Category Archives: Camps and Overnight Events

Music Education Matters Event

The Music Education Matters Summit, hosted by Georgia 4-H, provides an experience for youth across
Georgia, and around the nation, to practice and grow in music education, network and learn from
industry professionals, and develop as a leader, team member, and performer.

For more info, please see the below:

Music Education Matters Event Letter

Music Education Matters Scholarship Application

Music Education Matters Registration Form

Shooting Sports Training Opportunity

MARYLAND  2018 STATE 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS WORKSHOP
MAY 4, 5 & 6, 2018

REGISTER THROUGH 4-H ONLINE BY APRIL 16 ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK SHOULD BE AVAILABLE WEEK OF MARCH 26 – MD 4-H VOLUNTEERS NEED TO BE UME VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR 4-H ONLINE PROFILE NEEDS TO BE ACTIVE.. VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE NOT RE-ENROLLED FOR 2018 MUST DO THAT IN ORDER TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

Workshop Contacts:             Conrad Arnold (410/330-5967) carnold@umd.edu

 

PURPOSE:                                           To train and certify adult 4-H volunteers who wish to become instructors to teach in their respective counties or camping programs. Each participant can be certified in only one area of competency at this workshop.

WHO:                   Adult 4-H volunteers 21 years of age or older.  (Instructor Certification)

Young adult 4-H volunteers 18 to 20 years of age (as of January 1, 2018) (Assistant Instructor) (Assistant Instructor – may conduct a program under direct and immediate supervision of adult certified instructor.) Need not be experienced with firearms or archery, but must be interested in working with youngsters.

Teen Youth eligibility to attend training this year. SEE ADENDUM ON Opportunity for Limited Number of 4-H Shooting Sports Teens

 

WHEN:                 May 4, 5 & 6, 2018 – (Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday & all participants are expected on time) WHERE:      Thendara 4-H Center, 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD (Dorchester Co.)

 

COST: 4-H VOLUNTEERS: $150.00 REGISTRATION (MD 4-H)
INCLUDES ($70 4-H SCHOLARSHIP FOR MD 4-H)

REGISTERED BY APRIL 16, 2018

ALL OTHERS: (Private Camps, Scouts, etc.) $220.00 REGISTERED BY APRIL 16

 

Registrations after April 16 will be accepted at our discretion with a $70 late fee.

 

CANCELLATIONS AFTER APRIL 27 WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $50.00 CANCELLATION FEE, UNLESS WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER THE TRAINING DISCIPLINE FOR WHICH YOU REGISTERED.

Counties may be offering some additional scholarship funds. Check with your County 4-H Office.

Cost includes 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, 2 night’s dormitory lodging*, insurance, all ammunition and instructional materials.

 

LODGING:           *Dormitory lodging – Camp type bunkhouse lodging is AVAILABLE. Bath facilities are located in the bunkhouse. Men and Women are housed in separate areas. Limited numbers of beds available and will be allocated based on order of registrations received.  Alternative: hotel or commute.

SUPPORTING GRANTS: WORKSHOP IS BEING FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BYMD 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS COMMITTEE.

REGISTRATION: ALL REGISTRATION WILL BE DONE THROUGH 4-H ONLINE AND A LINK TO THAT REGISTRATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SOMETIME THE WEEK OF MARCH 26.

Prepaid registration will be required. The received deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.  Completed  onlineregistration, 4- H Health Statement (MEP 323) and payment to MARYLAND 4-H FOUNDATION, INC. Registrations will be considered as received.

The workshop committee reserves the right to limit class size in order to provide adequate instruction. Registrations will be considered as received. Each participant can register for only one of the following disciplines: Rifle; Archery; Shotgun; Pistol or Muzzleloader.

 

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT:

Each participant should bring outdoor clothing to cope with rain or cool weather. Muzzleloader shooters will need to have a long-sleeved shirt. Everyone will need the usual items:  sleeping bags or sheets & blanket, personal items, towels and comfortable shoes.

All equipment needed for each discipline will be furnished. Participants are asked not to bring any personal shooting sports equipment to the workshop. Eye and ear protection will be supplied but if you wish you may bring your own.

PROGRAM:

Registration & Check In at 6:00 p.m.

The program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 4 and finish at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.

A PARTICIPANT MUST ATTEND ALL OF THE SESSIONS TO BECOME CERTIFIED.

Please remember that this is a Certification program. The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee reserves the right to withhold certification. In addition to a written assessment, each participant will have an opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills as a part of the training program.

All of the workshop teaching will be done by 4-H volunteers and extension faculty of the Maryland State 4-H Shooting Sports Committees, who were certified through a national level 4-H training program, or instructor trainers certified by this committee.

 

SHOOTING SPORTS DISCIPLINE DESCRIPTIONS

RIFLE – ARCHERY – MUZZLELOADER – SHOTGUN – PISTOL

Each of the 4-H shooting sports disciplines teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal-setting, decision-making, and builds toward more advanced activities. Programs allow for development of individual cooperative and competitive skills.

Positive Youth Development is the number one goal of the 4-H shooting sports program. 4-H shooting sports provide an outstanding way of providing human growth and development.

Introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment is valuable for many.

Firearms and Archery Equipment are the Recreational and Educational Tools of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

RIFLE

This discipline will train participants in proper methods of instructing youth in the safe and responsible use of rifles. Training curriculum will include the use of both air rifles and smallbore rifles. 4-H programs have the flexibility of developing shooting programs that accommodate a youth audience of varying ages and stages. These programs also allow for the variety of facilities and conditions that may be available for conducting shooting sports programs, ranging from a community center, Extension office conference room or 4-H camp to the more elaborate shooting ranges that may be 4-H accessible in some areas. Each of these options has its place and comes with different degrees of resource requirements.

Equal Opportunity Program

ARCHERY

 

Archery includes a complex set of activities, from simple backyard target shooting to formal target or field competitions, from family fun to bow hunting and bow fishing or even the Olympic Games. Archery is a sport that can involve people of all ages. It does not require great strength or great expenditures in order to participate.  As such, archery is an excellent individual, group or family recreation. This curriculum is based on the principle of immediate participation and immediate success. County program investment can be low for program startup. Facilities, too, should be easily identified.

MUZZLELOADING

 he art of muzzleloading is an intriguing as well as historical area of firearms. Interest in blackpowder shooting or muzzleloading has grown tremendously in recent years. This discipline is geared to training instructors to teach this art to older youth as the weight of the individual firearm and use of peripheral equipment are factors. This is a relatively inexpensive shooting program after initial investment. There are lots of opportunities to explore the history of our country as well as history of firearms through muzzleloading. Maryland 4-H limits youth participation in muzzleloading to those youth 14 years of age or older.

SHOTGUN

The shotgun discipline is geared to introducing the basics of shotgun shooting to youth and adults. Fundamentals of shotgun handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching shotgunning to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The shotgun curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the

4-H curriculum. Retention and recruitment of older youth in 4-H programs may be enhanced through participation in a shotgun shooting sports program. This discipline will require a higher level of resource commitment and an appropriate shooting area such as a shooting range or open field.

PISTOL

 The pistol discipline will focus on introducing the basics of pistol shooting including .177 cal. air pistol and .22 cal. smallbore pistol. Fundamentals of pistol handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching pistol marksmanship to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The pistol curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the 4-H curriculum.

 

 

OTHER WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

 Door Prizes – We request that each participant bring a door prize or two valued at $20 or less.

Shooting sports items, 4-H items, and Camping items are just suggestions.

WHY PARTICIPATE:

The 4-H Shooting Sports program is currently one of the fastest growing 4-H programs in the nation with over 450,000 youth participants. Community based and family oriented, the 4-H Shooting Sports program offers a diverse curriculum that not only teaches shooting safety and gun owner responsibility, but also helps young people develop good citizenship, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. Leaders will be trained to help youth learn self-discipline, sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and an appreciation for the great outdoors.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING May 4, 5 & 6, 2018

Thendara 4-H Center

6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, Maryland in Dorchester County

FRIDAY, 5/4

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.               REGISTRATION & CHECK – IN

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.               General Session

Welcome to 4-H Shooting Sports Programs Philosophy & Policies Kids n Guns

Minimum Standards & Best Practices Learning More About Young People

9:00 to 9:30 p.m.               Individual Shooting Discipline Groups

SATURDAY, 5/5

7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. Noon                 Training in Disciplines

12 noon                             LUNCH

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Training in Disciplines

5:30 p.m.                                   DINNER

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                Training in Disciplines

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.                 General Session – Risk Management

SUNDAY 5/6

7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 to 12 noon                 Training in Disciplines

Including Instructor Written Assessments

Preparation for Student Teaching

12:00 Noon                        LUNCH

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.               Instructor Student Teaching Experience –

Special Note:

(We are inviting 4-H youth ages 8 or older to come in at noon for lunch & to serve as students. If you know of 4-H’ers who would like to do this, please contact us with names, ages, AND T-SHIRT SIZE. The first 25 youth to commit receive a 4-H Shooting Sports T-Shirt.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.               Discussions on Student Teaching 4:00 p.m.                                   Instructor Recognition

5:00 p.m.                           Travel Safely

Directions to the Thendara 4-H Center
Phone: 410-943-3583
Thendara 4-H Center – 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD
from the WEST

Follow Rt. 50 East to Easton. (Watch for the Exxon Station & 7 Eleven on the left at Dover Road) Turn left off of Rt. 50 onto Rt. 331 (Dover Rd.) Follow Rt. 331 through Preston (obey speed limits) About 1 mile east of Preston, (Preston Ford) turn Right on Rt. 331 & Rt. 16

Follow Rt. 16 for 5 miles (house on right with split rail fence and Antiques Sign) and then turn left onto Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road (ignore all cabin creek roads that turn to the right)

Travel 8/10ths (eight tenths) mile on Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd & turn Right on Lords Crossing Rd

Thendara entrance will be on your left.

IF COMING FROM THE NORTH AND TRAVELING THROUGH DENTON, TAKE 313 TO DENTON THEN 16 SOUTH TO PRESTON…STAY ON RT 16 SOUTH…FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ABOVE (Should you end up   in Hurlock, look for intersection of Oak Street & Rt. 331 on So. Main St…at Unity Washington Church, turn onto Oak St. and that becomes Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd.  …travel 2 miles to Lords Crossing Rd.)

From Cambridge

From Cambridge, take Rt. 50 east and turn left at the Rt. 16/ Mt. Holly light. Take Rt. 16 towards Hurlock. At turn off for East New Market go straight ahead following Route 392. Before you reach Hurlock, turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road. Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have gone too far.)

From Salisbury

From the East: (Salisbury vicinity):  take Rt. 50 west, cross the Nanticoke River, turn onto Rt. 331 and go to Rhodesdale. Turn left at Rhodesdale onto Route 14. Follow Rt. 14 to intersection with Rt. 392. Turn right onto 392 and travel toward Hurlock for about 2 ½ miles. Watch for intersection of Lords Crossing & Shiloh Camp Roads; turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road.  Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for

about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have almost missed us.)

 

OTHER LODGING OPTIONS:

IF FOLKS DO NOT WISH TO LODGE AT THE THENDARA 4-H CENTER, HERE ARE TWO OPTIONS IN CAMBRIDGE, THERE ARE ADDITIONAL OPTIONS IN THE EASTON AREA. THERE ARE ALSO SOME BED & BREAKFASTS AS WELL AS THE HYATT – CHESAPEAKE

Comfort Inn & Suites (2936 Ocean Gateway , Cambridge, MD, US, 21613 | Phone: (410) 901-0926

Guests of this new (2008) Cambridge, MD hotel are invited to enjoy amenities and features like Free continental breakfast, served daily, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Free local calls, Indoor heated pool, Exercise room. The on-site meeting room can accommodate most events and business functions. Access to copy and fax services is offered.

 

Days Inn (2917 Ocean Gateway * Rt.50 East, Cambridge MD)                                                         Phone: 410-228-4444 Website: http://www.daysinn.com/DaysInn

Days Inn is the first choice for savvy, value-conscious travelers. Our guests enjoy amenities such as free continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper, in-room hairdryers and AM/FM clock radios – all at an affordable Days Inn price. 50 Rooms Deluxe Continental Breakfast Outdoor heated pool Interior Corridor High speed internet access available in rooms Jacuzzi suites available 50 miles to Ocean City Beach Newest

property in Cambridge Black Water Wildlife Refuge – 10 miles Business Work Zone suites available Resort conference and banquet facility within 1 mile. Only one parking space available per room at $2.00 per day

 

Holiday Inn (2715 OCEAN GATEWAY Cambridge MD)       Phone: 410-221-9900

Hotel features include complimentary continental breakfast and free local phone calls. Enjoy a unique breakfast experience at our new Express Start Breakfast Bar served every morning featuring a selection of fruits, juices, cereals, breads/pastries, and even hardboiled eggs. We

have also created the world’s best tasting cinnamon roll. Amenities Indoor Pool Complimentary Breakfast High-speed Internet Access Whirlpool On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Iron / Ironing Board Coffee Maker Hairdryer A/C Public Areas Directions / Map Hotel Features 86 Guest Rooms 4 Suites 79 Non- Smoking Rooms 50 Double-Bedded Rooms 36 Single-Bedded Rooms Rural MD0420 FEMA Property Number 4 Floors Personal Services A/C Public Areas Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Free Local Phone Calls Ice Machine On- site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50 Cambridge, Maryland, USA 21613

Maps & Directions                                         

Golf, Spa Resort on 2 miles of waterfront featuring a 150 slip marina.

 

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State Camp Registration Info and Assistant Job

Delaware 4-H State Camp registration will open for all enrolled 4-H members March 1st and then open to the public as of April 1st.

There will be a paper registration form and online registration at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact the State 4-H office at 302-831-2509.

http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-camps-in-delaware/

We are also looking for an Assistant Camp Coordinator to help with the planning and execution of State Camp. Applicants must be over 21. For more info, please visit the links below:

Assistant Camp Coordinator Job Description

Assistant Camp Coordinator Application

Younger Member Overnighter

WHAT IS YOUNGER MEMBER OVERNIGHTER?

Younger Member Overnighter (YMO) is a tradition open to younger members of 4-H between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight stay to be held at Mallard Lodge, Hay Point Landing Road Smyrna, DE. 19977 The lodge has bunk style beds in several rooms. The overnight begins Sat. April 21 with drop off at 5 pm. Pickup is at noon on Sun. April 22. Junior Leaders along with certified chaperones and staff serve to make the YMO a terrific experience.
Younger Member Overnighter introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues at Junior Leader Weekend, State Camp and other state events.
4-H’ers who attend YMO learn leadership and responsibility skills from the fine example of the Junior Leaders who plan the theme and activities.
The cost is $20, which includes educational programs, a woodworking project, dinner, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required.

 

2018 YMO info and registration

 

State Camp Wrap Up

State 4-H Camp was a huge success this year. The following campers received H’s, Spirit, Globe Bearer, and ribbon girl for both first and second week. We have also listed the 2017 Voice and Echo’s for both week. Congratulations to all campers!

First Week Honor’s:

Head: Madison Smith
Heart: Nathaniel Vincent
Hands: Colleen Anderson
Health: Shawn Mitchell
Spirit: Andrew Shaffer
Globe Bearer: Demetreus Moutzalias
Ribbon Girl: Jasmine Simmons

Second Week Honor’s:

Head: Brett Clark
Heart: Logan Rash
Hands: Hannah O’Hara
Health: Brandon Conrad
Spirit: Jackson Sylvester
Globe Bearer: Austin Weldon
Robbin Girl: Kayla Cottman

Voices and Echos for 1st and 2nd week:

1st Week:

Turtle Group:

Voice- Colleen Anderson

Echo- Jarrett Williams

Moon & Star Group:

Voice- Andrew Shaffer

Echo- Patrick Trunfio

Thunderbird Group:

Voice- Nathaniel Vincent

Echo- Aubrey Lonski

Bear Group:

Voice- Paige Vincent

Echo- Jacob Hopkins

2nd Week:

Turtle Group:

Voice- Jackson Sylvester

Echo- Brandon Patrick

Moon & Star Group:

Voice- Deanna Maloney

Echo- Brendan Conrad

Thunderbird Group:

Voice- Logan Rash

Echo- Lida Gannon

Bear Group:

Voice- Ryan Harrington

Echo- Lena Berry

Day Camp Registration Deadlines

Don’t miss out!

The registration deadline for the Young Explorer, Cloverbud and Counselor in Training 4-H Day Camps on June 26-30 is June 16.

Because we need a headcount for supply and activities prep for these camps, we are unable to accept late registrations. 

The registration deadline for Animal Science Day Camp is July 28 or once we reach 50 campers- whichever comes first. 

Don’t delay, register today!

Weekend Fun at the YMO!

What is a YMO?

YMO, or Younger Member Overnighter, is a tradition open to younger members of 4-H between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight camping experience that is held at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE. The weekend begins Sat. June 3, with drop off at 6 pm. Pickup is at noon on Sun. June 4. Junior Leaders along with certified chaperones and staff serve to make the YMO a terrific experience.

Younger Member Overnighter introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues at Junior Leader Weekend, State Camp and other state events.

4-H’ers who attend YMO learn leadership and responsibility skills from the fine example of the Junior Leaders who plan the theme and activities.

The cost is $25, which includes Delaware Nature Society educational programs, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required. Please submit the registration form below to the 4-H Office by May 15, 2017. Please be sure your online health form is up to date.

YMO Registration form

Summer Camps

Don’t let this be the theme of your kids’ summer:

Register now for the NCC 4-H Summer Day Camps!

And please spread the word to your friends! The Cloverbud Camp got left out of UD’s Summer Camp Guide and we are feeling that impact already. So, tell a Cloverbud mom or dad you know about this exciting and fun intro to 4-H and make someone’s summer!

Click the link below for:

Camp Descriptions and Registration 

Environmental Camp also returns this year at the Mallard Lodge in Smyrna. This overnight camp will take place July 6-8. For more information, please visit State 4-H Camps in Delaware.

Animal Science Updates

 

Delaware State Fair Online Entries Open April 1

It’s that time already!  Delaware State Fair online entries for all classes, including livestock open on April 1.  Entries close on June 1.

 

Delaware State Fair Livestock Handbook Department Highlights for 2017

 Starting in 2017, $10.00 livestock entry fee per class (excluding showmanship/fitting and group/pairs classes).

 

2017 DSF Swine Show Changes: ***NEW SPLIT SHOW FORMAT***

First half of week- Market, Showmanship and Barrow Show

  • Saturday July 22nd
    • Weigh in and barn meeting will remain on Saturday
    • Showmanship will start at 4 PM Saturday (if you are using a breed pig for showmanship you are allowed to bring that in with the market pigs before Saturday at 8 am
    • Educational pen displays must be up by noon on Saturday in order to be judged
  • Sunday July 23rd
    • Market Show will start at 8 am (about 2 hours long) after the market show they will take a break and start the barrow show
    • After barrow show they will notify the animals going to auction
    • Start preparing for remaining hogs to exit and breed pigs to enter
  • Monday July 24th
    • The ones going to auction will stay until the end of the fair. Exhibitors whose pigs are not going to auction will need to make arrangements for the pigs to be shipped out between 12 am- 9 am.
    • It is imperative that you have a plan for where your market animal is headed if it does not make the Junior Livestock Auction before you ever arrive at the fair!!

Second Half of the week- Jr & Open Breed Show

  • Monday July, 24th
    • 12 am-9am breed pigs may enter while the market is leaving
    • Crossbred gilts will be weighed in at 9 am
    • Jr and Open Breed Show will start at 4 pm
  • Wednesday July 26th
    • Exhibitors of breed animals may remove up to 12/3 of their breed animals from 12 am- 6 pm.

Exhibitors of all market animals should send buyer letters to potential buyers prior to the start of the 2017 DSF.  It is not the Fair’s nor the Junior Livestock Auction’s responsibility to provide buyers for you.  Follow up thank you notes are critically important as well.

FYI for 2017-  Maryland State Fair will require RFID tags for cattle and hog exhibitors- it is expected that they will also require RFID for Maryland County Fairs

 

Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

 All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, feeder calves, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  New for this year feeder calves must be tagged!  Breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 6- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)- minimum pig weight 75 lbs

May 6- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Newark- Cook Farm- minimum pig weight is 75 lbs

May 13- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF- minimum pig weight 80 lbs

May 19- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show- minimum pig weight is 85 lbs (no Saturday tagging)

May 23- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING minimum pig weight is 85 lbs

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers or feeder calves so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.

 

Jackpot Show Entries Due May 1

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 20th Jackpot Show on May 20, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a market preview show for steers, market goats, market lambs, and market hogs.  Entry information is posted on the State 4-H animal science page https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/23110312/Jackpot-show-entry-form-2017.pdf and entries must be postmarked by May 1 or entry fees double.

 

PQA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  There are currently three options for obtaining PQA certification. The class certification option is open to any age but youth under the age of 8 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) must have a parent attend the class with them as national program guidelines do not permit a child under 8 to hold their own certification.  Certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.

Youth over the age of 12 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) have the option of taking a multiple choice test in lieu of attending classroom training. The benefit of the testing option is that certification may last for longer than one year, depending on the age of the youth at test time.  Youth must score 70% or better to pass the test and can take versions of the test up to three times in one sitting to pass.

There is an online training, testing, and certification option for youth ages 8-19. Delivered in the form of an engaging, interactive online module, the new online option allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. For youth age 12 and under, a parent log-in for security is required. Youth only need to complete one of these three options for obtaining certification. Online certification is not an option for parents if it is their first time receiving a PQA certification.

In 2017, for all youth who receive their PQA certification this year, certification will only last through 2017 as the new national Youth for the Quality Care of Animals program will become the single, national certification program for all livestock species beginning in 2018. For more information and to complete your certification online, please visit

http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/

The following local PQA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

May 2, 2017- NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm

May 4, 2017 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm

June 6, 2017- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

The following PQA testing dates have been scheduled for this spring (walk in any time):

May 22, 2017- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00-6:00 pm

May 25, 2017- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00-6:00 pm

June 27, 2017- Kent PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00-6:00 pm

You may attend class or testing in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA certification needs.

 

 Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

 Calling all young artists!  With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county offices on or before April 17, 2017 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27073040/2017-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

 

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1

 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

 

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1

 The 2017 National 4-H Dairy Conference is October 1-5, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The conference is for 15 to 18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years, who are currently enrolled in 4-H and have an interest in the dairy industry.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation provides funding for two delegates and one chaperone each year.

The conference will be held concurrently with the World Dairy Expo.  National 4-H Dairy Conference delegates may not participate in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest or exhibit cattle at the World Dairy Expo due to time constraints.  You may not have previously attended National 4-H Dairy Conference.  For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit https://national4hdairyconference.org

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/ and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.

 

Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2017 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 to volunteer Charmayne Busker.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2017.  For more information please consult the 2017 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28080154/2017-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf or email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017- Applications Due May 15th!

 The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 17 and end on Wednesday evening, June 21.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

 Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Camp applications can be found at: https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/23111531/2017-Harness-Racing-Camp-Application.pdf  For more information please visit www.hhyf.org

 

2017 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Announced

Congratulations to New Castle County 4-H’er Sarah Brown who is the winner of the 2017 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year essay contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-h Horse Advisory Committee and Peter Stone horses.  Sarah is a member of the Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club and nominated Bree a 21 year old Quarter Horse mare.  In her essay Sarah shared her story of building a relationship with Bree, a previously unloved horse, and how the most important thing Bree taught her was how to find the silver lining of an experience and just enjoy being together.  In the fall, Sarah will receive a custom painted model of Bree generously created and donated by Peter Stone horses.  For more information on Peter Stone horses please visit their website https://www.stonehorses.com/

 

2017 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Rules, Entry Information and Coaches Training

 The rules and guidelines along with the study sections and entry information for the 2017 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl held during the Delaware State Fair has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science web page.  Entries are due via the Delaware State Fair website by June 1.  A training for Avian Bowl coaches will be held at the Kent County Extension Office on Tuesday May 9, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm to assist coaches in understanding the contest and how best to prepare their teams. Please RSVP to Susan Garey by May 5th if you plan on attending.  Visit https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/23111221/Delaware-4-H-Avian-Bowl-Rules-and-Guidelines-2017.pdf for the complete rules and guidelines.

Scholarships!

Camp Scholarships:

It might still be winter but don’t make the mistake of missing out on State Camp and Day Camp Scholarships for this summer! Check them out below!

Mark Manno Memorial Scholarship Application

State 4-H Camp Scholarship

Link’s Grant:

Club’s and 4-H Members, here is your chance to apply for a Link’s grant to help support a project you are doing with you club or as part of your 4-H Project! For more information please look at the application below!

Links Grant Application 2017

Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship:

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year.  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  This form must be submitted electronically to de4h@udel.edu.  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request. Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

Junior Leader Weekend

Wanting to get away for the weekend and hang out with friends while learning valuable leadership skills? Jr. Council members have been planning an exciting weekend for 4-H members 13 and older at the 2017 Junior Leader Weekend!  Space is limited so register early.  Cost: $40.00.  Come, help plan Younger Member Weekend, gain new leadership skills, work on a community service project and have fun working with other New Castle County 4-H teens. Form is due back to the office February 17.

Jr. Leader Weekend Registration Form

What to bring to Jr. leader weekend

 

NCC 4-H Day Camps 2017 Preview

In a world surrounded by dreary winter weather,  hope shines through in the form of NCC 4-H Summer Day Camps….

 

New Castle County 4-H Summer Camps 2017

Cloverbud 4-H Day Camp- June 26 – 30, 2017

During this exciting camp, campers will rotate through mini-classes exploring the treasures of 4-H. Topics include environmental science, healthy living, animal science, culture and much more! Speakers will visit and there will be pool time, opportunities for arts and crafts and a field trip. 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 26- 30, 2017

Campers will enjoy our traditional 4-H camp with a twist, which highlights a variety of exciting pathways, including Science and Technology, Expressive Arts, and Healthy Living. Each afternoon will feature pool time, outdoor games and a field trip is included. The week will conclude with an exciting council circle where groups will show off their talents. 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 26- 30, 2017

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 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 Animal Science Day Camp – August 7-11, 2017

Youth attending this camp will gain a remarkable up-close educational experience with 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 Farm. Campers will focus on dairy, equine, sheep, beef and poultry science. Campers will experience a field trip, hands-on activities and speakers. 50 Camper Maximum

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

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $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 serenac@udel.edu.

REGISTRATION IS COMING SOON……..

 

Animal Science Updates

We’re gearing up for spring events! Please make sure you are aware of important changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive that will impact you if you are participating in an animal project. 

Upcoming events and news follow the information on the VFD below:

New FDA VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) Rules to Impact Youth Livestock Producers Starting Jan 1, 2017!

  • What is a VFD?

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (owner of the animal) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). (1) The client (youth producer) must establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to be able to get a VFD. This is true whether the 4-H member has one food-producing animal or several.

  • When must the VFD be implemented?

January 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics that were previously classified as over-the counter (OTC) drugs. As of January 1, 2017, the FDA requires that clients have a VFD to be able to purchase animal feeds containing these antibiotics.

  • What is a VFD drug?

Antibiotic drugs required to have a VFD order to be added on or in the feed are those deemed by the FDA to be medically important for human medicine. The FDA is concerned that improper or overuse of these antibiotics may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria making it harder to treat human illnesses. Examples include Aureomycin®, Lincomix®, Neo-Terramycin®, penicillin, and tylosin.  These antibiotics are no longer allowed to be used for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. They are still allowed for therapeutic uses under veterinary supervision to (1) treat animals diagnosed with an illness; (2) control the spread of illness in a herd; and (3) prevent illness in healthy animals when exposure is likely. Drugs that do not require a VFD are those that are not deemed medically important to humans. Examples include Rumensin®, Bovatec®, Medacox®, monensin, amprolium, and dewormers. These types of medications can still be used over-the-counter (OTC) for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency, as well as for therapeutic uses (treatment, control and prevention).

  • What species of animals require a VFD?

Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, honey bees and fish, as well as other food-producing species, even if they are not intended for food production. For example, backyard chickens kept as pets still require a VFD for certain antibiotics to be legally added to their feed, and a prescription for certain antibiotics to be added to water.

For more information on the new FDA VFD requirements please visit:

https://u.osu.edu/portage4h/files/2016/12/VFD-Fact-Sheet_4H_-FINAL_5Dec16-1gokega.pdf

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Camp

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals. AVM is held on the beautiful campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, located about 40 minutes west of Boston in North Grafton, MA.

Applications for summer 2017 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2017 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An official transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member of a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI would be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched.  Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 3, 2017:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at www.dpichicken.org or by sending inquiries to morrow@dpichicken.com.

Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline

The second entry deadline for the 2017 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2017.  The entry form can be found here https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28080154/2017-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf

To participate in the 2017 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2017.  All calves, born June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 14, 2016

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2017

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2017

Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

Summer Employment Opportunity With the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Do you love working with horses? Do you love teaching children about horses and horsemanship? Can you drive a truck and horse trailer? Then the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is looking for you! The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is looking for a Summer Programs Supervisor for June 1-August 15.  We are seeking a Summer Programs Supervisor to coordinate our horsemanship camps and outreach events, while supervising care of the Foundation’s stable of Trottingbred horses.  Desired qualifications for the Summer Programs Supervisor 1) Must practice safe horsemanship and have knowledge of racing industry; 2) Must enjoy being with and sharing love of harness racing with young people; 3) must have experience in transporting horses.

HHYF is also looking for a Summer Programs Intern/Assistant -Seeking dedicated individual to serve as assistant in camp program. Must have love of horses (experience with Standardbreds preferred) as well as love of kids. Should be willing to work hard and be team player.  Application deadline is March 1. For more information please visit:

http://www.hhyf.org/employment-opportunities

2017 Spring 4-H/FFA Dairy Show

The Spring 4-H and FFA Dairy Show will be held on April 1, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Entries are due to 4-H volunteer Charmayne Busker by March 3, 2017.  The show is open to all Delmarva Residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss cattle. The show will include both a Junior Division (age 21 & under as of January 1, 2014) and an Open Division which will run concurrently.  For show information and an entry form please visit the state 4-H website http://extension.udel.edu/4h/projects-activities-for-members/4-h-animal-science/

We are always looking for additional show sponsors.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 show, please contact Charmayne by March 3 to be featured on the Spring Show t-shirt.

Delaware Livestock Exposition Benefit Dinner Catered by Mission BBQ – March 11th

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Delaware Livestock Exposition, October 14-15 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.  The show is a junior breeding show for beef cattle, sheep, swine, and Boer goats and is open to exhibitors from across the country.  Entry and registration information is available via our new website at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com  Premiums are paid to the top placing animals in each class.  Sponsors and donors support the Expo financially however we still need your help too!  This show has returned over $225,000 in premiums to our young livestock exhibitors.

The show committee is hosting a benefit dinner and auction catered by Mission BBQ on Saturday, March 11th in the Dover building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $30 each and are available for purchase at the Kent County Extension office beginning in February.   Please email Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or Kristin Cook kristin@udel.edu  to reserve yours now.  All proceeds are used towards Livestock Exposition premiums and expenses.  We are also actively looking for donations of unique items for our silent and live auctions that evening.  Please join us for a fun filled evening to support our livestock youth!

Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl- Entry Deadline February 10, 2017

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 11, 2017 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2017 4-H year. This year we are switching to using the newly updated 2015 4-H Horse Manuals as resource material.  These new versions have the same titles but are the manuals with the blue covers.  We are discontinuing use of the old tan cover versions of the 4-H Horse Manuals. 

Complete rules and the entry form can be found here:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/13081043/2017-HORSE-BOWL-CONTEST.pdf

Horse Bowl entries are due to the State 4-H Office by February 10, 2017.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals(blue cover 2015 version):

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,

“Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”

and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at www.n4hccs.org.

  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!

Age 14 and older: 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- NEW!!

2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl Interest???

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The State 4-H Office is trying to gauge the level of interest in holding a 2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl during the 2017 Delaware State Fair.  If you think that your club will have interest in submitting a team for a 2017 contest, please call or email Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)730-4000 by February 1, 2017.

Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 18th

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 18th at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

2017 YOUTH CONSERVATIONIST PROGRAM- Win a Heritage Breed Ewe

Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Youth interested in applying for the 2017 Youth Conservationist Program

* Must be between 9 and 18 years old.

*Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2017 that includes:

An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals. If for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.  Your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”

Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4-H Advisor, FFA Advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy. The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length. The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.  The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812

740.622.1573    tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

ALL ESSAYS MUST BE MAILED, EMAILED ESSAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday

May 7, 2017.

  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2017 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2017, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations.
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2017 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812

1-740-622-1573    tankewe_cr58@yahoo.com

please note the underscore between tankewe and cr58!

Donors choose the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 17th

Calling all young artists!  With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county offices on or before April 17, 2017 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/27073040/2017-Delaware-4-H-Equine-Art-Contest.pdf

Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017!

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 21 and end on Wednesday evening, June 25.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Registration information and applications can be found on the HHYF website http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications

 

Save the Dates!!

Foods Judging and Favorite Foods Training – Thursday, January 5, 2017 – New Castle County Extension Office

Come out and learn all about the foods judging and what to study for before you compete in the foods judging contest at Favorite Foods! We will have a mock test and go over each section.

State Teen Conference – Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29   Location:  UD Campus, Newark

State 4-H Leader’s Forum – Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Polytech High School 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, DE

Registration Opens – January 4, 2017