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4-H Announcements!

We hope you are all doing well and that your 2019 is going great.  Shelby County 4-H has a lot going on so please join us.


Youth Leadership Conference

The Youth Leadership Conference payments are due Feb. 15th.  YLC is a youth leadership retreat for enrolled 4-H members ages 9-13.  The retreat will be held at the Alabama 4-H Center on March 9-10; registration is $90.00 per person, which covers one night lodging, meals, supplies, and a t-shirt.  Paper Clover credits can be used and $45 of the registration will be reimbursed after members attend.



Rodeo Concession Stand Fundraiser Shifts

Our annual fundraiser is approaching and we need kids and families to volunteer to help us work the concession stand for the Rodeo.  The dates are Friday and Saturday on Feb. 22nd and 23rd.  Please let me know if you’d like to sign up for a shift and who to expect.  Shifts run both nights from 6:00-8:30 PM and from 8:30-10:30 PM.  Those volunteering will be provided with a meal. 




4-H Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp registration opens Jan. 14th.  $25 deposits are due to the office by Feb. 11th or the full amount can be paid online with a credit card.  Shelby County will attend session 7 from June 24th-26th


Counselor in Training

And youth 15-17 who would like to apply to be a counselor in training for summer camp can apply on 4-H Online.  The deadline to do this is Jan. 21st.




Valentine’s Workshop

We have a Valentine’s Arts and Craft workshop here at the office on Feb. 7th from 3:30-5:00.  We are hoping to make bath bombs (or something similar) and probably a festive snack.  More details to come soon, but if you are interested please let me know so I can put you on a list.  Cost will be $3 per child.  This is a great way to invite a friend to be a part of 4-H.  Only 30 spots available so please call and reserve your spot.



4-H Online Registration Instructions:

If your child is not already enrolled in 4-H you can do this by visiting the 4-H Online website and starting a family profile. https://www.4honline.com/ This website works best in Google Chrome in case you have issues in other browsers. You will add your son/daughter under your family profile and any other kids in your home that want to join. Parents, don’t enroll yourself as a member unless you are looking to volunteer.

Once you submit his or her enrollment, you can go back to the family member page and scroll to the bottom to register a member in an event.


Shelby County 4-H Contacts:

Charity Waldrep, 4-H Foundation REA

Phone: #205-669-6763

Cell: #205-532-1246

Email: caw0046@aces.edu


Julie Yocom, 4-H Agent Assistant

Phone: #205-669-6763

Email: jsy0007@auburn.edu


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4-H Spotlight!











4-H Summer Camp

So much FUN happened at camp this year like swimming, canoeing, rock wall climbing, swinging on the giant swing, DANCING, Archery, Paddle boarding, survival techniques and so much more!  If you didn’t get to come this year please sign up to join in on the FUN next year!










RiverKids Kayaking

These youth have enjoyed adventuring and exploring on their kayaks this summer.






Baking Camp

Everyone enjoyed baking a variety of goodies with volunteer leader Mrs. Kristin Smith.

Mrs. Smith is leading a Baking Club that meets once a month if you would like to join in.  Please contact the Shelby County Extension Office for more information #205-669-6763.


Canning Workshops

Mrs. Angela Treadaway taught youth what it takes to properly and safely can peach jam.  They all got to sample and take some home.

Whats for Dinner? Getting Kids to try new things.
















I just did a cooking camp with kids from ages 10-14 called “Whats for Dinner” and found that they really liked asparagus and cauliflower with it fixed this way.  See recipes below.  Most of them did not like asparagus in ways they had tried it before and only liked cauliflower raw.   I had recently tried cooking it this way at my house with my husband (who did not care for asparagus nor did my son) until I tried it this way.  Roasting any vegetables in the oven or on the grill makes them taste sweeter.  I have tried many new things this way and my family absolutely loves any vegetable roasted in the oven now.


Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan


  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Spray the inside of a 9×13 casserole dish with olive oil cooking spray. Place asparagus in the dish and lightly spray spears with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle asparagus with Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and garlic powder.
  4. Roast in preheated oven until fork easily punctures thickest part of stem, about 12 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower Snowflakes


  1. head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  3. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  5. 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Remove the leaves and trim the stem of the cauliflower, but leave the core intact. With a sharp knife, cut the whole cauliflower in large (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Don’t worry if the slices fall apart; they’ll look like snowflakes.
  3. Place the cauliflower on a sheet pan, drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast the cauliflower for 15 minutes.
  4. Toss the panko with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle on the cauliflower, and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, until tender and browned. Sprinkle with the parmesan and roast for another minute or two. Immediately, scrape the pan with a metal spatula and toss the cauliflower and parmesan. Serve hot or at room temperature.

This can be done with any vegetable you like too.


Another recipe I recently tried that incorporates vegetables into our daily foods is this wonderful Carrot Apple and Zucchini Bread recipe I found on pinterest too.  The only thing I am not crazy about in the recipe is that it contains 2 cups of sugar but you could cut back to 1 ½ cup and use a half cup of applesauce to cut down on sugar some and the cream cheese frosting is not needed but it sure does taste good with it too.


Carrot Apple and Zucchini Bread


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup diced, peeled apple (Granny Smith, Fuji, whatever you have on hand)
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Glaze/Frosting

  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tbsp orange juice as needed



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans. Line with parchment paper and set aside. (I use the baking spray with flour in it.)
  3. Place zucchini in a large kitchen towel. Bring up the four corners and twist. Squeeze the towel to extract all the liquid from the zucchini, or as much as you can. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
  5. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar.
  6. Add eggs, orange juice, and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  7. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients along with the shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, apples, and pecans.
  8. Pour into prepared pans.
  9. Bake until golden brown, 55 to 60 minutes, or until loaves spring back when gently pressed with fingers.
  10. Let cool completely before icing.

Cream Cheese Glaze/Frosting

  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer.
  2. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and continue mixing. Drizzle in orange juice until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Frost bread and enjoy!


The carrots and zucchini in this recipe are interchangeable. Feel free to use less or more of each. You just want three cups total.


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4-H Highlights


ALABAMA 4-H AMBASSADORS “Trip to Washington”

Benefits for being an Ambassador for AL 4-H:

*Opportunity to further develop leadership, communication, and organizational skills
*Experience in planning, implementing, and participating in statewide educational, leadership, and
service-related programs
*Greater understanding of the 4-H Youth Development Program
*Being able to represent 4-H and Alabama as a 4-H Ambassador Delegate
















Spring Paper Clover Campaign for Shelby County

Tractor Supply Company stores across Alabama are joining with 4-H in support of local youth with the “TSC Paper Clover Campaign.” The campaign is a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4‑H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located.


















Summer Day Camps 2018



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Dairy Goat U- April 7th











Dairy Goat U

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Stone Hollow Farmstead
2006 Dead Hollow Road North
Harpersville, Alabama

Dairy Goat U is an educational, hands-on workshop and a wonderful introductory resource to the world of dairy goats.

Registration Deadline: March 19, 2018
Cost: $15 registration for adults and youth.
Registration includes lunch and snacks.
Youth will also receive a participant bag and t-shirt.
Adults will receive FAMACHA certification.

To register, go to: https://aub.ie/dairygoatu

For more information, contact:
Oksana Singh/Boyd Brady, Extension Dairy Specialist, Auburn University
Phone: #334-844-1562 or #334-321-8826
Email: bradybo@auburn.edu


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4-H News









Shelby County 4-H worked the concession stand at the rodeo to raise money for 4-H in the county. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us and the Cattlemen!


A BIG thanks to all the 4-H members, Volunteers and Parents for all your hard work!!

















Summer Camp 2018











Call the County Office to see if spots are still available!

Shelby County Dates: Session 3 (June 11-13, 2018)

Rate for 4-H Summer Camp

$106 per person*

Camp rate includes three days/two nights lodging, six meals, 3 snacks, a summer camp t-shirt and lots of summer fun! Contact the Shelby County office at 205-669-6763 or email our 4-H Foundational Regional Extension Agent Charity Battles at (caw0046@aces.edu) for  any additional information, registration, etc.

*Cost does not include transportation to camp.


Want to enroll in 4-H click here: https://www.4honline.com/


Click here for a full details: http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/4H-Center/camp/index.php


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4-H News!!











How much do you know about…4-H and Positive Youth Development?

  • 4-H provides opportunities for youth development and for youth to develop skills, practical knowledge, and wisdom through observing, doing, and living through experiences.
  • The 4 H’s are Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
  • 4-H emphasizes the practical application of knowledge or “learning by doing” to develop skills and acquire a sense of responsibility, initiative, and self-worth.
  • For more than a century, 4-H has made a tremendous impact on many lives and has continued to expand programming while transferring the latest research of the land grant system to young people.
  • The educational foundation for the 4-H Youth Development Program lies in three areas that are tied to the land grant universities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4-H curriculum and activities engage youth in processes of discovery and exploration through hands-on learning. Within the three mandates below are numerous project areas individuals choose to pursue – from astronomy to financial literacy, market beef to safety, health to agronomy, and everything in between.


Here are highlights of our 4-Her’s and how much fun they had this year while learning, growing and building relationships with others!





















Horse Show










Youth Council









Sewing Workshop








Canning Workshop

Paper Clover Drive










Summer Camp
















New Community 4-H Club coming to the Pelham/Alabaster/Helena area!

Open to kids grades 4-12 and even to Cloverbuds, grades K-3.

Monthly meetings will last approximately 1 hour and subjects with vary.

Time and place TBD, but please contact Charity Battles if you are interested or would like more information as it comes available.

Caw0046@aces.edu or 205-532-1246


Also accepting volunteers!


Thank you to all of our volunteers that step up to help in our clubs and programs! We appreciate all that you do; it does not go unnoticed.


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4-H Clover fundraiser. The Fall 2017 Paper Clover will take place October 4 – 15.











































The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities), is an equal opportunity employer and educator. Everyone is welcome!

4-H Day Camps in July!

We still have our 4-H Day camps going on in July.  Check them out and hopefully we will see you there!!


RiverKids Kayaking

July 21st & July 28th from 10:00am – 3:00pm


Outdoor Adventure at Oak Mountain State Park

July 18th from 9:00am – 2:30pm



Livestock and Agri-Knowledge Practice Team

Will meet bimonthly (contact Ricky Colquitt at #205-669-6763 or email colqurw@aces.edu for details)


To sign up or for more information please contact:

Shelby County Extension Office #205-669-6763

or email Charity Battles caw0046@aces.edu


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities), is an equal opportunity employer and educator. Everyone is welcome!


4-H Day Camps start in June!! Come join us….

Kayaking Club 2016

Shelby County 4-H Summer Day Camps

RiverKids Kayaking
June 9, June 16, June 30 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

College Preparedness
June 20th 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

I Can Can Salsa
June 27th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

June 23rd & June 26th from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Alabaster Public Library
June 1st Cupcake Decorating-teens 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
June 8th Straw Rockets-teens 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
June 22nd Body Quest-elementary/junior high kids 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
June 22nd Blind Taste Test- high school age 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

To sign up or for more information please contact the Shelby County office at 205-669-6763 or email Charity Battles.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities), is an equal opportunity employer and educator. Everyone is welcome!