Events & Opportunities

Upcoming Events

4-H Foods Revue

The Foods Revue will be held Sunday, May 2, 2021.  Participants will provide their best dish for judges to taste.  Results of the event will be highlighted in the Chippewa Chatter newsletter following the event.  A recipe book of all the entries will be available in the 4-H Youth Building at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and on this website under the projects tab.  This event is open to 4-H Youth only.  Although this year’s event will be conducted differently we are excited to have youth participate in person.  Entry information and registration can be found here.

Clover College

Clover College was a little different this year as we could not meet in person.  Youth had the opportunity to choose 3 (three) kits to take home and work out of 7 kits available.  A variety of projects geared towards youth in grades K-6 were available such as planting a tomato plant, making a lava lamp, making a lantern, making muffins, decorating cookies, woodworking, and a St. Patrick’s Day craft.  Each kit was $5.00 each and provided most all supplies needed.

Breads & Spreads 4-H Mini Camp

Each Thursday night in March 2021, youth participants in grades 6 and up learned the fundamentals of bread making for not only quick breads but yeast breads as well.  Breads included in the program were: Cheese Quick Break, Irish Style Brown Rye Soda Bread & Reuben Dip, Refrigerator Rolls & Honey Butter and Bagels & Cream Cheese.  Each participant received their own copy of a bread recipe cookbook

STEM Camp

Youth enrolled in the STEM mini camp, geared towards 5th—8th graders participated in weekly virtual workshops to experiment in areas such as: 

  • Robotics
  • Space
  • Electricity
  • Food Science
  • Hydroponics
  • 3-D Printing

Workshops were taught via Zoom and most supplies were provided.  A video recording of each workshop was sent out after the meeting for those who could not attend on workshop nights.

Digging Deeper into 4-H

Get your hands dirty Digging Deeper into 4-H this spring!  Youth in 4-8 grades from Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire counties were invited to participate in this hands-on virtual program.  Each Thursday night starting April 1, live sessions will be offered to engage in the hands-on learning with 4-H Educators and 4-H volunteers.  These sessions will also be recorded for youth to complete if they cannot attend on Thursday night!  The program fee covers most materials for each week.  Registration was limited and is now closed.

Tri-County Performing Arts Festival 

The Tri-County Performing Arts Festival was held virtually on Thursday, February 25, 2021.  Youth chose from Interpretive Reading, Original Speech, Dynamic Duos or even doing a demonstration!  Demos were judged for fair premiums.

The festival was open to all 4-H members from Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire County.  The Speaking/Demonstration portion of the festival was held via Zoom.  After registration, youth were sent an invitation with your time and a link to the festival.  You will be welcomed and then when the judge is ready for you, you will be moved into breakout room to introduce yourself to the judge and to perform.  Entry is done via the Google registration form.  All current 4-H members are encouraged to participate in the festival in some form.  Pre-registration was required by February 10, 2021 on the Google registration form.  Festival information and registration forms can be found here.

Easy as Pie SPIN Club

Feast your pies on this.  Easy as Pie 4-H SPIN (Special Interest) Club is coming!  Each week, bakers, gonna bake (in grades 6 and up) varieties of pie both savory and sweet and learn the science behind pie making.  Butter, lard, shortening – all bake to pie-fection and each has the beauty of the pie of the beholder.  For goodness bakes, get these dates on your calendar!  Registration closes Tuesday, February 9 and can be done under your events tab in 4-H Online.  There is no fee to participate as part of the Virtual Learning Community and the family is responsible for all supplies.  Live Zooms will be held each Tuesday starting February 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will be recorded.

Discover 4-H

This six week SPIN (Special Interest Club) was open to all families to learn more about the Chippewa County 4-H Program.  Families were able to connect with 4-H educators each week starting October 4 (National 4-H Week) on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm for guided facilitation of the hands-on learning.  Families were not required to join 4-H after the program ends and it was open to all.  The cost of the program was $15 for materials.  Each materials box contained enough supplies for two youth.  The program flyer can be found here:  Discover 4-H

Mini Craft Camp

Check out the next great mini camp offering for youth in grades 3-5*!  There will be four craft lessons on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., February 23-March 16.  Crafts will include clay pots taught by a professional potter, felt animal stuffies, paper snowflakes, and painting.

Sessions will be taught via Zoom and most supplies will be provided for a fee of $10.00 per youth paid to Chippewa County 4-H Leaders, Inc.  A supply list of home supplies will be provided in advance of the program.

Registration closed on January 26, 2021.  We are excited to get started!

*This program is age appropriate for grades 3-5.  Youth older are welcome.

STEAM Day Camp

Do you enjoy Science?  Does discovering how thing work fascinate you?  Have you ever wanted to build something and test it out against others?  If so, plan on attending the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Day Camp.  We learned about electricity, kitchen chemistry, coding and more!  This year’s day camp was held October 24, 2020 via Microsoft Teams beginning at 8: 45 a.m. with registration and concluded at 12:00 p.m.  Participation was $25.00 which included materials and a t-shirt.

Babysitting Training

The Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls YMCA partnered with Chippewa County 4-H to provide the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course on Saturday, March 7.  Youth received fundamentals of how to work with infants and toddlers, basic childcare, choosing age appropriate activities and building a first aid kit.  Youth received education in the 4-H project area of child development.  Cost of the class was $45.00 per youth.  The class was held at the Lafayette Town Hall.

4-H Engineering Challenge – (Event cancelled)

The Chippewa County 4-H Engineering Challenge is back!  We will again be testing your skills for the bridge building.  Also this year we will be testing your skills and ideas to build a wind powered car and new this year is the bottle powered car!  This is self-guided contest that is open to all 4-H members.  The competition will be held at the Teen’s Volleyball Tournament on March 15, 2020 at the Chippewa Falls Middle School beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Cost of supplies to participate are $10.00 which will consist of your bridge building supplies.  Supplies can be purchased directly from the Chippewa County Extension Office.

Chippewa/Dunn County 4-H Rabbit Project Learning Clinic – (Event cancelled)

Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Howard Town Hall for a 4-H Rabbit Project Learning Clinic.  Shelly, the Chippewa County rabbit project leader, will help youth learn how to pick out a rabbit, answer showmanship questions, grooming and care, feeding, diseases and first aid, different breeds, and much more.  Cost of the clinic is $5.00 per youth which will include the lunch and materials.  RSVP’s are requested and fees are due by March 27, 2020 tot he Chippewa County Extension Office.

9-12th Grade Summer Out-Of State Adventure – (Event cancelled)

A unique trip experience designed just for 9-12th grade 4-H students to help build leadership skills and experience teamwork.  Youth will depart Chippewa County on Monday, June 8th for Missouri and return on Friday, June 12th to Chippewa County.  During this adventure, youth will increase their knowledge and understanding of American History and Culture, build awareness of problems and concerns in Missouri and to further develop skills in leadership and personal expression of values.  Registration fee includes lodging, meals, transportation and activity fees.  Additional information for this exciting adventure can be found here.  Register soon as this adventure is limited to fifteen youth.

5-8th Grade Summer Adventure – (Event Cancelled)

A unique trip experience designed just for 5-8th grade 4-H students to help build leadership skills and experience teamwork.  Youth will depart Chippewa County on Tuesday, June 16th for Brown County and return on Thursday, June 18th to Chippewa County.  During this adventure, youth will experience local culture, Lambeau Field, Bay Beach Nature Center and more!  Registration fee includes lodging, meals, transportation and activity fees.

4-H Summer Camp (Overnight & Day) – (Event cancelled)

Thank you to all youth and volunteers who made the 2019 camp season a success!  We are already planning for next year and hope to see you there!

4-H Summer Camp (Overnight & Day) is held in July at Kamp Kenwood.  Overnight camp is open to youth completing 3-8 grade.  Day Camp is open to youth in grades K-3.  4-H Camp offers an excellent opportunity for youth to make new friends, learn new camping skills, and enjoy the outdoors.  Youth do not need to be a 4-H member to attend.

  • Overnight Camp Counselor Application Packet (application process opening soon)
  • Day Camp Counselor Application (application process opening soon)
  • Overnight Camp Registration
  • Day Camp Registration

Kickball Tournament – (Event cancelled)

Chippewa County youth in grades K-5th grade are encouraged to participate in the Spring Kickball Tournament on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Chippewa Falls Middle School.  The tournament is open to 4-H members only in grades K-5.

Photo from Spring 2019 Volleyball/Kickball Tournament

Teen Volleyball Tournament – (Event cancelled)

Teen Volleyball Tournament will be held this Spring at the Chippewa Falls Middle School.  Participating clubs play each other in one of two brackets (fun or competitive).  The 2020 Tournament will be held Sunday, March 15th at the Chippewa Falls Middle School.  This tournament is open to 4-H members only in grades 6-13.

LEGO Mindstorms Introduction Class – (Event Cancelled)

We will be having a LEGO Mindstorm Introduction Class starting Tuesday, April 7, 2020  This class will be held every Tuesday, running from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a period of 5 weeks, in Room 3 of the Chippewa County courthouse.  This class will cover the building and basic commands of the EV3 robot.  This class is for 5th-12th grade and is limited to a total of 8 youth.  Parents are welcome to take part and help their youth, plus if there are open computers, you can do your own!  The class will be challenging!  Basic computer knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.  For more information and to get signed up, contact Scott Hansen.

 

Area Animal Science Days

Area Animal Science Days, formally known as the District Dairy and Livestock Days, were started with the intention of giving as many young people as possible an opportunity to learn more about livestock and dairy evaluation.  This event evolved into Area Animal Science Days to broaden the scope of members enrolled in the 4-H Animal Science Projects.  These days are focused on the learning experience rather than the contests.

4-H Clothing Revue

The Clothing Revue event is held each April.  Participants present their clothing construction items and/or their Buymanship articles.  Participation is limited to 4-H youth or organized group youth members.  Construction items are judged on suitability of garment to individual and purpose as to color and design, general appearance – neatness, posture, and fit, construction to the extent that is affects general appearance, and suitability of accessories.  Looking Good entries are judged on suitability of garment and accessories, general appearance, value and knowledge of selection factors.

Goat Workshop

Andrea Rippley (NWSF Open Class Goat Exhibitor & Oneida/Price 4-H Program Coordinator) and Wayne Greene (NWSF Open Class Superintendent) educated youth on how to show their goat, what judges look for in goats, fitting and showmanship.  All goat exhibitors were encouraged to attend.  Goats were available for youth to practice with or they could bring their own goat they are planning on showing at the fair.  Thank you to Andrea and Wayne for taking the time to teach our youth about goat showmanship and must more.

 

Tractor Safety

The Chippewa County Farm/Tractor and Machinery Safety Program is held each June.  The purpose of the program is to teach youth about tractor, machinery and farm safety.  Upon successful completion the student will receive certification in both the State and Federal Tractor and Machinery Programs.  The safety program is directed toward youth who are 12-16 years of age.  This training is available to all youth, you do not need to be a member of 4-H or FFA.  Registration and information for the 2021 program will be available in late Spring 2021.

4-H Muzzle Loading Workshop

4-H Youth and their parents in Wisconsin were offered a chance to learn traditional and modern muzzle loading rifle and pistol shooting.  The workshop is typically held in September.  The workshop was run by long-time muzzle loading instructor and the WI 4-H Muzzle Loading project course and National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) Basic Muzzle Loading Course were used.  Using both cap lock and flintlock rifles, both safety and shooting fundamentals were taught.  For those interested in hunting, points on hunting loads were given.  This workshop included National Qualifying Event (NQE).  Thank you to all who attended.

4-H Leadership Day

The purpose of the Chippewa County 4-H Leadership Day is to provide youth and adults resources and leadership skills to bring back to their clubs and community.  This year’s theme was “Putting the Fun into 4-H Meetings!”  Youth and adults learned alongside each other during the day and left with resources to bring back to their clubs.  This year’s keynote speaker was April Daniels, a club advisor from Pierce County.  She talked about youth-adult partnerships in their clubs, what has made their club successful and what has contributed to its’ growth.  Youth and adults then broke into officer position training and adult volunteer training.  Lunch was be provided for all who participated in the training.  Breakout sessions such as: Ice Breakers & Energizers, Club Self-Assessment and Club Educational Resources were provided in the afternoon.  4-H Leadership Day was held on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls and was meant for both youth and adult volunteers.

Archery

The Chippewa County 4-H Archery program is offered to give members basic information about their bow, different types of arrows and releases, safety in handling their equipment and help in improving their marksmanship.  Participants must be in third grade AND eight years old, or older.

Chippewa County 4-H youth will have one location to participate at for the 2020 archery program which will be at the Bloomer Rod & Gun Club in Bloomer.  Bow safety check is required and will be done one hour prior to the first scheduled shoot.  If you own your own equipment, it will be checked for safety and proper fit for the individual.  The Shooting Sports Committee has left and right hand bows for those who do not own equipment.  All archery youth who own their own bow are responsible for providing their own arrows.  All arrows must have field tips.

The Chippewa County Shooting Sports Archery program will provide equipment (bows/arrows) for any youth who does not have their own, but equipment will no longer be able to be checked out and taken home with the participant.  Youth using county equipment will be participating in the instinctive shooting program for 2020.  County owned equipment is also available to youth with special needs.  Youth with their own equipment can continue on their yardages they left off at last year or start the instinctive shooting program with county equipment.

Archery registration has now closed for the 2020 shooting season.  Good luck to all archers.

Teen Holiday Trip

The Chippewa County 4-H Teens adventured into the Twin Cities for a Mall of America shopping trip on Saturday, December 14th.  Youth shopped, explored and had a wonderful afternoon with each other at the Mall of America.  Along the return trip, youth viewed holiday lights along the way.  Youth in grades 6 and up along with some friends participated in this year’s event!   All chaperones were certified 4-H volunteers.

Houseplant Workshop

The annual Houseplant Workshop was held on January 19, 2020 at Christensen Floral in Chippewa Falls.  This event was for any 4-H member interested in learning more about houseplants and planting their own plants to nurture.  Workshop participants received a 10″ plastic pot, vermiculite, potting soil and 14 plant cuttings.  A representative from Christensen Floral lead our workshop and provided helpful tips on planting and maintaining houseplants.  Pre-registration was required.  Parents and leaders were also welcome to participate in the workshop with paid registration.  Registration is now closed.  Looking forward to seeing those who registered, at the workshop.

Leathercraft Workshops

Two leathercraft workshops were offered this winter on Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, January 25, 2020.  Chippewa County 4-H Youth participated in two workshops geared for all skill levels; those who want to learn about leathercrafting and those who would like to continue to perfect their crafting skills.  Participants were encouraged to attend both sessions, if possible, but not required.  This allowed time to prepare and stamp their item on their first visit, then on their second visit, they had the opportunity to add color and seal their item(s).  If youth are an advanced leathercrafters, they were encouraged to bring along a project they were already working on, if they had one, or if they had a project to start that they had purchased, bring that along too.

Safety Poster/Essay/Video Contest

This years contest was held in conjunction with the Clover College event.  Safety in our homes and at work sites is very important in preventing accidents and injuries.  Members were encouraged to take time and put thought and pride into their poster/essay/video entries.  This is a great opportunity for the youth to express their thoughts on a safety issue.  Contest results will be displayed through the month of February at our event co-sponsor Eagle Point Mutual Insurance in downtown Chippewa Falls.  Thank you to all who entered the contest and congrats to the winning posters.

Indoor Pistol Program

Chippewa County 4-H youth are being offered a chance to learn the basics of pistol shooting and firearm safety.  Shooting sports are enjoyed by youth as well as old, and usually becomes a lifetime sport.  All classes are held at the Bloomer Rod & Gun.  Registration is now closed.  The program is offered to youth in 3rd grade AND 8 years old or older.  Youth wishing to participate in .22 Pistol training must be 12 years old AND completed Hunter Safety and/or one year air pistol.  Youth 14 years old and older may take the .22 pistol class; however, one year of air pistol is recommended.

Small Engines Workshop

This hands-on workshop was held on Saturday, February 15, 2020.  The workshop helps youth learn how to take apart and put back together a small engine.  Youth are encouraged to take pictures during the day and put together a poster on what they learn for the fair!

Rifle Program Course

Chippewa County 4-H youth are being offered a chance to learn the basics of rifle shooting, firearm safety, and the fun of Olympic-style marksmanship.  Shooting sports is enjoyed by youth as well as old, and usually becomes a lifetime sport.  The youth will start off with the “4-H Basic Rifle Shooting Course”, using match grade pellet rifles to teach gun handling safety and shooting fundamentals.  This will be done on a standard indoor air rifle range.  The course began Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., followed by Friday night classes and practices.  This course is based around marksmanship and gun handling skills.  It is NOT a DNR Hunter’s Safety Course.  It is an opportunity for youth to learn rifle marksmanship and safety skills.  Youth must be in 3rd grade AND 8 years old to participate.  The Shooting Sports Committee supplies competition quality air rifles for the course.  Everyone on the range MUST wear eye protection, whether shooting or not.

Fused Glass Workshop

This workshop was available to 4-H members in grades 3 and up, leaders and parents who want to learn more about fused glass.  The Glass Orchard hosted Chippewa County 4-H for their fused glass snowflake making class.  The snowflake can be used as an ornament or a sun catcher and doubles as a fair exhibit!  The owner’s of The Glass Orchard are glass blowers and artists by trade and are opening up their programming to us.  The workshop was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

4-H Jewelry Workshop

In this exciting workshop, artists created a necklace using polymer clay.  Polymer clay is fun to work with and it is brightly colored and bakes quickly.  In addition to the necklace, participants designed a unique display for their creations.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations at the local fairs.

4-H Clover University

Clover University is a spin-off of the ever popular Clover College!  This 5-hour event was held on Saturday, February 22nd at the Chippewa Falls Middle School.  This event was open to 4-H and non 4-H youth in grades 6-13.  Sessions at Clover University provide youth with a higher level of learning in each project area.  Youth pre-registered for sessions.  We were excited to introduce this event in 2019 to our upper grade youth for an in-depth engagement in particular project areas and cannot wait now for year 3!

Tri-County Performing Arts Festival 

The Tri-County Performing Arts Festival was held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Cadott Middle & High School.  The festival was open to all 4-H members from Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire County.  The Speaking/Demonstration portion of the festival began with action centers and check in at 8:30 a.m.  Other speaking categories began at 10:30 a.m.  Music performances began with check in at 8:30 a.m. and performances beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Drama performances began check in at 12:00 p.m. with performances beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. (upon completion of the music performances).  All current 4-H members were encouraged to participate in the festival in some form.  Pre-registration was required by February 10, 2020 to the Chippewa County Extension Office.  Festival information and registration forms can be found here.

 

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