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When paying for 4-H events checks need to be made out to:  University of Maryland

Ascend One Building

8930 Stanford Blvd, Suite 25

Columbia, MD 21045

4-H Calendar

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2024

January February March April May June July/Aug Sept Oct Nov-Dec

2023

January February March April May June July/Aug Sept Oct Nov-Dec

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, INFORMATION AND DEADLINES

Record Books are due by February 1st 2024.

If submitting electronically, record book or just project record documents should be submitted via email: records@howard4-h.org . Files should be saved in .pdf or .doc (Microsoft Word) format. For the saving, sorting and judging process, Please read for file naming instructions.
If submitting a hard copy, record book must arrive to the extension office (8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD
21045) by 4pm on February 1st, 2024

Livestock Skillathon Schedule (Tentative) - Howard and Montgomery Counties - Download the printed schedule

January

  • 10th: Overview of Livestock Skillathon - Howard County Fairgrounds Activity Building: 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. West Friendship, MD 21794
  • 16th: Parts and Anatomy - Montgomery County Extension Office: 18410 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855
  • 17th: Ear Notching and Quality Assurance - Virtual Zoom link will be sent
  • 24th: Feed Identification (Karen Holloway) - Howard County Fairgrounds Activity Building: 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. West Friendship, MD 21794
  • 30th: Equipment Identification - Montgomery County Extension Office: 18410 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855

February

  • 7th: Wool Judging (Patty Sanville) - Howard County Fairgrounds Activity Building: 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. West Friendship, MD 21794
  • 13th: Meat Identification and Evaluation (Jeff Semler) - Montgomery County Extension Office: 18410 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855
  • 21st: Hay Judging (Dr. Amanda Grev) - Howard County Fairgrounds Activity Building: 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. West Friendship, MD 21794
  • 27th: Practice Skillathon/review - Montgomery County Extension Office: 18410 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855
  • 28th: Bonus Review night - Virtual Zoom link will be sent

March

  • March 2nd (Snow date of March 3rd): Contest Day will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

If either county cancels after-school activities for inclement weather, practice will be moved to Zoom or canceled.


For questions, don't hesitate to contact Sheryl Bennett at sherylb@umd.edu or Catherine Savage at csavage9@umd.edu.

HOWARD COUNTY 4-H CAMP TEEN LEADERS APPLICATIONS:  If you are 13 as of January 1st 2024. You are eligible to apply for a 2024 teen leader position with the Howard County 4-H Residential Camp. This is a great leadership opportunity open to all youth eligible in Howard County. If selected for a position with our camping program, 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 16- June 22, 2024.

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

2024 Essay Question:  How has your involvement in 4-H changed your life?

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 2023 is currently open and the link to register is https://v2.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in

Volunteers

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: 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:

Sheryl Bennett

4-H Youth Development Educator

410-313-1912

sherylb@umd.edu

Chris Rein

4-H Program Coordinator

410-313-1915

crein@umd.edu

Beth Langvardt

4-H Outreach Program Assistant

410-313-2711

elangvar@umd.edu

Jackie Flanagan

4-H/Office Admin II

410-313-1907

jflan3@umd.edu