Agent Letter: April 2018

Dear 4-H Families,

Happy Spring!  Although the weather has had different plans, flowers and trees have started to bloom and it has been good to see some sunshine.  A few special and unique celebrations during this month include:  Easter, April Fool’s Day, Children’s Book Day, World Health Day, National Jelly Bean Day, National Volunteer Week, and Administrative Professional’s Day.

Many Sussex 4-H members took part in March Madness, 4-H style.  We are so proud of our Horse Bowl participants from Bridgeville Mustangs, East Coast Horse Club, Country Clovers and Sunset Branch who did an excellent job at the event!  Many members participated in the Woodworking and Photography Judging Contests.  The results are posted in this newsletter.  The county Demonstration Contest went well and members talked about a variety of projects and topics. Twenty-seven teens participated in our annual Jr. Leader Weekend.  The teens learned teambuilding and leadership skills and enjoyed a fun weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 4-H Legacy Awards, sponsored by National 4-H took place on March 20 in Washington DC.  Four Delaware teens were invited to the event:  Jenna Anger, Hannah O’Hara, Leslie Webb and Christopher Wood.  These members were able to interview attendees, including DE 4-H alumni, Aubrey Plaza, on the green carpet, snap photos and post on social media sites.  The group had a great time and represented Delaware well!

The 4-H Staff would like to welcome Rebecca Arpie, Cypress Heart & Hands member as our work-based learning intern for the spring.  Becca will be helping with office tasks and developing a Healthy Living project/activity as well as working with other Cooperative Extension professionals in the Healthy Living realm.

Thank you to the clubs who submitted a club report this month, please keep them coming!  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!

April will be busy with many events including:  Archery Shoot, Legislative Day and Younger Member Weekend.  Looking forward to seeing you at the next 4-H event!

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

County Updates: April 2018


Order of Links Meeting – April 9 at 6:30 pm.
We will be discussing and planning the Spring Fair.



Robotics Club Meetings – April 13 at 6:00 pm at the REC
Come out and learn about Robotics and other technologies.  Meetings are usually held the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.

Sussex 4-H Tech Club – Open to all 4H’ers and those interested in having fun doing tech projects. The Sussex County 4-H Tech club will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Bridgeville Public Library. We will be doing projects with a focus on Electrical, Computers, Mechanical, 3D design and printing. We will list the topic of the week on our Facebook page:

Hopkins Farm Tour 2018


This annual event will take place May 15-17 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!


Judging Training Packets for all county/state contests can be found at the following link:

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

  • The 1stState Antique Tractor Club – Deadline – April 15

Monies available to high school seniors. Please visit the website:

Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame
In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters partnered to create the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, Extension professionals, staff employees, donors and others who made a significant impact on 4-H at the local, state or national level.  In conjunction with the national event, Delaware 4-H also created the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame.  This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.

The next class of laureates will be inducted on October 6, 2018.  The event is planned to be held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, DE.

If you know of a special individual who has had a major impact on the 4-H Program in Delaware, you may nominate them for induction into the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame in 2018.  Nominations will be open through May 15.  The 2018 class will be selected in June 2018.  The full nomination form and FAQ document are located on the State 4-H website at the link below.

Shop 4-H Promotion
If you plan to purchase anything off of Shop 4-H in April, please use the following link:
Delaware 4-H will receive 5% of the total sales from anyone from our state who purchases products in April.

University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program
The Edge Summer College Program is a five-week, credit-bearing summer college experience held

July 8 – August 10, 2018 for high school students moving into their junior and senior years.
During the Edge program, students will have the opportunity to get an authentic college experience by attending college courses taught by University of Delaware faculty, participating in on- and off-campus curricular and co-curricular activities, and living in a state-of-the-art residence hall.

More information about this program, and the link to apply, can be found at

Spring Paper Clover Campaign – April 11-April 22, 2018
The Spring Tractor Supply Co. 4-H Fundraiser that supports Delaware 4-H Clubs will be held

April 11-May 22 in the Tractor Supply Stores in each county. Tractor Supply Co. customers can support     4-H by purchasing Paper Clovers at checkout. These $1 Paper Clovers generate funds that are important to Delaware 4-H. Many of the funds raised stay right in the county where they were purchased. Consider visiting Tractor Supply this spring for your 4-H project and lawn and garden needs and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so as well. Ask them to purchase a Paper Clover while they are there!

DE 4-H Legislative Day: April 25, 2018

Legislative Day Flyer 2016Delaware 4-H Legislative Day

“Delaware 4-H Needs You”

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 2018 by Wednesday April 9 to Tammy Schirmer.

Spring Archery Shoots

Sussex County 4-H ArcheryThe second spring archery shoot will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. at the REC

* Please register for this event by Thursday, April 12
* We will also offer another safety training for any archer who did not take the safety training and is planning on shooting for the remainder of the 2018 4-H year.
* You must be on time and parents must attend

Other spring archery shoots at the REC include:
Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm

The County Archery Contest will take place on Saturday, May 19 during the Links Spring Fair!

Registration is required for all shoots! Walk-ins not accepted.

Please call the 4-H Office to sign up 856-2585 ext. 544 or email:

Younger Member Weekend: April 28-29, 2018


We are glad you asked! 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 by April 10.  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 may use the coupons they earned, making YMW a real bargain!

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

Delaware State Fair Online Entries: April 2-June 1, 2018

2018 Delaware State Fair – July 19-28

state fairThe Delaware State Fair is just around the corner and excitement is building as 4-H members get ready to exhibit and showcase their 4-H project work. The DE 4-H Premium Book is now available on the Delaware State Fair website and you can begin to enter entries online with the Delaware State Fair on April 2, 2018 and must complete all exhibit entries by the June 1, 2018 deadline.

**Please note, there is a new Online Entry System this year.  Please read the following instructions.

Please read the information below for more details including helping with the 4-H Building set up, Fair helpers, Host/Hostess schedule, etc.
Delaware State Fair Newsletter 2018

Make-Up County Demonstrations

We had a great turnout for demonstrations on March 14 and 15, but we also realize that some members who wanted to participate in the demonstration contest were not able to.  We will have a make-up demonstrations on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 pm here at the 4-H Office.  You may register online or print the form below.  There are a variety of  categories still available.

National 4-H Congress Applications Due May 1, 2018

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, 2018, 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, 2018.
  • 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 23-27, 2018.

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.

2018 National 4-H Congress Application

National Congress Award Procedure

Clothing Showcase: May 19, 2018

2018 Fashion Intent Form due April 23

The 2018 Showcase will take place on Saturday, May 19 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 2018 Information on County Ready to Wear Fashion Planning Information as well as a Consumer Comparison Sheet.  A sample notebook has been posted on the State Website for reference by anyone interested in participating in the 2018 event.


  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 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).  All participants will need to complete the required 2018 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 2018 Fashion Intent Form and return it to the 4-H Office by Monday, April 23 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, May 7. Participants in the Ready-to-Wear Contest will also need to bring their completed Notebook to the 4-H Office by Monday, May 7.

  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, May 7. Please attach a Clothing Showcase Label with your submission.