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SEWING FOR A CAUSE! - The Central Cluster will be hosting a community service opportunity for all 4-H members carrying and anyone thinking about carrying the sewing project or interested in carrying the sewing project. Please come and join us on Monday, January 16, 2023 at the Howard County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to Noon.

We will be sewing pillowcases for youth cancer patients and all donations will be given to Cases for Smiles Foundation. Last year the 4-H Central Cluster of sewing youth were able to complete 56 pillowcases, and this year we are hoping to double that amount. For pillowcases directions and fabric size please go to: (Select Pillowcase Directions).

If you have your own sewing machine please bring with you that day, however we will have machines available to use as well. All are welcome to come out and help! Any additional questions please contact Chris Rein at 410-313-1915 or email . Please rsvp attendance by email Chris Rein.

2023 4-H Portfolio Workshop - November 14 - 7:00 PM - Register

2023 4-H Camp Counselors - If you are 13 as of January 1st 2023.  You are eligible to apply for a 2023 teen leader position with the Howard County 4-H Residential Camp and Howard County 4-H Day Camp.  This is a great leadership opportunity open to all youth eligible.  If selected for a position with either or both camping programs, it is mandatory that you complete 25-30 hours of camp training and attend an activity and take part in each session starting in January.      Howard County 4-H Residential Camp tentative date will be June 18 - June 24, 2023 and Howard County 4-H Day Camp tentative date will be July 10 – July 14, 2023.   Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 28, 2022. LATE APPLICATIONS NOT ACCEPTED.

2023 Essay QuestionDescribe the benefit of participating in 4-H to an elected official and why they should support the 4-H Program.

2023 Special Awards:  We are looking for your support.  We have special awards for the 2023 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 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