Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation

4-h Foundation


The role of the 4-H Foundation of Anne Arundel County is to support, promote and enrich the 4-H program in Anne Arundel County.

The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation mission is to support and assist the Anne Arundel 4-H members, clubs and the Extension Office by offering fundraising, club development, social activities and volunteer services. 

The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation Inc. provides direct support to the county 4-H program by providing scholarships to county 4-H members and volunteers, and county-wide social events (like the 4-H Cookout and 4-H Ice Cream Social at the Anne Arundel County Fair). `

AAC 4-H Foundation Events, Contests & Awards/Scholarships


  • 4-H Variety Show 2023 rules/registrations
    What's your talent? The AAC 4-H Foundation is once again sponsoring the annual Variety Show! Be part of a group or do your own thing. Be part of a group or do your own individual act. There's singing, dancing, skits, playing instruments, and much more. Join us as part of the show or an audience member. It's a family event so young and old alike will enjoy the presentations. Here is a link to information, registration, rules and judging forms. Blue, red and white ribbons awarded for each act. Champion & Reserve Champ Group Acts as well as the Champion & Reserve Individual/Duet Acts receive cash awards to their 4-H Club. Contact Joan Mauritzen at for general questions or Mary Thomas at for club acts
    *** Adults interested in judging acts, please reach out to Gretchen,

  • AAC 4-H Cookout2022 flyer
    The annual county-wide 4-H Cookout is held at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville in mid-August. The 4-H Foundation provides all the meats (hamburgers, hotdogs, vegan/veggie burgers), rolls, condiments, paper products, water and a limited variety of sodas. They request each family bring a side dish, salad, or dessert/snack to share, as well as other drinks of choice.  Its always a fun afternoon!

  • Ice Cream Social at the Anne Arundel County Fair - Flyer
    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 4-H Members, volunteers and their families are invited to join The AAC 4-H Foundation under the dinner tent by the barns for FREE Ice Cream (with all the toppings) Friday evening! Please show your 4-H membership card for free admittance to this Annual event hosted by the AAC 4-H Foundation!


  • County Fair 4-H T-shirt Design Contest - 2022 flyer, 2022 entry form and guidelines.
    Have you ever thought of a great design or slogan for the County Fair 4-H T-shirt?  Now’s your chance to submit a design and share your artistic ability. The 4-H Foundation is accepting designs for the County Fair 4-H T-shirt Design Contest.  The contest is open to all enrolled county 4-H members. In addition to a $25 cash prize to the artist, the winning design will be featured on the back of the T-shirt that each 4-H participant at the county fair receives compliments of the 4-H Foundation. Please see the attached entry form/contest rules for additional information and follow the guidelines on the use of the 4-H name and emblem. 

Awards & Scholarships:

  • Terry Cooper Unsung Hero Awardnomination form
    The Terry Cooper Unsung Hero Award was established in memory of Mrs. Terry Cooper, a dedicated 4-H volunteer who worked quietly behind the scenes doing whatever was needed to support the 4-H program. This award may be given to one adult and one youth who have made a significant contribution to the 4-H program, but who have received little or no recognition for their efforts. 

  • Maryland 4-H Issue Forum Scholarships - entry form
    The 4-H Foundation has scholarships available for those teens attending the Maryland 4-H Issue Forum.  The Forum will be held from June 28-30 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Registration information is available on the Maryland 4-H website.  Attendees must submit a completed scholarship application form (attached) and a copy of their 4-H Online registration confirmation e-mail.

  • John C. Kozenski, Jr. Kindness Award
    A $50.00 cash award will be awarded in the 4-H Poultry Department at the Anne Arundel County Fair to the Anne Arundel County 4-H member who displays the quality of optimism and who is judged to possess positive and helpful attitude, always seeing the glass half full instead of half empty. This award is presented by the Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation, Inc. and will be limited to Anne Arundel County 4-H exhibitors only.

  • James R. Kahler Turkey Shoot Top 4-H Archer Award and Buz Meyer Turkey Shoot Top 4-H Marksman Award
    The annual 4-H Turkey Shoot occurs on the first or second Saturday of November at 9am at the Meyer Station Nature Center.  This is a free event for all ages, 4-H and non4-H, youth and adult, with special activities available for youth aged 5-7. Contestants may choose archery or riflery and shoot at paper targets. Entrants may bring but do not need your own equipment. Breakfast and Lunch refreshments will be available for sale.

    The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation sponsors cash prizes to top scoring contestants in both disciplines by 4-H age (Junior 8-10yo, Intermediate 11-13yo, Senior 14-18yo) plus adult male and adult female. Riflery contestants in Junior, Intermediate and Adult Women shoot a paper target at 25 yards, while Seniors and Adult Men shoot at the same paper target from 50 yards. Junior, Intermediate and Adult Women in the Archery contest shoot from 7 yards, while Seniors and Adult Men shoot from 10 yards.

    The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation generously donates a $20 cash prize to each winner, and sponsors two memorial awards presented at the completion of the event. The James R. Kahler Youth Top 4-H Archer Award certificate and $25 monetary prize is awarded to the highest scoring 4-H youth in the archery portion of the contest. The Buz Meyer Youth Top  4-H Marksman Award certificate and $25 monetary prize is awarded to the highest scoring youth in the riflery portion of the contest.  No RSVP required. Reach out to for more information. 4-H Turkey Shoot Flyer

  • Alumni gifts for members aging out of 4-H 
    Each year, youth 4-H members aging out of 4-H (when they are 19yo as of January 1st), receive a gift for their involvement in Anne Arundel County 4-H.  This gift is often presented at the 4-H Cookout event described above. Recipients are notified that their achievement will be recognized in advance of the event so they can plan their attendance.

  • National Trip Scholarships
    For more information about National Trip Opportunities, please visit our ‘Events & Opportunities’ webpage.
    The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation Scholarship, Recognition and Awards Fund sponsors youth leadership opportunities based on available funds generated through various fundraising activities throughout the year. The AAC 4-H Foundation asks that potential recipients, after accepting a formal National Trip invitation, fill out a National Trip Scholarship Application to receive payment/reimbursement for their trip fees (the amount varies depending on the cost of the event and the number of scholarship applicants).  Applications can be found in our National Trip Scholarship folder.  National Trips include but not limited to the following National Trip Opportunities for both Individual competitors and/or Maryland Team members:
    • National 4-H Conference (April)
    • National Leadership Trips:
      • Camp Miniwanca National Leadership Conference (June)
      • Virginia 4-H Congress (June)
      • West Virginia Older Member's Conference (June)
      • National 4-H Congress (November)
    • Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up (November): Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, Communications - Individual and Team Presentations and Public Speaking
    • North American International Livestock Exposition (November): Dairy (Dairy Bowl, Dairy Judge), Livestock (Livestock Judging, Livestock Skillathon), Poultry Judging
    • Shooting Sports (Archery or Shotgun National Competition)
    • Engineering National Competition
    • Horticulture National Competition
    • Other Scholarships and Financial Aids offered (based on available funds and opportunities):
      • MD 4-H Youth Trainings
      • MD 4-H Congress
      • MD 4-H Volunteer Trainings
      • National 4-H Project Trips
      • 4-H Camp Adult Staff Training
      • Outstanding 4-H Camper Awards
      • 4-H Professional Development

Adult Volunteer Membership

The 4-H Foundation meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For additional information and meeting locations, please contact the Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation:


AAC Foundation is a "Maryland Charity Campaign" Approved Charity

AAC Foundation is a Maryland Charity Campaign approved charity

The Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce it is an approved charity with the Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC)!

The Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC) is a workplace charitable giving program that offers State employees and eligible retirees the opportunity to conveniently, securely, and confidently contribute to charities they care about. This year’s MCC runs October 3-December 12, 2022. 927 charities are participating in the 2022 Campaign. Each has been vetted to ensure it is legitimate, fiscally sound, and performs the services stated. 

For more information, please visit the MCC website: (there is a 'Charity Search' button near the bottom of homepage).  Please consider donating to the Anne Arundel County 4-H Foundation (#52-6082282).  Donations are accepted from the beginning of October through the second week of December and fund 4-H events, contests, awards and scholarships right here in our county

AAC 4-H Foundation Contest, Award and Scholarship Recipients

2022 Events, Contest and Award/Scholarship Recipients:

  • 4-H Professional Development Scholarship: Hannah S, Friendship Outdoor Skills Club
  • Terry Cooper Unsung Hero Award: Cris DiBenio, Anne Arundel County 4-H Camp, Ed Mc Cabe, Dairy Leasing 4-H Club
  • County Fair 4-H T-Shirt Design Contest: Clara L, Kinder Farm Park 4-H Club
  • National 4-H Trip Scholarship: MD 4-H Horse Communications Team - Summer M, Linthicum Hi-Riders 4-H Club
  • Turkey Shoot Awards:
    • James R. Kahler Top 4-H Archer Award: Stuart S, Friendship Outdoor Skills Club
    • Buz Meyer Top 4-H Marksman Award: Mike C, Kinder Farm Park Club
  • Alumni Gift Recipients: 
    • Kinder Farm Park:
      Selina T, Kielee W, Priscilla B, Bailey G, Danielle H, Olivia V, Jacob B, Caleb C, Jennifer E, Delia F, Jacob G
    • Linthicum Hi-Riders 4-H Club:  Amelia S, Brooke H
    • Friendship Outdoor Skills Club: Luke S
    • Harwood Club: Kelsey W, Josh T

AAC 4-H Foundation Fundraisers

  • Cake Auction at the Anne Arundel County Fair - Flyer
    AAC 4-H Foundation, Inc. invites you to participate in this Annual Fundraising Event! The 4-H Cake Auction takes place on Sunday at the Anne Arundel County Fair. Entries are accepted from 4-H Members, Parents and Volunteers.  Please consider baking a cake for the Cake Auction or come and bid on one! All proceeds directly benefit the 4-H Program in Anne Arundel County. Cakes can be dropped off Saturday from 12 - 8pm at the information booth or Sunday 9 - 10:30am in the 4-H department. Judging and a Live Auction occur on the point stage late Sunday morning. 

  • Themed Basket Silent Auction at the Anne Arundel County Fair - Flyer
    A silent auction will take place at the Anne Arundel County Fair to raise funds to support the impact of 4-H through the creation of various scholarships, awards, contests and events. All 4-H clubs and any willing individual are asked to donate a themed basket (ideas include gardening, spa, sporty, cooking, crafty, etc.) for the auction. Please encourage fair attendees to stop by the 4-H section in the indoor exhibit building and consider bidding on one of the many creatively themed baskets. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!  

4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County 

4-H Star


*Service* is our motto

4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County is an honor/service organization created to recognize those 4-H members, alumni and volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding service, character, and leadership.  Membership in the 4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County is the highest recognition that a 4-H'er can achieve. Maryland 4-H All Stars is service-oriented and volunteer operated.

The All Star's goal is to contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program of which they are a part. The 4-H program becomes the springboard from which an All Star jumps to other areas of service to people throughout their lifetime. The 4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County strives for cooperation among 4-H programs in all areas.

The purpose of the 4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County is to serve and support the University of Maryland Extension (UME), Anne Arundel County 4-H Youth Development Program, the Maryland 4-H Program, and the Maryland 4-H All Stars.

4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County Services, Programs, Events, etc.

4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County Services

  • Scholarships and Financial Support:

    • County 4-H Camp Scholarships:
      4-H Camp scholarships are offered to teen staff and first year campers. 

    • Academic Scholarships:
      Academic scholarships are open to any County 4-H members/alumni pursuing post-secondary education at an institution of higher learning.

  • Fundraising Opportunity for 4-H Clubs:

    • County Fair 4-H Food Booth

  • 4-H Volunteer  Services & Promotion:

    • Members volunteer at County/State Events

Adult Volunteer Membership

Four new members from Anne Arundel County were inducted into the Maryland 4-H All Stars during a ceremony held at the 4-H All Stars Annual Conference on June 18, 2022 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Anne Arundel County would like to Congratulate Delia Fishburne, Marina Karides, Deana Tice and Olivia Velthuis on this achievement!

4-H All Stars

For more information, please contact:

4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County Academic and Scholarship Recipients

2022 4-H Camp Scholarship Recipients
The 4-H All Stars of Anne Arundel County recently awarded five (5) $100.00 4-H camp scholarships to 2 teen staff and 3 first year campers who attended the 2022 Anne Arundel County 4-H Camp at the end of July. The distribution of scholarships depended on the number/categories of applications received. In order to apply for the scholarship, teen staff/first year campers must have completed the scholarship application form and submitted it, along with an essay, to the email address listed on the application form by early September. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Thomas, 4-H All Stars Camp Scholarship Committee, at 4hallstarsofaaco@gmail. The 4-H Camp scholarship recipients are:

  • Teen Staff: Ava A. and Joelie G.
  • First Time Campers: Jenna C., Seth H. and Richard S.

    The 2021 4-H Camp scholarship recipients are:

    1. Teen Staff: Ava A, Rosemary B, and Charlie W
    2. First Time Campers: Fiona W, Grace M, and Joseph 

    The 2021-2022 Academic Scholarship recipients are:

    1. Marina K - AAC 4-H Dairy Leasing Club
    2. Olivia V- Kinder Farm Park 4-H Livestock Club