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4-H Demonstration Contests

Hollymount 4-H Club Members, Daniel Tull and Kyle Morris present a 4-H team demonstration on “ Preparing for the Favorite Foods Contest”.

County 4-H Demonstration contests are currently being held in Delaware. In this event, 4-H youth members demonstrate individually or with another member as a team entry based on a list of 4-H demonstration topic areas. Props and visual aids are required, and many demonstrations include handmade posters or presentations using software.

A successful demonstration will show the audience and judges several steps in a process, such as preparing a cooked dish, grooming an animal, demonstrating how to take a good picture, etc. Demonstrations are followed by a question and answer period with the judges where the contestant(s) provide answers, and can cite further resources or expertise. Participants learn and develop many excellent communication and life skills through this activity as they gain confidence to be prepared to speak in front of audiences.

Clothing & Textile Showcase

Every Spring Delaware 4-H’ers have the opportunity to participate in the Clothing and Textile Showcase. This annual event allows 4-H members to show their consumer savvy or sewing construction skills as they participate in the competition.  4-H members can compete in the Ready to Wear Contest or the Clothing Construction Showcase. Participants can show off their consumer and fashion planning skills by presenting a “Ready to Wear” ensemble.

Participants must look for bargains and quality and also plan a complete outfit and accessorize around their purchased article. Participants in the Clothing Construction Showcase chose to sew – creating garments that they modeled.  They were evaluated on the construction of their garment and their modeling skills. Approximately 35 Delaware 4-H’ers participated statewide.

Here Come the Chicks!

4-H Embryology in the Classroom


Here come the chicks! Every spring northern and central Delaware classrooms eagerly await the arrival of the Embryology project.

4-H Embryology in the Classroom is provided in Kent and New Castle Counties. In these two counties, more than 5,300 students in over 65 schools, youth are observing and experiencing the miracle of life.

Fertilized eggs arrive in classrooms on Monday with the expectation of hatching on Wednesday.  Sometimes the chicks arrive early on Tuesday and occasionally even Monday afternoon. Each classroom receives an assortment of six chicken varieties: Araucana, Blue Hen, White Crested Black Polish, Barred Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, and White Leghorn. The eggs range in colors too, from bright white to buff to green/blue in a variety of sizes. Students observe the eggs through piping (pecking through the egg shell) watching as the chick makes the first hole in the egg shell all the way to full emergence from the egg. After the chicks hatch, the students watch as the chicks fluff, then move them to the prepared brooder box where they feed, water, and care for the newly hatched chicks. On Friday, the chicks are picked up by our extension staff and taken to local farms.

Your Money, Your Goals

Summer 2018 Training Dates & Locations (9am-4pm)

  • Thursday, July 5 Kent County Extension Office
    69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE
  • Wednesday, July 18 New Castle County Extension
    461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE
  • Wednesday, July 25 Sussex County Carvel Research and Education Center
    16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE

Registration information online at:

Lunch & Snacks provided; Fee of $30 payable to University of Delaware covers cost of refreshments and some program materials. Toolkit is free.

For more information: Contact Maria Pippidis, or call 302-831-1239.

Training Topics

  • Financial Empowerment
  • Starting the conversation
  • Emotions, values, culture and money decisions
  • Saving for Emergencies, Bills and Goals
  • Tracking and managing income and benefits
  • Paying bills and other expenses
  • Getting through the month-managing cash flow
  • Credit and Debt
  • Consumer Protection
  • Financial products, services and providers

Training Purpose

To provide you with:

  • An orientation to Your Money, Your Goals, a financial empowerment toolkit for Social Services programs developed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • An overview of the training for case managers and other frontline staff
  • The tools, knowledge and confidence to provide this training to your constituency or in your community

Be Healthy and Raise Funds for DE 4-H!

Be Healthy and Raise Funds for DE 4-H? How do I do that?

Participate in the Dover Mile and Colonial 5K on Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Arrive at Governors Café, 144 Kings Highway, Dover, DE by 5:15 PM

Participants need to fill out the attached registration form for each participant and return with a check made payable to Dover Colonial to Karen Johnston or your 4-H County agent by May 28, 2018 so that we obtain the discounted prices.

If we have more than 10 participants for DE 4-H we will receive 80% of the registration fee back to DE 4-H!

Prices are listed under the registration section; there are lots of options including family and student rates.

For questions contact:
Karen Johnston
DE 4-H Dover Colonial Group Coordinator
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 218-1186

Legislative Day 2018

On April 25th ninety-five Delaware 4-H youth and adults participated in the 14th annual Delaware 4-H Legislative Day. 4-H’ers began their day at Legislative Hall in Dover and where they split into three groups. Two groups stayed in Legislative Hall learning the history of the building and discussing the Legislative process with Representative Trey Paradee and Senator Ernie Lopez. The groups were then able to visit either the Old State House and learn how a bill becomes a law or have a tour of the houses on the “green” in Dover. The third group visited the Courthouse where they learned the Judicial process.  After lunch, one group returned to Legislative Hall for a tour while another group visited and toured the Public Archives.

A highlight of the day gave members the opportunity to participate in a mock voting session and cast their vote for: Where students are bullied the most (School was the winner with social media a close second), Do you stand up for those being bullied (the majority of members said yes!), Which project areas do members enjoy most (all of them! Science, Healthy Living and Leadership/Citizenship), What is your favorite H (Heart!) and What lifeskills has 4-H helped you develop (all of them! Public speaking, leadership, volunteerism).

The groups came back together in the afternoon for a 4-H Rally inside Legislative Hall. We were pleased to have the following legislators in attendance: Governor John Carney, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Rep. Dave Wilson, Rep. Steve Smyk, Senator Gary Simpson, Senator Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Tim Dukes, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Rep. Ruth Briggs-King, Rep. Danny Short, Rep. Ronnie Gray, Rep. Bobby Outten, Rep. Mike Ramone, Sen. Dave Lawson, Rep. Rich Collins, Rep. Charlie Postles and Sen. Gerald Hocker.

State 4-H Teen Council Officers in attendance were: Andrew Shaffer, Shawn Mitchell, Hannah O’Hara, Leslie Webb, Patrick Trunfio, Garrett Geidel and Jenna Anger.

The day ended with members attending a session in the House Chambers. We thank Rep. Lyndon Yearick for allowing State 4-H Teen Council President, Andrew Shaffer, to speak on the House floor. Andrew addressed the Legislators giving them information about Delaware 4-H and thanking them for all of their support of our program.

Our members were great representatives of 4-H during this event; asking questions about the Legislative process, how to become a member of government, and much more!

View photos from this event on our Delaware 4-H Flickr page!

Delaware Delegation Attends National 4-H Conference

The 2018 National 4-H Conference was held from April 7th thru the 12th at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Over three hundred delegates from 4-H clubs across America represented their home states. Delaware 4-H was proud to have ten terrific delegates in attendance which included Hunter Willoughby from New Castle County; Maci Carter, Garrett Geidel, Shannon O’Hara, Rachel Taylor and Leslie Webb from Kent County; and Jenna Anger, Meredith Carey, Kyle Morris, and Daniel Tull from Sussex County.

With the main focus of the conference being one in which 4-H youth develop their leadership and communication skills in order to present position papers to various agencies within the federal government, delegates were busy the entire week, working hard in order to craft presentations that were meaningful and substantive. Roundtable sessions that were attended included Juvenile Justice, Homeland Security, Agriculture Policy and Civility.

In addition, Delaware 4-H members were able to meet and hear from federal officials such as United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue and visit with Senator Tom Carper and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Funding for delegates to attend was generously provided by the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the State 4-H staff looks forward to another round of applicants seeking to attend the 2019 conference which is now just eleven short months away!

4-H Visits Legislators at Legislative Hall

State Rep. Lyndon Yearick welcomed State 4-H Team Council President Andrew Shaffer to the capitol last week as part the annual 4-H Legislative Day (4/25).

Having been raised on a dairy farm, Rep. Yearick has personal experience with the youth organization.

4-H began more than a century ago as a way to engage students in agriculture.  Today, the group reaches almost six million young people throughout the nation, with the majority of their members coming from urban and suburban areas.

Delaware 4-H and Cooperative Extension Partners Host Family Fun Nights

Delaware 4-H Healthy Living, 4-H Afterschool, and Family and Consumer Sciences teamed up to sponsor three Family Fun Nights at Shue Medill School on the evenings of February 23, March 9, and April 19, 2018.  Reaching over 100 4-H youth from Shue Medill, Kirk Middle and Gauger Middle, and over 50 of their parents, families participated in two hours of healthy living learning and fun each evening.  Youth engaged in educational games such as Build a Plate, Hop Scotch, Fitness Dice, Stand Up-Sit Down, Chair Basketball, Disease Toss, Cigarette Bowling, Go Fish, Tobacco/Alcohol Ball, Alphabet Toss, Eat the Rainbow, and Yoga as well as crafts such as creating My Plate Bracelets, Healthy Living Coloring Sheets, making Trail Mix and even seeing displays that included Healthy Lung/Bad Lung, Juuling Information, Tar and Phlegm Jars, What’s in a Cigarette, and the Drug Prevention Wheel.

In addition to these activities,  youth danced to Disc Jockey provided music in the gym and hallways of the school.  Parents had the opportunity to meet in the cafeteria and experience the evidence based Botvin parent curriculum, learning techniques to better communicate with their children, and develop family rules and expectations around tough subjects such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs and internet use.  As an added feature, parents were treated to a food demonstration by Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition staff. In addition, at each of the family fun night events, a healthy spritzer alternative to soda and a healthy choice of dessert was created and served by a Cooperative Extension Volunteer Master Food Educator.

Youth and adult evaluations were completed at the end of each event. There was a 21% improvement in adults checking answer always for “I talk to my child about not using drugs.” 90% of youth report that they learned how to make healthy food choices during the first event, and 90% stated “I do not think I will use tobacco products or other harmful drugs in the future” as a result of the final event.

Winner of the 2018 Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Competition Announced

Pair of King Eider Ducks Sophia Zhao, 16 Oil Paint Group IV (Grades 10-12) First Place

The winning entry from the Delaware Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest was selected on Wednesday, March 21st. Several artistic renderings of waterfowl and conservation messages from students in grades K-12 were judged to determine which would represent the state in the national contest.

Participating competitors selected a waterfowl from a list of species on the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service webpage and drew a live portrayal of that species in its habitat demonstrating its natural behavior.

Sophia Zhao’s entry from the grades 10-12 division, an oil painting rendering of a King Eider Duck titled “Pair of King Eider Ducks” was selected as the best in show and was sent to the national Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to have the opportunity for it to be chosen as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp for 2018.

This contest is sponsored annually by the Delaware 4-H Foundation and coordinated by the Delaware 4-H Program. It is a great event that allows students to get exposed to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) curriculum. The Delaware 4-H program encourages anyone who has an interest in this event to contact Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader at (302) 831-2997 or call your local Extension 4-H Office to request more information.

2018 Division winners included:


Dorothy McCormick (grades 7-9)
“Ben’s First Duck”
Species: Wood Duck
Medium: Colored Pencil


Dorothy McCormick (grades 7-9)

Caroline Zhu (grades 10-12)