Saturday, November 23, 2019

Holiday Party and Potluck

Please mark your calendars and sign up for the annual Holiday Party and Potluck on December 9, 2019!

Photo by Grace

Our annual 4-H Holiday Party and Potluck is at Bethany Lutheran Church on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:30pm.  

Potluck sign up:  Sign up for Potluck here

Who:  Bainbridge Island 4-H members and family

When:  Monday, December 9, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00pm

Where:  Bethany Lutheran Church:  7968 Finch Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Gift Exchange:  There are two separate "white elephant" gift exchanges – one for the kids and one for the adults!   If you would like to participate in this popular game, please bring a wrapped gift up to $5.00 in value.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

4-H Record Books!

What exactly is a record book and how do I get started on one? 

Good question!  A record book consists of information that you'll record in a notebook over the course of the year.  It will document your goals, knowledge and skills gained, leadership experiences, awards earned, and community service!  

All those great experiences you're having will be recorded on forms, narratives, and a story written by you.  Then, at the end of the year, you'll have the opportunity to submit your finished record book to 4-H judges, giving you the chance to earn awards.  

Photo by John

Please print the record book forms below (from Kitsap County 4-H) for your 3-ring binder.  Binders and printed copies of the Club Agreement and Code of Conduct are available at General Meetings.

We encourage you to give record book keeping a try!  Please let your leader know how they can give you a hand.
Record Book Forms (for all projects)
  • Record Book Guide – pdf
  • Permanent Record pdf / doc

Still Life forms (for Photography, Leadership, Sewing, Cooking, Family Living, Gardening)
  • Still Life Record Book – pdf / doc

Animals (for Dogs, Poultry)
  • Animal Record Book – pdf / doc

Monday, November 4, 2019

General meeting on November 11, 2019

Our Bainbridge Island 4-H projects are off to a good start and all projects have experienced their first meetings full of fun activities!  Most projects still have room for new members, except for the photography project which is full for the year (please contact us for more information).

Photo by Cate

Our next General Meeting is Monday, November 11, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  We will meet at Yeomalt Cabin (900 Park Ave NE, Bainbridge Island).  

We'll look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

4-H Open House and General Meeting

Please join Bainbridge Island 4-H for our Open House and General Meeting this Monday, October 14th.  We'll have refreshments, a warm fire, and lots of information!  Our leaders will be available to discuss the projects and what exciting activities are scheduled for the year.  Interested in dogs, cooking, sewing, crafts, poultry, gardening, photography, or leadership?  Join us to learn more!

Where:  Yeomalt Cabin:   900 Park Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Time:  6:30 - 7:30pm

Date:  October 14, 2019

Who:  Youth ages 8 -18.  
           A Cloverbud program is available for children between ages 5 - 7. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Please join us at the Harvest Fair on Sunday, September 22, 2019

4-H Volunteers Needed!

Our local Harvest Fair is a celebration of local farming and community.   You'll find many family friendly activities like cider pressing, carriage rides, pie contests, live music, sheep sheering, and so much more.  

Volunteers are needed to staff our 4-H booth!  This is a delightful stop for many kids as we offer a fishing booth and information on our upcoming projects.  This is a big fundraiser for our club and we're asking for members to help staff the booth.  Please sign up for a shift at the link below.  We're looking forward to this long standing tradition.  

4-H Volunteer Signup

Monday, September 16, 2019

4-H Open House and General Meeting!

Please join Bainbridge Island 4-H for our Open House and General Meeting this October 14th.  We'll have refreshments, a warm fire, and lots of information!  Our leaders will be available to discuss the projects and what exciting activities are scheduled for the year.  Interested in dogs, cooking, sewing, crafts, poultry, gardening, photography, or leadership?  Join us to learn more!

Where:  Yeomalt Cabin:   900 Park Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Time:  6:30 - 7:30pm

Date:  October 14, 2019

Who:  Youth ages 8 -18.  
           A Cloverbud program is available for children between ages 5 - 7. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hello Summer!

"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air."                                                                                                  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo by Joseph

There are many exciting 4-H events to help keep you busy this summer!  Please let your leader know if you have any questions.
Our list of 4-H summer activities:

1.  Bake a pie!  Buy Organic Fruit and support 4-H!  Select from cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears and apples.  Order now and wait for the Washington fruit to ripen!  
Fruit order form for 4-H fundraiser

2.  Attend the "Show Success Seminar".  June 26th,  6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  Open to all youth.  The focus is on livestock nutrition, management, showing and fitting.  
Show Success Seminar

3.  Attend the Teen Summit Leadership Camp.  June 28th - 30th.  Open to members in 7th - 11th grade.  This is held in Ellensburg, WA
Teen Summit Information

4.  March in the 4th of July Bainbridge Island Parade with Bainbridge Island 4-H and One Call for All!  More information to come!

5. Attend 4-H overnight camp at Panhandle Lake (near Shelton).  July 28th - August 1st.  See camp information from the blog post below or click here to see the brochure: 
2019 4-H Summer Camp brochure

6.  Finish your record book and submit to fair.
4-H Record Book Forms

7.  Create a 4-H educational display.  Your poster will be displayed during fair.
How to create a 4-H Educational Display

6.  Participate in the Kitsap County Fair.  August 21st - 25th.  Please find the guide below:
2019 4-H Kitsap County Fair Exhibitor Guide

7.  Volunteer for a shift at the Bainbridge Island Harvest Fair.  September 22.  Watch for more information.

8.  Inspire Kids to Do. Hands on activities every day of the summer:    Daily 4-H Activities

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 20th: General Meeting and 4-H Elections

Photo by B 4-H photography member Sabrina

Please join us on Monday, May 20, 2019.  We'll host our final General Meeting and Potluck for the 2018/2019 year.

This special General Meeting includes several parts:

1)  We will hold 4-H elections for our Teen Leadership for the 2019/2020 year.

2)  We will celebrate our member's accomplishments with a slide show.  If you have pictures to share, please send them to Mike ( so they can be included!

3)  We will enjoy the annual Spring Potluck.  Bainbridge Island 4-H is providing dessert and drinks!  Please find the potluck sign up sheet here:

We're looking forward to seeing you on May 20th at 6:30 at Yeomalt Cabin.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Volunteers Needed!

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We're incredibly thankful that after a hard day's work, our Bainbridge Island 4-H volunteers roll up their sleeves to do so much for our 4-H community.  They share hours of their time and talents without any compensation and we extend a heartfelt thanks for all they do! 

Our volunteers need help and are reaching out to our 4-H parents for assistance.  Any task, big or small, will help your leaders and will help Bainbridge Island 4-H continue to be a great program for our kids.  Many hands make light work.

Please join the leaders of our club on Monday, April 15, 2019 to learn and plan for the 2019/2020 year.  We'll meet at Montessori Country School at 6:00pm.           

Needed areas of support

  • Assist Mike with treasurer duties 
  • Order and distribute club T-shirts
  • Coordinate Holiday Potluck
  • Coordinate End of Year Celebration
  • Coordinate the Harvest Fair Celebration
  • Coordinate rental of Yeomalt Cabin and Bethany Lutheran Church (for Holiday Party)
  • Volunteer to Judge 4-H Public Presentations
  • Assist with Teen Leadership
  • Coordinate community service project
  • Assistant leader with the cooking project
  • Volunteer to bring snacks and build fires for general meetings
  • Assist with website updates

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kitsap County 4-H April 2019 Newsletter

View April 2019 Kitsap County 4-H Newsletter

4-H Summer Camp: July 28 - August 1, 2019

4-H Summer Camp is July 28 - August 1, 2019.  It will be held at beautiful Panhandle Lake 4-H Camp in Shelton, WA.

This year's theme is:  Legends of 4-H Camp, Mythology in the Wilderness!

Join the fun for 5 days as campers enjoy canoeing, swimming, teamwork, field games, archery, hiking, fishing, crafts and more.  The camp fee is $200 and Bainbridge Island 4-H is subsidizing a portion of our enrolled Bainbridge Island 4-H camper fees.  Attached is the enrollment flyer for more information.  Please ask your 4-H leader about this great and memorable experience.

4-H Summer Camp 2019 Brochure

Monday, April 8, 2019

Join us to Write Letters for Orphans in Nepal and Create Dog Toys for Kitsap Humane Society: Sunday, April 14, 2019 (4-H Community Service)

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Please join us for our Community Service event this year!  We will meet on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Montessori Country School, 10994 Arrow Point Drive, Bainbridge Island.

Members can:

  • Write special letters to orphans in Nepal and/or
  • Create fun dog toys for Kitsap Humane Society

We'll look forward to seeing all of our Bainbridge Island 4-H members at this great event.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apple Tree Grafting Workshop and General Meeting on April 8, 2019

Please join us at 6:30pm on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Yeomalt Cabin.

At our apple tree grafting workshop, you will learn how to graft your own apple tree seedlings.  Grafting creates apple trees with your favorite varieties of fruit on special rootstock.  

We will learn about different apple tree varieties, grafting techniques, and apple tree care.  All members will take home their own grafted apple tree seedling.

We'll also enjoy warm apple pie as a delicious treat!! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

4-H Guest Speaker and General Meeting

We're happy to announce the guest speaker for our next 4-H General Meeting!  Jeanne Goussev, together with her team, Sail Like a Girl, won the 2018 750 mile R2K - Race to Alaska.  The R2K is North America’s longest human and wind powered race.  Jeanne will share their amazing story about the no motor, no support, no kidding adventure. 

This team surely used their head, heart, hands, and health in their journey!!

We'll look forward to seeing you on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Yeomalt Cabin.

Copyright © 2018 Sail Like A Girl - Photo Credit: Zoe Katrina Norbom

Copyright © 2018 Sail Like A Girl - Photo Credit: Zoe Katrina Norbom

Thursday, February 14, 2019

4-H Public Presentations

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4-H encourages its members to expand their life skills which includes the ability to do public presentations.  As a result, once a year, they offer a 4-H Public Presentation forum where members get the opportunity to do public presentations on topics they are interested in.

We encourage all members of Bainbridge Island 4-H to deliver public presentations.  Through Kitsap County's 4-H public presentation forum, our members can earn blue ribbons, earning the chance to give their presentation at Kitsap County Fair or Washington State Fair.

The dates for the Kitsap County 4-H Public Presentations are Friday afternoon, March 1, 2019 or Saturday morning, March 2, 2019.

You can sign up for your presentation here: 4-H Public Presentation sign up

Below are some common questions from our 4-H members:

Q:  What should I talk about?

A:  There are so many great topics to choose from.  Choose a topic that is of interest to you.  If you need ideas, talk with your 4-H friends and leaders or check out: How To Do A 4-H Public Presentation

Q:  Who will judge me?  

A:  Judges for 4-H presentations are supportive and encouraging 4-H leaders and volunteers.

Q:  Will other kids be watching?  Can my parent be there?

 A:  No other 4-H members are in the room with you unless you invite them.  Your parents are welcome to observe.

Q: How long do I have to speak for?

A:  If you are a Junior (8 – 10 years of age):  3 – 8 minutes
If you are an Intermediate (11 – 13 years of age):  5 – 15 minutes
If you are a Senior (14 to less than 19 years of age):  8 – 20 minutes

Q:  Do you have any hints or tips on delivering my presentation?

A:  --Have a catchy introduction
--Your time starts when you give the title of your presentation.
--End with a conclusion and your sources.
--Remember that EVERY word on your posters need to be readable from 10 feet away.
--Don't forget to ask your audience if they have any questions, then always repeat the question back to the judge.
--Practice, practice, practice!!

Please read the 4-H guide for additional tips:  How To Do A 4-H Public Presentation

Q:  What is the cost?

A:  Normally, there is a $2.50 charge per presentation but Bainbridge Island 4-H is paying for  members enrolled in our club.  When you check in for your presentation, please tell them you are a member of Bainbridge Island 4-H.

Q:  Can I bring my dog?  I'd like to include my pet in my presentation.

A:  Unfortunately, you may not bring any live animals.

What should I bring with me?

A:  There will be an easel for you to use during your presentation.  You should bring everything you need for your presentation, including visual aids.  No projectors or screens are provided.  If you are using Powerpoint, please bring everything you need with you.  When you check in, please tell them if you are using Powerpoint.

Q:  Where do I give my presentation?

A:   Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church in Poulsbo.  The church is located across from Poulsbo Inn on Hwy 305.  The address is 18561 9th Ave. NE, Poulsbo, WA  98370

Please let your leaders know if you have any questions.

Monday, February 11, 2019

4-H General Meeting Cancelled for February 11, 2019

Due to the weather conditions, the 4-H General Meeting for Monday, February 11, 2019 is cancelled.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Community Service Events

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Our Bainbridge Island 4-H community service events are planned for the year and we're looking forward to giving back to our community!! 

The first event is on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 3:45 - 4:45 pm (after school).  We will be making Valentine's Day cards with our friends at Wyatt House.  Each special handmade Valentine is finished with a U.S. postal stamp ready for mailing to family and friends.

The second event is Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  We will meet at Montessori Country School to make dog toys for PAWS and to write special letters to orphans in Nepal and Kenya.

We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Monday, January 14, 2019

4-H Academy

Workshop, Board, Font, Wall, Stones

The Kitsap County 4-H Academy is January 26, 2019!  This fun filled workshop is held once per year.  4-H members can learn to crochet, sew a doll's sleeping bag, learn about animal law, learn about vet science, learn Scratch (MIT) and coding, make a leather bracelet and try out crayolligraphy.  You can also learn about public presentations, record books, and communication skills.  Be sure to check out the link below for additional classes and details.
Check-in is at 9:30am and classes end at 2:00pm at Silver Ridge Elementary School. 
All 4-H youth of all ages, volunteers, parents and leaders are all invited to attend! 
Registration is open now! Class sizes are limited so don't delay in signing up for the class that you want. 

This event is $5 per person with a $2 pizza lunch option.  Please sign up online and pay at the door. Registration closes on January 24th. 

For details on this event and to sign up for classes, please click here:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dog Project Pet Food Drive

Come on down to Paws and Fins on Hildebrand Lane this Sunday, January 13th from 11:00 - 3:30 and Sunday, January 20th from 11:00 - 5:00 to support our dog project!  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., our 4-H members will be collecting pet food for Bainbridge Island's Helpline House. 

You can also bring your pet food donations to the 4-H General Meeting on Monday night.

Thank you dog project members, for your contribution to the community!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trivia night, book swap, & 4-H shirts!

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Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm is our General Meeting...chock full of fun activities!

Please note We're meeting at the Yeomalt Classroom (next to the Yeomalt Cabin).

  • Join us for a friendly team competition of Trivia.  It's been fun in the past and we're looking forward to another great game.
  • We're also excited to announce a book exchange.  Please bring a book that you would recommend someone else read (or a few if you would like) and leave with a book.  With the rainy and cold Bainbridge Island winter weather, it's a perfect time to enjoy a new (to you) book!  Feel free to bring fiction or non-fiction. 
  • Need a Bainbridge Island 4-H t-shirt?  Have you outgrown your 4-H t-shirt?  We'll be ordering shirts on Monday night but we're also having a t-shirt swap.  Please bring in your too-small shirts to pass along.  Please also bring your checkbook (new 4-H members will be provided a new t-shirt at no cost).

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

We wish all of our 4-H members a wonderful 2019!

As we reflect on our accomplishments since October, it's great to see the many projects that our members have been working on.     

  • In Cooking, our members baked delicious pecan pies (including gluten-free) for the annual holiday  party.  Thank you for the delicious treat!
  • Our Poultry and Garden group has been very busy.  They've recently toured a turkey farm and even watched a necropsy.  They did a craft with tillandsia and learned about the care. 
  • Our Photography project recently visited the gardens at Bloedel Reserve, capturing some terrific pictures!
  • Our Dog Project has also busy with lots of training and learning new commands at Yeomalt Cabin! 
  • Our Leadership project has been learning parliamentary procedures, ice breakers and planning the General Meetings.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our January General Meeting:  January 14, 2019 at 6:30pm at Yeomalt Cabin.  

Happy New Year!