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Important Info on State Camp

Revision to Camp Attendance Policy for Summer 2021 

 
With plans ongoing for an in-person 2021 Delaware 4-H State Camp and Environmental Camp experience, we felt it important to share the following revisions to the attendance policy in light of in-person safety restrictions and compliance with state and university health guidance.   

 

1. Any camper of 4-H age who attended Delaware 4-H State Camp, either virtually or in-person before 2021, is eligible to register for Delaware 4-H State Camp in 2021.

2. Any camper who did not attend Delaware 4-H State Camp prior to 2020 and will be a first-year camper between the ages of 10-12 will be required to register for 4-H State Environmental Camp in 2021 before being able to register for State 4-H Camp in subsequent years.
3. Campers will be notified of their camp enrollment for 2021 once a review is made of past camp attendance.
We strongly encourage online registration beginning April 1 for the best chance of securing a space in camp this summer rather than mailing in the paper registration form (if at all possible). 
If you have any further questions, please contact Melissa in the State Office.

2021–Camp Newsletter–Modified camp

2021–State Camp Application

2021 DE 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Delaware 4-H Foundation announces 2021 scholarship opportunities

 

The Delaware 4-H Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to manage private funds in support of the 4-H youth development program in Delaware.  As an educational organization, the foundation encourages young adults to pursue education and training beyond high school.  In recognition of continued 4-H leadership, funds are available to support one or more scholarships offered for Delaware 4-H members to pursue higher education.

 

To qualify, applicants must have completed five years as a 4-H member, with at least three of those in Delaware.  Recipients must be high school graduates and be enrolled full-time at any two- or four-year institution of higher education for the fall or spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.  Applicants may be enrolled in any area of study.  High school seniors will be evaluated separately from matriculated college students. Scholarships will only be awarded once per individual; those not awarded are encouraged to apply again.

 

Scholarship selection will be based upon a written essay, 4-H leadership, 4-H involvement, school/extracurricular activities, community involvement, academic performance, and two letters of reference.  Applications may be downloaded from the Delaware 4-H Foundation website (http://www.delaware4hfoundation.org).  Only current transcript and two (2) letters of reference may be attached.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

 

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Delaware State Fair.  Scholarship checks will be issued to scholarship winners AFTER completion of their first semester.  Awardees are required to submit a transcript from the first completed semester PRIOR to the check being issued.

 

Completed application form, most recent transcript, and two current reference letters are due to the State 4-H Office by May 1, 2021 via the University of Delaware’s Dropbox:

https://pandora.nss.udel.edu/  

 

  1. Click the “Drop-off” button.
  2. Enter your information in box 1.
  3. For Box 2 recipient email, enter: de4h (please note there is NO dash in de4h)
  4. Upload your files in box 3
  5. Click the “drop-off the file” box.

 

You should receive a confirmation from Dropbox. If you do not receive a confirmation within 72 hours, please call the Delaware 4-H Office at 302-831-2509 to verify that the application was received.

 

This scholarship will be announced on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. during the Delaware 4-H Foundation Donor Appreciation Brunch, 4-H Building, Delaware State Fair, Harrington.  No checks will be given out at the Delaware State Fair.

 

No person applying for this scholarship shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age or gender.

 

For more information, please visit the Delaware 4-H Foundation website: http://www.delaware4hfoundation.org.

2021 4-H Foundation Scholarship application

 

Litter Barrel Contest 🖌

In an effort to promote litter awareness and the work of the 4-H program, all clubs are encouraged to design and paint a litter barrel to place out in their community.

So get your brushes out artists, and work with your other 4-H club members to design a barrel with a creative theme to promote litter awareness.

Each club should complete an entry form and submit it to the 4-H Office via email by March 26th.

Club litter barrels should be able to be in place for 30 days.

Paint away and have fun!

Litter Barrel Contest 2021 Form

Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest

Entries are being accepted for the 2021 Art & Conservation Design Contest: Junior Duck Stamp Program

  • 2021-2022 Contest Rules can be found HERE
  • Submission Information:
    • Submissions must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed to the State 4-H Office at the following address.  Please also send an email to de4h@udel.edu notifying us of your submission.

State 4-H Office
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE  19716

2019 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Artwork: Mallard; “Duck on a Farm” Dorothy McCormick, age 15, Colored Pencil Group IV, (Grades 10-12), First Place

Scholarship Opportunities

DDC College Scholarship:

The Delaware Diabetes Coalition has established a scholarship to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to attend further education in an accredited higher education program or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

If you have an eligible student, please encourage them to apply by the April 30 deadline.  Students can apply at   www.dediabetescoalition.org/resources/scholarship


THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

ADMINISTERED BY:

 TURFGRASS PRODUCERS

OF MARYLAND

     The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund was initiated during the Spring of 2011 in order to honor Jim and his contributions to the Mid-Atlantic area turfgrass industry and financially support students while pursuing a college degree.

Jim worked as a salesman for Newsom Seed from the early 1990’s until soon before his passing on March 20, 2013. He made great contributions to turfgrass related businesses during this period, especially businesses involved in turf production.

 

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund allows for a single, annual $500.00 award to be issued to a winning applicant prior to the fall college semester.

Written requests for applications for The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund can be sent to:

Turfgrass Producers of Maryland

P.O. Box 389

St. Michaels, MD 21663

Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or email to: Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and/or Harry.kenney@nutrien.com

Completed applications, along with any essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. should be postmarked and mailed by 05/31/2021 to:

Turfgrass Producers of Maryland

P.O. Box 389

St. Michaels, MD 21663

Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or email to: Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and/or Harry.kenney@nutrien.com

 

In addition to a possible interview with one or more Turfgrass Producers of Maryland Board Members, the following criteria will be considered by the TPM board while deciding who will be awarded this scholarship:

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled full time in a two year Associate Degree or four year Bachelor Degree college or university program. Proof of college or university enrollment in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree program may be requested by the MTA board.
  • The applicant should reside in the Mid-Atlantic area or be enrolled in a college or university located in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • The applicant should have earned a high school or current college level GPA of at least 2.5. A transcript should be submitted along with the application.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in a turfgrass related field.
  • Preference may be given to students with experience in turf production and/or turf maintenance.
  • An essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin that should include how you intend to utilize your Associate or Bachelor degree.
  • A current high school and/or college level transcript and up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted with the completed application.

THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION

Delaware 4-H National Drug Prevention Contests

 

Drawing/Graphic Design Contest

Scientific facts and figures don’t have to just be spoken, use your creative illustration skills to bring these words to life!

Submission requirements:

-Must be 8.5 x 11 paper

-Two key prevention facts

-Must have a specific theme

-Appropriate for age category -Take a picture of drawing to submit


Poem/Spoken Word Contest

Express the data or emotions in a powerfully vivid and imaginative style. Voice recording is recommended but optional

Submission requirements:

-Must be appropriate length for age

-Make it well thought out and powerful

-Two key prevention facts

-Appropriate length for age category


Video Contest

Lights. Camera, Action! Be the director and film a video that features the information on drugs and alcohol.

Submission requirements:

-Length 30 seconds or less

-Two key prevention facts

-Appropriate for age category

-Grab the attention of the viewer

-Acting is encouraged!

 

Age categories

10-12 years old

13-15 years old

16-18 years old

 

Due Date March 15, 2021


Prizes

1st place $50

2nd place $25

3rd place $15

 

Register HERE National Drug Facts Contest 


Showcase

Join us March 24th for fun, fellowship and dancing as we announce the top winners in each contest!

For more information or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Hughes

Invisalign ChangeMakers

LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER!

Join the
Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

Are you making a positive impact in your community? Then you’re an Invisalign ChangeMaker. And we’d love to help boost your efforts! That’s why, in partnership with National 4-H Council, we’re giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19) who we think are changing the world for the better. Share your story! We’re accepting applications through March 31, 2021.

Find out more HERE

April is National Volunteer Month! 

Join Delaware 4-H as we pledge our hands to larger service all month long!  There are a variety of ways for our 4-H clubs and families to say “thank you” to their communities.  Check out the Volunteering Page on the Delaware 4-H website for a variety of ideas on how you can help others!  Tag @DE4H in any photos that you post on Social Media, use #4Hgivesback or send your club/family service photos to jackson@udel.edu to post on our 4-H Social Media pages!

Service Project Spotlights

We would also like to spotlight our members for their service activities.  If you have recently completed or are working on a service project, please send a short paragraph about your project along with a photo of you in action to Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu.  These spotlights will be featured on our Volunteering Page in the upcoming months!

NCC 4-H Project Skills Building Workshops

(Formerly Winter Workshops)

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Please sign up for what you are interested in- space is limited due to COVID restrictions. Pay at the door.

Saturday, February 13


Saturday, February 20

Tween Leadership (for ages 11-13) Location: Extension Office; 12 noon- 2 pm Cost: FREE

Saturday, February 27

Photography Contest Update

Our plans are once again changing! (Thanks for your continued patience!!) Since the Favorite Foods Contest has been postponed again, we’ve decided to keep the Photo Contest deadline the same and share the results online.

Please contact Jenny Trunfio to arrange dropping off your photos and with any questions you may have. They are still due by February 12. Winners will be announced online.

State Hippology Contest Results

The Delaware 4-H program held their statewide 4-H Hippology contest at the end of December.  Normally held on site at an equine facility, the event was adapted and held virtually this year.  Hippology meaning “study of the horse” is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting.  34 youth ages 5-19 from across the state participated in the virtual competition.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the contest.

4-H members competed as individuals this year.  The individual portion of the contest had competitors complete five different sections focused on multiple choice questions on equine management related topics, feed identification, general horse equipment identification horse coat color and marking identification, and sorting tack as well as breeds into appropriate categories.  Seniors also completed an exercise that asked them to identify the parts of the sole of a horse foot based on a photograph.

4-H members were scored and placed utilizing the Danish system which compared their score to a standard.

We’d like to congratulate Daisy Timney of the Heavenly Hooves Club for her performance in the contest!

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Hannah Davis, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red

Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red

Zoe Probert, Sunset Branch 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red

Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red

Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County ~Red

 

Caroline Allen, Westville 4-H Club, Kent County ~Yellow

Edwin  Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Sophie Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Ava Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Cate Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

 

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills.   For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

UPDATE: Favorite Foods/Photo Contest NEW LOCATION

This year, the Favorite Foods and Photography Contests will be moved to the Embassy Suites in Newark (across from the Bob Carpenter Center) on MARCH 6.

Favorite Foods registration forms are due to Serena via email only by February 12. If you have any trouble with emailing the forms to her, please reach out to her and she will be happy to help!

Updated info and registration forms are below.*

*Please make sure to read through the Favorite Foods Guidelines. Some categories have been changed and updated. 

Favorite Food Contest Application PDF

Favorite Foods Contest Application- Word Version

Favorite Foods Guidelines 2021

Photo Contest Entry Form2021

2021 Photography Contest Rules