Category Archives: Summer Events

Pre-College Programs at UD


Dear High School Students:

As you begin to think about your summer experience, we would like to encourage you to attend the University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program.
The Edge Summer College Program is a five-week, credit-bearing summer college experience held July 8 – August 10, 2018 for high school students moving into their junior and senior years. 
During the Edge program, students will have the opportunity to get an authentic college experience by attending college courses taught by University of Delaware faculty, participating in on- and off-campus curricular and co-curricular activities, and living in a state-of-the-art residence hall.
Previous Edge students have described their experience in glowing terms:

“I had such a wonderful time in and out of the classroom and I learned so much about college and college life and even more about myself. I met people from all walks of life and I had such a unique and special experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life.” — rising H.S. senior

“The five weeks I spent completing the Edge program were definitely ones I will never forget. Among learning how to be on my own, I learned time management and life skills.” — rising H.S. senior

More information about this program, and the link to apply, can be found at
We appreciate your support in making this program successful and hope to have the opportunity to host you in the Edge Summer College Program. Please share this email with other students, parents, colleagues, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Nakia Mack, M.Ed.
Director of Pre-College Programs
University of Delaware

Cecil County Breeders’ Fair

The Cecil County Breeders’ Fair Livestock, Rabbit, Cavy & Dog Shows will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and the Horse Shows will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Cecil County Fairgrounds in Fair Hill.

Entries are DUE postmarked by Tuesday, May 1st.

The Breeders Fair Show booklet and entry forms can be found online at or printed copies are available from the University of Maryland Cecil County Extension Office.


State Camp Registration Info and Assistant Job

Delaware 4-H State Camp registration will open for all enrolled 4-H members March 1st and then open to the public as of April 1st.

There will be a paper registration form and online registration at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact the State 4-H office at 302-831-2509.

We are also looking for an Assistant Camp Coordinator to help with the planning and execution of State Camp. Applicants must be over 21. For more info, please visit the links below:

Assistant Camp Coordinator Job Description

Assistant Camp Coordinator Application

Day Camp Registration Deadlines

Don’t miss out!

The registration deadline for the Young Explorer, Cloverbud and Counselor in Training 4-H Day Camps on June 26-30 is June 16.

Because we need a headcount for supply and activities prep for these camps, we are unable to accept late registrations. 

The registration deadline for Animal Science Day Camp is July 28 or once we reach 50 campers- whichever comes first. 

Don’t delay, register today!

Animal Science Updates

Final Pork Quality Assurance Classroom Training June 6th

The final opportunity for PQA classroom training to obtain a certification to show a market hog during the 2016 Delaware State Fair is June 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Kent County Extension Office.  To register or for more information, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or


Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017-Limited Spots Remain!

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Harrington Raceway and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension are pleased to be partnering once again to hold a 5 day-4 night harness racing camp for youth ages 12-14.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. Harness racing camp gives youth an opportunity to experience working with, caring for and driving harness racing ponies while interacting with industry professionals and learning to work together. Camp will begin on Saturday morning, June 17 and end on Wednesday evening, June 21.  That evening, Harrington Raceway will feature campers participating in televised races on Harrington’s track with well-known drivers as their racing partners. 

Campers will reside in the state police barracks on the Delaware State Fairgrounds for the duration of the camp.  The camp fee is $150 per participant which includes all meals and camp expenses.  Camp attendance is limited in order to provide proper supervision for this intensive and fun learning experience!  Camp applications can be found at:  For more information please visit


Delaware Cow Camp 2017- Registrations Due June 9th

Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2016 which will be held on Saturday, July 1st and Sunday July2nd at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  The day will begin with registration at 9:30 am. Participants should bring their own calf if they have one.  If a child wishes to participate and does not have access to a calf, one can be provided for them.  The schedule will provide ample opportunities for great hands on learning experiences as well as time for socializing and fun.  Activities will be scheduled throughout the camp to give participants experiences with fitting and showmanship as well as an introduction to some dairy science related topics.

Participants of all skill levels are welcome.  Campers and their calves will work in small groups, each led by a former Cow Camp Champ.  There will be time for fitting of individual animals and showmanship practice.  These activities will be age and experience appropriate with some doing more clipping and others just giving it a try.

Participants should bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are included in the registration fee.  Participants are not required to stay overnight if they do not wish to.  Saturday’s planned activities include a small show and will conclude with a family picnic.   Please indicate on your registration form how many family members will be attending the Sunday picnic so we can plan accordingly.

A current 4-H Health/Code of Conduct Form is required for participation.  If you are enrolled in 4-H through 4-H Online, there is no need to send an additional health form.  If you are an FFA member or junior dairy exhibitor you must fill out and submit a 4-H Health and Code of Conduct Form.  Cloverbuds are welcome to participate; however, an adult needs to attend with them.  Any parent wishing to stay overnight with their child must have completed the Delaware 4-H volunteer screening process.

Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 9th.  Please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association.  Please mail registration form, Health Form, and fee to Cow Camp, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901.  For more information, please contact Susan Garey or (302)730-4000.  Additional funding for this activity is being provided by a grant from the Chuck Busker Endowment with the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Delaware Holstein Association.  Once you have registered, additional information will be provided.


2017 Cow Camp Registration Form – DEADLINE June 9th.


Child’s Name____________________________ Age ____ Phone number_________________


Mailing Address______________________________ City/Zip __________________________


Please indicate T-Shirt Size: __Youth S  __Youth M  __Adult S  __Adult M  __Adult L  __

Adult XL  __Adult 2XL


I will be bringing a calf _______   I need a calf _______  Email:__________________________


Number attending covered dish picnic_____  Staying overnight? _______Y  _______ N


Is there anything we should be aware of about your child that is not covered on the 4-H Health Form?








DOVER, DE 19901


Invitational Livestock Judging Contest Friday, June 9th– 6:30 pm

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee along with the NCC 4-H Livestock Show Committee will be hosting an invitational livestock judging contest Friday, June 9th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Kent building on the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Both New Castle and Kent County 4-H will be using this as their county qualifier for livestock judging at the Delaware State Fair.  If you are from another 4-H group or an FFA Chapter you are welcome to come and utilize the classes as a workout.  Official placings will be provided to everyone but you must bring your own judging supplies and provide your own listener for oral reasons if you are from FFA or an outside 4-H group.


Small Ruminant FAMACHA/Fecal Egg Counting Workshop- Saturday, June 24th

Delaware State University and the University of Delaware are hosting a Fecal Egg Counting and FAMACHA workshop on Saturday June 24, 2017 at the DSU Outreach and Research Center 844 Smyrna Leipsic Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Internal parasites are a major health problem affecting sheep and goats. This workshop is designed to help producers learn the basics of selective internal parasite control. Join us as we provide hands-on training to certify producers in the use of FAMACHA© score card and fecal egg counts. Preregistration is required by June 10th.  The cost of the workshop is $25.00 and lunch is provided. To register please go to for more information please contact

Dr. Kwame Matthews at (302)857-6540 or


Great Opportunity for Dairy Judging Training June 29/30th– Registration Required

Eastern Shore Dairy Judging Workshop being held at the end of June with Dr. Katharine Knowlton and the VA Tech Dairy Judging team to be held the afternoon of June 29th and the morning of June 30th. This workshop will be led by Dr. Katharine Knowlton, coach of the Virginia Tech Dairy judging team and author of the Dairy Judging 101 tutorials on Youtube. The training is for youth of all ages and is free of charge. In this 2 day workshop Thursday afternoon will include training and practice judging, and Friday morning will include training and practice giving reasons. For more information and to register (pre-registration is required) please utilize this google doc form so they can organize each day’s sessions according to experience and interest.


Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 25th 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 22.  For questions please contact Robin Bruins at 609-259-2347 or


Delaware Pork Producers Association Looking for Delaware State Fair Volunteers

The Delaware Pork Producers Association is looking for volunteers to staff their booth and greet visitors to the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Commodities Building during the Delaware State Fair.  Shifts are available every day of the fair.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or have an activity for your livestock record book.  Volunteers can earn a dinner ticket to the Delaware Pork Producers annual dinner.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has always been a great supporter of youth livestock events and donates all of the showmanship trophies awarded in the Swine Department each year at the Delaware State Fair.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250.


52nd State 4-H Horse Show

The 52nd Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 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   The 4-H Horse Show Rulebook has also been updated and is posted on the State 4-H Animal Science website

For more information, please contact Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or


Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 18th

 All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 18, 2017.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Weekend Fun at the YMO!

What is a YMO?

YMO, or Younger Member Overnighter, is a tradition open to younger members of 4-H between the ages of 8 and 12. It is an overnight camping experience that is held at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE. The weekend begins Sat. June 3, with drop off at 6 pm. Pickup is at noon on Sun. June 4. Junior Leaders along with certified chaperones and staff serve to make the YMO a terrific experience.

Younger Member Overnighter introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues at Junior Leader Weekend, State Camp and other state events.

4-H’ers who attend YMO learn leadership and responsibility skills from the fine example of the Junior Leaders who plan the theme and activities.

The cost is $25, which includes Delaware Nature Society educational programs, evening snacks and breakfast the next morning! Registration is required. Please submit the registration form below to the 4-H Office by May 15, 2017. Please be sure your online health form is up to date.

YMO Registration form

Summer Camps

Don’t let this be the theme of your kids’ summer:

Register now for the NCC 4-H Summer Day Camps!

And please spread the word to your friends! The Cloverbud Camp got left out of UD’s Summer Camp Guide and we are feeling that impact already. So, tell a Cloverbud mom or dad you know about this exciting and fun intro to 4-H and make someone’s summer!

Click the link below for:

Camp Descriptions and Registration 

Environmental Camp also returns this year at the Mallard Lodge in Smyrna. This overnight camp will take place July 6-8. For more information, please visit State 4-H Camps in Delaware.


Camp Scholarships:

It might still be winter but don’t make the mistake of missing out on State Camp and Day Camp Scholarships for this summer! Check them out below!

Mark Manno Memorial Scholarship Application

State 4-H Camp Scholarship

Link’s Grant:

Club’s and 4-H Members, here is your chance to apply for a Link’s grant to help support a project you are doing with you club or as part of your 4-H Project! For more information please look at the application below!

Links Grant Application 2017

Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship:

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year.  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  This form must be submitted electronically to  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request. Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

NCC 4-H Day Camps 2017 Preview

In a world surrounded by dreary winter weather,  hope shines through in the form of NCC 4-H Summer Day Camps….


New Castle County 4-H Summer Camps 2017

Cloverbud 4-H Day Camp- June 26 – 30, 2017

During this exciting camp, campers will rotate through mini-classes exploring the treasures of 4-H. Topics include environmental science, healthy living, animal science, culture and much more! Speakers will visit and there will be pool time, opportunities for arts and crafts and a field trip. Campers will have a wonderful hands-on experience in a fun-filled and safe environment.

Ages: 5-7 years old          Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm  Cost: $200.00

Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp – June 26- 30, 2017

Campers will enjoy our traditional 4-H camp with a twist, which highlights a variety of exciting pathways, including Science and Technology, Expressive Arts, and Healthy Living. Each afternoon will feature pool time, outdoor games and a field trip is included. The week will conclude with an exciting council circle where groups will show off their talents. Campers will experience fun and active days on the University of Delaware campus!

Ages: 8-12 years old       Location: UD Townsend Hall       

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $200.00

All Aboard the LeaderSHIP! An intro to Counselor-In-Training  – June 26- 30, 2017

Teens 13 and older are encouraged to climb aboard the leaderSHIP and tackle a hands-on, out-of-this-world leadership experience. This counselor training program is designed to equip teens with leadership skills that will prepare them to serve as a camp counselor in the future. This camp runs in conjunction with the Young Explorers Day Camp and teens who are age 13 by May 30 are invited to attend. Training will involve camp counselor protocol, risk management, team building, camper safety, and problem solving. Completion of this program is strongly encouraged for those teens who wish to become a 4-H camp counselor for the 2017 summer camps. 15 Camper Maximum

Ages: 13-15 years old    Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $180.00

4-H Animal Science Day Camp – August 7-11, 2017

Youth attending this camp will gain a remarkable up-close educational experience with animals. Campers will delve deep into animal science to gain a more in-depth understanding of farm animals through hands-on experiences at the University of Delaware Farm. Campers will focus on dairy, equine, sheep, beef and poultry science. Campers will experience a field trip, hands-on activities and speakers. 50 Camper Maximum

Ages: 8-12 years old       Location: UD Townsend Hall

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm   Cost: $250.00

Before Care (7:30 am – 8:30 am) and After Care (4:30 pm – 5:30 pm) are available for an additional $25.00 each, per child per camp session.

Contact: New Castle County 4-H Office at 302-831- 8965 or Serena Conner at



2016 4-H Contest Results at the Delaware State Fair and 2016 State Teen Council Member Announcement

DSFCongratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s contests at the State Fair! We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our NCC 4-H members who placed. Well done!good_job_blue_ribbon

Horticulture Judging

Eason Li                                  Blue

Poultry Judging

Elizabeth Handlin            Blue

Clothing & Textiles Judging

Ashley Gouge                    Blue

Photography Judging 

Alyson Melson                 Blue

Eason Li                                Blue

Foods Judging

Alyson Melson                 Blue

Ashley Gouge                   Blue

Tyler Melson                     Blue

Livestock Judging

Brian Arisman

Sydney Phipps

Horse Judging

Sarah Brown

Jessica Knowles

Public Speaking Contest

Beg. 8-9

Melanie Witte              2nd Place


Emma Apps                   1st Place


Shannon Murray       3rd Place

Talent Show

Age 8-12 Talent Acts

Eason Li

Consumer Bowl

Clover Quest 4-H Club       2nd Place

Avian Bowl

Clover Quest 4-H Club      2nd Place

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstrations

Food Preparation

Melanie Witte                       Division Winner

Vet Science/Poultry Sciencethumbs up

Jade Wasgatt                        Blue

Archery Competition

Beginner Recurve

Jacob Green                        9th Place

Senior Recurve

Cameron Ernst                  2nd Place

Brendan Patrick               6th Place

Beginner Compound

Jacob Green                       4th Place

We would also like to announce the new State Teen Council Members for 2016:

New Castle County Representative: Patrick Trunfio

Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Shaffer

Olympic Celebration, 4-H Style


    Instead of kayaking, pole vaulting and weightlifting,  4-H celebrated the Rio Olympics with relay races, tug of war, kick ball, an obstacle course, horseshoes, disc golf, and yoga on Thursday, August 4. 

      It was an absolutely beautiful day at Lums Pond for the 50 participants from New Castle and Kent Counties.  For six hours, Olympians ranging in age from 5 to 55 participated in activities that promoted healthy living.  In between physical activities , these eager and energetic competitors mentally prepared by making stress balls and My Plate Bracelets.  They refueled by sampling freshly made international potato salads from Sweden, Russia, and Germany.  Hot dogs, watermelon, snacks, and water were also served to feed the hungry Olympians and their fans.   

      As participants completed the physical fitness activities and made the various crafts, they stamped the Olympic badge they received at the registration table.  By the end of the day, most of the participants had completed all of the activities, had a fully stamped badge, and received USA medals.  They also left with the satisfaction of knowing they spent a day outdoors enjoying healthy living, developing team building skills, and being with new and old friends.   


CONGRATULATIONS!                  To the Following Medal Winners:

Relay Races: medal-winners-men

The teams of Dr. Candy and Unicorns tied for first place in the team relay race event.  The team of Dr. Candy won the first relay race, however, the Unicorns wanted a rematch and won the second relay race.


The Salty Seven Ups took first when they defeated the Dr. Candy team with a final score of 8 to 6.

Obstacle Course:

Novice Division (up to 8):  Abby, Brandon, and Ian all were winners for completing the course.

Junior Division (ages 9 to 12):  First place was won by Eason with a time of 31 seconds.  (Other participants included Claire, Brodi, Nydia, Ian, Shyniah, Kyle, Brianna, and Rachel.)

Senior Division (ages 13 to 19):  First place went to Nathan with a record time of 32 seconds.  (Other participants included Matt, Claudia, Jordan, Bobby, Chris, Autumn, Sarah, and Noah.)

Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and to all those who participated!