Rhonda Jewell, Caldwell County 4-H Agent at the UK Extension Office, was in studio Wednesday morning for WPKY’s weekly Extension Program.

Rhonda started by telling listeners of the upcoming Shooting Sports safety trainings on Tuesday, March 13th and 20th. The safety trainings are required for any student age 9 through 18 who is interested in participating in the Caldwell County 4-H Shooting Sports Program’s 2018 season. The program offers students an opportunity to learn more about gun safety, improve their shooting skills and participate in competitive shooting events. Caldwell’s program is lead by several 4-H Certified Volunteers in a variety of different disciplines including pistol, shotgun, BB, trap, and archery. Students must attend both safety trainings with one parent. Both trainings are at 6PM at the Fire & Rescue Training Center located on Highway 62 West in Princeton. There is a $25 fee per student to help offset the cost of supplies. For more information or to register your child please call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

Rhonda also mentioned that two teens will be completing their shooting sports certification next week in McCracken County; Briley Baker for shotgun and Morgan Witherspoon for archery. Robert Ward and Miles Ward will also be attending the shooting sports certification to receive their black powder certification for a new and exciting experience for interested students. There will an Early American Heritage Day Camp on Thursday, March 29th from 9AM to 4PM at the 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. Students in grades 8 through 12 will learn how to shoot black powder firearms, fire a cannon, learn from an Ojibwa Indian how to shoot Native American bows and use an Atlatl, they’ll train as Infantry did in the American Revolution, and will cook over an open fire. The goal of the program is to create a unique and fun hands-on learning experience through living history to better understand the foundation of our country and diverse social cultures that helped shape the country. Participants will also get to see reenactments from the French and Indian War and American Revolution time period, so from 1754-1783. Cost is $5, which pays for lunch, and interested students must register by Monday, March 12th. To register or get more information you can call Rhonda at 270-365-2787. She also mentioned that students who participate will receive an excuse to miss school, but students must register through the Extension Office or they will not receive an excuse. Rhonda also said that this is an event for several surrounding counties and that transportation can be offered if necessary.

Rhonda then told listeners that they are preparing for the Reality Store for 8th graders on March 13th. Students will be given an occupation and paycheck and will then have to use their funds to buy a house, pay monthly bills like health insurance, car payments, food, clothes, etc, in a fun and hands on way that teaches them how to budget and how to healthily manage their money.

Rhonda also mentioned Cook Out For Camp, an upcoming fundraiser for 4-H Camp. The cook out will be on Saturday, March 24th from 11AM to 1PM at the Butler parking lot in downtown Princeton. The menu includes tenderloin sandwiches for $5, half chickens for $7, tenderloin sandwich meals for $7, and half chicken meals for $9. Meals include chips, a homemade brownie, and a drink. All of the proceeds will go to keep overall costs down for 4-H Camp. It is recommended that you place your orders ahead of time and can do so by calling 270-365-2787. Rhonda then announced that registration for 4-H Camp will begin next week and camp is $200 this year. 4-H Camp gives students the opportunity to have fun during the summer by mingling with kids their age from various surrounding counties, taking fun and educating classes, doing workshops, and participating in camp activities. Students from Caldwell will attend camp with Lyon, Trigg, Livingston, Hancock, and Logan counties. Scholarships are available for students who wish to attend but who can’t afford the registration fee. A $50 deposit is required upfront to hold a bed and there is only a limited amount of beds available. For more information you can call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

Rhonda then reminded listeners that it’s Ag Tag Month. During March all license plates for farm vehicles must be renewed and farmers are able to donate $10 when they renew their tags. That $10 will split across several Department of Agriculture programs, 33% goes to 4-H, 33% goes to FFA, and 33% goes to Kentucky Proud. Last year Caldwell County’s 4-H program received $481 from Ag Tag donations. Rhonda expressed her thanks to all area farmers for donating and implored that they donate again this year.

For more information about any of the upcoming 4-H opportunities or to register for them you can call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

You can catch the full interview with Rhonda Jewell below.