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Barron County 4-H
Through 4-H, kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas of interest including: arts, health, science, agriculture, civic engagement, etc. Youth can also build leadership skills and develop life skills. 4-H is unique for each individual as they choose what they want to be involved in and how much time they can commit.
4-H highlights include:
- Open to youth in 5K-12, plus 1 year
- Project areas for everyone
- Fun for the whole family!!
- Club Activities/Leadership
- County Projects (livestock, dairy, dogs, leathercraft, horse, shooting sports, arts, STEM, more)
- County Fair Participation
- 4-H Camps
- Performance Arts Festival
- Cake, Foods, and Clothing Revue
- In-person hands on learning; and/or virtual learning opportunities
- State & National Experiences
4-H Calendar of Events
Calendar -please check emails and Facebook for current information.
4-H Events, News, and Activities
Barron County 4-H Clubs
Learn More About Barron County 4-H Clubs
All Meeting dates/times are subject to change-please contact a club leader to confirm meeting dates, times and locations.
Barronett Dragons: Peg Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org 715-939-0629)
Columbia Livewires: The Columbia Livewires are a very easy going project focused club. They meet monthly towards the beginning of the month at the North west side of Rice Lake. They have good project resources for livestock, and sheep. Some annual activities include the fair, crafts, educational field trips, annual party’s, and fair gardens. Community service outreach activities include roadside clean up, Benjamin House. Danette Borofka email@example.com or 715-651-6444 for further information
Cosmic Clovers: The Cosmic Clovers are a new club with a younger demographic- mostly 13 and under, they like to have fun activities (get to know each other, learn and do) every meeting. They meet the 3rd Sunday of every month at 3pm in the United Presbyterian Church in Rice Lake. They have good project resources for STEAM, Cultural Arts, foods, and sewing. Some annual activities include a Holiday party, spring potluck at a leader’s house with a community service project, they are a new club, so we’re just getting started. Community service outreach activities include serving a meal at Benjamin’s House, and making decorations for nursing homes. Contact: Missy Bablick (715-827-0434 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cassie Ritchey (715-417-0231 or email@example.com)
Country Kids: The Country Kids are a small but mighty club that hold monthly meetings at 4:30 at theTurtle Lake Township Building. They have good project resources for crafts and horticulture. Some annual activities include roller skating and a corn maze. Community service outreach activities include bringing hats and mittens to schools, helping at the humane society and women’s shelter. They also show pigs and sheep, and try to make a craft or project at every meeting. At Christmas they choose what community group to give gifts to. They also always donate a basket of goodies for the 4-H Fair raffle. Lynn Kettenacker (715-986-2505) or Jamie Donath (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-529-1124) Samantha Picknell (email@example.com 715-641-1093) and Becca Zemke (firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-641-2214)
Country Siders: The Country Siders are a very active club. They have monthly meetings on Sundays at 6pm at the Dallas Lutheran Church. They have good project resources for livestock. Some annual activities include October: Fall Family Fun Day, National 4-H Week, Window Display November: Club Banquet, Lefse Making, Bake sale, December: Christmas Party – Bingo/ gift exchange Community Service – Christmas Card Making January: Winter Activity Snow-tubing, February: Bowling/Pizza, Valentine making, April: Club pizza making May: Roadside cleanup June: June Dairy month promotion August: Fair recap/ project showcase Sept: Community service- Ridgeland Fair hillside cleanup. Contact: Alicia Wirth (email@example.com or 715-949-1088) or Angie Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-296-3552) for more information.
Doyle Juniors: The Doyle Juniors club is a larger club in Barron County. They have meetings every month at 3:00PM at St Joseph Church, Rice Lake. They have good project resources for dairy, hog and beef. Some annual activities include Softball, Fair, Performance Arts Festival, Kickball at a Park, Signs and Booth for Fair, Food Stand, Sledding at Moon Lake. Community service outreach activities include Ring Bells for Salvation Army, pick up trash in the community, and making cards/treats for police/EMTs. Contact: Cindy Broker (email@example.com or 715.651.9299) or Arlaina Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-554-4031) for any further questions.
Junior Beavers: Melissa or Greg Weaver (email@example.com or 715-419-0500)
Kids from Cameron: The Kids from Cameron is a fairly active club with many great parent volunteers willing to help. They have meetings the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cameron. They hold a club project day where kids can get a couple projects for the fair done during a longer meeting if they choose. Some annual activities include hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser, plant flower pots for the community, club project day, fun outing, Christmas party. Community service outreach activities include backpack program, food pantry, salvation army bell ringing, flower pots for the community. Usually they will pick either one or two per year. . Contact: Jen Stovern (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-418-3214)
Marquette Pacemakers: The Marquette Pacemakers has been around for over 60 years and still going strong. There is something for everyone and they welcome any age to come join the fun. They have meetings every month at 6pm (April-Nov) 3pm (Dec- March) at 4-H Clubhouse – 2101 27th Avenue Rice Lake. They have good project resources for swine and archery. Some annual activities include Pumpkin patch, Sledding, bowling, softball, family fun night, lake day. Community service outreach activities include Christmas Caroling, Operation Santa Claus, Food pantry, Rice Lake Celebrity Classic Family Fun night. Contact: Molly Dittman (email@example.com, 715-296-0129) and Jeff Haughian (firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-419-7998) Deanna Mathews (email@example.com)
North Star: The North Star club is a smaller club with members in beef and sheep. They have meetings every other month at 4pm on the first Sunday of the month at Hungry Hollow. They have good project resources for beef and archery. They pick a couple activities and community service projects to do each year. Contact: Elisha Putzke (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-790-3683) or Diana Bazewicz (email@example.com or 715-641-0926)
Poskin Jets:The Poskin Jets have a lot of younger members and always look forward to new members! They value having the older members teach the younger members all of the endless opportunities in 4-H. They also have snacks at every meeting.They have meetings every 3rd Sunday of the month, except during June and July at 5pm at Clinton Town Hall in Poskin. They have good project resources for Cultural Arts, Dairy, and Sheep. Community service outreach activities include ringing bells for the Salvation Army, Gifts from the Heart, Christmas door hanger/ornaments for the elderly, May baskets for the elderly. They have a full schedule every year. Contact: Dave Frandsen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-790-0067) or Kristi Hoff (email@example.com or 715-205-3166)
Prairie Farm Pals: The Prairie Farm Pals is a club for people looking for low commitment. Meetings are scheduled as needed and are held at the United Lutheran Church in Prairie Farm. Some annual activities include snow tubing. Community service outreach activities include roadside cleanup and food stands at the fair. Contact: Becky Seggbrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-505-1413).
Prairie Hustlers: The Prairie Hustlers have many young members and want to welcome all who are interested in 4H. They have meetings at 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month in Cameron Elementary/ Canton Methodist Church. They have good project resources for Dog, Archery, Woodworking, Dairy, Photography. Some annual activities include Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, and a Club Picnic. Community service outreach activities include Roadside cleanup, Ruby’s Pantry. Contact: Kirsten Huth (email@example.com or 715-764-2097) or Andrea Ewings (firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-404-0959)
Prairie Lake Eagles: The Prairie Lake Eagles are a small but active club. Strong youth voices with officer roles that are open to any youth who are able and members are active in MANY project areas. They have meetings on the 3rd Sunday of the month at noon in Chetek. They have good project resources for Animal projects (dog, cat, sheep, dairy, horse, rabbit), Cultural arts /crafts. Some annual activities include sledding, camping, and pizza parties. Community service outreach activities include Holiday cards for veterans and nursing home residents, yard clean-up, roadside clean-up, cemetery clean-up, and sewing book bags for the library. Contact: Joyce Nelson (715-458-1944).
Section Ten: Tamala Anderson (email@example.com or 715-419-0421)
Vermillion Cruisers: The Vermillion Cruisers have a wide variety in age of kids with parents who are always willing to help. They have meetings on the Second Sunday of the month at 5:30 or 6pm in the First Lutheran Church in Cumberland. They have good project resources for livestock and archery. Some annual activities include Slay Rides, tubing, softball, crafts, and kickball. Community service outreach activities include Garbage pick up, and taking care of the flowers at church. Contact: Heather Colburn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-357-6404) or Michelle Stouffer (email@example.com or 715-822-2823) or Emily Drafall (firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-419-0629)
Special Interest: SPIN members are members who have a Special Interest in a specific topic. Many youth and their families like the experience of being a part of 4-H, yet are unable to commit to a year-long 4-H club experience. While SPIN members don’t meet with a club, they can participate in all county and state projects and activities. Projects may or may not have local volunteer support. Contact: email@example.com or 715-537-6253
Barron County Project Center
Wisconsin 4-H Project Resources
For information about Barron County 4-H project volunteers and resources, please contact the Extension office.
Youth in grades K-2 are 4-H Cloverbuds. They explore 4-H through hands-on activities and participating with members.
Youth in grades K-2 are unique and special and wonderful. Activities in the Cloverbud Project are designed to meet their needs at an age appropriate level while having fun with hands-on, engaging activities. Some of the activities a youth can try with the Wisconsin 4-H Cloverbud project include:
- Experimenting with science, technology, engineering, and math
- Exploring their creative side with theater and visual arts
- Diving into animal and plant science
- Learning about themselves and others
- Giving back to their communities through service projects
- Many more activities
4-H Youth in grades 3-13 (one year post HS graduation) are able to choose the projects they are involved in.
4-H Youth in grades 3-13 (one year post HS graduation) are able to choose the projects they are involved in. Not all project areas have project volunteers in Barron County. But many do. Please explore the Projects page for county specific project groups. Additional information is posted in newsletters, via email and on the calendar of events.
4-H Projects are specific areas of interest for 4-H members and volunteers. Projects cover a wide variety of topics from animals, science, arts, and beyond. Explore the different project areas below and find more information on a project that you are interested in!
Check out the Wisconsin 4-H Project Guide for a complete list.
4-H members can enroll as youth leaders in project areas or serve in leadership roles in their clubs.
There are many opportunities for youth to serve as leaders in 4-H. They can serve as youth representatives on the Leaders Council or in their clubs. They can also serve as youth project leaders. We also have a team of youth at the Middle and High School levels who meet throughout the year to plan activities and complete service projects. Contact the Extension office to get involved.
- Have an interest in promoting 4-H
- Have a positive, enthusiastic attitude
- Be a good role model for younger members
- Be responsible, accountable, dedicated and willing to follow through on responsibilities
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
- New Friendships and Lots of Fun
- Marketable skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork
- Great experience for college applications and resumes
How to Join Barron County 4-H
Click Below to Learn How to Join
Youth and volunteers can join 4-H anytime. However, some projects have deadlines that might affect eligibility for certain things such as fair participation. Current members should re-enroll in September each year, but can complete their membership at any time.
New to 4-H?
- Step 1: Look at the Barron County 4-H Map; click here 4-H Club Leader Map and Contact Information (coming soon) and find clubs that are in your area. You may directly contact the club leaders to find out when the club meets, what the club expectations are, how many members the club currently has and their ages, etc. to help you decide which club would best fit your family. When you decide on a club, let the leader know you are interested in attending their next club meeting and confirm the time and place. If you need help, call us at the Extension office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Step 2: Look through the project guide and determine which projects you are listed in. You can pick as many projects as you want, some are supported with volunteers and some are on your own. Just because you sign-up does not mean you are required to complete it. Projects should represent what you show at the fair.
- Family Guide (Barron County 4-H) – Includes listing of Projects
- Step 3: Log on to https://wi.4honline.com. You will need to sign-up as a new family, and then enroll each new 4-H member and volunteer separately. Adults only need to enroll if they would like to be an official volunteer.
- PDF Member- Enrollment Alternative
- Step 4: You will receive an email confirming your registration request. When you are approved in the 4-H online system by county staff, you will receive an official email recognized your confirmed enrollment status. Becoming an adult volunteer involves a few more steps including, Orientation training, online Mandated Reporter Training, and a background check.
Re-Enrollment- Begins in September, but you can become a member at any time.
**if you enroll late in the 4-H year, there might be some missed requirements for certain project areas.
Resources for Enrollment:
Enrollment Website Address: https://wi.4honline.com
Types of Membership
As a community club member, youth choose a club to join and meet with others throughout the year. Each club has a club leader who regularly communicates with members; and in most community clubs youth officers are elected to guide the activities of the club. Barron County has 20 active 4-H Clubs. Club sizes range from 10 members to 60 members! Families can join any club at any time, or start a new one! In addition to club activities, members can also choose to participate in organized projects, groups and individual efforts.
SPIN members are members who have a Special Interest in a specific topic. Many youth and their families like the experience of being a part of 4-H, yet are unable to commit to a year-long 4-H club experience. While SPIN members don’t meet with a club, they can participate in all county and state projects and activities. Projects may or may not have local volunteer support.
Volunteers help make 4-H possible. 4-H volunteers work with staff to deliver educational programs in nearly 100 project areas and provide additional opportunities for youth and families!
Fair, Forms, and Resources
Barron County Fair Information
First Time to the Fair? Check out these What to Expect Sheets!
Visit the Barron County Fair Website at http://barroncountyfair.com/. This is where you can find the Fair Book!
For information about entries, see the Fair Book or contact Fair Secretary, Jacque Schaffer, at 715-296-0440 or 715-736-FAIR. The most up to date Fair Book is available on the fair website. To follow the fair on Facebook, log in and search for Barron County Fair.
Junior Leader Food Stand Manager Needed
The Barron County 4-H Junior Leaders Food Stand is a popular stand at the Barron County Fair. It is known for its malts and shakes, and serves other foods in addition. All work in the stand is coordinated by Food Stand Managers, including deciding on menu, shopping, scheduling and training workers, handling money, set up and clean up. Usually, two or three youth take on the duties together, as managers are also expected to coordinate their time at the fair so the stand has a manager at all times.
Junior Leaders Food Stand managers are paid for their time. Managers receive $100 each plus they split 20% of the food stand profits.
Any 4-H youth (16 and older) can apply for the Food Stand Manager position. To be a successful candidate, you should have worked at the food stand previously, have money handling experience and customer service experience. Applicants will be interviewed by the Junior Leaders adult advisors. The application form is due May 5, 2021
Camp Counselor Applications are Due Friday, April 16, via mail, or email. Application can be found here: Camp Counselor Application
Secretary Book Forms
- Secretary Book Guidelines – What to include in the club secretary book and tips for completing.
The following links are optional forms that can be used in Secretary books. Club Secretaries can use any forms they choose.
- Club Record Book Cover – Yellow covers used to keep required forms and records for the 4-H club secretary, treasurer, reporter and organizational leader. (2 pages)
- Attendance Record – Form to record a member’s attendance at meetings. (2 pages in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Calendar of Club Activities – Form to record a club’s activities by month. (2 pages in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Adult Leadership Summary – Form on which to record demographic information on adult volunteers involved in a 4-H club, including general, organizational, assistant, project and activity leaders. (1 page in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Membership Summary – Form for clubs to record information on youth members, including name, address, parents, grade, year in 4-H and current projects. (2 pages in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Junior Leaders Summary – Form on which to record information on junior leaders and club officers involved in a 4-H club. (1 page in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Minutes of Club Meetings – Form to record meeting of a 4-H club by the club secretary, who places the completed form in the club 4-H record book. A copy of the minutes is submitted to the County UW-Extension Office. (2 pages in editable Adobe Acrobat pdf and Microsoft Word formats.)
- Club Financial Record. See Treasurer Forms. The club treasurer maintains this form. Include the club financial record in the secretary book at the end of the 4-H year.
Wisconsin 4-H Fiscal Year is July 1-June 30.
Barron County Forms (optional use)
- Payment Approval Form – (pdf) use this form to have expenses approved at meetings. Attach receipts to it and send around for signatures before payment.
- Treasurer Report-Monthly – (Word) – Use this form to track monthly expenses. Helps to be able to provide accurate financial reporting at club meetings and the end of the year (June 30)
- Treasurer Report-Monthly – (pdf)
- End of Fiscal Year Treasurer Report (Word) – Use this form to prepare the July 1- June 30 fiscal year financial information that for inclusion in the Annual Charter Renewal Packet
- End of Fiscal Year Treasurer Report (pdf)
Wisconsin State 4-H form to record a club’s annual financial account as the fiscal year progresses. Could be used in place of the Barron County monthly treasurer report above.
Youth Adult Partnerships are important in 4-H. Whether youth are 6, 10, or 16–their voice matters. Club meetings are a great way to show that youth voice matters in your club. Here are some resources to help your meetings be a success.
4-H Charters **NEW-Updated August 2022
4-H Scholarship Application
The Barron County Scholarship Application is available to all 4-H youth meeting the listed criteria. A minimum of 2-$500 scholarships will be given. To be eligible for the Barron County 4-H Scholarship, you must:
- Be a member of 4-H for at least three years, currently enrolled and achieved in 4-H the previous year.
- Be graduating from 4-H in the current year.
- Be attending or planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year technical college or other accredited post-secondary training program.
Kathy Holten Memorial Scholarship
One $500 scholarship will be awarded to an individual enrolled in the Barron County 4-H
program and planning to graduate from 4-H this year.
Event Funding Request Form **Current 4/18/2022
2021-2022 4-H Year Event Funding Forms
In order to achieve in any Barron County 4-H Year, youth members must:
1. Do a demonstration speech.
2. Exhibit a project item at the county fair or other community event pre-approved by the club
3. Submit a Member Yearly Plan and Record (ex. record book or electronic MPE forms).
Record Books (April 2023)
Cloverbud Book – Youth in Grades K-2 may complete the Cloverbud Book and turn it in to their club General Leader to receive a ribbon at the Awards Program: Cloverbud Yearly Plan and Record
Barron County 4-H Record/Showcase
Record keeping and reflection are two valuable skills that can be practiced and learned in 4-H. No matter how you choose to keep records and/or reflect on your work, this process is a great way to keep a permanent record of your 4‐H experience.
Why complete a record/showcase?
- Opportunity to reflect on learning and Look back on your accomplishments
- Improve/learn communication skills
- Information you need to complete future applications for jobs, scholarships, college, 4‐H interviews, and much more.
- All the information you need will be in one place!
- Learn life skills!
All members of the Barron County 4‐H program are encouraged to complete a record/showcase as a requirement for achieving in the current 4‐H year. The following pages explain the Barron County 4-H Record/Showcase process.
Record books are important for many reasons and also allow members to achieve in 4-H open them up to additional opportunities. If you don’t know how to complete a record book, please check out the Record Book Guide which walks you step by step through the forms. You can also watch the following video for a quick overview of the record book: https://youtu.be/h4_cyrKFco8
For Forms and Additional Information visit: https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/bcrecord
Record Book Cover **if you would like a green cardstock cover, the Extension office has copies (you can get copies of every form there)
Awards Information – Youth and Volunteer Criteria and nomination information:
FOR CLUB GENERAL LEADERS
Record Book Score Sheets and Related Forms
BARRON COUNTY 4-H Leaders Council
Barron County 4-H Adult Leaders Association Monthly Council Meeting
August 2023 Minutes
June 2023 Minutes
May 2023 Minutes
April 2023 Minutes
March 2023 Minutes
February 2023 Minutes
January 2023 Minutes
October, 2022 (Minutes )
September 20, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes )
August 16, 2022 (Agenda | *Minutes)
June 21, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
May 17, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
April 19, 2022 (Annual Meeting)
March 15, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
February 15, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
November 2021 (Agenda | Minutes)
October 2021 (Agenda | Minutes)
Barron County 4-H Adult Leaders Association Annual Meetings
Fall Leaders Meeting – September 19, 2023 (Agenda)
Spring Leaders Meeting – April 18, 2023 (Agenda | Achievement for Review)
Fall Leaders Meeting – September 20, 2022 (Agenda | Bylaws for Review)
Spring Leaders Meeting-April 19, 2022 (Agenda | *Minutes)
Fall Leaders Meeting, September 21, 2021 (Agenda | Minutes)
*Minutes are posted when approved