Category Archives: Community Service

Stockings for Soldiers and K-9

What better way to give back this holiday season than by giving to those overseas who are fighting for the USA? We will be collecting for Stockings for Soldiers. The following items can be dropped off to the New Castle County 4-H office until Friday, November 18, 2016.

A group of 4-H leaders and members will be going up November 17th from 6-8pm to stuff stockings. If you would like to join the fun contact the county office. If your club would like to go and help pack Stockings for Soldiers please contact Judy Travis at for more information about times.



Club News


Service Project Opportunity

Last winter, UD Extension was able to give out several thousand children’s books to facilities and outreach programs in need. Unfortunately, that was a one time donation. The need for children’s books for lower income families never ends. Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries has reached out again to make a request for donations. If any of our clubs is looking for a service project, this would be a wonderfully rewarding one. Please contact Serena in the 4-H office at 302-831-8965 or and she can put you in touch with the contact person.


Sewing Club leader wanted!4h-sewing-clipart-1

Due to other obligations, Monique will no longer be able to lead the NCC Sewing Club. We would love to keep this club going! She said it would probably best be served by 2 people, but it absolutely needs at least one leader! Obviously, some sewing experience is a must. NCC 4-H already has sewing machines and supplies, we just need a creative leader to thread those machines and use those supplies to help our 4-Hers make some wonderful fabric projects!

If you know anyone who may be interested in heading up this club, please have them contact Kaitlin at 302-831-8965 or They do not have to be an existing 4-H volunteer, but will have to go through the volunteer process to become one if they are interested. The office can assist with that process.



Looking for club photos!

To share in a slideshow at the Achievement Banquet!

If you have any photos of your club doing a fun activity or just being “4-H Proud”, please share them with Serena ASAP (Remember, the Achievement Banquet is on the 18th. Register now!!! ) by emailing them to


Calling anyone who wants to travel!

ATTENTION youth 13 and over: If you are interested in traveling and seeing how 4-Her’s in a different state are active, this is the group for you. Monday, October 24 at 8pm (after the Jr. Council meeting) we will be have a meeting for the upcoming Exchange program! Please come if interested or let Kaitlin know if you can not make it but still interested.

Delaware State Fair Jr. Board Now Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2016 for 6 positions on the 12 member DSF Jr. Board. This opportunity is available to youth age 16-21 (as of 10/31/16). There are usually two members selected from each county. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Jr. Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of the Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place mid-October may be required.

Junior Board Member Application 2016
If you have any questions please call the Delaware State Fair office at    302-398-3629.


June Animal Science Updates

Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 26th in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Classes are available for exhibitors 21 and under in sheep, dairy goats, poultry and waterfowl, and small animals ranging from rabbits and cavys to lizards and snakes!  Please check their website for entry information and directions. Entries must be postmarked by June 23.  For questions please e-mail Robin Bruins or call 609-259-2347.

 State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair will be held on Wednesday July 27, 2016 beginning at 9:00 am in the Quillen Arena. Youth participants will be expected to judge 3 halter classes and two performance classes.  One of the performance classes will be reining this year.  The pattern will be provided in     mid-June and participants will be permitted to use the pattern in the contest.  The reining class will count towards the participants overall contest score but will not be a reasons class.

Here are some resources, in addition to the resources listed in the Delaware 4-H Horse Judging Leaders Guide to specifically help prepare for the reining class:

Reining Article

Horse Judging Youtube Video

4-H Horse Judging Guide – Oklahoma State

Reining Judging Guide – MSU

Reining Score Card


51st State 4-H Horse Show

The 51st Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 29,  2016 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  All participants must have been enrolled as a 4-H member by March 1.  Horses do not need to be stabled on the fairgrounds and may ship in just for the day.  Horses and ponies need to have proof of a current negative Coggins test as well as proof of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhino (EHV) within the last 180 days.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  A complete class list is available on the State    4-H Animal Science website.  For more information, please email  Susan Garey or call (302)730-4000.


Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 19th

 All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 19, 2016.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Rate of Gain Contest Rules

Rate of Gain Contest Entry Form


Delaware Livestock Exposition- date change for 2016!!

The 2016 Delaware Livestock Exposition will be held October 15-16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a youth breeding show open to exhibitors ages 21 and younger.  For more information please visit the expo website, find us on Facebook, or contact Susan Garey or Kristin Cook or call (302)730-4000.

Volunteers needed for AG Day 2016


Youth and adult volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 30 to assist with the 4-H Food Smart Families display. FSF will feature an interactive “Grocery Shopping Simulation” during AG Day and we need YOUR help! Shifts will be 1-2 hours long and will require about 10 people per shift. If you are available to assist with the display, please e-mail Kathleen Splane or call (302) 730-4000.

Looking for 4-H club exhibitors for Ag Day 2016

AGDayposter-2016Ag Day will be Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This exciting event is held on the University of Delaware – College of Ag and Natural Resources Campus.

Local 4-H clubs are invited to set-up an exhibit in the 4-H/Cooperative Extension tent. There is no cost to Delaware 4-H clubs wishing to exhibit. As a 4-H club you only need to fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form. Do not submit the online form through the CANR website, as that form is only for outside vendors.

The Ag Day registration form is due to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 18. Please only submit one form per club. Contact Mallory Vogl at (302) 831-8965.

Reporter’s Corner: Keeping up with the Clubs

Summit Bridge Club

In January, the Summit Bridge Club had an amazing turnout for the first meeting of the year. The pledges were led by Liam O’Hop and Parker Hickey. They both did an amazing job, so a big pat on the back to them! The club received a report from the Salvation Army Bucket Leader, who collects the money from the buckets of the seasonal bell ringers. He said the balance collected from his buckets was one of the highest donation amounts in the last 27 years. That total was $20,994.80.  We also talked about ways to be active for 60 minutes a day and about the Favorite Foods contest and food judging. Those that had participated in the contest in the past gave some details about what it is all about and some helpful hints to those who were interested in participating this year.

Clover Quest

This month’s meeting was a winter wonderland! Veronica and Miriam Kogut led the pledges. Miss Blaky, our club leader, reminded us about the favorite food contest. Then we split up and played games. The teens are learning and working on Consumer bowl. Miriam Kogut provided snacks and a presentation on herbs.  Using what we learned, we made lavender bath salt and ate a snack filled with tasty herbs. Miriam even made a tea with herbs. Thank you Miriam for this fun filled activity and delicious snack! Then Kyle Merritt closed the meeting.

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Dream with Disney – 2016 State Teen Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

As we near the holidays, we are very pleased to offer the new and improved online registration for the 2016 State Teen Conference.
Dream with Disney – If you can dream it, you can do it!
The conference will be held on January 30-31, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark. This year, the conference falls during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, so the event will feature a guest speaker who has experienced the real-life effects of addiction. Other workshop topics include Breaking the Code-A Bully Simulation and Social Media & Connections to Careers.
Participants will also be creating Wellness Kits for a local homeless shelter. New Castle County 4-Hers are asked to bring travel-size non-perishable snacks including goldfish, crackers, granola bars, etc.
The cost is $50 for active Junior Council members and $100 for all other Delaware 4-Hers, age 13 and above.  The discount will automatically be added to your registration when you click the “Jr. Council” button. If you are not sure if you qualify for the discount, please contact the 4-H office.
Registration and payment are due January 20, 2016!
2016 State Teen Conference Forms
You can find additional information at the State 4-H Website. E-mail Mallory Vogl or call (302) 831-8965 with questions regarding this event.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Drive

A volunteer opportunity for everyone to engage in! Want to get into the Christmas Spirit and give back to a great cause? Now is your chance! There is an opportunity to Ring the Bell at a number of different stores in the Newark area.



The following spaces are available for sign up:

Saturday, December 12th (5 Hours):                                                            Acme Suburban Plaza – 6-7 PM (1 Hour)                                                              K-Mart College Square – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                       JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 11 AM to 1 PM (2 Hours)

Wednesday, December 16th (1 Hour)                                                                JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 8-9 PM (1 Hour)

Thursday, December 17th (3 Hours)                                                                     JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)

Friday, December 18th (6 Hours)                                                                         K-Mart College Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)                                                      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 5-9 PM (4 hours)

Saturday, December 19th (12 Hours)                                                            Acme Suburban Plaza – 2-6 PM (4 Hours)                                                        K-Mart College Square – 9-11 AM (2 Hours) and 3-5 PM (2 Hours)      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 9-11 AM (2 Hours) and 7-9 PM (2 hours)

Tuesday, December 22nd (3 Hours)                                                                      JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)

Wednesday, December 23rd (9 Hours)                                                            K-Mart Pike Creek – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                                K-Mart College Square – 5-7 PM (2 Hours)                                                        JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 6-9 PM (3 hours)                                              K-Mart Governor’s Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)

Christmas Eve, December 24th (13 Hours)                                                    K-Mart Pike Creek – 2-4 PM (2 Hours)                                                                K-Mart College Square – 2-6 PM (4 Hours)                                                       JC Penney’s Price’s Corner – 1-6 PM (5 hours)                                                  K-Mart Governor’s Square – 7-9 PM (2 Hours)

If you would like an opportunity to give back and ring the bell please contact Toland Vanstan at either (302) 738-4168 (H)                                                                                                            or (302) 540-1539 (C)

Holiday Community Service Opportunities

Donations of winter items are now being collected!

Over Thanksgiving Break, the Future Discovery Team graciously set up and
decorated the Christmas tree at the 4-H Office. As has been the tradition for the last
eight years, we are asking clubs to help us decorate the tree with hats, gloves,
and scarves.
Right before Christmas, the donations will be delivered to  the New
Castle Adopt-a-Family organization. They will make our gifts available to the families they have approved for their program. Their members can pick the hats, gloves, and scarves they need for themselves or they would like to give to a family members as gifts.
Please add warmth to your heart and to the spirit of the Christmas season by helping us collect these pieces of clothing to keep many deserving members of our community warm and safe during the upcoming predicted cold winter. Last year we collected over 100 items! We would love to match that number this year!
Now that the smell of winter is in the air,
please show others how much you care. 
Come in and donate warm winter mittens, hats, gloves, and scarfs so others can stay warm in the cold air.
Place your new donated items on the Christmas tree, so it will not be so bare. 
Thank you helping us spread holiday cheer!! 


Code Purple Donations being accepted through December 18!



Brae’s Brown Bags (3B) is a non-profit organization that was created by Braden Mannering that provides healthy and delicious snacks to individuals in need. Braeden, a 12-year old student from Bear, DE has supplied 4,163 brown bags to thousands of people since July 2013.

Braeden’s efforts are significant, but he could not reach nearly as many people if it were not for the donations and contributions of many community members.  Braeden has collaborated with several 4-H clubs throughout the county to continue striving to provide a hope and nourishment to each person that receives a bag from 3B.

3B is in need of the following items:

Snack Foods

  • Fruit snacks (made with real fruit)
  • Individual size snack bags: gold fish, pretzels, trail mix, animal crackers, etc.
  • Protein bars, breakfast bars, low-fat pop tarts

Weather Protection Items

  • Hand warmers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves


  • Travel-size shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush

Children’s Items

  • New or gently used books
  • Crayons
  • Coloring Books
  • Activity Pads

*Donations are greatly appreciated, however, it is important to realize that nutritional value is very important to Braeden and 3B. All 3B bags are below 180 calories, so please do not donate snacks that could be considered unhealthy.

If you wish to contribute, please drop off your donations to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, December 18.

To find out more about 3B and Braeden’s mission, please visit the 3B website. If you want to get involved or speak with Braeden directly, feel free to fill out the “Contact Braeden Quinn form”.




4-Her’s in the NEWS!

Colleen Murray named “STEM Innovator of the Year”

Colleen Murray
Congratulations to New Castle County 4-Her, Colleen Murray, for being named 2015 STEM Youth Innovator of the Year by National 4-H Council. Colleen received this prestigious award for her efforts within the area of STEM and her commitment to educating local youth about the importance of STEM education. In addition to a $500 scholarship, Colleen was also awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to assist with the 4-H National Youth Science DayA special thank you to the sponsors of this award: National 4-H Council and HughesNet.

To find out more about Colleen’s achievement, please read the articles from UDaily or Delaware Online .

National 4-H Dairy Conference

4-H‘er Spring Vasey of the Country Time 4-H Club in Kent County is currently attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin. While there, Spring is participating in dairy science workshops and field trips along with approximately 200 other dairy project members from across the United States and Canada. Exploration of dairy related careers, dairy production, marketing, genetics and production and processing of dairy products are a few of the subjects they will be exposed to. In addition, she will also have the opportunity to spend a day at the World Dairy Expo. Spring is being chaperoned by 4-H volunteer Jody Vasey of Kent County. Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members! If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, applications will be due May 1, 2016.