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Have Fun and Receive Volunteer Hours in the 4th Annual Milk Run/Walk 5K!


Farm Bureau Logo

Dear FFA and 4H Leader/Advisor,

The New Castle County Farm Bureau and the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation are sponsoring their 4th Annual Milk Run/Walk 5K on May 21st. We have developed a unique opportunity for FFA and 4-H members to participate in the event and receive volunteer hours for participation and fundraising.

How do you get involved?


Any 4-H or FFA member from a given school or organization can register on the “Race2Run” website ( – If only one person from your organization is going to participate then that person should also register as the team captain. You can have sponsors donate online or you can collect donations and turn them in on or before race day. You can keep a tally of your donations on the sheet provided as well as having online donations registered to your team (where possible you will also want to include these donations on your tally sheet). This is how we will keep track of your donations.

As a token of appreciation for collecting donations for the race, individuals will receive 10 volunteer hours for their first $100 raised, then an extra hour for every additional $25 over the initial $100. Additionally, individuals can receive 4 hours for volunteering at or participating in the event – please indicate your intention to volunteer or participate in the event by emailing Laura Simpson at  You can also receive 4 volunteer hours by running or walking in the race, but you will need to formally register, either on-line or the day of the race.

Within 30 days of the event following the race, individuals will receive a letter documenting their volunteer hours associated with the event – please indicate where you would like the letter sent.  In addition to the individual recognition of volunteer hours, the team FFA Chapter or 4-H group with the highest donation amount will receive a $250 gift card, milk glass trophies, and recognition by the two charity beneficiaries.

In keeping with the race name “Milk Run” one of the primary beneficiaries is the Ministry of Caring and their “Milk for Children Fund” our second named beneficiary is the Middletown Neighborhood House. I’ve provided links to both of these worthy causes below and encourage you to visit their sites and learn more about the great work they do in the community. We have contributed nearly $50,000 to support these worthy causes in the past 3 years. 

Please help us raise money and awareness for these two great charities!


Warm Regards

Stewart Ramsey

President, New Castle County Farm Bureau

330 Ramsey RoadWilmington, DE 19803

Please see Volunteer and Sponsor Forms Below:

Milk Run FFA and 4H Volunteer Form

FFA and 4H Sponsor Agreement form 2016

Summer Camp registration now open!

4hcamp_with_clover4-H Summer Camps are an ideal way to spend a portion of your summer. Whether you choose an overnight, residential camp or an exciting day camp, we have various opportunities to fit every need.

Residential 4-H Camps

State 4-H Camp is just about full, but we are still accepting registrations for Week 1. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for Week 2, please e-mail Joyce Witte today!. If you would like to register for Delaware State 4-H Camp, please click here!

  • Week 1: June 13-18, 2016
  • Week 2: June 20-25, 2016

Environmental Camp is for youth ages 8-12 and will be held June 9-11. There are still spaces available for this shortened overnight experience. Click here to register!

4-H Day Camps

New Castle County 4-H offers several specialty day camps throughout the summer.

Here is an overview of NCC Day Camps

June 20-24

  • Cloverbud Explorers 4-H Camp, Ages 5-7
  • Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp, Ages 8-12
  • All Aboard the LeaderSHIP! – Intro to Counselor in Training, Ages 13-15

June 27-30

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Day Camp, Ages 10 and up

August 8-12

  • 4-H Animal Science Day Camp, Ages 8-12

For additional information about day camps, or to register, please Click Here!

Call (302) 831-8965 or e-mail Serena Conner with questions.




Calling all ARTISTS!

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 8th

equine art




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 8, 2016 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.

Summer camp scholarships – Due February 15

The NCC Links and Leaders Association graciously donate scholarship funds each year to assist with the costs of state 4-H camp for NCC 4-Hers. The NCC Links also offers a $200 scholarship for Newark Day Camp, in honor of the late Mr. Mark Manno. Scholarship applications should be completed and turned in to the 4-H office by Monday, February 15.

State 4-H Camp Scholarship Application

Mark Manno Memorial Day Camp Scholarship Application

For questions, e-mail Serena Conner or call (302) 831-8965.

February Grab n’ Go

Test your Olympic knowledge with this fun activity. Make it your own Olympic challenge by having a race to the right answer and award homemade medals to the winners! Feel you don’t know enough about the Olympics to win? That’s ok, the Jamaicans didn’t know much about bobsledding either, but they have had 6 teams compete since 1988. -Quite a feat for a country where it doesn’t snow! Guess they were “Up for the Challenge”, too!

Grab-N-Go Summer Olympics

2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest Deadline has been extended!


All abuzz about bees and why they’re so important to us? Share your thoughts in this essay competition, and maybe even win a cash prize!

The 2016 essay topic is                                                                     “Bee and Pollination. How Important is it?”

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

Now more than ever, people are asking. “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question.

Click here for complete announcement and rules.

AWARDS:      Cash Prizes to 3 Top Winners:
•1st Place — $750.00    •2nd Place — $500.00  •3rd Place — $250.00

Each State Winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the State 4-H Office has been extended to February 15, 2016.


Send essay to:
4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
State 4-H Office

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE  19716

Reminder: Rescheduled Contests and Competitions

Don’t forget! The events below were cancelled last weekend, due to the snow:


These events have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20 at Kirk Middle School!

Since we had to reschedule, we are now extending registration for all events.  If you have not previously signed up for either the Photography contest or the Favorite Foods contest and would like to register, please contact the 4-H office at your earliest convenience.

Registration has been reopened and will close on Wednesday, February 10!

Please e-mail Mallory or Kaitlin with any questions!

Experiential Learning: Hands-on fun!

The 4-H slogan has long been “Learn by Doing”, so it should come as no surprise that many 4-H programs and activities are centered around being hands-on. 4-H proudly utilizes the experiential learning model to enhance and develop life skills in youth.

Exp Learning ModelAs you can see in the diagram above, there are 5 main steps in Experiential Learning which enable youth to gain both skills through the experience AND knowledge through the process.  These steps include:

  1. EXPERIENCE the activity.
  2. SHARE the experience through describing.
  3. PROCESS the experience to identify common themes.
  4. GENERALIZE from the experience and relate it to their lives.
  5. APPLY what they learned to a new situation.

The University of Florida Cooperative Extension has an excellent fact sheet describing this model and applying it to 4-H situations. Feel free to access the Experiential Learning Model Fact Sheet.

To help teach difficult and complex science concepts, the Delaware 4-H program has hands-on, fun science kits available for use within 4-H clubs, after school programs, school enrichment, and much more. There are many topic areas covered with these kits and they are very easy to teach. The kits are provided by a variety of resources including Agilent, Delaware 4-H, AGspoloration (UMD).

So you may be better informed about the availability of these kits, each month there will be a “Science Spotlight” in the blog. This will begin with our February edition, featuring three new Agilent science kits:

  • Deep Sea Divers, concept taught: flotation, density, air pressure
  • Periscopes, concept taught: properties of reflection
  • Hydro-Lift, concept taught: hydraulics

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mallory or call the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

NCC Order of the Links offers two opportunities in January

NCC Links Adult Casserole Favorite-Foods-Rules-and-Information-2016_Page_1Adult Casserole Competition Guidelines & Registration Form

Grant opportunity for individual members and 4-H clubs

Each year, the NCC Order of the Links provides 4-H members and club with a chance to submit for a grant. Individual grants up to $50 and club grants up to $100 are available. In the past, clubs have used these funds in a variety of ways including to support a specific club project, purchase supplies for Ag Day booth, and for community service opportunities, just to name a few. To apply, please submit the application form to the 4-H office by Wednesday, January 13.


2016 Jan Links Grant InfoLinks Grant Application

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Robyn Hunter.