Camping, Horticulture, Shooting Sports

Go Outside! 

Discover and Learn about your environment! 

Make a Difference in your community!”

Journey through fields, forests, wetlands and urban areas to discover the wonders and mysteries of Maryland’s natural environment. Through their 4-H environmental and outdoor education projects young people will learn about the interconnection of people and nature. They’ll also develop respect and appreciation for and a sense of stewardship toward our natural resources. This 4-H programming area provides educational opportunities that help young people enjoy time outdoors and develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment through three core theme areas:

  • Basic science and ecology
  • Interrelationships and impacts
  • Health, wellness and positive outdoor experiences

Making a Difference!

Are you or your 4-H club using your environmental science knowledge and skills to make a difference in your community? If so, we would love to highlight your program. Please send a brief paragraph and supplemental photos that tell your story!

Alumni Spotlight!

Are you a 4-H alumnus currently working in an environmental science career? We want to hear your story!

Educational Materials

WHEP Habitat Concepts

Maryland Animal ID Photos

4-H Camping

4-H Camp

The Maryland 4-H Camping program provides educational, fun, recreational, and social opportunities for boys and girls. These camps are all accredited by the American Camp Association and follow the national safety standards of the industry. Youth do not have to be a 4-H member to attend 4-H camps. In order to attend any of the following residential or day camping programs, please call or email the contact included for specific details on registration, costs, and deadlines.

  • Mission
  • Benefits
  • Frequently asked Questions
  • Youth Page
  • Parent Resources

Camp Brochure/Camp Schedule - Please Click Here for Detailed Camp Information:

Forms to fill out

  • Maryland 4-H Camp Health Form
  • Medical Clearance Form
  • Camp Sunscreen Authorization Form

Camp Director/Educator Resources

  • Camp Evaluation Resources
  • Camp Management Resources

 

Resources

  • 2018 Camp Information Sheet 
  • Sample Budget Template
  • 2018 Camping Calendar
  • Top 5 Areas of Focus for 2018 Programming
  • 2018 Camp Director Report

ACA Resources

  • ACA Documentation Chart        
  • ACA Code of Ethics             
  • ACA Statement of Compliance
  • ACA Camp information sheet-attached
  • ACA Self Assessment form: Due April 15th - form attached  

Camping Handbooks/Manuals

  • Army Child, Youth & School Services  (A Camp Management Manual)

Camp Operational Management

  • 4-H Camp Timeline

Camp Staff Training Resources

  • Maryland 4-H Camp Staff Training Hours Chart
  • Training Checklist for Staff
  • Outline for Self Directed Training Modules
  • Outline for Staff Training Lesson Plans
  • Registration State Camp Staff Training
  • Training Hour Log Sheet

Environmental Education Resources

  • 4-H Nature Programming Quick Guide

Risk Management Resources

  • Camp Crisis Communication Card
  • Camp Marketing Materials
  • Camp Program Planning Resources
  • Camp Staff Training Resources
    • Maryland 4-H Camp Staff Training Hours Chart
    • Training Checklist for Staff
    • Outline for Self Directed Training Modules
    • Outline for Staff Training Lesson Plans
    • Registration State Camp Staff Training
    • Training Hour Log Sheet
  • Camp Action Team

Camp Facilities

Frederick 4-H Center

Harford County 4-H Camp at the Rocks

Patuxent River 4-H Center

Thendara

State 4-H Camp: Maryland 4-H Environmental Education & Camping Center

Environmental Science Projects

Horticulture Projects

Exploring Science using the 4-H Horticulture Project!

The 4-H Horticulture project can help engage youth in the exploration of science in exciting and meaningful ways, helping youth create a sense of wonder about the world around them. Horticulture provides youth with the opportunity to plan, create and care for their own environment. In the process, they ask questions about their environment, make observations, research topics, and can set up experiments in search of answers.

Many children do not realize the connection between their growth, the food they eat, and where this food comes from. They have a hard time understanding the intertwined relationship between themselves and all living things on earth. The 4-H horticulture curriculum provides topics on plant science and human nutrition that help to join these connections through simple concepts.

Youth can learn a lot in a garden, it encourages children to dream and use their imaginations and promotes environmental stewardship and provide opportunities to learn about science, nutrition and health. When youth work with plants, they have to make many important decisions. To make the best decision, youth have to know about plants and what they need. Some of the science skills and experiments that club members can learn in the Horticulture project are listed below.

  • Learn the parts of a seed
  • Learn the parts of a plant
  • Learn how to germinate seeds
  • Learn what plants need to grow
  • Learn about plant parts and how they help the plant grow
  • Learn about plant life cycles
  • Learn how to transplant and set seedling plants in the garden
  • Learn about soil and what it is made of
  • Learn about the human impact of gardening


Do a service project!  Make a meal for an elderly person(s) once a month; host a bicycle inspection day; volunteer at a local senior center; find a walking partner. Encourage members to participate in county contests like favorite foods, presentation contest, speech contest, tractor driving contest, clover challenge, meats judging, livestock judging, vegetable I.D. contest, or farm safety events.

Credit: Nebraska Extension

Shooting Sports

Like all of our 4-H programs, the purpose of shooting sports programs is a youth development and teaching of life skills to young people.

Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms and archery use carry over many other aspects of life.

Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports includes:

  • Air Rifle & Smallbore Rifle
  • Archery
  • Air Pistol
  • Blackpowder
  • Shotgun
  • Hunting and Wildlife
  • Shooting Sports Coordinator
  • Any Many, Many, More

Each discipline teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal-setting, decision-making, and build toward more advanced activities.

Programs allow for the development of individual cooperative and competitive skills. Participants are exposed to local policies, regulations, laws, and ethical behavior both by repeated demonstration and thorough personal practice.

4-H Shooting Sports Responsibilities

A 4-H Shooting Sports Leader is

  • Interested in youth and their development
  • Interested in some phase of shooting, hunting, or wildlife
  • Willing to learn how to teach shooting effectively
  • Willing to be helpful, open, and supportive
  • Interested in challenges with rewards
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and energetic
  • Honest, self-disciplined, and kind

Leader Responsibilities

  • Learn and practice the highest standards of safety
  • Learn and practice cooperative coaching techniques
  • Learn and practice 4-H teaching techniques
  • Invest your time, energy and spirit
  • Focus on helping youth develop and learn
  • Be a robust, positive role model.

Shooting ability is not essential, but a willingness to learn coaching skills is. Training is available for interested people. Program materials provided excellent support.

Skills for Life...Activity for A Lifetime

Youth Development Through 4-H Shooting Sports

Why Does 4-H Have Shooting Sports?

  • Like all of our 4-H programs, the purpose of shooting sports programs is a youth development and teaching life skills to young people. Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms use carry over into many other aspects of life.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the homes in the U.S. have firearms. Exposure to safety and responsible handling is vital to preventing accidents at home, at neighbors, or at a friend's home.
  • 4-H programs provide a positive experience for youth and promote the safe and ethical use of firearms and archery equipment. 4-H youth may learn to shoot, but we teach, first and foremost, the appropriate handling and use of firearms.
  • We believe that firearms education reduces gun accidents.
  • Hunting and shooting sports are rich American traditions. 4-H shooting sports programs help continue this tradition through the involvement of the total family: youth, teens, parents and even grandparents.
  • The Shooting Sports rank third in popularity among International & Olympic Sports behind track & field and swimming. The uniqueness of shooting sports as a lifetime sport makes it exceptional.
  • Each of the shooting sports disciplines teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal setting, decision-making and build toward more advanced activities and opportunities.
  • As is the case with other sports and scholastic programs, college-bound youth have opportunities to vie for college scholarships.

 What Participants Gain

  • Lifetime Sports
  • Useful Knowledge and Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Safe Habits
  • Self-Discipline & Self-Esteem
  • Respect
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Confidence & Concentration
  • Poise
  • Opportunities to Set Goals
  • Opportunity to Achieve Goals
  • Sportsmanships
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Ethical Standards
  • Friendship
  • Exposure to Careers
  • Opportunities for Recognition
     

Shooting Sports Instructor Resources

ANNUAL INSTRUCTOR REPORT

Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors,

Thank you for another safe and productive year of Maryland 4-H Shooting Sports. Your Volunteer Efforts are extremely valuable and we do appreciate all that you do.

It is that time of year when we need to know more about your teaching in the shooting sports program, thus it is time to submit your Instructor Report for the period of Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016.  

It is our preference that each individual instructor submits their report of teaching to be sure that your information gets submitted.

Please submit your report before the end of January.  

Our preference is that you complete the Online Instructor Report using this link.

 OTHER RESOURCES

  • State Shotgun Match Registration Form - 2014
  • State Rifle Match Registration Form - 2014
  • State Archery Match Registration Form - 2014
  • Instructor Workshop Training
  • Matching Mini-Grant Application
  • STEM Connections

Shooting Sports Resources

Links are provided as an information service only. They do not constitute an endorsement of any non-affiliated organizations, businesses, products, or content of these pages by Cooperative Extension or the University of Maryland. We are not responsible for their content. Also, the 4-H Name and Emblem is a federally protected mark; 4-H programs are subject to federal regulations, including the 4-H Name and Emblem shall not be used in any way to imply endorsement of commercial firms products or services.

Shooting Sports Competition/Contest Results

4-H State Archery Match

  • 2019 All Results
  • 2018 ALL Results
  • 2018 Senior Results
  • 2018 Intermediate Results
  • 2018 Junior Results
  • 2017 Advanced Seniors Results
  • 2017 Seniors Results
  • 2017 Intermediates Results
  • 2017 Junior Results
  • 2015 3-D Results
  • 2016 FITA Results for Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Age Divisions

Smallbore Rifle Match

  • 2019 Results
  • 2018 3P Shooter Results
  • 2018 Precision Prone Shooter Results
  • 2018 Sporter Prone O & T Class Results
  • 2017 State Rifle Match Results
  • 2016 State Rifle Match Results

4-H State Shotgun Match

  • 2019 Results
  • 2018 State Shotgun Match Results - Juniors
  • 2018 State Shotgun Match Results - Intermediates
  • 2018 State Shotgun Match Results - Seniors
  • 2018 State Shotgun Match Results - Advanced Seniors
  • 2017 State Shotgun Match Results-Juniors
  • 2017 State Shotgun Math Results- Intermediates
  • 2017 State Shotgun Match Results- Seniors
  • 2017 State Shotgun Match Results- Advanced Seniors
  • 2016 Trap/Skeet/Sporting Clays Results

Shooting Sports Policy

Shooting Sports Program Position Statement