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Camp Scholarships

Apply now for a scholarship toward the cost of one of our summer camps. Forms are due, either via the online form or physically in to the NCC Office by Friday, February 4. If sending in to the office, you can fax to 302-831-8934 or mail to NCC 4-H, 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark, 19716.

We will contact scholarship recipients as soon as possible.

Online 2022 4-H State Camp Scholarship Application

Online 2022 4-H Day Camp Scholarship Application

Printable 2022 4-H State Camp Scholarship Application Form

Printable 2022 4-H Day Camp Scholarship Application Form

2022 Winter Workshops


Saturday, February 19

NCC Office


Photography- FREE

9:30 am- 11 am

This photography workshop will be geared to intermediate/advanced picture taking.  We will first delve into STILL LIFE photos by using non-life objects centered around a common theme.  This will be a team exercise so that you can share your ideas and help each other.  The second area will deal with COMPOSITION – mainly texture, lines and shapes.  Both areas will be looked at in color and black and white.  If we have time we will also look at PATRIOTISM – something other than the flag.  Please bring your camera or phone as you will be taking the pictures.  Remember it’s never too early to start on your entries for the Delaware State Fair.

CS Pathways- FREE

12 pm- 2 pm

Please contact Jenny Trunfio for more info.

Register HERE

Junior Leader Weekend – POSTPONED to March 4-6

Join our 4-H Jr Council leaders for a fun-filled weekend at Camp Country Center in Hockessin.  The weekend will include team building and leadership workshops and activities as well as fun and games.  A campfire will end our days (weather permitting).  The fun starts at 6:00 PM on Friday and wraps up at noon on Sunday.  The cost of the weekend (including 4 meals) is $30.  This weekend is limited to 22 youth, ages 13+, so register asap!

Date: March 4-6th, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: 1051 Sharpless Rd Hockessin DE – STEM Lodge
Cost: $30
Checks payable to: University of Delaware
Registration Due: February 25, 2022
For more information contact: Jenny Trunfio at

Register HERE

Favorite Foods Contest

NCC 4-H Favorite Foods Contest

Saturday, January 29, 2022

8:30 am at Kirk Middle School


Favorite Foods Guidelines DE 2022
PDF Favorite Foods Application
Word Doc Favorite Foods Application


Applications MUST be received no later than Friday, January 14.          NO late applications accepted.

We will also have Foods Judging at the Favorite Foods Contest, if you would like to participate in the Foods Judging contest you will need to attend Favorite Foods to take the judging contest. For the Foods judging information please reach out to Ms. Kaitlin.

Email to Serena, fax to 302-831-8934 or drop off to the office at 461 Wyoming Rd., Newark, 19716


Photography Contest info

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Details: Photos will be displayed during the Favorite Foods Contest

Awards: Ribbons will be awarded for each exhibit, based on the Danish Scale.

Completed entries are due to the 4-H office no later than:

Friday January 14, 2022

Contact Serena Conner at (302) 831-2506 or with any questions!

Please see rules below. We’ve included a page of labels you can use for your photos.

2022 Photography Contest Rules and Labels

Photo Contest Entry Form – 2022

Become a Health & Wellness Ambassador!

Are you interested in health, wellness, and helping the community? 
Have you thought about becoming a Health & Wellness Ambassador?
Join us for our next Zoom session January 20th 2022 6:00pm-7:00pm and learn more about how to get involved as an ambassador! 
What are Health & Wellness Ambassadors?
Delaware 4-H Health & Wellness Ambassadors are official representatives and promoters of holistic healthy living, including fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and substance use prevention.
Ultimate Goals of Health & Wellness Ambassadors:
Learn about and promote healthy lifestyle choices
Create media about healthy living
Community outreach & education
Asset building, education, and promotion
Create and facilitate community change
Who should join?
 Teens ages 13-18 interested in cultivating skills of health, wellness, and leading a healthy lifestyle! If you are looking for a way to gain professional or volunteer experience in health and wellness, this is for you!
What does becoming a Health and Wellness Ambassador Entail?
Through registration you will be able to attend our Delaware 4-H Health and Wellness Ambassador monthly meetings with other individuals who share a passion for health and wellness and receive information on opportunities to get involved with promoting health and wellness in the Delaware community. Each month we will focus on areas of health and wellness such as; nutrition, mindfulness, fitness, prevention, and more! We will do this through virtual wellness workshops, hearing from guest speakers and engaging in curriculum training opportunities!
Questions about joining? Contact Alyssa Whittaker
Join us for our next Zoom session by registering below.
Details/Zoom Link will be sent to you upon registration a week prior to the January meeting.

Register HERE

Call for Questions!
Do you have a question about eating disorders OR addiction? Submit your questions anonymously using the  link HERE!

Ag Week animal programs for 4-H families

2022 Ag Week Beef Program

Tuesday January 11th-6:30- 8:30 pm

Featured speaker Dr. Tara L. Felix, PAS, PhD Extension Beef Specialist, Associate Professor Animal Science, Penn State University

Dr. Tara Felix is an Associate Professor in the Animal Science Department at Pennsylvania State University. She interacts with the Livestock Extension Team around the state to provide programs and courses designed to benefit Pennsylvania cattle producers. In addition, she has an applied research program on campus, designed and focused on improving profitability of beef producers in PA. Her areas of expertise include: beef cattle nutrition, metabolism, management,  and feedlot nutrition and management.

6:30 pm- Welcome – Susan Garey, Extension Agent, Animal Science, University of Delaware

6:35- 7:20 pm- What We Think We “Know” About Beef x Dairy – Dr. Tara Felix, PAS, PhD

7:20-7:30 pm- Break

7:30-7:40 pm- Delaware Beef Advisory Board Updates

7:40- 8:25 pm –Best Practices for Making Beef From the Dairy Herd– Dr. Tara Felix, PAS, PhD

8:25 pm- Questions and Wrap Up

2022 Delaware Ag Week – Swine Session

January 12, 2022

6:00 – 8:30 pm

6:00 – 6:15 PM Introductions and Welcome– John Tigner- President, Delaware Pork Producers Association and Susan Truehart Garey- Extension Agent Animal Science

6:15 – 6:30 PM African Swine Fever- Dr. Heather Hirst, DVM- State Veterinarian, Delaware Department of Agriculture

6:30 – 6:45 PM Federal Premises Identification Number (PIN) and Animal ID – How Your Farm Can Benefit      Amanda Fabi-Animal Health Inspector, Delaware Department of Agriculture

6:45 – 7:00 PM BREAK 

7:00 – 7:30 PM Secure Pork Supply/AgView– John Heins, Producer and State Engagement Manager, National Pork Board

7:30 – 8:00 PM Current Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome(PRRS) 1,4,4 Outbreak– What Producers Need to Know- Dr. Lisa Becton, DVM, MS, DACVPM, Director of Swine Health, National Pork Board

8:00 – 8:30 PM Questions and Answers and Wrap Up

Small Ruminant (Sheep and Goat) Program

Thursday January 13th-6:00- 8:30 pm


6:00- 6:05- Welcome – Susan Truehart Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, University of Delaware

6:05 -6:35 pm- Delaware Small Ruminant Parasite Research Updates- Dr. Kwame Matthews, Small Ruminant Specialist, Delaware State University

6:35 7:05 pm- Building a Sustainable Meat Goat Industry Through Collaboration – Dr. Terry Gipson, Goat Extension Leader, Langston University

7:05-7:15 pm- Break

7:15- 8:00 pm – Understanding the Impacts of Toxoplasmosis on Small Ruminants– Dr. Kwame Matthews, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Delaware State University

8:00-8:20 pm– Lambing and Kidding Simulation Model – Dan Severson, New Castle County Agricultural Agent, University of Delaware

8:30 pm- Questions and Wrap Up


Register HERE for any Ag Week session

New Prevention/Behavioral Health & Wellness site

Delaware Cooperative Extension/4-H Youth Development has developed a website focused on Prevention/Behavioral Health and Wellness. This site stores data, prevention agencies, educational content and activities, wellness resources, and upcoming events. The purpose of this website is for youth, adults, parents, community members, and educators to access information and resources regarding prevention and wellness. For monthly updates, and to learn what youth are doing in their communities, subscribe to the site at the bottom of the page. Thank you!

Upcoming National Youth Summits- In-Person!

National Youth Summit on Agri-Science
March 10 – 13, 2022

The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science.

At the National Youth Summit on AgriScience high school students interested in becoming Champions for Agriculture in their communities will gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber, especially in the rapidly emerging areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies, learn about challenges facing agriculture, interact with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates, and increase awareness of career opportunities and pathways in agriculture. 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 2021.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend the conference.

This application is due to the State 4-H Office by Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Mail or email application to:
State 4-H Office
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716



As we are finishing out this year and beginning to ramp up in the 4-H world with events, contests and activities this is a reminder that you must be enrolled in Delaware 4-H  by March 1, 2022 to be considered an active 4-H member (and ASAP to participate in any winter events like Winter Fun Day and Favorite Foods).

If you haven’t done so already, please enroll HERE



Public Speaking Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in last night’s Public Speaking Contest!


The below have qualified to participate in the 2022 State Fair.

Beginner I: 8-9 yrs old

Moira Jones

Beginner II: 10-11 yrs old

Evelyn Witte

Junior: 12-13 yrs old

Alexis Wolff

Senior: 14 & older

Melanie Witte

And a “job well done” to our Cloverbud participant, Ingrid Jones!

Holiday Giving Tree


It’s that time of year again! The Christmas tree for Friendship House donations is up in the New Castle office. Stop by anytime during normal business hours by December 17th and drop off a donation of gloves, hats, and scarves for either adults or children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

2022 National 4-H Conference

April 2022- Date TBD

National 4-H Conference is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. Conference is a hands-on, working conference in which delegates participate in a variety of programs and activities.  Participants have the opportunity to practice and apply in a real world setting their newly developed and refined skills.

Who can apply?  Delaware 4-H’ers in good standing, currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?  All 4-H’ers interested in applying must submit a completed application to the State 4-H Office by the deadline.  A completed application includes the general information page, open-ended questions and a one-page essay.  In addition to the application, applicants will be asked to participate in an interview (in person or Zoom, TBD).

When is the deadline?  All applications are due to the State 4-H Office no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  This is a firm deadline and applications must be received by 4:00 pm on the due date in order to be considered.

Can I apply more than one time?  If you have applied previously and were not accepted, you may apply again provided you still meet the eligibility requirements.

For more information about National 4-H Conference, including a sample schedule, workshop topics, and more, please visit the website:

If you have any questions, please contact your local county office or the State 4-H Office at
(302) 831-2509.

2022-National 4H Conference_Application

2021 Delaware 4-H Hippology Contest

2021 Delaware 4-H Hippology Contest

  Virtual Format

Registration Link:

Registration due : December 17, 2021



  1. To provide youth with the opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills acquired in horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and public speaking showing and practical horse experience into one activity.
  2. To encourage youth to continue expanding their understanding, knowledge, and participation in equine science.
  3. To recognize youth for their total involvement in and comprehensive knowledge of the horse industry.
  4. To teach good sportsmanship through a friendly and competitive environment.

Contestants and Eligibility: 

  1. Any Delaware 4-H member is eligible. Participants must be currently enrolled member of a Delaware 4-H club and should have some familiarity with horses. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.
  2. Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.
  3. Age is calculated as of January 1, 2022
  4. Divisions: Cloverbuds- Participation only- will receive an equine activity packet in the mail to complete. This packet does not get returned.
  • Beginner- Ages 8-10
  • Intermediate- Ages 11-13
  • Senior- Ages 14-19

Contest Rules and Regulations:

  1. This is an individual and team competition for 2021.
  2. There is no entry fee for 2021.
  3. Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.
  4. All contestants are expected to do their own work with no outside assistance (no help from members, leaders, parents, resources, or internet searches).
  5. All individual and team contestants must pre-register online via Registration is open from November 17 to December 17, 2021.
  6. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the State 4-H Hippology Contest, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.
  7. The link to the virtual contest will be distributed via the email address provided at registration. Please be sure to register using a valid email address that is checked regularly. If you have difficulty accessing the internet for the contest, please notify Susan Garey so that alternate arrangements can be made.
  8. The virtual contest will be open between December 21- January 1 and must be completed in a single sitting. Participants will not be permitted to return to questions and may only complete the contest once.
  9. Reference material – please refer to the Study Guide provided at the end of this document for this contest. All reference material is the same as used for the Horse Bowl and Hippology contests in previous years.


Contest Format and Scoring: 

  1. The contest will be comprised of four types of activities- slides(questions with images), stations(typically matching type activities), a multiple-choice written quiz, and judging.

Example:  Looking at the photos provided, please identify the colors of the horses.

Example: Looking at the image provided, please match the numbered parts of the horse with the correct name.

Example: Senior multiple-choice question-

When the front toes turn out and the heels turn in, the horse is said to be what?

A. Splayfooted

B. Pigeon toed

C. Bowlegged

D. All of the above


  1. Subject matter covered will include but may not be limited to tack and equipment, breeds, feeds, colors and markings, anatomy, equine health, disciplines, horse evaluation, and judging.


  1. Individual Score – will be calculated based on the number of correct answers and awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on:
  • Blue (90% or greater correct)
  • Red (75%- 89% correct)
  • Yellow (74% and below correct
  • Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category.


  1. Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.


Suggested Study Resources for the Hippology Contest- 4-H Horse Manuals:


  1. “Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”
  2. Beginner age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill
  3. Intermediate (age 11-13)Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).
  4. Senior (14 to 19) Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council
    Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).
    Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council
  2. Feed Ingredients to be familiar with- hay, hay cubes, straw, alfalfa pellets, whole corn, cracked corn, barley, beet pulp, dried molasses, oats, pelleted feed, rolled oats, salt, soybeans, soybean meal, sweet feed, trace mineral salt

If you are in need of special accommodations to participate in this program, please notify officials two weeks in advance of the event.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30,1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

2021 Delaware 4-H Hippology Contest (printable PDF)