Sussex 4-H Agent Letter: March 2017

Dear 4-H Family,

Will March come in like a lion?! I know many will agree with me that they are ready for spring and warmer temperatures. Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 12. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour!

THANK YOU is not enough to say for all the support that was felt at our 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction!  From the donors and guests to the volunteers who helped make this event a success!  We appreciate each one of you!  Photos from the event can be found on the Delaware 4-H Flickr Page.

The 4-H world is gearing up with many activities and events.  In February, many 4-Hers and their families participated in the Favorite Foods Contest along with Foods & Nutrition Judging, Crafts, a Grocery Shopping Challenge and much more!   4-H members will be busy on Saturday, March 11, at the Horse Bowl. Sunday, March 12, is the first Archery Shoot for the spring.  Be sure to sign up to participate in this event.  The Photography and Wood Science Judging Contests have been scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 and the Demonstration Contest will be held on March 15 and 16.  Make up dates for judging contests are also available if you cannot attend on March 15.  Other upcoming events include:  Sewing  Workshops and Jr. Leader Weekend.

Clyde Mellin, County Wood Science Leader and five 4-H members constructed and installed ten bluebird nesting houses for the McCabe Wildlife Preserve in Milton.  What a great way to learn about this species and also to give back to our environment.  A big Tweet Tweet to Rebecca Arpie, Daniel Tull, Ainsley West, Declan West and Jackie Arpie for your hard work!  See photos of the construction and installation on our Flickr page!

Congratulations to our Sussex Salute to Excellence Winners.  Marian Carey, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club Leader, received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.  Tammy LeCates, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Leader, received the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Hats off to these wonderful adult leaders!

A Friendly Reminder – Please be sure to submit your club news to Tammy or myself by the 25th of each month.  Include a fun activity, projects completed, and photos of your club in actions.  We love to see and share what each club is doing!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next 4-H event!

Yours in 4-H,
Jill Jackson
Extension Educator, 4-H

Sussex 4-H County Updates: March 2017

Order of Links Meeting – March 13 at 6:30 pm.
We will be discussing Winter Fun Day and planning the Spring Fair.




Robotics Club Meetings – March 10 and 24 at 6:00 pm at the REC
Come out and learn about Robotics and other technologies.  Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.

Hopkins Farm Tour 2017
This annual event will take place May 16-18 in Lewes, DE.  We are always looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with this event.  If you have any livestock or pets that you would like to bring for one or all days, that would be great as well!  Please contact Jill Jackson to sign up to help!


Pig Sale and Pork Producers Dinner

  • Pork Producers Dinner – March 18. Please sign up before March 7, 2017
    • Tickets: $25 Adult, $12.50 (6-12 years old), FREE (5 years and younger)
  • Pig Sale – March 25. 2408 Still Rd. Camden, DE.
    • Previews 9am-11am
    • Seminar 11am-Noon
    • Sale starts at Noon

Call or text Karen Tigner (302) 632-4250 with questions or to sign up for either of these events!

Delaware Dairy Princess Contest – March 25, 2017
It is that time of year to select our new Delaware Dairy Princess. This years contest will be held on Saturday, March 25th in Harrington, Delaware. The contest will start with interviews at Harrington Fire House around mid-morning. (The time will be decided once we know how many contestants are running!)  After the interviews are held, contestants will be asked to present their skits and answer an impromptu question decided by the judges. While the judges are choosing the best candidate, the Delaware Holstein Association will be holding their annual meeting. Lunch will be served.  We are so excited to partner with the Holstein Association this year.

Please contact, Laura Emerson Greer, if you or anyone you know would be interested in running to promote one of Delaware’s finest industry. We will be holding an interest meeting the first weekend in March. Please let me know if you or someone you know will be attending.  You can reach her by email at or by phone (302)-893-7258.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The 1st State Antique Tractor Club has scholarship money available to high school seniors.

Please visit the website:

Applications are due by April 15th.

  • Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports ScholarshipDeadline 4/1/17
  • Delaware 4-H Foundation ScholarshipDeadline 5/1/17
    Scholarship Announcement ~ Application (coming early 2017)
  • Delaware Scholarship Compendium A guide for college-bound students that includes scholarships

All forms and applications can be found on the Delaware 4-H website:

Scott Family State Camp Scholarship – Due March 15th to Katie Scott
State Camp Scholarship Available – The Scott Family from Sussex County has formed a scholarship in memory of their father George Scott II, who was a lifelong member of 4-H and loved State Camp.  His wife and all four of his children attended camp as well.  His children would like to honor his memory with 1 full camp scholarship to a deserving 4-H member who has an interest in attending camp. Please fill out the scholarship application by March 15, 2017.  Any 4-H member who has not already received a scholarship for the 2017 State 4-H Camp is eligible for this award.
George Scott II Scholarship Application

Jr. Leader Weekend: March 31-April 2, 2017

Members of Jr. Council will be planning an exciting weekend for 4-H members 13 and older at the 2017 Junior Leader Weekend!  Space is limited so register early.  Cost: $50.00.  Come, help plan Younger Member Weekend, gain new leadership skills, be on the community service team, and have fun and work with Sussex County 4-H teens.  Be sure to turn in your counselor application form ASAP and sign up for a counselor interview!

2017 Jr Leader Weekend Registration Due March 13
Sussex 4-H Camp Counselor Application Form

Sussex 4-H Clothing Showcase: April 8, 2017

Fashion Intent Form 2017 due March 20

The 2017 Showcase will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Carvel Center in Georgetown. This event allows 4-H members to show their consumer skills or sewing construction skills as they participate in this competition. 4-H members can compete in the Ready to Wear Contest OR the Clothing Construction Showcase, but they may not participate in both events. The areas of competition are:

  1. Ready-to-Wear – This is an opportunity for a member to bring an outfit of ready to wear clothes, model it before a judge for fit and appropriate accessories as well as participate in an interview with the judge to justify why this garment was needed in their wardrobe and why they selected it. All participants will be required to model in the revue portion of the event and submit a completed Notebook with the required 2017 Information on County Ready to Wear Fashion Planning form.
  1. Clothing Construction – A 4-H member will model a garment and or complete outfit that they have sewn. 4-Hers will participate in an interview with a judge sharing information about the construction of the garment, where they will wear it and explain why certain construction techniques were used, etc. Construction, fit and overall attractiveness of the garment will be considered in evaluation. All participants will be required to model in the revue portion of the event. Garments will be entered in the sewing level (beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced) based on the construction techniques used in making the garment as described in the new 4-H Clothing Project Guidelines. Within each sewing level, garments will be evaluated with their age group (age 8-10, 11-13 and 14 & older). These guidelines are available on the Sussex Connection Blog, in the 4-H Office, or from your 4-H Leader. All participants will need to complete the required 2017 Information on County Clothing and Textile Showcase form and submit these with their completed garment.

Participants for the Ready-to-Wear and Clothing Construction areas will need to complete the Fashion Intent Form 2017 and return it to the 4-H Office by Monday, March 20 to indicate their interest in participating in these contests. Participants in the Clothing Construction category will also need to bring their completed garment and the Garment Forms to the 4-H Office by Monday, April 3. Participants in the Ready-to-Wear Contest will also need to bring their completed Notebook to the 4-H Office by Monday, April 3.

  1. Sewing Items Display – 4-H members can sew items based on the list provided on the Intent Form. All items will be evaluated on construction techniques and displayed at the revue event portion of the Showcase. 4-H members are limited to one item per category. Items sewn will need to be brought to the 4-H Office with a label by Monday, April 3.
    Please display an item label with your submission.

4-H members are encouraged to attend this event to see their exhibits on display!

Younger Member Weekend: April 29-30, 2017


two_boy_palsWe are glad you asked! With so many families new to 4-H this year, here are some details you might want to know!

Younger Member Weekend (YMW) is a tradition that began many years ago. It is open to younger members of 4-H between the ages of 8 to 12.  It is an overnight camping experience that is held at the Cape Henlopen State Park camping facility.  This weekend begins on a Saturday.  At Junior Leader Weekend, (JLW), which is held earlier, older 4-H members receive training, reinforce their leadership skills and brush up on their counselor roles. These responsible young adults, along with certified chaperones, staff and a nurse, serve to make the YMW a terrific overnight experience. Younger Member Weekend introduces 4-H’ers to many of the traditions, songs and camaraderie that continues in JLW, State Camp and other state events. 4-H’ers who attend YMW learn leadership and responsibility skills from the fine example of the Junior Leaders who plan the theme and activities for their younger campers.

Younger Member Weekend fills up fast!  The cost is $40 which includes group activities, dinner, dessert and breakfast the next morning!  Registration is required.  Please submit the registration form below.  Please make sure your online health form is up to date!  Those 4-H’ers who were active in last year’s Sussex County 4-H fundraiser selling Horse Show ads use their coupons they earned, making YMW a real bargain!

Please complete the Younger Member Weekend Registration 2017  and return to the 4-H Office by April 10.

4-H Legislative Day: April 26, 2017

Legislative Day Flyer 2016Delaware 4-H Legislative Day

“Delaware 4-H Needs You”

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Legislative Hall – Dover, DE

Who: Delaware 4-H Members, Leaders and Volunteers

*  Promotion of Delaware 4-H
*  Educational Opportunity to learn about Delaware’s Government
*  Opportunity to Express Appreciation for the Support Provided by our State Legislature
Cost: $10.00 (Lunch Will Be Provided)

Please register online or return the Legislative Day Registration 2017 by Wednesday April 15 to Melissa McDerby at the State 4-H Office

2017 4-H Summer Camps

Delaware 4-H State Camp and Environmental Camp:

State Camp Week 1:  June 12-17
State Camp Week 2:  June 19-24

Environmental Camp:  July 6-8
         New Location – Mallard Lodge, Smyrna, DE





Applications Accepted Beginning March 1
The 2017–Camp Newsletter and 2017–State Camp Application have been emailed to all Sussex 4-H’ers who have enrolled in Delaware 4-H. Please click the links above or view the state website to review this information. Age requirements are based on 4-H age as of June 1, 2017. Applications must be completed and mailed to the State 4-H Office per the instructions provided with the application, but no sooner than March 1st, with payment in full to be accepted. Please do not mail them to the Sussex County 4-H Office, as this will delay their arrival to the State 4-H Office.

Sussex County 4-H Day Camp 2017
This annual camp will be held August 8-11 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.  Open to 4-H members and the public ages 5-10 years old.  Registration forms will be available in April.

National 4-H Congress 2017: Applications due May 1, 2017

It is not too early for our 4-H teens to think about submitting a State Record Book for National Congress.  National 4-H Congress is one of the premiere experiences for 4-H members across the country to participate in.  For over 90 years, members of the 4-H program have been gathering to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of 4-H.  National 4-H Congress provides a life changing experience for youth to meet other members across the United States, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team development, and of course having fun!

This Record Book covers two project areas plus leadership and citizenship projects.  If you are interested in learning more about this process, we would like to offer a training in March.  Please contact Jill Jackson,, for more information.

Delaware 4-H youth age 14 and older on January 1, 2017, are eligible to apply for selection to participate in National 4-H Congress.  This award trip recognizes youth for outstanding program/ project accomplishments, leadership and citizenship/community service.

The selection process for State 4-H Awards for 2017 will include:

  • Submission of Awards Application to your County 4-H Office by May 1, 2017.
  • Participation in an Awards Interview – date to be determined.

Award winners are requested to assist the Delaware 4-H Foundation with at least five hours of fundraising support or pay a $50.00 registration fee.  In order to receive the trip, selected individual must attend the County Achievement Program to receive award and participate in an orientation session with at least one parent or guardian.

Winners will receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, November 24-28, 2017.

Failure to participate in and complete necessary information by the above deadlines will result in the delegate’s trip to the National 4-H Congress being forfeited.

2017 National 4-H Congress Application

National Congress Award Procedure