Category Archives: Adult Volunteer Leaders

Leader Training

Whether you are a new 4-H volunteer or a seasoned leader at the club level, please join fellow members of the Delaware 4-H family for a day of training and education on the ins and outs of the Delaware 4-H program.  State 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Ernie López will lead a training focused on understanding the fundamentals and expectations of being a Delaware 4-H volunteer and outline the unique relationship that 4-H has as a unit of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Program.   Please contact Tammy Schirmer to register by calling 856-2585 ext. 544 or email    Deadline Noon, Wednesday, October 17.


DATE:              Saturday, October 20, 2018

TIME:               10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Kent County Extension Office

Paradee Center,

69 Transportation Circle, Dover


Lunch will be provided.


Links Grant Opportunity

New Castle County 4-H Links Grant Program

The NCC 4-H Links is a service organization supporting the 4-H program. We are proud to present
grant opportunities of up to $50.00 for an individual and $100.00 for a club. These grants will be offered quarterly in February, May, September and November
to assist with special 4-H projects. A grant could be used for a club project, a community service
project, supplies for an Ag Day booth or other outreach opportunities. We encourage you to be

Applications for a grant can be submitted four times per year. They will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the NCC 4-H Links. You will be notified once a decision has been made.
Please submit all applications to:

Mail applications to— NCC 4-H Links
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

Fax to—
Maureen Hoffman Ernst: (302) 831-8934

Mauren Hoffman Ernst:

Deadlines for submissions:
September 1, November 1,
February 1, May 1

Links Grant Application

Your help is needed at the State Fair!


As you know, it takes an army to prepare for the State Fair.  We’re always recruiting! Please consider giving your time to assist in set up or break down of the 4-H building. We are always in need of adult volunteers.

Please see the below document on how you can help and then contact Maureen in the NCC Office to sign up!

Fair Help Info


Host/Hostesses Needed for the Fair

Sign up below:

4-H Science Updates

This October, 4-H and Google will launch an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge, Code Your World, which invites kids to get involved in computer science through hands-on doing. Code Your World is a four-part computer science (CS) challenge that teaches kids to apply CS to the world around them through hands-on activities. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, it includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World uses games and hands-on fun to teach kids important CS and computational thinking concepts, and is perfect for first-time and beginner coders ages 8-14.

  • Teachers and facilitators don’t need any prior experience with computer science or coding to bring Code Your World to their students. Each activity is simple to facilitate and requires minimal preparation.
  • Code Your World is designed to be easy to facilitate and highly flexible to deliver. The four activities can be enjoyed individually or all together, making it a perfect fit for the classroom or out of school time learning.
  • No technology required! Code Your World is adaptable to fit any level of access to technology, including no computers or internet, computers but no internet, or full computer and internet access.

Sign up to stay updated with resources and ways to get involved with National Youth Science Day and Code Your World!

There is also a NEW 4-H STEM Lab Learning site that National 4-H Council sent out that is supported by Hughes-Net:


Ag Day

Ag Day is a community event hosted by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that brings agriculture and natural resources to life.  4-H has a long standing presence at Ag Day and we are planning to have a 4-H tent again this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 43rd Ag Day, on April 28th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the University of Delaware Ag Campus, please follow these instructions:

  1. Fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form and return it to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 23, 2018. Do not fill out the online Ag Day form! All 4-H registrations will be handled by the NCC 4-H office.
  2. Please indicate what your club is interested in doing at Ag Day. You may check off more than one area. Please include a detailed explanation of what your club is planning to do.  We would like to have a variety of activities and educational programs highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this.
  3. Please tell us your space needs for the day. Though we will have the entire tent, we would like to utilize the space well. A standard exhibit includes 1 table (8 ft. x 30 in. x 30 in) and 2 chairs.  Please try to limit the amount of extra tables and chairs your club requests as much as possible; we will do our best to honor all requests.
  4. There is no cost for 4-H clubs! Because 4-H is an educational group and 4-H clubs are such an important part of Ag Day, there is no cost for Delaware 4-H clubs presenting educational exhibits, demonstrations, or activities at Ag Day.

Remember, registrations are due to the county 4-H office no later than March 23, 2018.  If you have any questions please call or e-mail Betsy at 831.8965 or Information about set-up for the day of the event will be sent to the club contact on the registration form.

We hope to see you at Ag Day on April 28, 2018!

2018 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Shooting Sports

Dear 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor:

I would like to cordially invite you to attend our Delaware 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor spring social, scheduled for April 11, 2018 starting at 7:00p.m. at the Kent County 4-H Office. 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, De 19901

Remarks will be brief~

We will have a short program, to include current status of advisory committee, a plan to update the state shooting sports plan, connect instructors with upcoming outreach opportunities, and discuss training opportunities.

Refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us for this evening event.


Training Opportunities

Delaware 4-H Archery Training

Date TBD


Kent County 4-H Office

No previous experience necessary

No fee

*must attend all days; 15 hour minimum required, need 7 participants to run the class

Please notify if interested

Level 1 Training (affords the ability to work with youth in completed discipline)


Maryland Shooting Sports Training

Hurlock, MD

Spring 2018

I’m trying to find out the date: its been first weekend in May in the past, and was late April in 2017

All disciplines offered, small fee

Level 1 Training (affords the ability to work with youth in completed discipline)

Please notify if you are interested in a specific discipline



Level 2 Training (affords the ability to teach/certify other adults)


1). Must be currently certified in discipline (i.e. must actively have instructed and turned in hours at some point in the previous three years

2). Must return to Delaware and be willing to teach other leaders, so that they can become certified to work with youth

3).  There could be a small fee associated with attending this training

4). Email if interested

5). Delaware 4-H will send instructors who fit the needs of the program and have experience leading shooting sports at the club level


MAY 6-11,2018




Kristin Cook

Extension Educator, 4-H and Youth Development

University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension

69 Transportation Circle

Dover, De 19901

Office: 302.730.4000

Favorite Foods Competition

Saturday, January 20, 8:00 am,  Kirk Middle School
Snow Date: Saturday, January 27, 8:00 am, NCC Extension Office

The Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • NEW* Recipe Redo (Juniors & Seniors)
  • Cookies, Cupcakes or Brownies (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by January 10, 2018.

You can use either the Word Registration Form or the PDF Printable Registration Form.

Click here to find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 20, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The Extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a shopping cart challenge! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Parents, Grandparents, 4-H Volunteers, Links, Alumni and Cooperative Extension Staff are also invited to enter the
NCC Links Adult Dessert Contest, which will take place during the Favorite Foods Contest.

Click on the link above for info and instructions.

JoANN Fabrics Paper Clover Campaign

JoANN Fabrics will be running a Paper Clover Campaign during the month of February. Unlike other Paper Clover campaigns, clovers will not be displayed in-store. However, customers can purchase either a $1 or $4 Valentine’s edition clover. The $4 clover will come with a $4 off the next purchase coupon.

All funds collected go directly back to 4-H. 30% go to the National 4-H Council and 70% go to our state 4-H Program. So, please share this info with your family and friends!

In-store Service Project

On Saturday, February 3, from 11 am- 2 pm,  JoANN’s would like to partner with local clubs to hand-make Valentine’s Day cards to share with an agreed upon organization. Please contact Betsy Morris at if your club is interested in this.

JoANN’s as club meeting location

JoANN’s would also like to provide their stores as a place for clubs to meet and/or do activities. Please contact your local store to find out more information and make arrangements.

NCC 4-H Links Grant Opportunity

The NCC 4-H Links is a service organization supporting the 4-H program. We are proud to present grant opportunities of up to $50.00 for an individual and $100.00 for a club. These grants will be offered quarterly this year, in February, May, August and November, to assist with special 4-H projects. A grant could be used for a club project or a community service project, supplies for an Ag Day booth or much more. We encourage you to be creative!
Applications for the first set of grants are due Thursday, February 1, 2018. The will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the NCC 4-H Links. You will be notified once a decision has been
Please submit all applications to the 4-H Office.

2018 Links Grant Application

National 4-H Volunteer E-Forum

On the evening of  December 7,  a 90-minute e-Forum session,   “Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life and Work”, will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Kent County 4-H Office.  All Delaware 4-H volunteers are encouraged to register.

The e-Forum is designed for 4-H volunteers to come to a central meeting location where they will hear from presenters located across the country and participate in hands-on activities.

A variety of speakers, activities, and networking will be provided during the session. 4-H  volunteers will gain new ideas, tips, and resources that can be used and shared at the local level.

For questions regarding the E-Forum, please contact Ernie Lopez via email or phone 302-856-2585 ext. 561.

To register please contact Tammy Schirmer via email or phone 302-856-2585 Ext. 544.  Please provide her with Name, Club, County, email and contact number.

Calling all DE 4-H Alumni

Do you know any Delaware 4-H Alumni?

As part of the 4-H Grows Marketing campaign, Delaware 4-H is very interested in connecting with and receiving contact information from any Delaware 4-H Alumni member. An Alumni member can be any individual who was a youth or adult member of Delaware 4-H for at least one year.

A challenge has been issued to see which County Junior Council can get the most 4-H Alumni individuals to check in and provide their current contact information by December 1, 2017. This can easily be accomplished by providing any 4-H Alumni an Alumni Card (provided to you by your county office) for them to complete and hand in OR by having them visit the online link below to easily provide this information electronically.

The County Junior Council that has the most 4-H Alumni checked in by December 1st will receive an incentive party.

Online Alumni Check-in

Club Reports/Service Opportunities

Meado-Larks Club

Service Opportunity

As you know, much of coastal Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please consider raising funds or spearheading other relief efforts for your fellow 4-Hers in the affected areas. If your club needs assistance with coordinating with Texas 4-H, please contact our office at 302-831-8965 and we will assist you any way we can.