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Agent’s Letter – April

SpringDear 4-H Families,

We hope “April Showers” hold off and allow for all of our exciting 4-H events to happen in the coming months. Be sure to check out the calendar pages to see what’s new in New Castle County 4-H

Upcoming Events & Registrations:

  • Statewide Clothing Showcase – April 9
  • AG Day – April 30
  • Legislative Day – May 4
  • Science Saturday “The Soil Rainbow” – May 7
  • Livestock Show Registration Forms due – May 13
  • Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for NCC Exchange – May 14

Please refer to the postings within this blog to access detailed information about each event!

Don't Miss

2016 Delaware State Fair!

Registration for the 2016 Delaware State Fair opened on April 1 and will close on June 1. Click here for the 4-H State Fair webpage and information.

We are about 6 months into the transition from a traditional newsletter to the blog format. There has been a slight hiccup from time to time, but overall we have heard great feedback. To continue making things easier for the viewer, we have added in a Table of Contents post that will be sent out with each blog. Please CLICK HERE to access the Table of Contents for April.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin



April Animal Science Updates

Kent County Jackpot Show

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 19th Jackpot Show on May 21, 2016 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

Entries must be postmarked by May 2 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.

For more information and to complete your certification online, please CLICK HERE!

Classroom Training dates

  • April 12, 2016 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm
  • April 19, 2016 – NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle Country Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm
  • June 6, 2016- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

Walk-in Test dates

  • May 5, 2016- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • May 10, 2016- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • June 9, 2016- Kent County PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00pm-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 via e-mail, at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. 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 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.

5th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show- entries due April 8th

The Delmarva Goat Association will host their Fifth Annual Delmarva Classic on April 22nd and 23rd. It will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.


Friday, April 22- 6:00 pm – Open Jr. Boer Breed and Showmanship followed by the First Annual Delmarva Goat Association Sale


Saturday, April 23- 9:00 am- Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second Open Sanctioned ABGA Boer Goat Show


For more complete rules and entry forms please visit the DGA website at



Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award


The Delmarva Goat Association is very excited to announce the DGA Youth Herdsman Award for all youth 21 and under that are members of the DGA. There are two categories Senior and Junior with a monetary award and a jacket. This award is an accumulation of a youth’s work with the goat industry for a year. They will need to keep records of what and where they were involved in goat activities. This award will be presented at the Delmarva Classic Show in May.  For more information please visit the DGA website at  or call (302)242-3464.

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 2.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Click here to access the 2016 Dairy Lease.

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 2

 The 2016 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 25-28, 2016 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 Click Here!

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at Here! This application is due to Susan Garey by May 2.

 Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 2

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 2 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 2, 2016.  For more information please consult the 2016 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page by clicking here! You can also  email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

Online Livestock Judging Training Resources

As we get closer to judging season, there are many good online resources available to 4-H members and leaders to help strengthen your livestock judging skills.  Please visit the state 4-H animal science webpage for a list of descriptions and links to websites that you can utilize any time and are current, useful and best of all free! Click here to access these resources.


2016 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The two performance classes in the 4-H Horse Judging Contest this summer at the Delaware State Fair will be Western Pleasure and Reining.  The Reining Pattern will be provided to contestants via your county extension office in advance of the contest and by June 15th.  Participants may bring the pattern with them to the contest.

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.




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.

Agent’s Letter – January


starburstHappy New Year 2016

Dear 4-H Family,

We want to wish you a very “Happy New Year” from the 4-H Office! Hoping that 2016 brings great things to you and your family.

Along with 2016, the Delaware 4-H Program welcomes a heap of wonderful activities and programs to kick the year off right! Whether you choose to compete in the Favorite Foods Contest or showcase your skills in the Photography Competition or even build leadership skills at State Teen Conference, you will be sure to have a blast!

Don’t forget these important dates! Please check out the calendar pages for upcoming dates, activities and programs.

  • January 8 – Favorite Foods Registration Deadline
  • January 11 – Photography Contest Registration Deadline
  • January 23 – Favorite Foods Contest, Foods Judging, Photography Contest Display
  • January 30-31 – State Teen Conference
  • February 6 – Leader’s Forum

We are happy to announce that Serena Conner has accepted the full-time position as 4-H Administrative Assistant. Serena was formerly working as a part-time office assistant in the extension office and is thrilled about her new position. Please check out the article highlighting Serena in this New Year edition of the blog!

Wishing you a fruitful New Year!

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

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.



4-H Winter Happenings

2016 Favorite Foods Contest

Compete with other 4-Hers from across the county as you create your favorite dish and formally present it to a judge. The contest will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Registration deadline is Friday, January 8. – No Exceptions!

Rules and Information

Registration Form

If you have questions, please e-mail Kaitlin  Klair or contact the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

2016 Foods & Nutrition Judging

All 4-H members participating in the Foods and Nutrition project are invited to attend the judging competition. The judging contest will be held on Saturday, January 23 in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Contest.

Judging Contest Guidelines

Please contact Kaitlin Klair if you have any questions or would like to schedule a training for Foods Judging with your club.

2016 Photography Contest

2016 Photography Contest Flyer

Photography Contest Online Registration Form

2016 Photography Contest Rules


Dream with Disney – 2016 State Teen Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

As we near the holidays, we are very pleased to offer the new and improved online registration for the 2016 State Teen Conference.
Dream with Disney – If you can dream it, you can do it!
The conference will be held on January 30-31, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark. This year, the conference falls during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, so the event will feature a guest speaker who has experienced the real-life effects of addiction. Other workshop topics include Breaking the Code-A Bully Simulation and Social Media & Connections to Careers.
Participants will also be creating Wellness Kits for a local homeless shelter. New Castle County 4-Hers are asked to bring travel-size non-perishable snacks including goldfish, crackers, granola bars, etc.
The cost is $50 for active Junior Council members and $100 for all other Delaware 4-Hers, age 13 and above.  The discount will automatically be added to your registration when you click the “Jr. Council” button. If you are not sure if you qualify for the discount, please contact the 4-H office.
Registration and payment are due January 20, 2016!
2016 State Teen Conference Forms
You can find additional information at the State 4-H Website. E-mail Mallory Vogl or call (302) 831-8965 with questions regarding this event.

Reporters Corner- Keepin’ up with the clubs

If you wish to see your club report on the blog, please e-mail Serena Conner with your club report no later than the 20th of each month.

Meado-Larks 4-H Club

Club Reporter: Cole Simpson



JDS December


Summit Bridge 4-H Club

Club Reporter: Kiersten O’Hop

Summit Bridge2We started up our new year with a review of the highlights of how new members can get involved. Many 4-H Members updated on what they showed or presented at the fair (and other 4-H projects) and ribbons that they won. We have pictures of some of the participants and what they displayed. Emma Apps did her public speaking speech and showed her photography photos. Andrew Shaffer did a ‘’ How To “’ for showing swine. Kiersten O’Hop flew over the poultry show requirements to show fowl for the fair.  Leah and Sarah Apps set up their Favorite Foods place setting displays and explained how the contest works.

Summit Bridge4

For more pictures from Summit Bridge 4-H Club, read the full club report HERE!

Clover Quest 4-H Club

Clover Quest1Our November meeting was awesome! Maya and Mason Merritt led us in the pledges. Then Blacky Wasgat, our club leader, talked about the upcoming favorite food contest and the photo contest. She also spoke about our Community Service project. Clover Quest unpacked boxes of chap stick at the Stockings for Soldier’s location. The chap stick will be put into stockings with other items that will be sent to soldiers in Iraq. Then we split up into two groups to play our games. After the games, we had Monkey Bread prepared by the Merritt family. Mrs. Karen Johnston gave a presentation on healthy living and then Matt Johnston dismissed the meeting.    Clover Quest2

For more pictures from Clover Quest 4-H Club, read the full club report HERE!

New Castle County 4-H Sewing Club
It’s Sew Much Fun!
Clover Quest3
Our fist meeting was a blast!  We made felt Christmas tree ornament.  This quick an easy project would also make great stocking stuffers.   Last week we had our club’s second meeting. Using a new stitch we learned that night, we were able to hand sew mittens out of old sweaters.  What a great way to recycle.  On December 17th, we will dust off the sewing machines and make pillows.  Please feel free to join us on this sew-tastic adventure starting at 6:30 at the UD Cooperative Extension office.  Hope to see you there!
Clover Quest4

Upcoming holiday events – You don’t want to miss!

4-H Teen Holiday Party

Jr. Council members, Healthy Living teen educators, and youth 13+ are invited to attend our holiday party on Monday, December 21. See details below!

Holiday party flyer

CLICK HERE to print the flyer for this event.


Winter Fun Day

 Last chance to register for Winter Fun Day is                  Wednesday, December 9. Register HERE online!

Winter Fun Day

Holiday Community Service Opportunities

Donations of winter items are now being collected!

Over Thanksgiving Break, the Future Discovery Team graciously set up and
decorated the Christmas tree at the 4-H Office. As has been the tradition for the last
eight years, we are asking clubs to help us decorate the tree with hats, gloves,
and scarves.
Right before Christmas, the donations will be delivered to  the New
Castle Adopt-a-Family organization. They will make our gifts available to the families they have approved for their program. Their members can pick the hats, gloves, and scarves they need for themselves or they would like to give to a family members as gifts.
Please add warmth to your heart and to the spirit of the Christmas season by helping us collect these pieces of clothing to keep many deserving members of our community warm and safe during the upcoming predicted cold winter. Last year we collected over 100 items! We would love to match that number this year!
Now that the smell of winter is in the air,
please show others how much you care. 
Come in and donate warm winter mittens, hats, gloves, and scarfs so others can stay warm in the cold air.
Place your new donated items on the Christmas tree, so it will not be so bare. 
Thank you helping us spread holiday cheer!! 


Code Purple Donations being accepted through December 18!



Brae’s Brown Bags (3B) is a non-profit organization that was created by Braden Mannering that provides healthy and delicious snacks to individuals in need. Braeden, a 12-year old student from Bear, DE has supplied 4,163 brown bags to thousands of people since July 2013.

Braeden’s efforts are significant, but he could not reach nearly as many people if it were not for the donations and contributions of many community members.  Braeden has collaborated with several 4-H clubs throughout the county to continue striving to provide a hope and nourishment to each person that receives a bag from 3B.

3B is in need of the following items:

Snack Foods

  • Fruit snacks (made with real fruit)
  • Individual size snack bags: gold fish, pretzels, trail mix, animal crackers, etc.
  • Protein bars, breakfast bars, low-fat pop tarts

Weather Protection Items

  • Hand warmers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves


  • Travel-size shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush

Children’s Items

  • New or gently used books
  • Crayons
  • Coloring Books
  • Activity Pads

*Donations are greatly appreciated, however, it is important to realize that nutritional value is very important to Braeden and 3B. All 3B bags are below 180 calories, so please do not donate snacks that could be considered unhealthy.

If you wish to contribute, please drop off your donations to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, December 18.

To find out more about 3B and Braeden’s mission, please visit the 3B website. If you want to get involved or speak with Braeden directly, feel free to fill out the “Contact Braeden Quinn form”.




2016 Favorite Foods & Foods Judging Contests

Favorite FoodsThe Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Small Appliances, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • Cookies or Cupcakes (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by Friday, January 8, 2016.

You can use either the Word registration form or the PDF registration form.

Rules and Information  are where you can find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 23, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a craft! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Exciting Winter Workshops…Coming in February 2016

Every February, New Castle County 4-H features a Winter Workshop series. This series provides 4-Hers with an opportunity to participate in hands-on, fun activities in a variety of topics.

Winter Workshops 2016

We are still looking for individuals or clubs that are interested in teaching a workshop. Please contact Serena Conner if you would like to request a specific workshop topic or if you would like to teach.

2015 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The 2015 Public Speaking Contest for NCC 4-H will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00pm. This event serves as a qualified for the Delaware State Fair contest and will return to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

This contest helps develop public speaking skills and is a great experience for 4-H members of all ages. Cloverbud members are encouraged to participate in this contest. Additionally, the contest is broken down into 4 divisions:

  • Beginner I (Ages 8-9)
  • Beginner II (Ages 10-11)
  • Junior (Ages 12-13)
  • Senior (Ages 14-19)

Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources


Support NCC Exchange Group – Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Yankee Candle

In July, the NCC 4-H Exchange Group will be hosting 10 4-H members from Routt County, Colorado. To help support the cost, the exchange members are currently hosting a Yankee Candle fundraiser.

To support the group, you can purchase items including candles, wrapping paper and magazines until Monday, November 16. To make a purchase, you can contact a 4-H Exchange member or visit the Yankee Candle fundraising website.

Stewards of Children – Training opportunity for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers


Stewards of Children Training

Stewards of Children postcard


4-H Leaders and Volunteers:

You are invited to attend the Stewards for Children training on Monday, November 23. This training will be held in conjunction with the November Leader’s Association meeting. In order to accommodate this training, we will be switching our schedule slightly. The leader’s meeting will be held at the Extension Office from 6:00-6:30pm. Following the brief meeting, our 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Dr. Ernie Lopez, will be conducting the Stewards of Children Training. Dinner will be provided for all training participants.

Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse training that is required by all UD Extension Staff and is strongly encouraged to all of our 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Although this training is not required, it is highly recommended.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bishop by Friday, November 20. You can reach e-mail Lisa or call (302) 831-8965.

For more information, please review the Stewards of Children Training letter from Dr. Lopez.

Stewards of Children – Postcard

County 4-H Club Meetings for November

November County Club Meetings

Wednesday, November 11

Garden Club – 6:30pm at Fischer Greenhouse (located behind Townsend Hall) Contact Robyn Hunter for more details.

Tuesday, November 17

Camp Counselor – 7:00 pm at NCC Extension Office. For more details, e-mail Kaitlin Klair.

Thursday, November 19

Updated JDS flyer

  • Sewing Club – 6:30pm – For more information, contact Monique Merritt, Club Leader

Monday, November 23

  • Leaders – 6:00-6:30pm ** Special Stewards of Children training from 6:30-8:30pm – Dinner provided! (See training flyer)
  • Jr. Council – 7:00 pm
  • Exchange Group – 8:30 pm


Healthy living activity on the fly – Grab and Go!

Fitness can be fun! Here is the second Grab and Go healthy living activity that can be used at your 4-H club meetings or other activities.

Grab and Go - November

Look below for the PDF version of this activity and the pictures for the fitness dice. If you have any questions regarding the Healthy Living grab-and-go activities, e-mail Karen Johnston or call (302) 831-8965.

November Grab-and-Go

Grab-and-Go Fitness Dice