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4-H Revolution

For the health and safety of our communities, 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 July 31st. Additionally, our 4-H faculty and staff are continuing to telework through June 25th. Both time frames will continue to be re-evaluated as we receive new information and directives from government and health officials, as well as UMD campus administration.
There is still so much that is unknown and we are working diligently to assess our spring and summer programming.  We will continue to share announcements related to our statewide programs via your local 4-H staff, social media and our website.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these complex decisions together.  Please visit to see the latest Maryland 4-H contest and program updates.  You can also find us on social media:
Facebook: @UMEMaryland4-H
Instagram: @Maryland4H
Twitter: @Maryland4H


The Maryland 4-H Central Cluster (Howard, Frederick, and Montgomery Counties) are excited to offer the following upcoming online learning adventures. Registration is required for each event:

May 28: Woodworking: Simple Beginner Projects

Learn basic DIY skills with these simple woodworking projects for beginners! Learn safety, techniques for using different woodworking tools, and watch step by step how to build a garden window box. 

Time: 2 pm 

Register at:

June 4 - The Magic of Spices and Herbs in daily cooking.

Spices and herbs give aroma, color, flavor, and sometimes even texture to our daily food .Each spice, or herb has specific, unique chemical compounds. Join us to learn and discover the origins and secrets of spices and herbs and their contributions to our food and cooking, and healthy living.

Time: 2 pm

Register at:


June 11 - Public Speaking 101 

Are you terrified of public speaking? Public speaking is one of the top fears of youth and adults within the U.S. It is also one of the best life skills you can gain during your time in 4-H. Participating in formal or informal public speaking experiences (including virtual experiences), events, and contests is a great way to practice this skill and be recognized for your hard work.

Join Navonne Owen, Caroline County 4-H Educator, for a discussion about public speaking. You will learn about the importance of effective communication and public speaking, the do’s and don’ts to public speaking, tips to help you prepare, specific category opportunities, and much more.

Time: 2:00 pm

Register at:

June 18 - Table setting/menus 

For most of us setting a table requires little thought as to where the forks, knives, spoons and plates are placed--we simply place them where we want them out of convenience and short amount of time.   This session, learn, wear forks, knives, spoons, and plates are placed in a formal and informal table setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Also, learn how to plan and create a complete menu to go with a theme table setting.

Time 2:00p.m.

Register at:

June 25 - All About Leaves

Have you ever looked up at a tree and wondered “what kind of tree is this?” In this interactive session we are going to learn how to identify trees by their leaves and make an art project out of leaves. We’ll also cover the basics of entering a leaf collection at your county fair. Come to the session with a few leaves from your local trees as well as white paper and crayons. 

Time: 2:00 pm

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

Adding and Dropping Projects-Due by June 1st:  4-Hers need to review the projects they are currently enrolled in and make final decisions regarding what they want to be enrolled in for 2020.  To review and add/drop projects, please go to

Livestock Registration Forms for market hogs, market lambs, market goats, commercial sheep or goats, and pygmy goats.  For 2020, all forms will be completed online.  If you do not have the capability to complete the online forms, please contact Sheryl Bennett at for assistance. 

Rabbit Registration Form-Rabbit registration forms are to be completed online by June 1st.

Poultry Registration Form-Poultry registration forms are to be completed online by June 1st.

Dog Registration Form-Dog registration forms are to be completed online by June 1st.

Horse Registration Form-Horse registration forms are to be completed online by June 1st.

Leasing Paperwork-Due June 1st.  Complete the forms and email to Sheryl Bennett at  If you do not have the signatures of the owner and are unable to get due to COVID-19, submit and the signatures can be obtained later.

Central Cluster 4-H Fashion Revue-The Maryland 4-H Central Cluster is offering a Virtual 4-H Fashion Show.  This is open to all 4-Hers!    This is a great opportunity during this stay at home order for 4-Hers to take a special event outfit, a prom dress, or spring sport uniform and exhibit and model in our ready to wear category!! 

Maryland 4-H Horse Photgraphy and Art Contest-Please email Sheryl Bennett by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1st with your name, age group (Junior, Intermediate or Senior) and category you are entering.

Maryland 4-H Virtual Summer Camp-July 13 - 24, 2020, Monday through Friday each week is for youth ages 8-13. Discover, explore, and enjoy time with familiar 4-H faces from across the state that will bring you over 50 hands-on activities you can do right from your home. Sing songs, play games, be silly right along with other 4-H'ers, and friendly camp counselors. And we are excited to share there are camp boxes and a tee-shirt that you can order. But supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registration is June 22nd. You can register and attend for free without the box and tee-shirt, you can order just the tee-shirt for $15, or you can get all three for $75. To register to go virtual camp go to link
There is a limited amount of scholarship available for more information contact Amanda Wahle at


Maryland 4-H Issue Forum-July 1, 2020, from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm is a premier teen leadership experience to foster civil discourse and community action in Maryland! This year the Issue Forum will take place virtually. The forum is designed for teens 14-19 years old who want to help make a change in their community. Build a team by asking a friend or two and an adult volunteer. There are exciting breakout sessions, leading changemakers in the area of water quality, and a keynote speaker will give you the springboard to take your ideas back to your location and put a plan in place. Throughout the day there will be fun teen activities. We hope to see you there! Just fill out the form from this link

Animal Husbandry and Quality Assurance Program (AH&QA)-AH&QA can be accessed at the following link which is new for 2020:  Howard County 4-H members who need to complete the program need to do so by July 1st.
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 Howard County Residential and 4-H Day Camp Programs-We all can agree these are indeed exceptional times for our university, the State of Maryland, our nation and our global communities.   With that said with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maryland 4-H Program has cancelled all 4-H residential and day camps for the summer of 2020.


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 potentialmembers 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


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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