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Maryland 4-H Teen and Volunteer Forum


*2018 Schedule Coming Soon*

2018 Maryland 4-H Volunteer and Teen Forum

November 16-18, 2018

Princess Royale

Ocean City, Maryland

The Maryland 4-H Volunteer and Teen Forum is designed to educate, connect and energize 4-H teens, volunteers, faculty/staff and anyone else interested in attending.  This weekend event is structured around Saturday workshops focused on providing engaging and useful activities for the wide range of 4-H program roles.  Networking and casual educational opportunities are offered on Friday and Saturday evening and the weekend culminates with the annual meeting for the Maryland 4-H Volunteers’ Association and the final meeting of the Maryland 4-H Teen Council.  The “retreat” setting helps provide a relaxed setting for everyone to enjoy and allows families to make a mini vacation out of it.


Registration coming late summer 2018.


Call for Workshop Proposals

The 2018 Forum Workshop Planning Committee invites adult volunteers, UME Faculty and Staff or other interested parties to submit workshop proposals. Youth-adult presentation teams are welcomed and encouraged, but proposals should be submitted by the adult team member. All submissions will be reviewed and selected based on usefulness, relevance, contribution to new knowledge, clarity and completeness, and appropriate instructional techniques.


Workshops should:

  • Be planned to fill one hour increments of time (1, 2, 3 or 4 hours).  Sessions are not limited to a one hour time slot.  If more time is needed to teach about a program, be sure to request a time slot in hour increments rather than a portion of an hour.


  • Enable and encourage 4-H leaders/volunteers, teens and Extension faculty/staff to explore new program ideas and share resources in relation to the three mission mandates of 4-H Youth Development: Science, Healthy Lifestyles; and Citizenship.


  • Facilitate interaction between and personal growth of 4-H leaders/volunteers, teens and Extension faculty/staff. 
  • Presenters are encouraged to use the experiential learning model in their sessions.  Hands-on and designed to allow participants to Do something, REFLECT upon what they have learned and discuss/determine how to APPLY their new knowledge or skills.
  • Be creative and innovative in topics.  Don’t be afraid to submit ANY idea.


  • Be designed for a combination of youth ages 14-adult. 


Clover, junior and intermediate session proposals will be accepted and should be designed for all day session for the specific age groups. In addition, the Planning Committee is seeking Track Coordinators for the Clover, Junior and Intermediate tracks.  Track Coordinators will identify and organize age appropriate activities that highlight the 4-H Mission Mandates of Citizenship, Healthy Living and Science.  Track Coordinators should either plan to present or secure presenters to cover the entire day of workshops on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00-4:00.  If you are interested in serving as the Clover, Junior or Intermediate Track Coordinator, please contact Jamie Morris at

All proposal submitters will be notified by August 15 regarding the status of their proposal.  Presenters will have one week to confirm their presentation.  All presenters of the 2018 Maryland 4-H Volunteer and Teen Forum will receive a reduced registration fee, but must pay their own travel/hotel expenses.  Specific presenter registration fees will be available with event registration.  (workshop presenter registration area in the registration link- need to ask if they are planning to attend meals and if so, what meals)

Additional information (schedule of presentation, details on presentation methods, etc.) will be provided after your proposal has been approved.

Please visit the Proposal Submission link to complete the online proposal submission form to have your presentation considered for the 2018 Maryland 4-H Volunteer and Teen Forum.


The deadline for submission of proposals is July 30, 2018.

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