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Fair entries are now open.  Entries close July 1st:

more info on the fair

4-H Swine Showmanship Workshop - We are pleased to announce a 4-H Swine Showmanship Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 6th starting at 7:00 p.m. in the show ring at the Howard County Fairgrounds.   This will be a hands-on event for 4-H members so please wear appropriate footwear.

Please register at

Animal Husbandry Quality Assurance - It is the expectation that if you are carrying a Beef, Dairy, Goat, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep or Swine project that have completed the Animal Husbandry Quality Assurance (AHQA) program.  Please go to to check and see if you are current on you AHQA even if you think you are good.  This will need to be completed by July 15th.

If you are 8, 11 or 14 years old as of January 1st 2022 you will need to complete.

If you are 11 or older as of January 1st 2022 and added one of the above projects this year you will need to complete.

Please read the attached file and let me know if you have any problems contact


HOWARD COUNTY 4-H DAY CAMP:   Day Camp is a one-week program, located at our very own Howard County Fairgrounds.  Our program is ACA accredited camp.   Day camp will be held from Monday July 11- Friday July 15, 2022. Day camp will run 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.  Camp will be open to all youth, ages 6 (as of January 1, 2022) through 14 are welcome to apply. Camper fee will be $300.00 for the week. Campers will need to pack a lunch daily.  Snacks and water will be provided.  To register for Howard County 4-H Day Camp

Camper activities include arts and crafts, rocketry, archery and or riflery, sports, and outdoor cooking all in a natural outdoor setting.  Parents and campers are required to attend the upcoming orientation being held in Thursday June 30, 2022 virtually 6:30 p.m.  Registration forms are on a first come, first serve basis.  Please keep in mind 4-H members will received preferred status prior until Monday, April 11.  After that date, it will be open to all youth (ages 6-14) and placement will continue until spaces are filled.  TRY NOT TO WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE, SPACE GOES FAST!!

Both Howard County 4-H Camping Programs have Need-Based Scholarships available for those who qualify. For more information, please contact Chris Rein at 410-313-1915 or by email at

2022 4-H Enrollment - To join the Howard County 4-H program, you will need to complete the online enrollment process.  Current enrollment/re-enrollment for 2022 is open and the link to register is .  PLEASE REGISTER BY MARCH 1ST!  Volunteers please read the instructions to enroll.

2022 Essay Question:  Explain how 4-H has helped you develop leadership skill and become a leader in your local 4-H Program, your community, and for the future.

2022 Special Awards:  We are looking for your support.  We have special awards for the 2022 Howard County Fair in need of sponsorship.  Since we had no awards last year we may have a number of awards that become available.  Please check availability often.

Maryland 4-H Foundation Scholarships:  The application for the 2022-23 Maryland 4-H Foundation Scholarships will open on March 15, 2022. Applications will be due by June 15, 2022. More details to come. 

Maryland 4-H Annual Report

Enrollment Information

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 2022 is currently open and the link to register is


Please check back for the updated process.

Officer Training

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:

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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:

Sheryl Bennett

4-H Youth Development Educator


Chris Rein

4-H Program Coordinator


Beth Langvardt

4-H Outreach Program Assistant


Amy Brueckmann

4-H Administrative Assistant