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Fair Walking Challenge

Let’s Crush It!

Get Walking with Delaware 4-H

Join the Delaware 4-H weeklong walking challenge during the Delaware State Fair. The contest will officially start Thursday, July 21st and run thought Saturday, July 30th. Register by Tuesday, July 19th to receive your code to submit your steps daily. Prizes will be awarded for the participant with the most steps in each age category and the most overall steps. Pedometers will be available for anyone needing one.

 

Register today!

Register HERE

 

Age Categories:

Cloverbud (5-7 year old)

8-10 year old

11-13 year old

14-16 year old

17-19 year old

Adults

 

For any questions please contact Lindsay lgooden@udel.edu or Kaitlin kklair@udel.edu

DE 4-H Science Trip Series

James Farm Preserve

30048 CEDAR NECK RD.
OCEAN VIEW, DE 19970

SAUTURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022
PROGRAM STARTS AT 10:00AM

Do you like to be outside and explore nature?  This trip is for you!  The James Farm Preserve will offer a variety of educational activities for our group from hiking through a maritime forest to seining in the Indian River Bay.  Participants will also be able to have a guided kayak tour of the bay!

What you need to bring:  Bag Lunch, Water, Clothes and close toed shoes that could get wet, hat, change of clothes, towel, sunscreen, bug spray

Bus will pick up any New Castle and Kent County members at the Kent 4-H Office at 8:30am

Program starts at 10:00 am

Leave James Farm Preserve at 2:00 pm

Bus will return to Kent County 4-H Office at 3:15 pm(depending upon traffic).

Kayak Tour Cost $10.00 (non-refundable)

Registration Link:  http://www.udel.edu/009626

DE 4-H at the Blue Rocks

Come out and join the Delaware 4-H Program on August 14th for “4-H Day” at a Wilmington Blue Rocks 1pm baseball game in Frawley Stadium. 

This will be a fun and great social time for all who attend, and we join together to cheer on the Blue Rocks team to a victory!  Any 4-H member, volunteer, family member or friend is welcome to purchase tickets and be part of this event.  Let’s let them know Delaware 4-H is in the stadium!

Tickets are $15 per person. 

Registration at www.udel.edu/009619

Help the Health Ambassadors with their CANengineering Project

HAWAs are collecting items for the CANgineering Food Bank project and planning to build a food sculpture for judging! HAWAs will collect food May 2nd-May 20th to create a food sculpture at NCC Extension OFFICE, May 21st. Donations can be dropped off between 8:30am-4:00pm M-F at NCC office, or make arrangements with asaienni@udel.edu for outside these hours. Please consider these high priority items: Peanut butter, Canned vegetables, Canned soups, Canned meats; like tuna and chicken, Canned fruits, Canned dinners (spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, etc.) as a reminder no food can be donated in glass containers. Find out more details here:  http://www.fbd.org/cangineering/

Healthy Habits Opportunities

Calling all Healthy Habits program participants for our first

Get Experience in Mindfulness Family Day

@ Lums Pond State Park!

Saturday May 14th 10:00am-2:00pm

Join us for mindfulness activities for the family including; all levels family friendly yoga, a self-guided mindful walk through the state park, immersive activities and crafts and a chance to win a 2022 Annual State Park Pass good through November 2022!

Register HERE


Mental Health Awareness Month Family Wellness Challenge!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! We know mental health is strongly linked with overall health. For the month of May consider joining our May Family Wellness Challenge to boost your family’s overall health

Register HERE


For 4-H Teens

Teens as Teachers: Get Experience in Mindfulness Training goes Hybrid!

Are you a teen between 13-18 with an interest in mindfulness, health, and wellness?

Register HERE to become trained in our GEM-Get Experience in Mindfulness curriculum

Summer Nutrition Teens As Teachers Training!

Saturday June 11th 11:00am-3:00pm at NCC Cooperative Extension, 461 Wyoming Rd Newark, DE 19716

Register HERE

Botvin Parenting LifeSkills Webinars


2-Session Series: May 16 and 23, 2022

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

It is recommended participants attend both sessions on May 16 & 23, 2022. If unable to do so, you may register for only one session. Presented via Zoom.

Botvin Parenting LifeSkills Program is designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs. This program contains materials and exercises that help parents teach their children the skills that help them resist the threats of tobacco, drugs, and violence. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Hughes.

Register HERE

 

DE 4-H Science Trip-The Turkey Hill Experience

Join us on Thursday, April 21 for a trip to the Turkey Hill Experience! 

For current 4-H members only. Each member must have an accompanying adult.

 We understand this trip is during many parent’s workday.  If parents are unable to attend, please reach out to your club leader or the 4-H office in your county to discuss options for finding an adult to be responsible for your child.

Pack a Bag Lunch
Coach Bus will pick up at Kent County Office at 7:30 am and New Castle County Office at 8:30 am

Program starts at 11:15 am

Leave Turkey Hill at 2 pm

Return to New Castle County around 3:30 pm and Kent County around 4:15pm (depending upon traffic).
Cost $20.00 (non-refundable)

Registration closes at 5 pm on Wed., April 13. 

Register HERE

 

Legislative Day 2022

Delaware 4‐H Legislative Day promotes Delaware 4‐H. It is an educational opportunity to learn about Delaware’s government and an opportunity to express appreciation to our legislators for their continued support of 4‐H.

4-H’ers can participate in Legislative Day for more than one year as we offer different programs for different year’s participants. We encourage your participation this year!

Legislative Hall – Dover, DE
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

This event has a cost of $10 per participant
Checks and cash only. Sorry, no refunds can be processed.

Checks payable to the ‘University of Delaware’ should be sent or delivered to:

Carvel Research and Education Center
c/o Kaleb Scott – 4-H Legislative Day
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947

Applications due by Friday, April 22

Register HERE

DE 4-H Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

As you may recall, we just recognized a class on new laureates for the Delaware Hall of Fame in October last year.  This was actually the class from 2020 that had been delayed due to the COVID situation.  In order to get back on track, the Delaware 4-H Foundation we will be accepting nominations of individuals for the 2022 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame induction.  This event is planned to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

Nominations are currently being accepted and can be submitted up until May 1, 2022.

You can nominate someone HERE

Archery Trainings Available This Spring

 

These trainings are offered to anyone, unless otherwise noted. Youth may attend any of the opportunities listed below.

You will need to indicate on the form if you are new to archery or if you have attended an archery meeting/training in the past.  This will give us an idea about attendees who plan to attend so we can offer the assistance needed.

*Parents/Responsible Adults are asked to remain on site during the duration of the event, unless otherwise arranged.

 

New Castle County

April 10, and May 22 both shoots will be 4 pm – 6 pm

Ebling Farm: 997 Caldwell Corner Rd Townsend DE 19734

Instructor: Laura Campbell

Contact: Jenny Trunfio, jtrunfio@udel.edu

 

Kent County

Each Date will have 2 options, you may sign up for one option per date.

April 14  5:00pm or 6:00pm

April 15  10:00am or 11:00am

April 22  10:00am or 11:00am

April 23  10:00am or 11:00am

All dates will be held 583 Shady Bridge Rd, Marydel, De

*Participant parents will be asked to complete a hold harmless on behalf of the property owner at arrival

Instructor: Gary Utley

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

 

 

Sussex County

March 27 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

April 24 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm.  (5-6 members each hour)

May 9 – Safety Training at Sussex 4-H Office at 7:00 pm (Bo Waller)

May 21- Archery Practice (for those who have safety training) at Sussex 4-H Office during Links Spring Fair

Contact: Jill Jackson, jackson@udel.edu

Get Involved for Earth Day!

Every year on April 22nd, the birth of an environmental movement originating in 1970 is celebrated!

Origins of Earth Day

In the time leading up to the first Earth Day, the people of The United States were focused on industry and driving inefficient vehicles. Air pollution was occurring, and the environment was an afterthought.

However, certain individuals were taking notice. A New York’s Times best seller book was written by Rachel Carson in 1962 called Silent Spring that brought light to environmental impact. After the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a teach-in that would occur on college campuses. April 22nd was selected as the special day; it was a weekday between spring break and final exams.

This showing inspired 20 million Americans to act against the harm to the environment. Protests and rallies began popping up across the country. Republicans and Democrats alike began to take notice. Soon the Environmental Protection Agency would be created and many acts, to further protect the environment, would be drafted.

In 1990, Earth Day goes global. Over 200 million people around the world begin to help improve the environment. Now, Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world!

Did you know?

1. Pollution is one of the biggest global killers, affecting over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.

2. In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.

3. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.

(11 Facts About Pollution, n.d.)

How Can you Contribute?

There are many ways to advocate for Earth Day! Individuals could take civic action by pledging to support climate and environmental literacy and by creating an Earth Day window sign. Community action can be taken by getting rid of plastics and other non-biodegradable products from the environment. Also, a tree planting event could be considered. Lastly, individual impact can be taken by speaking up against pollution, using reusable bags at the grocery store, using reusable utensils for food/drink, and refusing to litter. Every day humans can make cumulative positive decisions in protecting our Earth!

4-H Litter Barrel Contest

To promote litter awareness and the work of the 4-H program, all clubs are encouraged to design and paint a litter barrel to place out in their community. Get your art supplies out and come up with a creative theme to promote litter awareness and 4-H! Litter Barrels are typically in place year-round so watch for a 4-H litter barrel as you travel throughout Delaware and put litter in its place.

What is Plogging?

Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter. The word is derived from Sweden where it started being organized around 2016. In 2018, this activity started to move into other countries due to an

increased concern about plastic pollution. Plogging helps clean up the planet and helps keep individuals physically fit!

4-H Plogging for a Purpose

Plogging for a Purpose: protecting the environment, promoting wellness, and preventing risky behaviors. Want to help the environment while improving your physical wellness? Join Delaware 4-H in plogging, an activity that combines jogging and picking up litter. Throughout the year, we are hosting multiple plogging campaigns, where you can pick up litter while jogging/walking in their local neighborhoods and parks. This initiative raises awareness of recovery while improving environmental, physical, emotional, and social wellness for all.

 

Plogging for Earth Day (April 18-April- April 23)

The goal of this initiative is to pick up as much trash as possible while you are out jogging (plogging) or hiking (pliking). After your event, weigh how much trash you or your group collect and how many steps you took/mileage covered/minutes you plogged. Participants will be responsible for proper disposal of the litter collected.

Register HERE

 

Watch Delaware 4-H’s Plogging Vlog (video) here. https://youtu.be/HnFPjmD-QRU

 

References

11 Facts About Pollution. (n.d.). DoSomething.org. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from

 

earthday.org. (2019). The History of Earth Day | Earth Day. Earth Day. 

Ag Day 2022: Commitment to Conservation

Ag Day is a community event hosted by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that brings agriculture and natural resources to life. 4-H has a long-standing presence at Ag Day and we are planning to be part of the Extension tent again this year. One of our goals this year is to help visitors better understand all the types of topics people can learn about by engaging with Extension. The theme for this year’s AG Day is “Commitment to Conservation”. We are asking that all exhibitors embrace this theme as they determine what they will be showcasing this year.

If your club would like to participate in the 45th Ag Day, on April 30th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the University of Delaware Ag Campus, please follow these instructions:

 

1. Fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form and return it to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 25, 2022. Do not fill out the online Ag Day form! All 4-H registrations will be handled by the NCC 4-H office.

 

2. Please indicate what your club is interested in doing at Ag Day. You may check off more than one area. We would like as many clubs to participate as possible. We are suggesting you share a project area that is of interest to your club that showcases the “Commitment to Conservation” theme. We would like to have a variety of activities and projects highlighted, so knowing this information ahead of time will allow for this. Let us know if you need help with an idea or supplies.

 

3. Please tell us your space needs for the day. Though we will have the entire tent, we would like to utilize the space well. A standard exhibit includes 1 table (8 ft. x 30 in. x 30 in) and 2 chairs. Please try to limit the amount of extra tables and chairs your club requests as much as possible; we will do our best to honor all requests.

 

4. There is no cost for 4-H clubs! Because 4-H is an educational group and 4-H clubs are such an important part of Ag Day, there is no cost for Delaware 4-H clubs presenting educational exhibits, demonstrations, or activities at Ag Day.

 

Remember, registrations are due to the county 4-H office no later than March 25, 2022. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Kaitlin at 383-9100 or kklair@udel.edu. Information about set-up for the day of the event will be sent to the club contact on the registration form.

We hope to see you at Ag Day on April 30, 2022

AG Day 2022 Registration

Printable 2022 Ag Day Registration-4-H

Walk Across Delaware

Join us in this pilot program for Walk across Delaware April 4th – May 27th!
Get out there and walk! You will track your miles walked during the week and submit on Sundays.
We will be “walking”  (virtually) from Delmar, DE to the UD Main Campus in Newark, DE which is approximately 96 miles.
We will be taking a small group of participants as we are piloting this program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Kaitlin or Mrs. Lindsay.

Register HERE today!

Egg my Yard

Surprise someone Easter morning!

Your treat filled eggs will be delivered to your yard on Saturday April 16th, 2022 (scattered not hidden). If there is bad weather Saturday night, the eggs will be left in a basket on the porch!

Egg Count:
25 Eggs — $25
50 Eggs — $35
100 Eggs — $60

Register HERE

Order by:
Friday, April 1st, 2022
Make Checks Payable to: NCC 4-H Exchange Group

All proceeds benefit various programs of New Castle County 4-H.

For more information email Ms. Kaitlin at kklair@udel.edu or call the Extension Office 302-831-8965

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 April 28th 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!

2022 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest

Sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau

1. This event is open to all enrolled 4-H and FFA youth. Youth that are enrolled in both the 4-H and the FFA program are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Cloverbuds are not eligible to participate in this contest.

2. All animals must be weighed at the weigh-in for their county and at the final weigh-in for their specific species during the Delaware State Fair.

2022 County weigh-in dates are as follows:

· May 7th- Cook Farm- Newark 9 am-11- New Castle County

· May 15th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 9 am- 11 am- Kent/Sussex County – this is a Sunday!

· May 24th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 5pm -8 pm- Kent/Sussex County (Final DSF Tagging Date)

 

3. All animals must be weighed on a scale certified or evaluated for this activity by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. An official weigh master and recorder will be designated at each weigh-in. The weigh master cannot have a child participating in the event. The recorder will obtain the following data: name of youth, complete mailing address, tag number of animal, gender of animal, breed of animal, along with weight. The recorder should forward all information to Susan Garey within one week of weigh-in.

4. Animals must make weight (minimum and maximum) for the specific species as outlined in the Delaware State Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the DSF.

5. Young people who are members of a 4-H club in one county and a FFA chapter in another county must choose one tagging/weigh date to attend. You are not permitted to weigh at more than one location. This means that you are designating which organization (4-H or FFA) and county Rate of Gain contest you are eligible for.

6. All participants must submit a record sheet to Susan Garey by August 15, 2022 to be eligible for this activity. The entry form must be actually signed by the member and all requested authorized parties in order to be eligible.

7. Should there be less than two animals in a species, animals must make the following minimum daily weight gain: lambs – .30 lb.; goat – .2 lb.; steer – 1 lb.; swine 1.25 in order to be eligible to receive the rate of gain award for their respective county.

8. The Delaware Farm Bureau will recognize the young person owning the animal with the best rate of gain in market goat, market lamb, and steer projects in each county with categories for both 4-H and FFA members. County winners will be recognized at their respective County Farm Bureau banquet.

2022 Rate of Gain Contest entry form

2022 YQCA Certification

2022 Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide. Program ages are calculated as of January 1 of the current year.

Options for obtaining a qualifying quality assurance certification to be able to show a market animal at the 2022 DSF are:

· Ages 5-6- A parent, guardian or responsible adult must have a current quality assurance certification. Options to fulfill this requirement include PQA(Pork Quality Assurance) or BQA (Beef Quality Assurance https://www.bqa.org/certification/online-certification) adult online trainings or parents can either attend a YQCA classroom training session(email Susan directly to register) with their 5-6 year old to obtain a valid QA certification to meet the DSF requirement. Please contact Susan Garey if you would like to be granted access to the online Adult PQA certification training to cover youth ages 5-6. An email address is required.

· Ages 7-18- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification obtained either through an YQCA classroom training session or YQCA online.

· Ages 19-21- The youth market exhibitor must have a current YQCA certification that can only be obtained online as per the YQCA program rules.

Youth YQCA certification is valid for one year.

 

In order for youth ages 7-21 to participate in either an online or in person classroom YQCA training session, they must register and create a profile at http://yqca.org For youth age 7-12, parents are required to register their youth on the YQCA website. Once registered select the appropriate class you plan to attend. Fees will be charged at the time of registration and can be paid by credit card.

The YQCA classroom training costs $3.00 and the online training costs $12.00. These fees are paid online and go directly to YQCA even if you are attending an in person training. This should be completed prior to coming to the in person training. Youth completing the online YQCA training will take the online module that corresponds to their age as of January 1 of the current year.

 

The following YQCA in person class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

· Wednesday, May 11, 2022- New Castle County Extension Office, Newark 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance-must register by May 9

· Thursday, May 26, 2022- UD Carvel Center, Georgetown 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by May 24

· Tuesday, June 7, 2022- Kent County Extension Office, Dover 6:30-8:30 pm- registration required in advance- must register by June 6

 

Additional date(s) may be added as interest warrants. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, you must register in advance so that we can ensure enough space and training materials. Please contact Susan Garey truehart@udel.edu or (302)242-1510 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to Quality Assurance/YQCA certification needs.