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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

This summer was filled with many 4-H activities and events: State 4-H Camp, Exchange Group trip, Environmental Camp, State Fair and Day Camps all provided fun, education and learning opportunities.

~We are now officially entering the 2018-19 4-H year. Please be sure you are enrolled as a member in 4-H Online beginning Sept. 1. All members need to register before participating in 4-H events.  4-H Online Registration can be found on the DE 4-H website homepage.

~Record books will be due Sept. 28. Completing a record book is the best way to document your 4-H accomplishments. An online fillable form is now available. Record book training is available on Sept. 11 at 6 pm at the Extension Office. To attend please register with Serena at or 302-831-8965. Other times available by appointment.

~Many 4-Hers will be honored at the County Achievement Event on November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Extension office.  Please plan to attend what promises to be a great celebration!

~The Science Team has planned six science workshops focusing on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The first one featuring Food Science will be held at the New Castle County office on Sept. 29. These workshops are limited to active 4-H members only, so this is another great reason to make sure you re-enroll early!

~We have a great opportunity to attend a UD Football Game on Sept. 15 as a 4-H Group. A fun day is planned. $10 includes game ticket (for good seats!) and UDairy Ice Cream. Please submit your payment and RSVP to the NCC 4-H Office by Sept. 7.

~New Castle County is planning a booth at Newark Community Day on Sept. 16 and Blackbird Fall Fest on October 20. Volunteers are needed. Please let Betsy or Kaitlin know if you can help for an hour or more.

Please feel free to call, email, or visit the office if you have any ideas, suggestions, or concerns about New Castle County 4-H programming.

Looking forward to a great year in New Castle County 4-H!

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 4-H Year

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4honline is rolling over for the 2018-2019 year. This means everyone will go to “inactive” on Sept. 1. At this time, we ask each member to go into their profile at and review their info and make any updates and changes for the new 4-H year. We need to make sure we have up to date health information on each youth member. Once you have done so, don’t forget to click “Submit Enrollment for 2018-2019”.

Please remember that members will NOT be allowed to participate in events until they have re-enrolled for the 2018-2019 year.

If you have any trouble re-enrolling or have questions, please call the NCC 4-H office at 302-831-8965.

**Please note: we cannot recover passwords for you, but can verify which email address is linked to your 4-H profile. You can then change your password if you have forgotten it. Please contact us if you don’t remember your email. DO NOT create a new profile because this will cause problems within the system. Thanks! 

UD Football Game Ag Day

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University of Delaware Football Agriculture Day

(University of Delaware vs. Cornell)

Date:  September 15th

Arrival Time for Pre-Game Activies:  12:00 noon

Game Time:  3:30 pm

Parking:  Various general parking lots are available near the football stadium.  (Attendees will be responsible for parking fee)


UD is encouraging any Delaware 4-H member to attend!!

  • Pre-game Activities (Educational programming that will include items such as a beehive demonstration, panel of UD Ag major students who will answer questions about the college, and more!)
  • Discounted Tickets (Reserved Sideline Stadium Seat (Sections A, B, F, G, H, I, M & N)    $10.00 per ticket* (youth or adult) which includes a UD Creamery Voucher.  Checks should be payable to the University of Delaware.
  • Photos on the field
  • Opportunity to participate in the pre-game High-FIve Tunnel on the field
  • Group recognition on the video board


To attend and reserve tickets, please remit payment to your County 4-H Office by September 7th!  

*In order to receive the $10 ticket rate, you must order tickets through the 4-H office.

Make checks out to University of Delaware.

Tickets can be picked up during the pre-game events on the 15th. Specific info to follow.

County Record Books Due Sept. 28

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County Record Books

The 4-H Record Book guidelines and fillable pdf forms for are now available on the State 4-H website. These guidelines are being implemented statewide. Please contact the 4-H Office with any questions you have. There will be a training session on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm. Please register by emailing Serena  or calling the office at 302-831-8965.  Other times may be available by appointment. Please contact Betsy in this case.
Record books are due September 28. Please contact your club leaders for the specific date they will need your books turned in to sign and review.

2018 Window Display and Banner Contest

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National 4-H Week provides a great opportunity to put New Castle County 4-H and your individual club in the spotlight! This year think about how your club can encourage others in the community to become a 4-H member.  Believe it or not, there are still people who have never heard of 4-H! This is your opportunity to show your community all of the fun, exciting, and meaningful programs 4-H’ers take part in.

Window Displays: Clubs are encouraged to design a window display that will be placed in the community. Great locations include grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pet supply stores, local businesses, etc. Put your creativity to use and design an eye catching display that will spark public interest in 4-H.

Banners: Individual members of 4‐H clubs are encouraged to design and display a 4‐H banner in the community during National 4‐H Week.


  • Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Sunday, October 7 and remain displayed until 5:00pm , Saturday, October 13.
  • Window displays can be a maximum of 7’x 30”
  • Banner must be 2 ’ x 3’ in dimension
  • Registrations are due to the NCC Extension office by Monday, October 1.
  • Displays will be judged and the top three winners in each category will be announced at the New Castle County 4-H Achievement Event in November


If you submit a registration form, but your club is unable to participate in the contest, please contact Serena at (302) 831-8965 or no later than Friday, October 5.

NCC 2018 Window Display and Banner Contest Info and Registration

Delaware 4-H Foundation- Club/Group Financial Aid

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The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program. Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year: March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.This form (Click here) must be submitted electronically to Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request. Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

Consumer Champion Bowl Info Session

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Calling all New Castle County 4Hers! Are you interested in saving money? Like to compare prices, watch the stock markets or just want to learn about finances?  Look no further! We are hosting an information session to form teams for the Consumer Champion Bowl which is held at the State Fair in July. Ages 8-18 welcome. Feel free to check out the link below for preliminary information.

Information session will be Monday, September 24 @ 6:00 PM. (Light dinner provided) Please RSVP to the 4-H office at or 302-831-8965 no later than Thursday, September 20th. Questions? Contact Robyn Hunter @ 302-593-1213. Hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!

Healthy Living Updates

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Greetings from the Healthy Living Team – September 2018

Did you know?

The Healthy Living Team has a blog and a webpage. The blog has new posts every week on a variety of topics. Check us out:

The webpage called “Healthy Habits” can be found here:  Over 15 “Grab and Gos” (Healthy Living Activities) can be found on this page.



~Kick off of Year 2 of the 4th H for Health Challenge with a new component for emotional and social health. It’s easy and fun! Serve water, fruits and vegetables and incorporate physical activity or a leadership/team building activity at your club meetings and events. Plan to participate this year!

~Healthy Living Ambassadors ZOOM Video chat Meeting September 19th at 6:00pm-6:30pm. Email Breanna Banks for meeting link and/or to join the HLA team.

Topic: Guidance on the Go: Healthy Living Mobile Applications and team check-in!


Do you have a passion for serving and helping others?

Have you been thinking about participating in a 5K this fall?

Here’s a way you can do either or both so watch this video!

Join us on Sunday September 30th at 9:30 AM at the University of Delaware for the 9/11 Heroes Run, a national 5K race held annually by the Travis Manion Foundation which brings communities together to remember the sacrifices of the heroes of the September 11th attacks and wars since. The 9/11 Heroes Run has spread from a small grassroots event with a few hundred people in one small community in Pennsylvania in 2007 to an event that spans over 50 cities around the world. Last year, more than 30,000 participants joined with their communities to run, volunteer, donate, cheer, but most of all: honor our nation’s heroes.

Register to Walk, Run, Volunteer, Donate, or Fundraise at

Race Day Registration opens at 8am and the opening ceremonies start at 9:11am. We hope to ensure that the UD 9/11 Heroes Run brings our community together. The 9/11 Heroes Run is one of the only race series that invests funds raised back into the communities that host a race. Through a progressive grant process, the Travis Manion Foundation invested nearly $240,000 last year into community organizations who are assisting military personnel, veterans, first responders and their families locally.

If members of our DE 4-H Extension family would like to make a donation of water, Gatorade, snacks, or fruit, please contact Karen Johnston at 302-831-8866 for logistics.  Financial donations can be made on the website.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Race Day 9/30/18!  Happy Trails!

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Animal Science Updates

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Cow Camp- It Takes A Big Team!

61 campers from all three counties participated in Cow Camp at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in early July.  Campers learned about fitting and showmanship, herdsmanship, what do cow’s eat?, milking 101, calf care, and the healthy benefits of eating real dairy in addition to participating in team building activities and caring for their heifer calf throughout the weekend.  Congratulations to McKenna Vest our 2018 Cow Camp Champ who will be joining the planning team for Cow Camp 2019!

We couldn’t have an event with this many campers and animals without the essential help of lots of volunteers- Charmayne and Sara Busker, Steve Cook, Lee Dulin, Leslie McClements, Ashton Garey, Len Green, John  and Ron Hickey, Gregg and Stephanie Knutsen, Richard Morris, Bonnie Smith, Cheryl Vest, Caitlin Walton and all the parent chaperones.  Special thanks to the past Cow Camp Champs and Herdsmen for all their help in planning and carrying out this year’s camp- Lauren Berry, Jaiden Cain, Dylynn Cubbage, Mackenzie Larimore, Emily Smith Emerson, Spring Vasey and Leslie Webb.  Last but not least extra special thanks to the Busker Family, Morris/Cook family, the Milford FFA Chapter, Bob Moore and the Knutsen Family for providing extra heifer calves for the campers that needed them.


53rd State 4-H Horse Show Results

43 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 27, 2018 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  Put on by 4-H volunteers on the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the show offers 4-H members the opportunity to show and learn under the guidance of capable volunteers and judges while having fun at the same time.

Judged this year by Rebecca Trego of Port Royal, Pennsylvania members competed in the required showmanship classes as well as horsemanship, equitation, trail, pleasure, driving and fun classes like barrel racing, egg and spoon, dollar bareback and costume. Trail classes were evaluated by Ms. Brooke Dixon of Smyrna, Delaware.

Champion and Reserve Champion Horse Show awards were sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association respectively and were presented to the following 4-H members:

Champion Western Horse- Sierra Kane exhibiting Chipnotized- Kent County

Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sydney Messick exhibiting Zip It Up Charlie- Kent County


Champion Western Pony- Alexis Skodzinski exhibiting Lex- Kent County

Reserve Champion Western Pony –Keeley Rose exhibiting Lucky Duck – Sussex County


Champion English Horse- Ashley Bullock exhibiting Revitalize- Kent County

Reserve Champion English Horse – Danielle Eisemann exhibiting Midnight- Sussex County


Champion English Pony- Lanie Satterfield exhibiting Churchill’s Supreme Eclipse- Kent County

Reserve Champion English Pony – Rachel Adkins exhibiting Guda Dreams Come True– Kent County


Grand Champion Walk Trot – Savannah Messick exhibiting Roxy Dee Heart – Kent County

Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Gracie Ricker exhibiting Bright Eyed Hollywood – Sussex County

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy is presented to the 4-H member who acquires the most points in Showmanship and Equitation/horsemanship classes.  Betty was the President of the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at the time of her death and helping kids with horse projects was a passion of hers.  The winner of the 2018 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Ashley Bullock of the Hearts 4-Horses 4-H Club in Kent County.

The annual horse show is open to any 4-H member on the Delmarva Peninsula or Delaware 4-H members.  Thank you to our gold sponsors and supporters of the 2018 show including the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, Anytime Fitness Smyrna, the Delaware Equine Council, and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association.  Silver Sponsors were Courageous Hearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Horse Power Show Hunters.



Saddle Up with 4-H!

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be held on November 4, 2018, location TBA with the ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and experience level.  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.  ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders.  Proof of negative Coggins Test and a certificate of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis (EHV) within the past 180 days are required to participate.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage  To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or no later than October 31st.


Delaware Livestock Exposition

The 2018 Delaware Livestock exposition is coming on October 13 and 14th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a breeding animal show for junior exhibitors ages 21 and under as of January 1 of 2018 showing meat goats, swine, sheep and beef cattle.  The exhibitor handbook and entry form is available on the expo website at

Entries must be postmarked by September 21, 2018.  Late entries will be accepted this year but at double the regular entry fee.  Judges are Ryan Cummings for beef and swine, Troy Longenecker sheep and Jessie Kimmel will be evaluating goat entries.  For more information please contact Susan Garey at or Kristin Cook at or by phone at (302)730-4000.


2018 Small Ruminant Field Day at DSU’s Hickory Hill Farm

Hold the Date! October 20th Small Ruminant Field Day at Delaware State University’s Hickory Hill Farm.  The focus this year is on Biosecurity and Disease Management.  For more information, email Dr. Kwame Matthews at


Delaware State Fair Junior Board

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The application period is open through September 30, 2018. There are six (6) positions. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/18) and once appointed, the term of office is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. In mid-October, the Junior Board Committee will interview applicants. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling the Administration office of the Fair at 302-398-3269.

2018- 2019 National Youth Summits

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About the National Youth Summits

The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on maker, agriscience, healthy living, and photography. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops, and engage with nationally-recognized leaders.

Students typically attend in groups comprised of two to eight youth and are accompanied by an adult mentor/chaperone. School year 2018-2019 will be our sixth year of programs and the results have been amazing! In school year 2015-2016 our surveys show up to a 47% increase in the number of students who felt after attending a Summit they were more aware of areas of study they could pursue in college relating to their Summit subject matter. The National Youth Summit Series aims to teach lessons students can use for the betterment of their personal lives and communities. Delaware 4-Hers apply to attend. Maker Summit application due October 1.

2018 Maker Summit- November 1-4 –Application can be found here:

2019 Agri-Science Summit- January 10-13

2019 Healthy Living Summit- February 15-18

2019 Photography Summit- February 28- March 3



4-H Friends Challenge

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Calling all Delaware 4-H Members!


Do you want to promote our 4-H program to others?

Show your love for 4-H by bringing a friend to a club meeting during the months of September, October and November.

Let them know what 4-H is all about!

If your friend joins 4-H, you both will receive a Delaware 4-H t-shirt designed by one of our members!

When your friend joins, please fill out the following form and return to your county 4-H office.  Prizes limited to first 100 new members!

4H friends challenge form


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Help us promote 4-H by designing a t-shirt that represents the Delaware 4-H Program!

Criteria – Your design should be submitted on a standard (8.5”x11”) sheet of paper and include the following:

  • Delaware 4-H name
  • 4-H Clover
  • Variety of pictures or words that reflect Science, Healthy Living and Civic Engagement
  • #4hgrowshere
  • Design could be on front and back of shirt, but not required.


Include the following on the back of your design:

Name, County and Club


Please submit your design to Jill Jackson by October 1, 2018.

By email:

By mail:  16483 County Seat Hwy.

Georgetown, DE 19947

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