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Happy June!

 

 

Summer planning has been in full swing on both the county and state level and we are planning for a great summer! Be sure to read through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing in the coming month.

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the judging contests, demonstration contest, archery shoots, horse bowl, litter barrel contest and window display. Once again, we would like to congratulate all our 4-H seniors this year; we are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

 

All 4-H Summer camps have been approved and we are looking forward to spending those weeks with you as we have been busy planning away! New this year at the county office will be Newark, CIT and Cloverbud camps from June 21-26 and Animal Science Day camp August 2-5. At Camp Barnes this year will be Environmental Camp June 11-13 and State Camp June 14-19 and June 21-26. If you have not signed up yet please do so HERE

 

Delaware State Fair entries close TONIGHT at 11:59 pm for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. We know you all have been working hard on your entries so be sure to get them in on time so we can see all your hard work! Be sure to check out all of the volunteer opportunities that come with the fair: you can help with building set up on Wednesday, June 30th, be a host or hostess during the week, help with entry processing, judging and displaying and help with fair clean up. Be sure to look for the Fair newsletter for all of these opportunities.

Please note fair tags will not be mailed to your house; they will be picked up by your leader at the 4-H office.

 

It’s never too early to start working on your record book! Be on the lookout for the new and updated record book formats. I know it seems far off, but unfortunately the Summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350

 

Health and Wellness Ambassador Opportunities

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Health & Wellness Ambassador Summer 2021 Trainings

Open to all teens ages 13-19, you will be asked to become a Teen Health & Wellness Ambassador upon signing up. 

 

Program: Botvins Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse training is an opportunity to become a peer educator in avoiding misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Tuesday June 8th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Registration: REGISTER HERE! [Register by June 7th]

 

Program: Soccer for Success is a sports-based youth development program incorporating health, wellness, and nutrition in addition to teaching youth participants how to play soccer. *No soccer experience necessary

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Monday June 7th from 6:00pm-7:00pm OR Thursday June 10th from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Registration: Soccer for Success Training [Register by June 4th]

 

Program: EFNEP Building my Body is a 5-lesson curriculum to help youth learn more about nutrition to help “build their body”. Lessons include recipe demos to taste familiar foods, as well as movement, activities, and games.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either June 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm OR June 17th from 12:00pm-2:00pm

Registration: EFNEP Building My Body Training Registration [Register by June 14th]

 

Program: Up for the Challenge is a 5-part series that focuses on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and body image.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Wednesday June 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Registration: REGISTER HERE for UFTC TRAINING! [Register by June 14th]

Health & Wellness Ambassador Summer 2021 Meetings

https://www.pcsreg.com/health-and-wellness-ambassador-registration

Summer meetings include guest speaker Kate Angermeier of ChristianaCare presenting on the topics below. We will also share any updates, successes, and activities for stipend opportunities. Teen Ambassadorship is open to all teens ages 13-19

 

June 23rd 2:00pm-3:30pm ThinkFirst for Teens: Injury Prevention

ThinkFirst For Teens, a program of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, is an award-winning public education effort targeting this high-risk age group. ThinkFirst chapters across the United States and in many other countries present compelling educational presentations at no charge for junior and senior high schools, as well as for colleges and after-school programs. Health educators explain how injuries occur, how they affect the body and how they can be prevented. Students learn that one poor choice can change your life forever, so it is each person’s responsibility to cut the risk for injury to themselves and others by making safe choices.                                                                                                   

July 15th 7:00pm-8:30pm ThinkFirst for Road Safety:

Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death among teens – in fact, teens and young adults are in the highest risk group for injuries. The most frequent causes are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls and sports and recreation. Among the most serious injuries are those to the brain and spinal cord, often leading to long term or permanent disabilities that can affect a person’s thinking, speaking, ability to walk, move or even breathe as they could before the injury.  The majority of these injuries are preventable when people use basic safety precautions. This program focuses on road safety, distracted and impaired driving.

August 18th 4:00pm-5:30pm Gun Violence as A Public Health Issue (Formerly the Choice Road Program) 

 

We discuss the epidemic of gun violence, and what that looks like inside and outside of the hospital. Topics covered include types of gun violence, the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of gun violence, Protective Factors, Know the Signs (from the Sandy Hook Promise program) and resources for students in their community. This serves as an informational presentation for any age.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Whittaker

4-H Tech Team

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Interest Meeting June 12, 10 AM

Learn about the Delaware 4-H TECH team and how to join June 12th 10 – 3 pm

New Castle County Extension Office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark.

 

Join us to see and use all the fun, new equipment Delaware 4-H has to teach Computer Science.  Learn about the TECH team and learn how to facilitate Computer Science and Engineering programs to other youth across Delaware.

Register HERE

Teens: Remote Skills Camp for College & Career Readiness

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We are excited to announce the 4-H Remote Skills Camp for teens this summer! This 30-day camp is designed to prep teens ages 15-18 for career and college readiness by introducing them to remote work skills. It is a blended course combining online work with interactive workshops. The participants will learn the best practices of being a remote worker and have unique opportunities to participate in live Q&As with remote workers at NASA, Google and more. They will also have the opportunity to interact with college professors while participating in hands on educational and career exploration activities.  The deadline to register for the June camp is May 26. Apply today at https://remoteworkcertificate.com/camp

 

Announcing the 2021 NCC 4-H Summer Day Camps!

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Our day camps are in-person this year, following current COVID protocol. Due to this, space is limited. Please register as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Serena 

Cloverbud Day Camp- June 21-25, 2021

During this exciting camp, campers will rotate through 4-H mini-stem classes. Each day the campers will experience topics including Healthy Living, Science, Technology, and Engineering (STEM), and more! Guest speakers will visit and there will be opportunities for Outdoor Recreation. Campers will have a wonderful hands-on experience in a fun-filled and safe environment on the beautiful grounds of the University of Delaware. Campers will provide their own lunch.

24 camper maximum

Ages: 5-7 years old

Location: UD Cooperative Extension office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark DE

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $200.00

Newark 4-H Day Camp – June 21-25, 2021

Kitchen Chemistry, Animal Science, Health and Wellness, Photography, STEM, and more. These are some of the classes that campers may be able to select at our traditional 4-H Camp. Guest speakers will visit and there will be opportunities for Outdoor Recreation. Campers will have a wonderful hands-on experience in a fun-filled and safe environment. The week will conclude with an exciting council circle where groups will show off their talents. Campers will experience fun and active days on the beautiful grounds of the University of Delaware campus! Campers will provide their own lunch.

 32 camper maximum

Ages: 8-12 years old

Location: UD Cooperative Extension office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark DE

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $200.00

Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Camp – June 21-25, 2021

CIT Camp runs in conjunction with Newark Day Camp. Teens 13 and older are encouraged to tackle a hands-on leadership experience. This counselor training program is designed to equip teens with leadership skills that will prepare them to serve as camp counselors in the future. This camp is for teens who are age 13 by May 30. Training will involve camp counselor protocol, risk management, team building, camper safety, and problem solving. Completion of this program is strongly encouraged for those teens who wish to become a 4-H camp counselor for the 2022 summer camps. Campers will provide their own lunch.

10 camper maximum

Ages: 13-16 years old

Location: UD Cooperative Extension office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark DE

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: $180.00

4-H Animal Science Day Camp – August 2-5, 2021

Youth attending this camp will gain a remarkable up-close educational experience with animals. Campers will delve into animal science to gain a more in-depth understanding of farm animals through hands-on experiences at the University of Delaware Farm. The week will conclude with an Animal Science Quiz bowl to test camper’s knowledge gained during this engaging camp. Campers will provide their own lunch.

32 camper maximum

Ages: 8-12 years old

Location: UD Cooperative Extension office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark DE

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Costs: $200.00

 

Register HERE

Club Spotlight

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Bridgeville Mustangs

The Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club was established in 2009.  Our traditional 4-H club is comprised of 40 hardworking members, ages 5-19, 13 knowledgeable Project Group Leaders and dedicated Co-Organizational Leaders Gina Anger and Susan DeFord. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville. We have been holding monthly Zoon meetings since the start of the pandemic.  During these meetings, we have had a home scavenger hunt, made Christmas ornaments, created gingerbread houses, and quiz bowl games- just to name a few.  The Mustangs leaders and members are very anxious to return to normal, in person meetings and activities.

The Mustangs members are involved in a wide variety of projects such as Foods and Nutrition, Horticulture, Horse, Citizenship, Goat, Poultry, Photography, Woodworking, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Adventures, Leadership and Shooting Sports-Archery & Small Bore.  Our project groups meet monthly at various times for focused learning in that area.

Volunteerism is an important part of being a Bridgeville Mustang.  Throughout Sussex County, we actively volunteer with the Apple Scrapple Festival, Bridgeville Community Night Out, Greenwood Community Night Out, Kiwanis BBQ, UUMC Food Pantry, Coastal Clean-up, Beach Grass Planting, and gathering items for Operation Christmas Child.  This year the Mustangs have chosen a community outreach project “Cancer Care Kits” for Tidal Health Allen Cancer Center.  Members have donated hard candy, magazines, socks, Chapstick, word search and crossword puzzles and have made inspirational cards for the kits.   We hope to continue with supporting a new cause each year.

Our club is very active in county and state events which include Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Favorite Foods, International Foods, Pumpkin Contest, Judging Contests, Camps, Horse Bowl, Legislative Day, and the Delaware State Fair.  This year our club was excited to try something new, the Litter Barrel Contest.  It will become a yearly tradition with the Mustangs.

Anyone interested in more information about the Bridgeville Mustangs can contact Gina Anger at mom2jenna@hotmail.com  or Susan DeFord at susan.deford@seaford.k12.de.us

Ag Museum Seeking Assistance with Educational Programs

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The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover is pleased to announce volunteer program openings for persons age 16+ who are interested in assisting with educational programs for  elementary and middle school students focused on various aspects of Delaware agriculture, farming and rural life.    Volunteers participating in Ag Museum education programs not only have the opportunity to teach others, they also gain valuable instructional and public speaking skills that will help to advance their personal and career goals.  No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help others!!

Our mission is to:   Promote agricultural education, awareness and an appreciation for cultural heritage which enriches the lives of the people in our community, our state and beyond our borders.

Persons interested in learning more about the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village and our education programs are encouraged to visit our website at:  (www.agriculturalmuseum.org)  or call:  302-734-1618.

State Teen Council

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The Goal of a Delaware 4-H State Teen Officer:
“Foster the development of youth and the 4-H program.”  As a role model for youth and a representative and spokesperson for the 4-H program, your job is to uphold the high ideals, values and moral standards of the Delaware 4-H program.

  • Officially represent 4-H to legislators, University of Delaware officials and other decision makers.
  • Function as a team member to plan and carry out leadership and community service projects, which involve 4-H membership at the club and county levels.

Term of Office
The candidates selected for the 2021-2022 cycle will serve in office from August 2021 through July 2022.

The candidate will be selected by a committee of 4-H professional staff and/or other designated individuals from the
county and state level. Candidates will be notified of their selection by mid-August 2021.

State Teen Council Application 2021-2022

Agent Letter

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Happy May!

The flowers are in full bloom, the bees are buzzing, and the pollen is on everything. Sorry, all my allergy friends out there. With the spring weather in full swing, we are gearing up for some exciting 4-H opportunities for you! Be sure to read through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing in the coming month.

 

A big Congratulations to all of our 4-H seniors this year, we are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

 

4-H Paper Clover beings in May at all Tractor Supply stores. Be sure to stop into the Middletown Tractor supply and support New Castle 4-H. Donations from the Paper Clover go back to the county 4-H program to benefit you!

 

Every little bit that we can do to help others in need goes a long way. Here are some Community Service opportunities for your club:

1. The Hope Center (shelter facility in hotel off 95) is in need of instant Oatmeal. Your 4-H club can do an Oatmeal drive! Bring oatmeal to your next meeting and we can drop it off to the Hope center for you.

2. Andrew’s Place and Epiphany House both have meal openings in the coming months. If your club is interested in putting together a meal for either location, please reach out to me and I will put you in contact with the representative.

 

Important activities and events coming up (listed in this Newsletter):

· Delaware 4-H Foundation scholarship due May 1st

· Archery training May 7th 5:30-7:30, May 16th 2-4pm and May 23rd 2-4pm

· State Fair tagging dates May 8th

· Demonstration contest May 15th starting at 9am

· 1st State Jackpot show May 15th at State Fair grounds

· Dairy Leases due May 17th to county office

· Final Judging contest May 18th

· Virtual Legislative Day series – be on the lookout for more information

· Food Art Challenge due May 28

 

Delaware State Fair registration closes on June 1st at 11:59pm for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are registering in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. A tentative date for the 4-H building set up is set for Wednesday, June 30th.

 

It’s never too early to start working on your record book! Be on the lookout for the new and updated record book formats. I know it seems far off but unfortunately, the summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

Virtual Legislative Workshops

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“Let Your Voice Be Heard” – Virtual Legislative Workshops – May 13-25

REGISTER HERE


The Delaware 4-H State Teen Council invites 4-H members ages 8-19 to participate in 3 different workshops to show how people of all ages can work with our state legislators to let their voices be heard as well as the general legislative process.

  • Session 1 Thursday, May 13 (7-8 pm) – Let Your Voice Be Heard
    • Examples of how youth can work with legislators to make bills and pass laws.

  • Session 2 Thursday, May 20 (6-7 pm) – How a Bill Becomes a Law/Voting Process
    • Legislators will review the process of a bill becoming a law.
    • 4-H Alumni, John Moller, will review the voting process and show how absentee ballots are counted.
  • Session 3 Tuesday, May 25 (7-8 pm) – Ask a Legislator

    • Legislators will hold a question and answer session on any questions members have about government.

NCC Judging Contests

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Sign up for the following contests:

Tuesday, May 18th – Wildlife, Horticulture, Wood science, Clothing, Foods and Photography

*Deadline to register is Monday, May 17th

Location: NCC 4-H Office- 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, 19716
You will be assigned a 1 hour time slot between 4:00 – 8:00 pm to complete the judging contest you wish to complete.

Please bring with you a pencil, clipboard, wear a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken at registration.

Questions? Contact Kaitlin  or Serena

Current UD COVID protocols are in place. If these time frames do not work, please reach out and we will accommodate to our best ability.

Register HERE

Club Reports

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Meado-Larks 

On Saturday (4/17) the Meado-Larks 4-H Club converged on the upper parking lot at Skyline United Methodist Church.  The members and their families cleaned up the debris and leaves around the parking lot, mulched the playground, stained the picnic tables and benches and mended the fence as one of their service projects for the year.  A job well done.

Join the NEW Outdoor Adventures Club!

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Do you love the outdoors? Do you want to get outside and hike the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge? Do you want to learn more about the animal and plant life around you? If you answered yes to these questions, then this club is for you. Join the New Castle County Outdoor Adventures Club. This is a county wide club open to all NCC 4-H’ers ages 8 and older.

The first meeting will be held at Lums Pond State Park April 11 at 1 PM.  Meeting location will be sent after registration.

Register HERE

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