlantic Farm Credit Conference room, Winchester

5/30       6-9 pm                  Shenandoah county – Board Room, Shenandoah county Government Center, Woodstock

6/22       6-9 pm                  Shenandoah county – Board Room, Shenandoah county Government Center, Woodstock

7/7         1-4 pm                  Page county – Page Extension office meeting room, Stanley

Clarke/Warren Summer Camp

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:46 AM by Teresa Gordon

 

Clarke-Warren Summer 4-H Camp will be July 5-9 at the Northern Virginia  4-H Educational Center in Front Royal. Youth do not have to be in 4-H to go to 4-H camp. Youth ages 9-13 may attend as campers, youth ages 14-18 may attend as camp counselors! Partial and full scholarships are available!

 

For registration, go to Forms Tab and click on Clarke/Warren Summer Camp.,


 

4-H Space Camp

posted Dec 17, 2014, 11:51 AM by Teresa Gordon

Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015 at Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield VA

Natural Resource Weekend

posted Dec 17, 2014, 11:48 AM by Teresa Gordon

2015 Natural Resource Weekend, January 24-25, at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center: This weekend camp is open to youth ages 9-19 and adult volunteers.  All youth under the age of 18 must come with adult supervision.  The cost is $60 per person before January 2, 2015 and $70 per person after January 2, 2015.  Workshop topics include Wildlife ID & Tracks, GPS, Wildlife Anatomy, Snakes, Intro to the Wildlife Habitat Education Program, Bat Conservation and Duck Decoy Painting and more!! Registration Deadline: January 15th.

Simply Science 4-H Afterschool Enrichment Programs

posted Mar 26, 2014, 8:26 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 8:28 AM by Teresa Gordon ]

The Virginia Cooperative Extension, Clarke County Office will be hosting TWO after-school 4-H science programs again this spring in partnership with Boyce Elementary School and D.G. Cooley Elementary School. 

The Boyce Elementary School after-school 4-H program will take place every Tuesday, April 1st –May 6th from 3:30- 5:00p.m with the exception of April 15th due to CCPS Spring Break. 

The D.G. Cooley Elementary School after-school 4-H program will take place every Thursday, April 3rd –May 8th from 3:30- 5:00p.m with the exception of April 17th due to CCPS Spring Break. 

If your child attends either of these two schools and is a 4th or 5th grade student, they are eligible to participate and should register by this Friday, March 28th!

We are also looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with BOTH programs; these will count as an Educational Fair Qualifiers! Youth must be at least 13 years old to assist with the programs. If you are interested in serving in this capacity (with one or both programs), please call the office at (540) 955-5164 ASAP!

    

4 for 4-H, Run Amok- Raise a Buck Event; NOVA 4-H Center, Saturday 4/19

posted Mar 19, 2014, 11:10 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Mar 19, 2014, 11:12 AM by Teresa Gordon ]

Help send 4-H campers to Clarke-Warren 4-H Camp, July 6-10, 2014
by walking/ running in the 4 for 4-H, Run Amok- Raise a Buck Event
 at the NOVA 4-H Center in Front Royal on Saturday, April 19th!

Please share this event with family, friends and the Clarke County Community!


Clarke-Warren 4-H Camp Counselors Needed- Still accepting applications!

posted Jan 23, 2014, 10:55 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 10:55 AM by Teresa Gordon ]

Clarke- Warren 4-H Camp will be held July 6-10, 2014 at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, and we are currently accepting applications for youth that are interested in being a counselor or counselor-in-training!   

To be a camp counselor, you must be willing to assist with classes, be responsible for a room with three-five campers ages 9-13, and lead various group meetings and games.

Camp is a great opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and work on your leadership skills. College may be a way off for most of you, but many college and scholarship applications look very favorably, and ask about leadership skills.

To be a camp counselor you must:

  • Be a friendly person!
  • Set a good example for the campers and be a good role model
  • Encourage the campers to participate in activities and make them feel welcome and at home
  • Be willing to carry out instructions or directions
  • Serve as a class assistant, helper, or teach a class
  • Help with recreation, evening programs, and campfire activities

If that sounds like something you would be interested in, there are some things that you need to do!  On our website underneath the document library page or attached you will find the Camp Counselor Letter, Application, and Reference Forms. 

Lastly, the Leaders Association does provide a scholarship money towards the fee for counselors and CIT’s! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the extension office! 

Glenwood Park Livestock Exposition- Saturday, April 12, 2014

posted Jan 23, 2014, 9:55 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 9:55 AM by Teresa Gordon ]

The Glenwood Park Livestock Exposition will take place Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds. Attached are the rules and entry form packet.  Beef entries are due to the Clarke Extension Office by February 10th and Sheep entries are due March 10thAny entry postmarked beyond entry due date will be charged double the normal fee.  No beef entries will be accepted if postmarked in excess of one week past entry due dateSheep entries will be accepted up until the day of the show at double the normal fee.  Entry fees are not refundable and must accompany the entry form.  Checks should be made payable to GLENWOOD PARK LIVESTOCK SHOW.  Any returned check fees, bank fees, or other collection fees will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. 

A completed, signed “Health History Report for 4-H Members” must accompany entry form.  No adding entries, substituting, or switching of classes will be permitted unless a mistake is made in printing the catalog.  Mistakes in printing will be checked with the entry form. Please make sure they have all signatures and any extra paperwork before returning to the Extension Office. 

Also, there will be a Glenwood planning meeting on Sunday, February 2nd at 3:00 pm.  We will meet in Winchester at the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Office at 125 Prosperity Drive.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let me know! Please forward this information on to anyone who may be interested in helping. 

Two Local Clarke County 4-H Members are awarded VAF Youth Scholarships

posted Jan 23, 2014, 9:52 AM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 9:52 AM by Teresa Gordon ]

Monica Wisecarver  of the Paws & Claws 4-H Club and Catie Hope of the Lucky Leaf 4‑H Club in Clarke County recently competed in the Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Youth Scholarship competition at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

The scholarship contest recognizes superior leadership characteristics among junior members of the Fair Association and the industry. It also encourages and develops leadership and speaking skills among junior members so that they will be able to serve their local fair boards, the industry, and their local communities.

The contest components included an application, resume and a written essay about “The Impact of My Fair on my Community.” They also had to prepare a digital symposium about titled “Into the Theme of Things” in which contestants were encouraged to develop a presentation that suggested at least three potential themes for their county fair and how they would incorporate the theme in daily fair events.  The day of the contest also included an interview and an extemporaneous public speech on a topic selected by the contest committee.

Monica Wisecarver placed 2nd at the competition and was awarded a $1,500 college scholarship. She plans on pursuing a degree in biological systems engineering in the fall and is eagerly waiting to hear from several universities. Catie Hope placed 3rd at the competition and was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. She plans on pursuing a degree related to agricultural education and the agriculture industry.

NEED VOLUNTEERS!

posted Sep 26, 2013, 1:30 PM by Kaila Anglin   [ updated Sep 26, 2013, 1:30 PM by Teresa Gordon ]

The afterschool 4-H Simply Science program will take place again this fall at Boyce Elementary School every Tuesday in October from 3:30- 5:00p.m. We are looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with the program; this does count as an Educational Fair Qualifier! Youth must be at least 13 years old to assist with the program. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please let Kaila know ASAP!

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