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4-H & Youth


4-H Revolution

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COVID-19 Update

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and State Superintendent of Schools have announced their decision to extend the closure of public schools through April 24, 2020. As such, the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Program will extend the suspension of all in-person 4-H events, practices, club meetings, and programs through April 24th. Additional information will be shared as we approach that date. 

Additionally, many University of Maryland 4-H faculty and staff are required to telework over the coming weeks. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact your local or state office via e-mail:  We will reassess these restrictions as new updates and directives come from our Governor and Campus leadership. 

Updates on upcoming State 4-H Events

Maryland 4-H Horse Communications Contest: We are providing this notice of further revisions to the format for the 2020 Horse Communications Contest. We are now asking participants to register for the contest by April 15th and submit a recording of their presentation via email to Becca Bittner at by May 1, 2020. Participants will need access to a recording device/mic. Once all of the recordings are received by May 1, the recordings will be sent to a panel of judges, and the award winners will be announced following completion of judging.

Video Recording: There are multiple free platforms to record your presentation: Phone, Video Camera, Zoom (, Skype (, or other recording programs. Participants should contact Becca Bittner or Chris Anderson  if they do not have access to this technology, or need assistance finding a recording platform to use. 

Contest Registration: 4-H members should contact their local 4-H county/city office to register. The office will need to know the member age division (Junior, Intermediate/Senior) and category (Individual Presentation, Team Presentation, or Individual Public Speech). The Registration Worksheet to collect local registration information has been emailed to 4-H faculty/staff.

Deadline to Register: County/city offices should email their completed Contest Registration Worksheet to Becca at by April 15, 2020.

Questions: Please contact Becca ( or Chris (  if you have questions.

Maryland 4-H Dairy Bowl: The Maryland 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 18th on campus will be postponed. Pre-event testing and team practices will be negatively impacted by current restrictions. Discussions are underway to identify an alternative date and will be shared once determined.

Public Speaking: The University has canceled the 2020 Maryland Day scheduled for April 25th. We have historically held the Maryland 4-H Public Speaking contest during this event and will not be able to proceed with this plan. We are currently discussing potential options for this contest and will update you once a decision has been made.

4-H Robotics Challenge Workshop: The MD 4-H Robotics Challenge Workshop, meant to help prepare teams for the 4-H Lego Robotics and Robotics Engineering Challenges, were to be held at the USRA STEMaction Center on April 4. This event will now be held as a webinar, where youth and families can join to learn more about the 2020 Challenges, ask questions, and discuss strategies. Links to the webinar will be sent out to registered attendees as we get closer to the date.

Date: April 4, 2020

Time: 1pm-4pm

Location: Virtual (formally at USRA STEMaction Center)

Registration: $5 Fee

More information about the MD 4-H Robotics Challenges in general can be found at:

Engineering Camp: Engineering Camp was originally to be held April 17-19 at “The Rocks” 4-H Camp in Harford County. We will not be able to proceed with the camp at this date. Further discussions will lead to the decision on postponing the event until later this year or cancelling it for 2020 altogether. We will share more information once a final decision has been made.

State Camp Training: The State Camp Training scheduled for March 21st at the Frederick County 4-H Camp has been cancelled. The State Camp Training scheduled for April 18th at the Howard County Fairgrounds  and May 9th in Anne Arundel County will remain on the calendar at this time. In addition we are looking into online formats for camp training and will share information with camp directors once we have more details on the options.

Sporting Clays Fundraiser: The shooting clays fundraiser scheduled for March 28th will not be held. Further discussions with the facility and planning team will lead to the decision on postponing the event until later this year or cancelling it for 2020 altogether. We will share more information once a final decision has been made.

The health and safety of our 4-H team and families is our top priority. Please stay up to date with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Let's all practice the FOURTH "H" of 4-H!

4-H'ers in Howard County are leading a Revolution of Responsibility - a movement for positive change in every community in America including right here in Howard County, MD

 4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right here in Howard County. This takes uncommon commitment and that is exactly what our youth have!

2020 Enrollment-To join the Howard County 4-H program, you will need to complete the online enrollment process.  Please keep in mind that we ask potential members to attend at least one 4-H meeting prior to enrolling in the online system.  

Maryland 4-H is excited to announce 4-H Online 2.0! A modern update to the classic membership management system, 4-H Online 2.0 will have a new look and location but will contain your existing 4-H profile and records. Enrollment for the 2020 is currently open and the link to register is  


(Please click on the title of the event for further information and details)   

Howard County Fair Awards-There are several special awards that still need sponsoring for the 2020 Howard County Fair 4-H events.  Please click on the link to review the awards that need sponsoring.

2020 Public Speaking Contest-The Maryland Central Cluster Public Speaking Contest held as an event for Howard, Montgomery, and Frederick County 4-H'ers and scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been cancelled due to the protocols set forth by the University of Maryland in regards to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Suggested opportunities for all Central Cluster 4-Her's in order to complete the "Public Speaking" project are:  giving a speech at your 4-H club meeting, being a narrator/MC at a 4-H event, presenting at county fair and/or "4-H Presents" at the Maryland State Fair.  If you have further questions regarding these opportunities, please contact your Howard County 4-H Team.  Thanks in advance for your understanding!

2020 Howard County 4-H All Star Bingo Information-POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 12TH

2020 Beef Field Day-Saturday, May 16, 2020-There is some new information in regards to the combined beef field day we are planning to host this year with Carroll County.  With many unknowns ahead of us, we are still moving forward with planning this event.  The one change moving ahead is in the registration format.  Since all Extension Offices have been closed until further notice, we are unable to receive mail.  We will now be using an online registration form, please use the link below.  Please know that at this time we are not collecting the registration fees (Beef Field Day - $15).  As we continue to move forward we hope to have these field days as planned and will collect registration fees on the day of the events

2020 Central Cluster 4-H Fashion Revue Show-Saturday, May 30, 2020

2020 Howard County Residential and 4-H Day Camp Programs-We all can agree these are indeed exceptional times for our university, t
Beef Field Day - State of Maryland, our nation and our global communities.   With that said with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Howard County 4-H program has decided to delay releasing our registration/application documents for our Residential and Day camping programs.    We will re-evaluate April 3rd.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.

2020 Howard County 4-H Member Policy

2020 Howard County Club Policies and Guidelines

For more information about the Howard County 4-H Program please contact one of the following:

Sheryl Bennett-4-H Youth Development Educator   
410-313-1912 or

Chris Rein-4-H Program Coordinator                     
410-313-1915 or

Amy Brueckmann-4-H Administrative Assistant
410-313-1906 or
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