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Volunteer training is an essential part of the Maryland 4-H Volunteer System to prepare volunteers to serve on behalf of UME and the 4-H Program and may serve to fulfill personal and/or professional development goals!

Volunteer Training Opportunities include:

Volunteers United!- a single day volunteer development day hosted in counties across the state for adults serving as volunteers, or interested parents and community members. click here for Volunteers United! flyer

Registration is open and available at

Sessions are subject to being transitioned to a virtual platform should this be required by health and safety protocols. Cost to change if transitioned.

Volunteer Orientation- required for all new volunteer’s and completed during their on-boarding process.

  • Review the one sheet for more information about the orientation 
  • Contact your local 4-H Team to apply to become a Certified UME 4-H Volunteer

Volunteer Refresher- expected of all UME Certified 4-H Volunteers who have served for 5 or more years.

Chaperone Training- a required training for any UME Certified 4-H Volunteer serving as an overnight event or trip chaperone. Any volunteer who intends to provide or supervise youth for more than an 8 hour period of time without the presence of their parent/guardian must complete their training along with required paperwork prior to an overnight trip or event.

Volunteer Training Videos- optional quick “course” designed to provide best practices and helpful hints on the following topics:

Want to participate in the Maryland 4-H Volunteer Needs Assessment? A research study designed to identify the training needs of Certified UME 4-H Volunteers to help guide the development of beneficial trainings for all volunteers. Contact Jamie Morris at if you are interested in completing a survey.

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