Category Archives: Fall Events

Public Speaking Contest


NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest, Thursday, November 22 at 6:00 pm at the Brandywine Hundred Library

Because we hold our competition a little earlier than the rest of the state, we’ve altered the age requirement. Please pay careful attention to this change when filling out the form. Deadline for registration is November 14.

If you have any questions please contact the NCC 4-H office at 302-831-8965.


Public Speaking Registration Form


Statewide Volunteer Training Summit


Dear Delaware 4-H Volunteers,


I want to bring to your attention an opportunity that will benefit all Delaware 4-H volunteers.  The State 4-H Office will be hosting a volunteer training summit for all Delaware 4-H volunteers on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Delaware, Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.  The summit will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run till 3:00 p.m. with lunch included. Click here for more info.


While this summit is geared towards and will be particularly helpful to new volunteer leaders, the day will surely be a benefit to any Delaware 4-H leader looking for a “tune up” on the basics of 4-H and more importantly, on how all of us together can improve our knowledge to have a more meaningful impact in the lives of our Delaware 4-H youth.  Please join me and other Delaware 4-H staff and volunteers for what is sure to be a rich day of learning and sharing!


While I have your attention, please mark your calendar for our annual state wide Delaware 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum to be held Saturday, February 4, 2017.   The event will be held at Polytech High School in Woodside.  More information on this event will be available closer to Thanksgiving.


Thank you again for all you do for our 4-H youth.  As we gear up for National 4-H week, the first full week in October, all of us on the 4-H staff send you our best wishes and hope to see you in Georgetown on October 22, 2016 for what is sure to be a fun day of training!




Dr. Ernie Lopez

State 4-H Volunteer Specialist

University of Delaware

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Calling all Makers to the National Youth Maker Summit!


Get creative, get innovative at the  National Youth Maker Summit, November 10-13, 2016.

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 Maker Summit in Washington, DC. The National Youth Maker Summit caters to high school aged students who are curious and industrious. To be a Maker is to build, experiment and tinker with a variety of mediums. Participants will spend three days learning about engineering, invention and creativity through innovative workshops. They will have the opportunity to make what they can with a variety of materials from a range of fields, utilizing their resourcefulness and creativity, and learn how they can take back and share this information with other youth in Delaware. This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2016.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application to be considered to attend this conference.

Applications and info can be found here

Application deadline extended! 

This application is due to Doug Crouse by Monday, October 17, 2016. Mail of Fax application to: Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader 531 S. College Avenue 113 Townsend Hall Newark, DE 19716






Window Display and Banner Contest 2016

4-H BannerNational 4-H Week provides a great opportunity to put New Castle County 4-H and your individual club in the spotlight! This year think about how your club can encourage others in the community to become a 4-H member.  Believe it or not, there are still people who have never heard of 4-H! This is your opportunity to show your community all of the fun, exciting, and meaningful programs 4-H’ers take part in.

Window Displays: Clubs are encouraged to design a window display that will be placed in the community. Great locations include grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pet supply stores, local businesses, etc. Put your creativity to use and design an eye catching display that will spark public interest in 4-H.

Banners: Individual members of 4‐H clubs are encouraged to design and display a 4‐H banner in the community during National 4‐H Week.


  • Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Monday, October 3 and remain displayed until 5:00pm , Sunday, October 9.
  • Window displays can be a maximum of 7’x 30”
  • Banner must be 2 ’ x 3’ in dimension
  • Registrations are due to the NCC Extension office by Monday, September 26
  • Displays will be judged and the top three winners in each category will be announced at the New Castle County 4-H Achievement Night in October


If you submit a registration form, but your club is unable to participate in the contest, please contact Serena at (302) 831-8965 or no later than Friday, September 30.

2016 Window Display/Banner Contest Registration Form


This training is for all leaders: new, existing, experiences, and those considering becoming a new 4-H leader. Come out and learn the basics of the 4-H program, gather ideas for the upcoming year, and talk with other leaders about their 4-H program.

Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm at NCC Extension Office

Register with Serena at the 4-H Office or by email at by Friday, September 16.


Announcing Fall 4-H Science Saturdays

Science Saturday Butterfly demoGet out of the classroom this fall and have some hands-on fun with learning during our 4-H Science Saturdays! With workshops “in the field”, “in the lab” and “down on the farm”, you’ll want to leap out of bed on Saturday mornings!

Register early so you don’t miss out! 

2016 4-H Science Saturday Workshop Series Description

Click here for mail in registration form

Return registrations and payment to the NCC office at least one week prior to workshop. Early registration is greatly appreciated!

For more info, please call 302-831-8965 or email Serena at

2015 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The 2015 Public Speaking Contest for NCC 4-H will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00pm. This event serves as a qualified for the Delaware State Fair contest and will return to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

This contest helps develop public speaking skills and is a great experience for 4-H members of all ages. Cloverbud members are encouraged to participate in this contest. Additionally, the contest is broken down into 4 divisions:

  • Beginner I (Ages 8-9)
  • Beginner II (Ages 10-11)
  • Junior (Ages 12-13)
  • Senior (Ages 14-19)

Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources


Stewards of Children – Training opportunity for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers


Stewards of Children Training

Stewards of Children postcard


4-H Leaders and Volunteers:

You are invited to attend the Stewards for Children training on Monday, November 23. This training will be held in conjunction with the November Leader’s Association meeting. In order to accommodate this training, we will be switching our schedule slightly. The leader’s meeting will be held at the Extension Office from 6:00-6:30pm. Following the brief meeting, our 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Dr. Ernie Lopez, will be conducting the Stewards of Children Training. Dinner will be provided for all training participants.

Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse training that is required by all UD Extension Staff and is strongly encouraged to all of our 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Although this training is not required, it is highly recommended.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bishop by Friday, November 20. You can reach e-mail Lisa or call (302) 831-8965.

For more information, please review the Stewards of Children Training letter from Dr. Lopez.

Stewards of Children – Postcard

Public Speaking contest returns to Brandywine Library

Public Speaking pic - October 2015Join NCC 4-H’ers, parents and staff at the Brandywine Hundred Library for the 2015 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The state fair qualifier event will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00pm.

Public speaking skills are consistently ranked in the top five among the desired skill sets of a professional. In 4-H, we set out to develop these skills at an early age and continue to cultivate the art of communication into adulthood. In addition to enhancing the ability to effectively communicate; this contest also contributes to an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, development of critical thinking skills and an expansion of skills for planning and preparation.

As you can see, there are many benefits to participating in the upcoming public speaking event. Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources

Paper Clover Fundraiser

paper-clover-bannerNational 4-H Week is October 4-10, 2015. We are looking for clubs interested in promoting 4-H and supporting the Paper Clover Fundraiser!

This fundraiser is sponsored through our local Tractor Supply.

The funds collected from the Paper Clover Fundraiser support the yearly purchase of 4-H Project Books. Delaware 4-H wants to continue providing these books at NO COST to 4-H members. Participation in this fundraiser will assist with being able to offer these books free of charge.

If you are interested in setting up an event, please e-mail Mallory Vogl. If you have any questions for Tractor Supply, please contact the Assistant Manager, Christy:

Christy Voshell (Assistant Manager)
(302) 376-5900
912 Middletown Warwick Rd.
Middletown, DE 19709