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Agent Letter


Dear 4-H families and friends,

As we finish out 2017, and enter into 2018 as a new year, the Delaware 4-H Program would like to offer the following Top Ten Resolutions for 2018 to help every 4-H youth to be active and engaged in the 4-H program.  We encourage you to try them ALL!!


Top Ten 4-H Resolutions for 2018

  • Be an active participant in your local club
    • Serve on committees, give reports, attend project group meetings, attend club activities, help with fundraisers, and more.
  • Be active in a minimum of one (1) 4-H Project Area
    • 4-H has over 100 project areas to choose from. Every member should be actively involved in at least one (but can do more).
  • Participate in several County 4-H events/activities
    • 4-H has many competitive, educational and fun events for members to take part in during the year including Public Speaking, Favorite Foods, Demonstrations, Clothing Showcase, Legislative Day, Livestock Events, County Judging Contests and more!
  • Participate in at least 1 (or more) County Judging Contests
    • 10 different Judging Contests are held throughout the year. Members are strongly encouraged to participate in at least 1 (or more).
  • Attend one or more County training events
    • Training is provided for many 4-H contests and events – be sure to attend to learn more and help you to prepare.
  • Be a volunteer in your community
    • Help to make a difference by volunteering for different community service activities in your club/county/state.
  • Serve in a 4-H Leadership role
    • Serve in a leadership role in your club to help your leader and to work with younger 4-H members; participate in your County Junior Council or serve as a counselor for various 4-H camps.
  • Attend a 4-H Camp event
    • 4-H has various day camps, weekend camps and State Camp available to all.
  • Prepare projects to exhibit in the Delaware State Fair
    • Work on exhibits to showcase your 4-H project work at the state fair.
  • Invite your friends to join 4-H
    • 4-H is available to everyone; be sure to tell all your friends about the 4-H Program!

We thank each and every one of you for being a part of this wonderful organization. 4-H couldn’t happen without you!

We look forward to a great New Year

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent Letter

Dear 4-H Families and friends,

Tis the season of giving and many 4-Hers are taking part in community service activities. The tree is up in the county office for donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These are donated to the Adopt-a-Family Store where approved families can select the items they need. Thank you for serving others!

Congratulations to our National Congress Delegates! Matthew Johnston and Shannon Murray recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia for what was certain to have been a once in a lifetime experience. New Castle County volunteer, Marian Harvey, accompanied them as a chaperone.

Looking forward to 2018, we will start the year with the Public Speaking Contest on January 9, followed by the Favorite Foods Contest on Jan. 20. See the news blog for details and plan now to participate in these events.

­­­4-H families can look forward to a full slate of fun and interesting Winter Workshops in February. Workshop details will be posted in the January blog. Registration will begin January 8.

With winter activities comes winter weather and the possibility of cancellations. If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.  In addition, the 4-H office will be closed from 12-23-2017 thru 1-1-2018 for the holiday break.

Have a wonderful holiday season! We hope to see everyone at a 4-H event in the new year!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent Letter

Happy November, 4-H Family!

November is full of change- leaves, cooler weather and daylight savings time. Be sure to turn your clocks back on Sunday, November 5 and enjoy the extra hour of sleep. This month we also have Veterans Day, World Kindness Day and of course, Thanksgiving!

New Castle County 4-H was busy in October with the following events:

  • National 4-H Week
  • National Youth Science Day
  • Window Display & Banner Contest
  • Paper Clover Fundraiser
  • Blackbird Community Fall Fest
  • 4-H Achievement Banquet- which was very well received. Stay tuned for a recap to come soon!

And there’s no slowing down either! The events coming up in November:

  • Youth- Adult Partnership conference Nov 10-12, Atlantic Sands, Rehoboth DE
  • Delaware 4-H will send a delegation of teens to Atlanta, GA to participate in National Club Congress from November 25-November 29. The New Castle County delegates are:  Shannon Murray and Matthew Johnston. We can’t wait to hear what they take away from this event.
  • New Castle County Link’s Meeting, November 14
  • Laeder/Jr. Council, C-3 and Exchange Meetings, November 27.

Please make sure you scroll through the entire blog. It is full of important registration deadlines for upcoming events , an announcement on Winter Fun Day and a Save the Date for the Favorite Foods Competition- along with other service opportunities  and announcements.

We hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family, both 4-H and otherwise.


Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent Letter


Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

October 1-7 marks National 4-H Week! It is a great chance to promote 4-H to family and friends. Many clubs are participating through promotional window displays and banners.  Look for these displays around our county at locations in Newark, Bear and Middletown.

Another 4-H Week event occurs on October 4th – National 4-H Youth Science Day. It is the world’s largest youth led science experiment. This year’s challenge is Incredible Wearables. 4-H Afterschool clubs will be participating and creating wearable fitness trackers.

The annual fall Paper Clover campaign kicks off during National 4-H Week. From October 4-15, please encourage family and friends to go to Tractor Supply and support 4-H.  Proceeds from this fundraiser help defer costs of many state and county events.

We are now into the 2017-18 4-H year. Please be sure you are enrolled as a member in 4-H Online. All members need to register before participating in 4-H events.  You can re-enroll by visiting . It will only take seconds if you don’t have any updates to personal information- we promise! If you cannot remember which email you use to log in, please DO NOT create a new profile! Call the office at 302-831-8965 or email Serena at and she will be happy to let you know.

All 4-Hers should plan to join us for the October 29 achievement event.  The event will be held at the Cooperative Extension office in Newark from 2-4 pm. The theme is “Harvest the Rewards of 4-H” as we will present many awards, honors and recognition. Bring your decorated or carved pumpkin to share for a chance to win a prize. There will be door prizes, giveaways, a silent auction and refreshments.  A “Year in Review” slide show is planned. If you would like to contribute pictures for the show please email them to Serena at  Please RSVP at  or by calling the office at 302-831-8965. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20.

The next 4-H Leader Training will be held on November 4 at the Paradee Center in Dover. New 4-H volunteers as well as current leaders will benefit from this training. See the post within this blog for more info.

Now is the time to plan your 4-H year.  Plan to participate in new events, make new friends, volunteer, plan community service activities and tell others the 4-H story. 4-H has something for everyone!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent Letter

Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

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

Now it feels like we’ve jumped straight into fall!

Moving ahead, please read this edition of the September blog for important information about upcoming events- there are quite a few to kick off the 2017-2018 year. Among the posts are:

~Record books will be due Sept. 25. 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. 13 at 6 pm at the Extension Office. Other times by appointment.

~Many 4-Hers will be honored at the County Achievement Event on October 29 at 2 p.m. at the Extension office. Please note the change of location, day and time, and plan to attend what promises to be a great celebration. Our county program is growing and we are excited to meet new members, leaders, and families!

~4-Hers ages 13-19 won’t want to miss the Healthy Living/Youth-Adult Partnership Conference which will take place Nov. 10-12 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. Registration is now open thru October 1.

With the new 4-H year starting, there are exciting activities and events planned. Please remember to check your email regularly for news and updates.

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. Your input into our programming is valuable!

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

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena


Agent Letter

Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Summer is fast approaching and New Castle County 4-H is gearing up for camps, the Montana Exchange trip and the Delaware State Fair.

Please join us in welcoming our Summer Interns – Alex Swan and Mindy Cook – who at this moment are immersed in camp planning. Alex, a New Castle County 4-Her, is a sophomore at Miseracordia University. She is studying education and is a member of the swim team. She enjoys showing sheep and pigs. Mindy will be a junior at Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural business after recently graduating from Hutchinson Community College with an associate’s degree. She is on the Livestock Judging Team.

Wanted: New Castle County 4-H is looking for a volunteer to participate in the Pig Kissin’ Contest at the Delaware State Fair on July 27 at 3 pm. Contestants raise money for the Delaware State Fair Jr. Exhibitor Scholarship. Let us know if you would like to be our representative in this unforgettable experience!

4-H Project Record Books are a great opportunity for 4-H members to detail their activities and experiences during the past 4-H year. Take the time now to start completing your record book.

The forms can be found on the county and state 4-H webpages.   County record books will be due September 29.  Be sure to ask your leader, an older 4-H member or your county agents for help.

Then, save the date –Sunday, October 29th – Achievement Celebration! It promises to be a fun filled event recognizing our wonderful 4-Hers!

Hope to see you at a 4-H event this summer!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agents Letter

Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

What a fabulous Ag Day 2017 and National 4-H Day of Service! The 4-H Tent was buzzing with wonderful educational activities. Many enthusiastic 4-Hers assisted patrons and explained about their club work. Projects featured were equine science, embryology, horticulture, birds, livestock, recycling, nutrition, healthy living, science, leadership and more. We would like to thank everyone involved, whether it be with club exhibits, promoting 4-H or staffing booths. It was a great commitment and day of service from many dedicated individuals.

Special thanks to Brenda and Denis Shaffer for leading and anchoring the food booth. Thank you to those who donated supplies and labor to ensure a profitable day. The funds raised support 4-H activities throughout the year as well as several camp scholarships.

Kaitlin and I were chaperones at the 13th Annual 4-H Legislative Day on April 26. This educational event was a great way for 4-Hers to learn about state government. We took informative tours of the Courthouse, Dept. of Education and Legislative Hall.  4-Hers were able to try a mock voting booth and vote on issues of importance to them.

The 4-H Exchange Group is selling the first ever Delaware State Fair Coupon book thru June 30. The $10 book contains over $430 worth of coupons for use at the 2017 fair. Call the office or see an exchange group member to get one or more now!

Looking ahead there is much to be excited about in the coming months. Check the calendars and blog posts to make sure you do not miss events and deadlines.

Upcoming dates:

May 5 – NCC Livestock Show Entries Due

May 9 – NCC Links Meeting at NCC office

May 13 – Demonstration Contest (Register by May 12)

May 15 – Younger Member Overnighter (Ages 8-12) at Ashland Nature Center Registration Due

June 1 – Delaware State Fair entries close

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We are here to help!

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent’s Letter

Happy Spring!

March found 19 New Castle County 4-H teens attending Jr. Leader Weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park. Leadership lessons, team building games, yoga, and blanket making for foster children were some of the fun and engaging activities.

The Exchange Group held their second annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards their stay with 4-H families in Big Fork, Montana this June. A big thank you to Jenny Trunfio, who orchestrated the event, and the many parent volunteers who helped with the execution.

Delaware State Fair registration opens April 1.  The 4-H State Fair newsletter (to which a quick link has been added here for convenience) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 98th Annual Delaware State Fair.

Registration is now open for Legislative Day on April 26. The fee is $10 per participant and includes lunch. Tours include the Department of Education and Legislative Hall.

Do not miss Ag Day on April 29 at the University of Delaware College of Ag and Natural Resources from 10-4. Clubs are preparing educational displays- from making bubble blowers and bird feed to horse themed jewelry. If your club is not participating, there are opportunities to volunteer at the General 4-H table or assist the 4-H Leaders at their food booth.  Let us know if you want to join the fun!

Plan to participate in the second demonstration contest on May 13, as there are many open categories.

As you can see, with spring comes a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow in 4-H! Please read through the news blog. It contains quick info and registration links for the above events (and many others). Make sure to also check the calendars for activities and deadlines. The blog is here to help you stay informed and easily find the info and forms you need.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agent’s Letter


Greetings 4-H Families and Friends,

Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to Blaky Wasgatt of Clover Quest and Janice Melson of the Meado Larks who were recently recognized with the Salute to Excellence Awards at the State Leader’s Forum. Blaky received the Volunteer of the Year and Janice the Lifetime Volunteer Award.

Congratulations to our National 4-H Conference delegates:  Alyson Melson of the Meado Larks and Patrick Trunfio of Stump Corner. They will travel to Washington, DC this month with other 4-H’ers from across the nation to discuss and brainstorm ways to solve a variety of issues pertaining to youth. Kaitlin will be traveling with the Delaware delegation. Have a great trip!

Congratulations to our own New Castle County 4-H Alumni and actress, Aubrey Plaza, who is being recognized on March 21 by National 4-H Council with the Legacy Award. She has signed on as a spokesperson for National 4-H as they kick off the “Raise your Hand” campaign to connect with 4-H alumni nationwide. Aubrey was a member of the Highlanders 4-H Club.

In addition, in an effort to locate and reconnect with our many alums, Delaware recently kicked off “Delaware Alumni Check In” where anyone can register 4-H Alumni. See the Alumni Check-In icon on the State 4-H website.

There are many important upcoming events to read about in the March blog including:

State Camps, Environmental Camp and Day Camps are now registering.  Please help us spread the word about our great summer camping program.

Come out and support our Exchange Group at their Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend on March 18. The funds raised cover travel to Montana this summer. If you cannot make the dinner and would like to contribute to their effort, donations would be greatly appreciated.

Ag Day is April 29 and a great opportunity for 4-H clubs to highlight their activities and knowledge. If your club would like to participate, please submit your registration form by March 17. Our 4-H Leaders will have a food booth and help is welcomed throughout the day. The funds raised help support many New Castle County 4-H programs.

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena


Agent’s Letter

Dear 4-H Families, Leaders and Friends,

2017 is off to a great start!

Our New Castle County 4-Hers showed their creative skills with wonderful place settings and delicious recipes at the Favorite Foods Contest.  See 4-H Flickr account for all the photos.

Also on Jan. 21, the prestigious 2016 Joy Sparks Award was given to Brenda Ebling, a longtime volunteer leader.  State 4-H Program Leader, Mr. Doug Crouse presented the award to a very surprised winner. It was a memorable moment indeed. Congratulations Brenda!

Kaitlin and I had the pleasure of chaperoning the State Teen Conference held at the UD campus recently. State Teen Council Officers led awesome workshops. Teens enjoyed a UD basketball game, dance, and a variety of physical activity opportunities at the “Little Bob” gymnasium.

Registration is now open for New Castle County Jr. Leader Weekend, March 3-5. 4-Hers age 13 and up, are invited to join us at Cape Henlopen Youth Camp for leadership training, workshops, planning younger member overnighter and day camps, recreation and healthy food.

The demonstration contest is March 23- but it is not too early to start thinking about a topic. A successful 4-H demonstration does not have to be complicated or difficult; instead, it can be a lot of fun! Demonstrations are a great opportunity to show your 4-H knowledge and skills to others.

Upcoming important deadlines:

Feb. 3: State 4-H Camp Scholarship and Mark Manno Day Camp Scholarship applications due

Feb. 6: Winter Workshops registrations due

Feb. 8: Link grant application due

Feb. 20: Jr. Leader Weekend registration due

March 1: Club Audits Due


Let us know if you have questions. We are here to help!


Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Agents Letter


Happy New Year 4-H Friends and Families!

We ended 2016 with great community service activities which included a joint effort between Jr. Council and C3 (Camp Counselor Club) assembling treat bags for the Newark Police. We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to the many clubs and individuals who generously contributed $730 in gift cards which were distributed to 4-H families affected by the tragic wildfires in Sevier County via the University of Tennessee.

We have a variety of 4-H activities planned to kick off 2017, beginning with the Favorite Foods Contest on January 21.  We hope many 4-Hers will participate. Not only can you enter Favorite Foods, but you can also participate in the Foods Judging Contest and submit your photos in the Photography Contest. Parents, leaders and friends can enter the Adult Dessert Competition, which will be judged by our Jr. Council members. While waiting for the results to be announced, there will be a grocery shopping challenge activity for your learning and entertainment.

Favorite Foods and Foods Judging Training is available this Thursday, January 5 at the county office (RSVP now) and entries for the Favorite Foods Contest are due January 11.

Winter Workshop enrollment is now open and there are interesting opportunities.  Please see the flyer for all of the important information and reserve your spot now!

Stay tuned for registration information for the January 28-29 Teen Weekend at the Courtyard Marriott on the University of Delaware Campus and February 4th Leader Forum in Kent County at Polytech High School.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Betsy and Kaitlin

Agents Letter – December


The holiday season has certainly put New Castle County 4-H in the giving spirit as clubs are involved in food drives, Adopt-a-Family, Operation Shoebox, Stockings for Soldiers and bell ringing with the Salvation Army Kettle. In addition, the tree is up in the county office for donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These are donated to the Adopt-a-Family Store where approved families can select the items they need. Thank you for serving others!

Congratulations to Jr. Leaders, Alyson Melson, Andrew Shaffer and Patrick Trunfio who have just returned from National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. We are so proud of them and want other 4-Hers to have this wonderful experience. Please ask them about their trip and let us know if you would like to work towards this achievement.

Also congratulations to the Public Speaking participants.  We look forward to seeing our champions compete at the Delaware State Fair in July.

In the new year, Favorite Foods will be fast approaching. We hope many 4-Hers will participate. We will be offering a comprehensive training on January 5 at 6:30 help you prepare. Topics covered will include: selecting a recipe and theme, filling out the application, and what to expect at the contest. Please RSVP to Serena at if you will attend. ­­­

4-H families can look forward to a full slate of fun and interesting Winter Workshops in February. Registration begins January 5.

Finally, a reminder that the inclement weather policy for NCC 4-H events is if the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.  The 4-H office will be closed from 12-23-2016 thru 1-2-2017.

Happy Holidays to all!

Betsy and Kaitlin

Agent Letter: November 2016

Betsy Morris, NCC Cooperative Extension.
Betsy Morris, NCC Cooperative Extension.

Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

I am honored and humbled to serve as the next New Castle County 4-H Extension Educator.

For those that don’t know me, let me share my 4-H background.  I was a member of the Ever Ready 4-H Club and was raised on Cook Family Farms as a fourth generation New Castle County 4-Her; most definitely #4HGrown.  My husband, Richard is a Maryland 4-H Alumni and current manager of the University of Delaware Dairy Farm. My three children, Jenna, Tara and Jason were charter members of the Cow Pals Cloverbud club and then helped restart the Porter Gang 4-H Club. I have worked at the Extension office for approximately 20 years in various roles including 4-H Afterschool Site Coordinator, Cloverbud Coordinator and Camp Director, Bosnia Host Family Coordinator and most recently as a Nutrition Assistant.

New Castle County 4-H is revving up for exciting times. Kaitlin and I are ready to charge full steam ahead. We plan to add new members and clubs and reconnect with alumni and friends.

Currently it is time to participate in the Public Speaking Contest, attend the next Leaders/Jr. Council meeting, sign up for Holiday Fun Day and begin thinking about your Favorite Foods entry.

Don’t miss out on the Meet the 4-H Staff event on November 18 at Cook Family Farms from 6-8pm. There will be a Hayride, bonfire, s’mores, hotdogs, and more! I look forward to this opportunity to have some fun and get to know you better.  Be sure to call the office if you are interested!

I am available to visit club meetings to share information or offer training.  Please don’t hesitate to call, email or stop by the office with any questions or concerns.


Yours in 4-H,

Betsy Morris


Agent Letter: October 2016



Dear 4-H Families,

Fall is no longer knocking on the door- it has arrived! With the crisp morning air, falling leaves and pumpkin everything, we have a busy month ahead of us. From National 4-H week to the window display contest, Achievement banquet, club meetings, 4-H re-enrollment, and Link’s bowling… 4-H is going to be hopping!

If you have not registered for the Achievement banquet, you have until Friday to do so with Serena. We know everyone is busy this time of year, but please consider attending. We have many great awards to present from this past year’s hard work!

Don’t forget to get enrolled for this 4-H year if you plan to participate in any 4-H activities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office, we are happy to help!

Yours in 4-H,




Agents Letter

Dear 4-H Family,                                                                       4-H Clover Emblem

This summer has been filled with lots of 4-H activities and events! There was Environmental Camp, two weeks of State 4-H Camp and the Exchange Trip.  We also had a great (but hot) time at the State Fair, Newark, Cloverbud, Shooting Sports, Animal Science and CIT Day Camps.

With the new 4-H year starting, there are a lot more exciting activities and events to look forward to.  Coming up in September, our regular monthly meetings begin again. There are also new clubs that will be starting up.  Our county program is growing and we are excited to meet new members, leaders, and families!

A reminder: clubs are encouraged to submit a club report each month. Be sure to submit your club news to Serena by the 20th of each month.  Include a fun activity, projects completed, and photos of your club in action.  We love to see and share what each club is doing!

During this busy time, as well as throughout the year, please remember to check your email and the online newsletter regularly for news and updates.  Be sure to sign up for events (county and statewide) by the posted deadlines.  This helps us plan and organize these events and ensures that they run smoothly. Thanks for your help!

Please feel free to call, email, or visit Serena or my office if you have any ideas, suggestions, or concerns about New Castle County 4-H programming. We are in a time of change, but want you to know we are open to new faces and ideas.  (We are also open to old faces and old ideas, too)

Let’s start another year focusing on what 4-H is all about!

Yours in 4-H,


Agent’s Letter – June

Dear 4-H Families,Summer

As we dive into the month of June, the craziness of the “4-H Summer” is right around the corner. I hope you were able to secure all of your registrations for the Delaware State Fair and 4-H summer camp!

While everyone is gearing up for the busy months to come, I am also busy gearing up, but for a different adventure. After five incredible years serving as the New Castle County 4-H Extension Agent, I have decided to pursue a new path in my life. I will be joining my husband in our family business to work in the fitness and nutrition industry. This is a very bittersweet time for me and certainly was not a decision that was made easily.

4-H came into my life at the young age of 7, when I joined the Westville 4-H Club as a Cloverbud member. I became instantly attached to the program and knew I would be a lifelong 4-Her. I can truly say that after being a 4-Her, summer camp counselor, and most recently a 4-H agent, the term “bleeding green” could not ring more true. The 4-H program and community will always hold a very big piece of my heart and I look forward to the opportunity to volunteer with 4-H in a variety of ways. I can assure you, my departure from the NCC 4-H position does not equate to my departure from Delaware 4-H.

As I sit here reminiscing about the past five years, I am instantly reminded of the wonderful relationships that have been formed with parents, 4-H members, and volunteers. Each person that I have met in my capacity as the 4-H Extension Agent has played a special role in my life. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been bestowed upon me in my current role and I look forward to continuing these friendships that are bonded through 4-H.

Thank you for allowing me to spend the last five years with you as a 4-H Extension Agent. I will hold tight to these wonderful memories.

I show you this Benjamin Franklin quote to remember to “Learn by Doing”, the 4-H way.

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Mallory Vogl

Agent’s Letter-May

may-clip-art-5-pngDear 4-H Families,

I believe the old saying “April Showers Brings May Flowers” might finally be coming true after a very damp start to the beginning of our month. Along with finishing up with the final month of the school year, we are also preparing for a very exciting summer!

Don’t forget to register for 4-H Day Camp. We are filling up very quickly, so please don’t hesitate to register today by using our online registration form.

I would also like to pass along a brief friendly reminder:

The Delaware State Fair registrations will be accepted through June 1. There will be no late entries accepted, so do not miss out on this registration deadline.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

Agent’s Letter – April

SpringDear 4-H Families,

We hope “April Showers” hold off and allow for all of our exciting 4-H events to happen in the coming months. Be sure to check out the calendar pages to see what’s new in New Castle County 4-H

Upcoming Events & Registrations:

  • Statewide Clothing Showcase – April 9
  • AG Day – April 30
  • Legislative Day – May 4
  • Science Saturday “The Soil Rainbow” – May 7
  • Livestock Show Registration Forms due – May 13
  • Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for NCC Exchange – May 14

Please refer to the postings within this blog to access detailed information about each event!

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2016 Delaware State Fair!

Registration for the 2016 Delaware State Fair opened on April 1 and will close on June 1. Click here for the 4-H State Fair webpage and information.

We are about 6 months into the transition from a traditional newsletter to the blog format. There has been a slight hiccup from time to time, but overall we have heard great feedback. To continue making things easier for the viewer, we have added in a Table of Contents post that will be sent out with each blog. Please CLICK HERE to access the Table of Contents for April.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin



Agent’s Letter – March

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Dear 4-H Families,

We had a very busy February and March is looking like it will be no different. There are many upcoming programs and activities in which you will certainly want to partake. Please be sure to view the calendar pages to find up-to-date information about our 4-H events.

We kick off the first weekend in March with Jr. Leader Weekend which will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Our first of two demonstration contests will be held on March 24 starting at 6pm. Registration forms can be found in the blog.

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for completing your re-enrollment forms in 4-H Online by the March 1st deadline. We understand that this year was a difficult process as we began the transition to having members enroll from home and we thank you for your patience.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

Agent’s Letter – February 2016

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Dear 4-H Family,

After a very mild December, winter finally made its debut with a snowy January. We hope you were able to stay warm while still enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The wintry mix caused a bit of a damper on the 2016 Favorite Foods & Photography Contest, resulting in a rescheduled date. The contest will now be held on Saturday, February 20, at Kirk Middle School. If you would still like to register, you can do so until Wednesday, February 10.

The Leader’s Forum will be held this Saturday, February 6 at the Del-Tech campus in Georgetown. There is still time to register, so please contact the 4-H office today if you would like to sign up.

Annual Club Financial Audit Reports have been mailed out to each organizational leader. Please read the Club Audit blog post for more information.

Winter Workshop information has been released and we have a great series of workshops in store for you.  Registration and payment is due to the office by Wednesday, February 10.

Camp Scholarship information has been posted. If you are seeking a scholarship for either state camp or environmental camp, please review the materials. All applications must be submitted back to the 4-H office by Monday, February 15.

Have a wonderful February!

~Mallory & Kaitlin