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The Tennessee 4-H Awards and Recognition Handbook


VII. State Events


A. State 4-H Junior High Academic Conference
SPONSORS: Ezell/Purity Endowment; Greever Memorial Fund; Stanfill Memorial Fund; Tennessee Foundation, Inc.; Tennessee Farmers Cooperative; Tennessee Pork Producers Association; the University of Tennessee AgResearch; the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; the University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries; the University of Tennessee Extension; and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
    a. To recognize outstanding 4-H members and leaders.
    b. To provide academic training related to the participants' 4-H project areas.
    c. To offer special opportunities for career exploration in agriculture and home economics.
    d. To meet other 4-H members with similar interests.
    e. To experience campus life and facilities at The University of Tennessee first hand.
    f. To become acquainted with university scientists and specialists.
    a. Any junior high member enrolled in 4-H projects relating to one of the following 12 interest areas is eligible to complete an application form to attend Academic Conference: beef, citizenship, companion animals (cat or dog), consumer education, dairy, dairy foods/food nutrition, dog, forestry, garden/home horticulture, horse, line and design, meat goat, poultry, sheep, swine, veterinary science or wildlife/fisheries.
    b. A total of ten delegates in each project will be selected to attend based on an application form available from the county Extension office. (Each of the three regions will select three delegates per interest area.The other delegate per interest area will be selected from the remaining applications and will be the one scoring highest on the application form.)
    c. One volunteer leader per region may attend. The leader is to be selected based on an application form.
    d. A member may attend this conference only one time in a particular project.
    e. Selected state 4-H council members and Extension personnel will attend to assist with the program.

B. State 4-H Congress - Tennessee State 4-H Congress is composed of outstanding senior 4-H members, their volunteer leaders and Extension agents, brought together on a statewide basis for three days in the state capital. The Congress is organized in somewhat the same manner as our state legislature. Time is devoted to learning more about our state government and how each person may serve as a loyal citizen through 4-H.
SPONSORS: The Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Inc. and the University of Tennessee Extension
    a. To recognize outstanding 4-H members and leaders from all Tennessee counties.
    b. .To provide new opportunities for 4-H members and leaders to develop a better understanding of citizenship and see how it relates to daily living.
    c. To offer new and stimulating leadership experiences for 4-H'ers and leaders on a statewide basis.
    d. To provide the opportunity for 4-H members and leaders to learn how their state government functions.
    e. To encourage 4-H members and leaders to assume and continue leadership roles in their communities.
    f. To provide opportunities for 4-H members to develop a greater appreciation of the history and heritage of Tennessee.
    a. Two senators who are senior members in the 9th or 10th grade may attend from each county.
    b. Each county's quota of representatives shall be determined as follows:
      (1) The actual Congress attendance for the last four years of each county will be averaged and the average number is the quota for the county.
      (2) Regional staff may determine if the quota needs to be adjusted.
    a. Congress Governor, Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House will be elected.
    b. All official congress delegates are eligible to seek an office provided they have been approved by the state 4-H office for membership in the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club at least one week prior to the opening of Congress.

C. State 4-H Electric Camp
SPONSORS: The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide members; the University of Tennessee Extension; municipal power systems from across the state; and TVA
    a. To offer opportunities for career exploration in energy, electricity and basic sciences.
    b. To provide young people with an academic and fun environment for meaningful learning.
    c. To provide opportunities to meet other 4-H members from across the state.
    d. To experience the joy of learning through hands-on activities.
    a. 4-H members who were in the 6th or 7th school grades on January 1 of the current year are eligible to attend State 4-H Electric Camp, that is held on the campus of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
    b. It is desirable for participants to be enrolled in the 4-H electric project, but it is not a requirement.
    c. A member may repeat their participation in State 4-H Electric Camp.
    d. Each county Extension office will have the details about travel, costs, etc.

Each region may send two volunteer leaders to the camp.


D. State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference
SPONSORS: The University of Tennessee Extension and 4-H awards donors
    a. To become better acquainted with their state university and career opportunities The University of Tennessee offers.
    b. To become more familiar with new research-verified principles in agriculture, home economics and related fields.
    c. To help senior 4-H members receive due recognition for their outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments.
    d. To provide senior 4-H members satisfying civic and social experiences based on their needs and interests.
    a. State 4-H Roundup is for senior 4-H members, volunteer leaders and Extension agents.
    b. One week in July is set aside for this state meeting held on a University of Tennessee campus.
    c. Senior members shall qualify to attend. Roundup qualification will be based on either being a state project finalist or being a Tennessee 4-H All Star. All project finalists will receive a scholarship to defray most of the cost of attending 4-H Roundup.
    d. The state winner of the G. L. Herrington Agricultural Scholarship is eligible to attend Roundup on a scholarship.
    e. The current state winners in citizenship and leadership, all active 4-H All Stars and current 4-H members who have previously attended National 4-H Congress as project winners may attend Roundup at their own expense.
    f. Each county with one or more official delegates may register free at least one currently active adult volunteer leader. If the county has more than eight delegates attending, one leader may be registered free for each eight 4-H club members or major fraction thereof.
    g. State 4-H Roundup council members and State 4-H Committee of Volunteer Leaders may register free.
    h. Designated Extension personnel will attend and assist with Roundup.
    a. If a state finalist in a project is not able to attend Roundup, the highest ranking alternate will be awarded the scholarship and privilege of competing for the state award.
    b. 4-H records will count 75% and a project interview 25% for all Level II awards. Records will count 50% and a project interview using a visual will count 50% for all Level I awards. Project awards at Roundup are based on the total score received on record and interview.
    c. Members who participate in a project interview will be expected to describe the scope, progress and highlights of the project and to answer questions on subject matter covered in project manuals. Level I participants should use one visual when explaining the scope, highlights and progress of their project. (The visual may be a poster, chart, photograph or item the member has produced, constructed or made as part of the project. A series of photographs is acceptable if mounted on a poster. The visual should be small enough to be displayed on top of a table.)

E. State 4-H Sheep Conference
SPONSORS: Tennessee Sheep Producers Association and the University of Tennessee Extension
    a. To help 4-H members and their parents learn more about the 4-H sheep project and activities.
    b. To provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn through fun hands-on activities.
    c. To help 4-H members to learn techniques and skills related to the sheep project through group cooperative activities.
    d. To provide recognition to members for participation.
    a. All 4-H members are eligible to attend.
    b. It is desirable for participants to be enrolled in the 4-H sheep project, but it is not a requirement.
    c. At least one parent from each family should attend with their 4-H member(s).
    d. Each county Extension office will have the details about costs, date, etc.

F. State 4-H Target Smart Camp
SPONSORS: Civilian Marksmanship Program, Tennessee Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the University of Tennessee Extension
    a. To help 4-H members develop firearms safety, correct form, responsible use and life skills.
    b. To help 4-H members and volunteer leaders have a camping adventure located in a natural environment of a 4-H center.
    c. To help 4-H members and volunteer leaders have an opportunity to make new friends, experience adventure and accept responsibility for group living in a camp setting.
    a. Any 4-H member, 5-9 grade, who is an active member of a county shooting sports program or who has had some shooting sports training is eligible to attend the camp.
    b. Each region may send one volunteer adult leader for each eight campers.
    c. Additional information about date, cost, etc. will be available from the county Extension office.

G. State Volunteer Leader Forum
SPONSORS: the University of Tennessee Extension
    a. To recognize the importance of 4-H adult volunteer leaders.
    b. To provide training about the over-all 4-H program, including 4-H opportunities.
    c. To increase the self-confidence and expertise of volunteer leaders in working with 4-H members, agents, parents and other volunteers.
    d. To increase the motivation and enthusiasm of 4-H volunteer leaders.
    e. To develop skills to enhance the 4-H program in each county.
    f. To provide leadership opportunities for adult volunteer leaders.
  2. ATTENDANCE: All volunteer leaders in the state may attend. (Details about location, cost, etc. will be available in each county Extension office.)