UPCOMING EVENTS, INFORMATION AND DEADLINES
UPCOMING EVENTS, INFORMATION AND DEADLINES
As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States. Cooperative Extension of 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities provide the leadership to engage young people in 4-H in all 3,007 counties of the United States.
4-H'ers belong to 4-H Clubs that meet in local communities. University of Maryland Extension Volunteers help youth learn life skills to become caring, competent and responsible individuals through club work, community service, and 4-H project curriculum. 4-H members work with their club leaders to develop their educational plans for each year. These plans might include community service projects, speakers, field trips, or learning activities.
4-H'ers participate in county-wide programs organized by volunteers and University of Maryland Extension faculty. These programs include activities such as fashion shows, camps, public speaking contests, workshops, and more. With so many community clubs and specialty clubs in Howard County, there is always something to do in Howard County 4-H.
Please click on the Club Information link to find specific information about joining a club and the 4-H clubs in Howard County.
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.
Current re-enrollment for the 2021 is currently open and the link to register is https://v2.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in.
If you have volunteered with the Maryland 4-H program for 5 years or more, you are asked to complete a refresher volunteer training. To access please visit https://vimeo.com/user68922404/review/413098455/71eb2bc785.
Additionally, all volunteers will need to complete the "Return to In-Person Programming" training prior to returning to any in-person programming later this year. The link to access is https://vimeo.com/527482259
The Central Maryland 4-H Cluster is pleased to announce "Spring Into Mondays" virtual workshops. Currently we have 5 workshops available on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The topics for the workshops are below, however, you can access detailed information for each workshop and will be able to register at the following link: https://go.umd.edu/SpringIntoMondays.
The Central Cluster 4-H Communications Contest will be held virtually the week of April 26, 2021. Speeches will be presented on the following evenings.
One of the most valuable skills youth learn during their time in 4-H is public speaking. Each year, 4-H youth from Frederick, Howard and Montgomery Counties participate in a Cluster Public Speaking Contest where they are able to practice and improve their public speaking skills.
Check out our Public Speaking: Making a Great Speech Handbook to help with planning your speech.
The categories for the Communications Contest are: Extemporaneous, Interpretation, Prepared and Radio Spot. If you click on the category, you will be able to see the score sheet which provides detailed information. Clovers can participate as well by reciting the 4-H Pledge or the American Pledge.
To register for the contest link, please go to https://go.umd.edu/PublicSpeakingContest2021
At this time, Howard County 4-H and Carroll County 4-H are partnering together to offer a Beef Field Day for 4-Hers enrolled in either program. This event could be changed or cancelled depending on local, state and Maryland 4-H covid guidelines and restrictions.
The Central Maryland 4-H Cluster is pleased to announce the release of a virtual Officer Training resource that was created to help our 4-H club officers.
The direct link to the resource is: https://go.umd.edu/MDofficertraining
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For more information, please see the informational flyer.
For more information about the Howard County 4-H Program please contact one of the following:
4-H Youth Development Educator
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Administrative Assistant