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Reporter’s Corner: Keeping up with the Clubs

Summit Bridge Club

In January, the Summit Bridge Club had an amazing turnout for the first meeting of the year. The pledges were led by Liam O’Hop and Parker Hickey. They both did an amazing job, so a big pat on the back to them! The club received a report from the Salvation Army Bucket Leader, who collects the money from the buckets of the seasonal bell ringers. He said the balance collected from his buckets was one of the highest donation amounts in the last 27 years. That total was $20,994.80.  We also talked about ways to be active for 60 minutes a day and about the Favorite Foods contest and food judging. Those that had participated in the contest in the past gave some details about what it is all about and some helpful hints to those who were interested in participating this year.

Clover Quest

This month’s meeting was a winter wonderland! Veronica and Miriam Kogut led the pledges. Miss Blaky, our club leader, reminded us about the favorite food contest. Then we split up and played games. The teens are learning and working on Consumer bowl. Miriam Kogut provided snacks and a presentation on herbs.  Using what we learned, we made lavender bath salt and ate a snack filled with tasty herbs. Miriam even made a tea with herbs. Thank you Miriam for this fun filled activity and delicious snack! Then Kyle Merritt closed the meeting.

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2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest Deadline has been extended!


All abuzz about bees and why they’re so important to us? Share your thoughts in this essay competition, and maybe even win a cash prize!

The 2016 essay topic is                                                                     “Bee and Pollination. How Important is it?”

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

Now more than ever, people are asking. “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question.

Click here for complete announcement and rules.

AWARDS:      Cash Prizes to 3 Top Winners:
•1st Place — $750.00    •2nd Place — $500.00  •3rd Place — $250.00

Each State Winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the State 4-H Office has been extended to February 15, 2016.


Send essay to:
4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
State 4-H Office

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE  19716

Reminder: Rescheduled Contests and Competitions

Don’t forget! The events below were cancelled last weekend, due to the snow:


These events have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20 at Kirk Middle School!

Since we had to reschedule, we are now extending registration for all events.  If you have not previously signed up for either the Photography contest or the Favorite Foods contest and would like to register, please contact the 4-H office at your earliest convenience.

Registration has been reopened and will close on Wednesday, February 10!

Please e-mail Mallory or Kaitlin with any questions!

Think Summer…and New Castle County 4-H Day Camps!

It isn’t too early to start planning your summer, so here’s your first look at the exciting day camps offered this year by the NCC 4-H!

2016 New Castle County 4-H Day Camps

Cloverbud Explorers 4-H Day Camp- June 20 – 24, 2016

During this exciting camp, campers will rotate through mini-classes using our 4-H curriculum. Each day the campers will experience a new topic. Some of the topics include environmental science, healthy living, animal science, culture and much more! A variety of speakers will visit throughout the week, and there will be many opportunities for arts and crafts projects. Campers will have a wonderful hands-on experience in a fun-filled and safe environment.

Ages: 5-7 years old          Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $200.00

Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp – June 20- 24, 2016

(Formerly Newark Day Camp)

Campers will enjoy our traditional 4-H camp with a twist, which highlights a variety of exciting pathways, including Science, Expressive Arts, and Healthy Living & Nutrition. Campers will pre-register for a pathway and that will determine what classes they participate in throughout the week. Each afternoon will feature pool time, water activities and game play. The week will conclude with an exciting council circle where groups will show off their talents and skills to the camp. Campers will experience fun and active days on the University of Delaware campus!

Ages: 8-12 years old       Location: UD Townsend Hall      

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $200.00

All Aboard the LeaderSHIP! An intro to Counselor-In-Training  – June 20- 24, 2016

Teens 13 and older are encouraged to climb aboard the leaderSHIP and tackle a hands-on, out-of-this-world leadership experience. This counselor training program is designed to equip teens with leadership skills that will prepare them to serve as a camp counselor in the future. This camp runs in conjunction with the Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp and teens who are age 13 by May 30 are invited to attend. 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 2017 summer camps. 15 Camper Maximum

Ages: 13-15 years old    Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $180.00

4-H Shooting Sports Day Camp – June 27-30, 2016

Enjoy a four-day outdoor camp experience with a focus on shooting sports as a safe, fun activity for youth. Campers will learn the basics of Archery, Shotgun, and Air Riffle. Youth will be taught how to responsibly and safely use all the shooting sports equipment while participating in hands-on learning activities. This brand new camp encourages participation in environmental and outdoor education programs by exposing youth to shooting, hunting and other related activities. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior while engaging in hands-on instruction.

Ages: 8-12 years old       Location: TBA (Newark area)

Hours: 9:00am- 2:00pm   Cost: $150.00

4-H Animal Science Day Camp – August 8-12, 2016

Youth attending this camp will gain a remarkable up-close educational experience with a variety of animals. Campers will delve deep into animal science to gain a more in-depth understanding of farm animals through hands-on experiences at the University of Delaware Webb Farm. Campers will focus on dairy, equine, swine and poultry science at Webb Farm. Campers will experience a variety of field trips, hands-on activities and speakers during this engaging camp. 50 Camper Maximum

Ages: 8-12 years old       Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Costs: $250.00

Before Care (7:30 am – 8:30 am) and After Care (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm) are available for an additional $25.00 each, per child per camp session.

 Contact: New Castle County 4-H Office at 302-831-8965 or Serena Conner at

Stewards of Children Training for Delaware 4-H

Dear Delaware 4-H Leaders,

As the State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator, it is my pleasure to provide training opportunities for you as adult leaders to enhance the experience 4-H children have in our unique program.  Starting today, the Stewards of Children training that has been conducted in all three of our counties over these last few months will be available online for our Delaware 4-H leaders.  All of us on the 4-H staff have gone through the training, as have many of our 4-H leaders, and while it is by no means mandatory, we feel it important to offer this opportunity to as many members of the 4-H family as possible.

As adults, we are responsible for the safety of our children. It’s important to teach children how to recognize and avoid risky situations, but it’s unrealistic to think that a child can fend off sexual advances by an adult. Fortunately, we can protect them – by insisting on prevention policies in our youth serving organizations, by recognizing signs of sexual abuse, and by confronting and stopping abuse if it occurs.

What is Stewards of Children?

  • A program that addresses child sexual abuse in the context of today’s issues.
  • A program that features a combination of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance.
  • A program that shows you how a simple, 5-step approach can protect the children you love from sexual abuse.

What will I learn from taking Stewards of Children?

  • You’ll learn The 5 Steps to Protecting our Children TM, and how they can be applied to keep kids safe.
  • You’ll learn how a few simple actions can have far-reaching positive effects.
  • You’ll leave with the understanding that child sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped, and it can be overcome.

Please review the steps below in order to register online.  This online portal was created specifically for Delaware 4-H and is free until January 1st.   We would ask that you please register and get started on the training prior to January 1st in order to have your $10 registration fee waived.  This training does not have to be completed in one seating and can be stopped and saved as needed en route to completion.

Click here to register.

If you have trouble accessing the training, please follow the below links for the user’s guide and help with disabling pop-ups.

Stewards of Children online training User Guide – Delaware 4H

How to disable pop-up blockers for Stewards of Children

As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please call the 4-H office at 302-831-8965 and we will be happy to assist you!

Yours in 4-H,

Ernie Lopez                                                                                                                    State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator                                                        University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural  Resources

Healthy Living Updates

National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
February 12-15, 2016

 National 4-H Council has allotted monies to send 3 Delaware 4-H and Healthy Living Ambassadors to the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues such as nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and the National 4-H Conference Center have partnered with professionals in Family Consumer Science and Healthy Living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2015.

Delaware 4-H members and Healthy Living Ambassadors must fill out an application (see below) to be considered to attend the conference.

Healthy Living Summit 2016 Application

This application is due to Jill Jackson by Monday, January 4, 2016.

Mail or fax application to:

 Jill Jackson                                                                                                                  16483 County Seat Hwy.                                                                    Georgetown, DE 19947                                                                                            Fax: 302-856-1845


Healthy Living on the Fly-    Grab n’ Go for December

Stretch your flexibility and strength with these fun exercises at your next club meeting. Bonus points for whoever makes the best “lobster” face!

Grab-N-Go StrengthandFllexibility

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