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CAPITAL DAYS (March; Albany)

Teens have an opportunity to apply to be awarded this two-day visit to the state capital to tour, learn about history and state government. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with their state representative.


4-H DAIRY DISCOVERY (April - for 4-Hers 15-17)

Hands-on educational sessions challenge participants to consider the many diverse and exciting career opportunities within the dairy industry. Applications due February 15. There is a small cost for each trip.


STATE TEEN AMBASSADOR TRAINING (April; State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY)

This three-day training is for every level of teen ambassador and advisor. The training is designed to offer practice in public speaking; debate and personal conduct speaking with decision makers.


ANIMAL CRACKERS (May; Cornell-Morrison Hall)

There will be hands on stations set up for 9-13 year old 4-H participants across NYS. The topics that are focused on change from year to year.



350 teens from across the state attend this 3-day adventure on campus. Learn about Cornell campus life, Department programs and meet others from across the state. Career Explorations offers a program, called Focus for Teens, focused on areas of interest for teens in 10th-12th grade and a less intense program, called University U, for teens entering 8th & 9th grade. Teens may apply to be awarded this unique trip.


STATEWIDE PRESENTATION PROGRAM (June; Cornell; ages 13 and older):

Districts choose their top three public speakers and one alternative for each presentation area. For more information please visit the State 4-H website (


Teen Assistants at the Delaware County Fair are invaluable.  Teens help with set-up and tear-down of the Youth Building, assist with group activities, help with public presentations, welcome the public to the Youth Building, and so much more.  All while this is happening, teens re-connect with old friends and make new ones.  Teens help sell quilt tickets to help support Teen Council activities and programs.  On Thursday nights, teens enjoy a pizza party with group games and fun. 

STATE FAIR (August; Syracuse)

State Fair is an opportunity for fun, leadership and learning. There are many ways for teens to be involved in State Fair. To name just a few:

* Teen Assistant: Teens selected to work the entire State Fair, coordinating animal shows and the youth building.

* Teen Leaders: Some 500 Teen Leaders annually at the State Fair. Teen Leaders work 6 hours a day in programs like: Press Corps, Teen Evaluators, Fashion Revue, and Welcome Booth.

* Group Action: This includes clubs demonstrating a specific project in a county booth.

* County Booth: Some Teen Leaders work specifically in their county booth, assisting evaluators in finding items in your booth, keep things tidy, answering questions and in some cases providing hands-on activities.



A collaborative effort of Farm Bureau, Cobleskill College and Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Agri-Business Career (ABC) Conference introduces teens to a vast variety of opportunities available in the field of Agriculture. Open to teens across the state.



These camps provide great opportunities for social, personal, and educational growth within a natural environment. For more information on 4-H camp in Delaware County, please look on the web at: