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Shooting Sports Training Opportunity

MAY 4, 5 & 6, 2018



Workshop Contacts:             Conrad Arnold (410/330-5967)


PURPOSE:                                           To train and certify adult 4-H volunteers who wish to become instructors to teach in their respective counties or camping programs. Each participant can be certified in only one area of competency at this workshop.

WHO:                   Adult 4-H volunteers 21 years of age or older.  (Instructor Certification)

Young adult 4-H volunteers 18 to 20 years of age (as of January 1, 2018) (Assistant Instructor) (Assistant Instructor – may conduct a program under direct and immediate supervision of adult certified instructor.) Need not be experienced with firearms or archery, but must be interested in working with youngsters.

Teen Youth eligibility to attend training this year. SEE ADENDUM ON Opportunity for Limited Number of 4-H Shooting Sports Teens


WHEN:                 May 4, 5 & 6, 2018 – (Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday & all participants are expected on time) WHERE:      Thendara 4-H Center, 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD (Dorchester Co.)




ALL OTHERS: (Private Camps, Scouts, etc.) $220.00 REGISTERED BY APRIL 16


Registrations after April 16 will be accepted at our discretion with a $70 late fee.



Counties may be offering some additional scholarship funds. Check with your County 4-H Office.

Cost includes 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, 2 night’s dormitory lodging*, insurance, all ammunition and instructional materials.


LODGING:           *Dormitory lodging – Camp type bunkhouse lodging is AVAILABLE. Bath facilities are located in the bunkhouse. Men and Women are housed in separate areas. Limited numbers of beds available and will be allocated based on order of registrations received.  Alternative: hotel or commute.



Prepaid registration will be required. The received deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.  Completed  onlineregistration, 4- H Health Statement (MEP 323) and payment to MARYLAND 4-H FOUNDATION, INC. Registrations will be considered as received.

The workshop committee reserves the right to limit class size in order to provide adequate instruction. Registrations will be considered as received. Each participant can register for only one of the following disciplines: Rifle; Archery; Shotgun; Pistol or Muzzleloader.



Each participant should bring outdoor clothing to cope with rain or cool weather. Muzzleloader shooters will need to have a long-sleeved shirt. Everyone will need the usual items:  sleeping bags or sheets & blanket, personal items, towels and comfortable shoes.

All equipment needed for each discipline will be furnished. Participants are asked not to bring any personal shooting sports equipment to the workshop. Eye and ear protection will be supplied but if you wish you may bring your own.


Registration & Check In at 6:00 p.m.

The program will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 4 and finish at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.


Please remember that this is a Certification program. The State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee reserves the right to withhold certification. In addition to a written assessment, each participant will have an opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills as a part of the training program.

All of the workshop teaching will be done by 4-H volunteers and extension faculty of the Maryland State 4-H Shooting Sports Committees, who were certified through a national level 4-H training program, or instructor trainers certified by this committee.




Each of the 4-H shooting sports disciplines teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal-setting, decision-making, and builds toward more advanced activities. Programs allow for development of individual cooperative and competitive skills.

Positive Youth Development is the number one goal of the 4-H shooting sports program. 4-H shooting sports provide an outstanding way of providing human growth and development.

Introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment is valuable for many.

Firearms and Archery Equipment are the Recreational and Educational Tools of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.


This discipline will train participants in proper methods of instructing youth in the safe and responsible use of rifles. Training curriculum will include the use of both air rifles and smallbore rifles. 4-H programs have the flexibility of developing shooting programs that accommodate a youth audience of varying ages and stages. These programs also allow for the variety of facilities and conditions that may be available for conducting shooting sports programs, ranging from a community center, Extension office conference room or 4-H camp to the more elaborate shooting ranges that may be 4-H accessible in some areas. Each of these options has its place and comes with different degrees of resource requirements.

Equal Opportunity Program



Archery includes a complex set of activities, from simple backyard target shooting to formal target or field competitions, from family fun to bow hunting and bow fishing or even the Olympic Games. Archery is a sport that can involve people of all ages. It does not require great strength or great expenditures in order to participate.  As such, archery is an excellent individual, group or family recreation. This curriculum is based on the principle of immediate participation and immediate success. County program investment can be low for program startup. Facilities, too, should be easily identified.


 he art of muzzleloading is an intriguing as well as historical area of firearms. Interest in blackpowder shooting or muzzleloading has grown tremendously in recent years. This discipline is geared to training instructors to teach this art to older youth as the weight of the individual firearm and use of peripheral equipment are factors. This is a relatively inexpensive shooting program after initial investment. There are lots of opportunities to explore the history of our country as well as history of firearms through muzzleloading. Maryland 4-H limits youth participation in muzzleloading to those youth 14 years of age or older.


The shotgun discipline is geared to introducing the basics of shotgun shooting to youth and adults. Fundamentals of shotgun handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching shotgunning to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The shotgun curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the

4-H curriculum. Retention and recruitment of older youth in 4-H programs may be enhanced through participation in a shotgun shooting sports program. This discipline will require a higher level of resource commitment and an appropriate shooting area such as a shooting range or open field.


 The pistol discipline will focus on introducing the basics of pistol shooting including .177 cal. air pistol and .22 cal. smallbore pistol. Fundamentals of pistol handling, safety, and the appropriate methods of teaching pistol marksmanship to youth are important aspects of this discipline. The pistol curriculum is concentrated yet ample time will be devoted to participant involvement in classroom and on the shooting range. As with all disciplines, workshop participants will be given opportunity to demonstrate teaching skills using parts of the 4-H curriculum.




 Door Prizes – We request that each participant bring a door prize or two valued at $20 or less.

Shooting sports items, 4-H items, and Camping items are just suggestions.


The 4-H Shooting Sports program is currently one of the fastest growing 4-H programs in the nation with over 450,000 youth participants. Community based and family oriented, the 4-H Shooting Sports program offers a diverse curriculum that not only teaches shooting safety and gun owner responsibility, but also helps young people develop good citizenship, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. Leaders will be trained to help youth learn self-discipline, sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and an appreciation for the great outdoors.


Thendara 4-H Center

6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, Maryland in Dorchester County


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.               REGISTRATION & CHECK – IN

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.               General Session

Welcome to 4-H Shooting Sports Programs Philosophy & Policies Kids n Guns

Minimum Standards & Best Practices Learning More About Young People

9:00 to 9:30 p.m.               Individual Shooting Discipline Groups


7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. Noon                 Training in Disciplines

12 noon                             LUNCH

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.               Training in Disciplines

5:30 p.m.                                   DINNER

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                Training in Disciplines

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.                 General Session – Risk Management


7:30 a.m.                           BREAKFAST

8:30 to 12 noon                 Training in Disciplines

Including Instructor Written Assessments

Preparation for Student Teaching

12:00 Noon                        LUNCH

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.               Instructor Student Teaching Experience –

Special Note:

(We are inviting 4-H youth ages 8 or older to come in at noon for lunch & to serve as students. If you know of 4-H’ers who would like to do this, please contact us with names, ages, AND T-SHIRT SIZE. The first 25 youth to commit receive a 4-H Shooting Sports T-Shirt.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.               Discussions on Student Teaching 4:00 p.m.                                   Instructor Recognition

5:00 p.m.                           Travel Safely

Directions to the Thendara 4-H Center
Phone: 410-943-3583
Thendara 4-H Center – 6275 Lords Crossing Road, Hurlock, MD
from the WEST

Follow Rt. 50 East to Easton. (Watch for the Exxon Station & 7 Eleven on the left at Dover Road) Turn left off of Rt. 50 onto Rt. 331 (Dover Rd.) Follow Rt. 331 through Preston (obey speed limits) About 1 mile east of Preston, (Preston Ford) turn Right on Rt. 331 & Rt. 16

Follow Rt. 16 for 5 miles (house on right with split rail fence and Antiques Sign) and then turn left onto Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road (ignore all cabin creek roads that turn to the right)

Travel 8/10ths (eight tenths) mile on Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd & turn Right on Lords Crossing Rd

Thendara entrance will be on your left.

IF COMING FROM THE NORTH AND TRAVELING THROUGH DENTON, TAKE 313 TO DENTON THEN 16 SOUTH TO PRESTON…STAY ON RT 16 SOUTH…FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ABOVE (Should you end up   in Hurlock, look for intersection of Oak Street & Rt. 331 on So. Main St…at Unity Washington Church, turn onto Oak St. and that becomes Cabin Creek/Hurlock Rd.  …travel 2 miles to Lords Crossing Rd.)

From Cambridge

From Cambridge, take Rt. 50 east and turn left at the Rt. 16/ Mt. Holly light. Take Rt. 16 towards Hurlock. At turn off for East New Market go straight ahead following Route 392. Before you reach Hurlock, turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road. Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have gone too far.)

From Salisbury

From the East: (Salisbury vicinity):  take Rt. 50 west, cross the Nanticoke River, turn onto Rt. 331 and go to Rhodesdale. Turn left at Rhodesdale onto Route 14. Follow Rt. 14 to intersection with Rt. 392. Turn right onto 392 and travel toward Hurlock for about 2 ½ miles. Watch for intersection of Lords Crossing & Shiloh Camp Roads; turn left onto Lord’s Crossing Road.  Follow Lord’s Crossing Road for

about 1 mile. The Thendara 4-H Center will be on your right behind a stand of pine trees. (If you get to the intersection with Cabin Creek/Hurlock Road you have almost missed us.)




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Shooting Sports

Dear 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor:

I would like to cordially invite you to attend our Delaware 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor spring social, scheduled for April 11, 2018 starting at 7:00p.m. at the Kent County 4-H Office. 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, De 19901

Remarks will be brief~

We will have a short program, to include current status of advisory committee, a plan to update the state shooting sports plan, connect instructors with upcoming outreach opportunities, and discuss training opportunities.

Refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us for this evening event.


Training Opportunities

Delaware 4-H Archery Training

Date TBD


Kent County 4-H Office

No previous experience necessary

No fee

*must attend all days; 15 hour minimum required, need 7 participants to run the class

Please notify if interested

Level 1 Training (affords the ability to work with youth in completed discipline)


Maryland Shooting Sports Training

Hurlock, MD

Spring 2018

I’m trying to find out the date: its been first weekend in May in the past, and was late April in 2017

All disciplines offered, small fee

Level 1 Training (affords the ability to work with youth in completed discipline)

Please notify if you are interested in a specific discipline



Level 2 Training (affords the ability to teach/certify other adults)


1). Must be currently certified in discipline (i.e. must actively have instructed and turned in hours at some point in the previous three years

2). Must return to Delaware and be willing to teach other leaders, so that they can become certified to work with youth

3).  There could be a small fee associated with attending this training

4). Email if interested

5). Delaware 4-H will send instructors who fit the needs of the program and have experience leading shooting sports at the club level


MAY 6-11,2018




Kristin Cook

Extension Educator, 4-H and Youth Development

University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension

69 Transportation Circle

Dover, De 19901

Office: 302.730.4000

National 4-H Volunteer E-Forum

On the evening of  December 7,  a 90-minute e-Forum session,   “Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life and Work”, will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Kent County 4-H Office.  All Delaware 4-H volunteers are encouraged to register.

The e-Forum is designed for 4-H volunteers to come to a central meeting location where they will hear from presenters located across the country and participate in hands-on activities.

A variety of speakers, activities, and networking will be provided during the session. 4-H  volunteers will gain new ideas, tips, and resources that can be used and shared at the local level.

For questions regarding the E-Forum, please contact Ernie Lopez via email or phone 302-856-2585 ext. 561.

To register please contact Tammy Schirmer via email or phone 302-856-2585 Ext. 544.  Please provide her with Name, Club, County, email and contact number.

Upcoming Opportunities and Training Courses

ATV Safety Course

A half-day, hands-on ATV Rider Course SM to learn the proper and safe use of all-terrain vehicles is being offered Sept. 9th, Oct. 7th, and Nov 4th at the Danner Campus in Dover, DE.

The ATV Rider Course is conducted by certified instructors from the nationally recognized ATV Safety Institute (ASI), which has been conducting these courses for more than 20 years.
Information about class location and availability can be found at (click on “Online Enrollment”) or by calling (800) 887-2887. The ASI ATV RiderCourse is free for purchasers of most new ATVs and it is available to others for a reasonable fee.

For more info, click here.

Hunter Education Class


A Hunter Education class is being offered at Wilmington Trap Association on September 12, 14 (6-9 p.m.), and Sept 17 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  This program will be conducted through our 4-H program in partnership with Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.  Youth 10 years of age and older who attend and complete the program will receive their Hunter Education certificate.  Those interested should follow the steps below to register.  4-H’ers interested in attending a program in Kent and Sussex counties should also check out the classes at the link below.


STEP 1:  Click this link >>>

STEP 2:  Click the link “Hunter Ed Online Access”



STEP 3:  Click the “login” button


STEP 4:  Click the “Sign Me Up” link… then select “Basic Hunter Ed:  Traditional”


STEP 5:  Choose >>> New Castle – Wilmington Trap Association


National Youth Makers Summit, Nov. 2-4, 2017, Washington D.C.

Do you like to invent, build, or experiment?  Do you ever catch yourself wondering how something can be improved?  Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works? Click here to find out how to join like minded youth, grades 9-12,  for an exciting couple of days in our nation’s capital!



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.

Animal Science Updates


Delaware State Fair Online Entries Open April 1

It’s that time already!  Delaware State Fair online entries for all classes, including livestock open on April 1.  Entries close on June 1.


Delaware State Fair Livestock Handbook Department Highlights for 2017

 Starting in 2017, $10.00 livestock entry fee per class (excluding showmanship/fitting and group/pairs classes).


2017 DSF Swine Show Changes: ***NEW SPLIT SHOW FORMAT***

First half of week- Market, Showmanship and Barrow Show

  • Saturday July 22nd
    • Weigh in and barn meeting will remain on Saturday
    • Showmanship will start at 4 PM Saturday (if you are using a breed pig for showmanship you are allowed to bring that in with the market pigs before Saturday at 8 am
    • Educational pen displays must be up by noon on Saturday in order to be judged
  • Sunday July 23rd
    • Market Show will start at 8 am (about 2 hours long) after the market show they will take a break and start the barrow show
    • After barrow show they will notify the animals going to auction
    • Start preparing for remaining hogs to exit and breed pigs to enter
  • Monday July 24th
    • The ones going to auction will stay until the end of the fair. Exhibitors whose pigs are not going to auction will need to make arrangements for the pigs to be shipped out between 12 am- 9 am.
    • It is imperative that you have a plan for where your market animal is headed if it does not make the Junior Livestock Auction before you ever arrive at the fair!!

Second Half of the week- Jr & Open Breed Show

  • Monday July, 24th
    • 12 am-9am breed pigs may enter while the market is leaving
    • Crossbred gilts will be weighed in at 9 am
    • Jr and Open Breed Show will start at 4 pm
  • Wednesday July 26th
    • Exhibitors of breed animals may remove up to 12/3 of their breed animals from 12 am- 6 pm.

Exhibitors of all market animals should send buyer letters to potential buyers prior to the start of the 2017 DSF.  It is not the Fair’s nor the Junior Livestock Auction’s responsibility to provide buyers for you.  Follow up thank you notes are critically important as well.

FYI for 2017-  Maryland State Fair will require RFID tags for cattle and hog exhibitors- it is expected that they will also require RFID for Maryland County Fairs


Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

 All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, feeder calves, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  New for this year feeder calves must be tagged!  Breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 6- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Sussex County- REC (no cattle)- minimum pig weight 75 lbs

May 6- 9:00 am- 11:00 am- NCC- Newark- Cook Farm- minimum pig weight is 75 lbs

May 13- 9:00 am-11:00 am- Kent County- DSF- minimum pig weight 80 lbs

May 19- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- Livestock Show- minimum pig weight is 85 lbs (no Saturday tagging)

May 23- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Kent County- DSF- FINAL TAGGING minimum pig weight is 85 lbs

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers or feeder calves so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.


Jackpot Show Entries Due May 1

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 20th Jackpot Show on May 20, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a market preview show for steers, market goats, market lambs, and market hogs.  Entry information is posted on the State 4-H animal science page and entries must be postmarked by May 1 or entry fees double.


PQA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  There are currently three options for obtaining PQA certification. The class certification option is open to any age but youth under the age of 8 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) must have a parent attend the class with them as national program guidelines do not permit a child under 8 to hold their own certification.  Certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.

Youth over the age of 12 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) have the option of taking a multiple choice test in lieu of attending classroom training. The benefit of the testing option is that certification may last for longer than one year, depending on the age of the youth at test time.  Youth must score 70% or better to pass the test and can take versions of the test up to three times in one sitting to pass.

There is an online training, testing, and certification option for youth ages 8-19. Delivered in the form of an engaging, interactive online module, the new online option allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. For youth age 12 and under, a parent log-in for security is required. Youth only need to complete one of these three options for obtaining certification. Online certification is not an option for parents if it is their first time receiving a PQA certification.

In 2017, for all youth who receive their PQA certification this year, certification will only last through 2017 as the new national Youth for the Quality Care of Animals program will become the single, national certification program for all livestock species beginning in 2018. For more information and to complete your certification online, please visit

The following local PQA class training dates have been scheduled for this spring:

May 2, 2017- NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle County Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm

May 4, 2017 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm

June 6, 2017- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

The following PQA testing dates have been scheduled for this spring (walk in any time):

May 22, 2017- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00-6:00 pm

May 25, 2017- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00-6:00 pm

June 27, 2017- Kent PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00-6:00 pm

You may attend class or testing in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. If there are no registrations in advance, the class will be canceled. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA certification needs.


 Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

 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 17, 2017 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.


Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 1

 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 1.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.


National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 1

 The 2017 National 4-H Dairy Conference is October 1-5, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The conference is for 15 to 18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years, who are currently enrolled in 4-H and have an interest in the dairy industry.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation provides funding for two delegates and one chaperone each year.

The conference will be held concurrently with the World Dairy Expo.  National 4-H Dairy Conference delegates may not participate in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest or exhibit cattle at the World Dairy Expo due to time constraints.  You may not have previously attended National 4-H Dairy Conference.  For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at and is due to Susan Garey by May 1.


Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 1

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2017 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 1 to volunteer Charmayne Busker.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2017.  For more information please consult the 2017 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page at or email Charmayne Busker


Harness Racing Camp Coming June 17-21, 2017- Applications Due May 15th!

 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


2017 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Announced

Congratulations to New Castle County 4-H’er Sarah Brown who is the winner of the 2017 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year essay contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-h Horse Advisory Committee and Peter Stone horses.  Sarah is a member of the Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club and nominated Bree a 21 year old Quarter Horse mare.  In her essay Sarah shared her story of building a relationship with Bree, a previously unloved horse, and how the most important thing Bree taught her was how to find the silver lining of an experience and just enjoy being together.  In the fall, Sarah will receive a custom painted model of Bree generously created and donated by Peter Stone horses.  For more information on Peter Stone horses please visit their website


2017 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Rules, Entry Information and Coaches Training

 The rules and guidelines along with the study sections and entry information for the 2017 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl held during the Delaware State Fair has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science web page.  Entries are due via the Delaware State Fair website by June 1.  A training for Avian Bowl coaches will be held at the Kent County Extension Office on Tuesday May 9, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm to assist coaches in understanding the contest and how best to prepare their teams. Please RSVP to Susan Garey by May 5th if you plan on attending.  Visit for the complete rules and guidelines.

Up for the Challenge Training

Up for the Challenge Training on January 17th from 12:00-3:00pm in room 144


For Ages 13 & up

Have an interest in nutrition, fitness or general health and wellness? Come join us for a short training session for 4-H Healthy Living Program: Up for the Challenge to learn how you can educate and empower youth in the state of Delaware how to eat healthy and exercise the right way!


Save the Dates!!

Foods Judging and Favorite Foods Training – Thursday, January 5, 2017 – New Castle County Extension Office

Come out and learn all about the foods judging and what to study for before you compete in the foods judging contest at Favorite Foods! We will have a mock test and go over each section.

State Teen Conference – Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29   Location:  UD Campus, Newark

State 4-H Leader’s Forum – Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Polytech High School 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, DE

Registration Opens – January 4, 2017

Delaware 4-H Interview Skills Workshop

Dear Delaware 4-H Teen,

 Join fellow Delaware 4-H teens in learning important skills and techniques preparing you not just for mandatory interviews to National 4-H events but also scholarship, college and other opportunities that are beneficial to your growth and success.   Please see attached flyer for additional information.

Attendance is required at either one of the November or December workshops (you may choose one) but all are required to attend the January 5, 2017 workshop which will include mock interviews and specific recommendations tailored for each participant to take home and continue to practice. 

Please click on the link below

Interview Skills Workshop Registration 


call Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585 x544 to register or email at

Questions about the workshops may be sent directly to Ernie Lopez at

We hope to see 4-H teens from all counties take advantage of this learning opportunity.


Ernesto B. Lopez
State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Delaware
302-856-2585 x561 


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