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Virtual State Teen Conference

Delaware 4-H 2021 Virtual State Teen Conference
Theme:  4-H Heroes:  Masking up for 4-H (Superhero Theme)
Event Date:  February 13, 2021
Time:  10am-Noon and 1pm-2:30pm (All day event)
 4-H Members 13 and older are invited to join DE 4-H State Teen Council members as they lead workshops on leadership, teambuilding, STEM, Healthy Living and Community Service.  UD Collegiate 4-H will also be leading a panel discussion.
Register By:  January 22, 2021

The Zoom link and password will be sent out 1 week prior to the event.  Event supplies will also be provided 1 week before.  Please contact Melissa in the State Office with questions.

Science Corner

❄❄Make Your Own Snowglobe           for January❄❄

-Kristin Cook, 4-H Educator
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension


Empty Jar with Lid
White Glitter
Small Animals, Toys, Houses, Trees to Decorate


❄Glue the toys or other decorations to the inside of the lid, making sure the lid can still fit on the jar.

❄Fill the jar halfway with glycerin, then fill it almost to the top with water, then stir to mix.

❄Add a small amount of glitter. Stir with a spoon to test the ‘snow’ effect, and add more until you get the flurries or blizzard you like.

❄Fill the jar up the rest of the way, until the water is just above the top of the jar.

❄Gently put the lid on and screw it securely to the jar.

❄Wipe any water off the jar, and put some hot glue or tape around the lid.

Enjoy your snow globe!

How does it work?

Glycerin has a very high viscosity. Viscosity is how ‘thick’ a liquid is, how easily it pours. Honey and syrup have pretty high viscosities, water and rubbing alcohol have very low viscosities. Having a mixture of water and glycerin means the liquid inside your snow globe slows the glitter down as gravity pulls it down. This helps it look more like snow.

Delaware’s Hunting Laws and Regulations DNREC Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Join us on Thursday, November 5th for an engaging presentation by Sgt. Chillas with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resource Police on Delaware’s New Hunting Laws and Regulations. She will be discussing the new Hunter Score Card (punch tag) and the proper use of the carcass tags.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to attend.

If you have any specific questions you would like to have addressed during the session please contact Gary Utley at or 302-272-0026.

Registration Required- Register HERE

National Conference Opportunities


National Youth Summit on Healthy Living (Virtual): February 11-14, 2021

At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address issues surrounding nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Working alongside professionals in family consumer science and healthy living, students will create action plans they can
implement in their communities to teach other youth about what they have learned.

The National Youth Summit on Healthy Living takes place virtually February 11-14, 2021 and is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2020.

Applications due: December 15, 2020

National Youth Summit on Agri-Science (Virtual): March 5-7, 2021

At the National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting.

The National Youth Summit on Agri-Science will take place virtually March 5-7, 2021 and is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2020.

Applications due: January 8, 2021

National 4-H Conference (Virtual): April 10-15, 2021

National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. National 4‑H Conference delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge,
resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide.
Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting. The delegates choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing.

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

Applications due: December 15, 2020

National 4-H Congress: November 26-30, 2021

National 4-H Congress is one of the premiere experiences for 4-H members across the country to participate in. For 96 years, members of the 4-H program have been gathering to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of 4-H at this event. National 4-H Congress provides a life-changing experience for youth to meet other 4-H members from across America, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team development, and of course having fun!

Delaware 4-H youthage 14 and older on January 1, 2021, are eligible to apply for selection to participate in National 4-H Congress.
This award trip recognizes youth for outstanding program/project accomplishments, leadership and citizenship/community service.

Applications due: May 1, 2021

Delaware 4-H Youth interested in applying for any of these National opportunities should visit the Delaware 4-H Website and follow the application procedures:


Club Spotlight

Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club


Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club is one of the older clubs in Kent County.  We have both Cloverbud and Traditional 4-H members.  Last year our club had 75 members.  Our members are very active volunteers who enjoy doing Community Service project work.  Our community service activities include making hospital and nursing home tray favors for the holidays; going to the nursing home monthly to play bingo and make crafts with the residents; ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive; helping with beach clean up and beach grass planting; Relay for Life; making get well activity packets for the hospital and participating in many different local community activities throughout the year.  We are very proud of our club, as well as several of our individual club members who have received numerous recognitions and awards for their community service volunteer work.

Our club is always interested in providing opportunities and learning for our members in a variety of 4-H project areas. Some of these project areas include Leadership, Clothing & Textiles, Archery, Photography, Woodworking, Citizenship and Community Service, Foods and Nutrition, Health, and Arts & Crafts.  We encourage our members to participate in other 4-H project areas that interest them on their own.  Public Speaking and Demonstrations are two things we strongly encourage our members to participate in as these activities help them speak publicly with confidence- an important life skill.  We also encourage our members to participate in the various4-H Judging Contest areas that are available at the County and State levels.

Our members love the Delaware State Fair, and they look forward to completing items to exhibit at the fair that are related to their various 4-H project areas. We encourage our members to participate in all the opportunities 4-H offers them at the state fair.

We are currently accepting new members into our club.  We meet the first Monday night of each month from September to May with our meetings starting at 6:30 pm.  We hold our 4-H club meetings at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Raughley Hill Road in Harrington.

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Virtual National Youth STEM Summit

National Youth STEM Summit: Mars Basecamp
November 6-8, 2020

The Delaware 4-H Program will support Delaware 4-H youth and volunteer leaders/staff to attend the virtual National Youth STEM Summit.

The National Youth STEM Summit caters to high school aged
students who are curious and industrious. Your team of astronauts is stranded on Mars. Your supplies are dwindling. How will you survive, and how will you return to Earth? At the 2020 STEM Summit,
students will work with peers and group leaders on a variety of workshops and exercises built around solving this main problem. Each collaborative exercise will test and strengthen both the STEM skills and the teamwork and collaboration it takes to solve complex problems in the real world – and on Mars.

This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2020.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend this virtual conference.
This application is due to Doug Crouse by Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
Email application to:

STEM Summit 2020 Application


Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

October 7-18

Tractor Supply stores in communities across the country have long supported 4-H clubs, and now, Tractor Supply Co. has entered into an official partnership with the National 4-H Council as your source for 4-H project supplies.

100% of funds raised benefit 4-H. 90% fund State level scholarships to 4-H camps and leadership experiences and 10% supports National 4-H Council for administration. Tractor Supply Company guarantees a minimum donation of $200,000 per Paper Clover Campaign (or $400,000 a year).

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply will help raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming.

Please visit for info on how you can donate.

4-H in Action

A special suppliment to the Delmarva Farmer by 4-H’ers for 4-H’ers


While the coronavirus has changed so much of our lives, we know
4-H youth are still active and have stories to tell.
Share those stories in 4-H in Action!

What is 4-H in Action?

4-H in Action is an annual newspaper written by 4-H members from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, showcasing the diversity of the program. 4-H members can write stories, columns, and take and submit photos for the supplement.
In support of 4-H Youth Development, a portion of the advertising revenue will be donated to the 4-H Programs in each of the states.

What is the format of stories to be included?

News Story:

This is an article about an event/happening/experience/person written in the 3rd person point
of view. Length is about 500 words.
Example: A reporter interviewing 4-Hers about the impact of their County Fair having to cancel.

Opinion/Editorial :

The author’s opinion on a topic or issue supported with facts. Example: A 4-Her’s opinion on the power of 4-H on youth.

Column :

A story told from the first person point of view, with opinion, reflection. Example: What Virtual 4-H Camp meant to me this summer.

News Brief :

Short article announcing small news. Covers the basics — who, what, where, when and why. 100-200 words. Example: A new 4-H club forms in your county.

Feature photo:

A picture with a longer caption. Caption has 2 or more sentences explaining the photo and giving context. Example: Photo of projects you completed during the year.

How do you participate? Where do I submit my article?

When articles are complete, email them as a Word document to Sean Clougherty,
Attach high-resolution photos separately in the e-mail. Include your County, 4-H Club name and age in the message. You can also reach Sean with questions at 410-822-3965 or

When is the Deadline?
Articles and photos are to be submitted by Monday, September 23, 2020
Scheduled publication date is October 6, during National 4-H Week.

Club Spotlight

Phillip C. Showell Afterschool Club

4-H afterschool program at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School has been an integral part of the Indian River School District for the last four years. Federally funded by the Nita. M Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, this afterschool program is not your traditional 4-H.

With our 21st CCLC programs, we strive to improve academic performance and school attendance, improve the connection between the school and i’s families, and increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults.

The program meets every Monday-Thursday during the school year, from 2:35 until 5:45. Each day at the program, participants are provided with opportunities for physical activity, extensive homework help and remediation, a free meal, and all kinds of STEM and Art’s activities.

We also offer a full day program for eight weeks each summer. The summer program includes all the fun of the afterschool program, while also adding in a big day at the Delaware State Fair, field trips to places like Assateague Island, Jungle Jim’s, and Killens Pond State Park.

To cap it all off, each year, about ten of our students who best exemplify Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, are chosen to go on a three day trip to the 4-H National Conference Center in Washington D.C.

Although COVID has forced us to close our program for the last few months, each Friday throughout the summer, we have been delivering STEM kits, 4-H goodies, and other fun things to our students. We have enjoyed making the best of an unfortunate situation this summer, but we are looking forward to getting back to school this fall and being all together once again!