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Fall Newsletter

We often think of spring and summer as the time of year for beautiful blooms and gardens full of color. However there are many annuals available to add color to landscape and bed plantings during the fall.

For more information on planting for fall and much more click the article. —-> 2017 Fall Newsletter

Registration Open for 4-H Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp Registration Banner

Welcome to 4-H Summer Camp!
As a 4-H Summer Camper, you’ll be encouraged to make new friends and renew old friendships. You will have the opportunity to try new things and you will be challenged to be the best you can be! 4-H Summer Camp strives to instill the values of Head, Heart, Hands and Health through belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery in the lives of all who come to camp.

Camp Events
Each day campers will enjoy a different series of activities, all designed to help them make new friends, work together, and build relationships. A few of this year’s activities include the following:
-Flag Ceremonies
-Campfire Welcome
-Pirate Deck Party
-Sports Night

Water Adventures
Some of the most memorable activities include adventures in and on the water.  With a full-sized pool and Lay Lake at their disposal, campers can splash into summer with the following favorites:
-Paddle Boards

Sports & Outdoors
From swinging and shooting to racing and roping, there’s always something active to do at camp. An ever-expanding list of sports-related pastimes keep our campers on the move:
-Climbing Wall
-Giant Swing
-Amazing Race

Exploration Awaits!
History, science, art, and design —all this and more can be found at 4-H Summer Camp. If your interest lies in exploring new ways to learn and be creative, we’ve got activities just for you:
-Alabama the Great!
-Arts & Crafts

Alabama 4-H Summer Camp Includes the Following:
-For ages 9 to 14
-June 14-16, 2017 (3 days/2 nights session)
-Comfortable lodging
-Fun-filled learning opportunities

Contact the Crenshaw County Extension office for more information.  You can also learn more by contacting, 4-H Foundation Agent, Katie Lee.
Download the Crenshaw County Summer Camp Brochure
Check out our 4-H Summer Camp Video

Counselor-in-Training Program [ For ages 15 to 17 ]:
These youth must have a referral from their county Extension office, must have interviewed for a CIT position and been selected, and must have attended CIT training.
Applications are due January 9, 2017.
Application Instructions

All 4-H Summer Camp counselors are first aid/CPR certified, are ARC lifeguard certified, have undergone background checks, and completed counselor training. Adult chaperones are Alabama Extension staff and volunteer leaders. All have undergone background checks and completed 4-H overnight chaperone training.

Find the Right 4-H Club to Fit Your Interests

Volunteer helping child in garden

Crenshaw county 4-H has numerous types of clubs. These clubs are available throughout the county. We offer clubs through all Crenshaw county schools.

4-H focuses on youth development and education through various hands-on activities and events. Becoming a 4-H member allows youth to participate in a variety of opportunities that may not have been previously available.

Animal Science clubs range from horse to beef to poultry and swine. Youth can learn about sustainability, forestry and wildlife and outdoor recreation in Natural Resource clubs. A large portion of 4-H is creating young leaders, members can learn about career exploration, citizenship and leadership in the Leadership and Citizenship clubs.

There are many ways to find a 4-H club in your county, if you are not already a member. Parents can go to the Alabama 4-H website and select Crenshaw county to find available clubs and join online. If you don’t have access to a computer or the website, you can contact the Crenshaw county Extension office for assistance.
For more information, contact Katie Lee, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, or visit the Alabama 4-H website at www.Alabama4H.com, where you can find upcoming events throughout the state, register for 4-H and look at all the clubs 4-H has to offer.

Article by:  Maggie Barlow

Fall is 4-H Re-enrollment and Recruitment Season

4-H club meeting with flags

Now that the new school year is underway, it’s time to kick off 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season.

Alabama 4-H reached 138,675 youth during the 2014-2015 club year. While membership is open all year, most re-enrollment and recruitment drives take place the first three months of the school year. Alabama 4-H Foundation agents conduct programs and activities in every county.

4-H Has Something for Everyone
“Fall is always exciting for 4-H, as we seek to enroll new members and adult volunteers for our clubs across the state. Whether youth between the ages of 9 and 18 live in a city, suburb or rural area, there’s something for them in 4-H,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, Alabama Extension assistant director for 4-H. “Alabama 4-H also is a place where youth can have fun and learn the skills they will need to be college and career ready.”

In 2015-2016, youth participated in community clubs, special interest clubs, in-school and after-school clubs. 4-H members and participants also are engaged in day camps, overnight camps, military youth camps, school enrichment programming and a host of other community-based events and activities.

“4-H is a great way for youth to meet other young people, learn from others, share what they know and expand their horizons,” Gregg added. “Our staff works with schools to provide 4-H educational materials that support Alabama’s State Department of Education’s Plan 20/20 for teachers and volunteers to use in classes. These programs supplement the school curriculum and provide students with the opportunity to “learn-by-doing” within one of the 16 state-defined career clusters.

4-H Leadership Opportunities
Youth enrolled in 4-H can take part in a wide variety of activities offered by the community, county and state. These include workshops, achievement programs, camps, tours, competitive events, exhibits, fairs, statewide conferences and national events such as National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. National 4-H Congress focuses on leadership, work skill preparation and community service.

Family commitment in 4-H is flexible. There are community-based projects and clubs that are short term and some that last weeks, months and all year long.

Volunteers Important to 4-H
Parents’ role in 4-H is important too. Besides providing support for their own 4-H’ers, parents serving as 4-H adult leaders provide valuable learning experiences for youth. Alabama 4-H is always looking for volunteers to share their passions and talents with young people.

“Alabama 4-H has thousands of volunteers giving their time to address the needs and interest of Alabama’s young people. More than 1,300 volunteers work directly with youth. Others provide essential services to help the 4-H program operate so that more youth are reached and 4-H impact is greater.” Gregg said.

To join or re-enroll in Alabama 4-H. Go to www.alabama4h.com/join.

For more information on 4-H in Crenshaw county, contact 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, Katie Lee.

Article by: Donna Reynolds

Help Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Prevent Abuse and Neglect……

  1. Reach Out – Anything you can do to support kids and parents can help reduce the stress that often leads to abuse
    and neglect.
  2. Raise the Issue – By educating yourself and others you can help your community prevent child abuse and neglect from
    happening in the first place.
  3. Remember the Risk Factors – Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk factors are
    greater in families with economic and personal problems, are isolated from extended family, and who have addictions or
    health issues.
  4. Recognize the Warning Signs – Nervousness around adults, aggression, inability to stay awake or concentrate for
    extended periods of times, dramatic changes inpersonality or activities, frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries, low
    self-esteem, or poor hygiene.
  5. Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect – If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact your local DHR office, if you think a
    child is in immediate danger, call the police.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention at a Glance

  • Alabama ranks 48th in the US in the treatment and well being of its children and families. (Kid’s Count – 2003)
  • According to a University of Alabama study, parents who attended Parenting Education programs reported a 50% reduction in repeat offenses.
  • In 2003, there were 19,267 reports of child abuse and neglect involving 27,603 Alabama children.
  • In 2003, 30 children died of either confirmed or suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Data from the Alabama Child Death Review System for years 2000-2002 reveal that of 690 child deaths reviewed, 118 deaths were classified as abuse.
  • An abused or neglected child stands a 78.6% chance of repeating the abusive behavior.

Food Safety

Auburn — The American food supply is the safest in the world thanks to industry and government efforts, says a food scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new guidelines to enhance the food supply’s safety, in the wake of last autumn’s terrorist attacks. FDA is encouraging companies in all areas of food service to conduct criminal background checks of employees and to restrict access to sensitive areas, among other new guidelines.

Dr. Jean Weese, Extension food scientist, says many of the nation’s largest companies involved in food production and service already have in place many of the practices set forth in the voluntary guidelines.

“Food industries want to be proactive,” says Weese. “They have seen what happens to companies that don’t get things right the first time. They often don’t get a second chance.”

She notes that Jack in the Box, a national fast food chain, has never fully recovered from the aftermath of a deadly outbreak of E. coli at one of its stores.

“No food company wants to be labeled as the one who let terrorists get by,” says Weese.

“However, many of the recent guidelines issued by FDA are already in place at probably three-quarters of the largest food companies, ” she adds. “Many smaller companies have implemented some as well.”

“I think you will see companies of all sizes will implement as many of the guidelines as is feasible for their operations.”

For example, a small company that relies on municipal water may not regularly test its water as the new FDA guidelines suggest. They may instead rely on municipal testing to identify contaminants.

There has only been one known terrorist attack on food in this country. That occurred in the 1980s when an Oregon cult contaminated a salad bar with salmonella bacteria.

Experts say one vulnerable area is fresh produce because it is so often eaten raw and does not receive the same scrutiny as some food products, such as meat and poultry do.

Weese notes that the use of some common sense tips can help consumers reduce their risk of foodborne illness no matter the

First, she stresses that foods should be cooked at high enough temperatures to kill potential pathogens. For specific temperature information, contact your county Extension office or visit U.S.D.A.’s Food Safety Inspection Service on the Web

Wash and peel foods that are eaten raw.

Check food packages or cans to ensure they are intact before opening them. Weese notes that more and more foods are packaged with some type of tamper resistant material.

Do not purchase foods that are in damaged containers. Never eat food from a damaged or previously opened container.

Consumers should be alert for abnormal food odors or appearance.

Finally, Weese stresses consumers must be proactive themselves.

“If they have a serious suspicion about a food product, consumers must take the time to alert the appropriate government agency. In the case of meat or poultry, that would be USDA and the FDA for all other food products,” says Weese.

For additional information on safeguarding the American food supply, visit www.foodsafety.gov. FoodSafety.gov is a gateway Web site that provides links to selected government food safety-related information. This Web site is part of the National Food Safety Information Network. It is maintained by FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.