4-H Junior Leadership Retreat slated Nov. 9-11 at Brownwood

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Mark Carroll, 325-784-5482, jmcarroll@ag.tamu.edu

BROWNWOOD – Younger 4-H members, ages 9-14, will have an opportunity to hone their skills in several 4-H programming areas during the Junior Leadership Retreat set Nov. 9-11 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center on Lake Brownwood.

“The Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops with younger 4-H members,” said Mark Carroll, conference center program director. “This year’s program will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in five 4-H project areas, golf challenge, food show/recipe rally, science engineering and technology, sport fishing and the any soldier project.”

Carroll said the retreat starts with registration at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, followed by general orientation at 9 p.m., with adult chaperone orientation at 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 activities start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a flag ceremony and breakfast, with the first of the day’s three general assemblies beginning at 8:30 a.m. The remainder of the day will be devoted to concurrent sessions featuring the five programming areas. The evening activities will start at 6:15 p.m. with a flag lowering ceremony and dinner, followed by a presentation on state and national opportunities for 4-H youth at 7:30 p.m., and a costumed theme dance immediately after.

Adjournment is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

“While this is learning retreat, the main ingredient underlying the whole weekend is a sense of fun,” Carroll said. “The State 4-H Council members take pride in showcasing their creativity which will become apparent at the Saturday Night Theme Dance. They’re asking participants to come dressed as their favorite character from the Avenger comic series. All the council members plan to be in costume, so it should prove to be fun for everyone.”

Carroll stressed that each county sending 4-H youth to the retreat must provide adult chaperones for the weekend.

Individual registration is $105 for youth and $70 for adult chaperones. The fees include two-nights lodging, four meals, snacks and program fees. Online registration is currently available through Nov. 5 at: http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu .

For more information, contact Carroll at 325-784-5482, jmcarroll@ag.tamu.edu .

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