Sussex County 4-H Weekly News January 3 – 9, 2021

Information about this year Public Presentations is Coming Soon!


STEP and Workshops available open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.

Career Detectives STEP Club: Clean Energy

Are you a youth member in grades 7–13 who is interested in learning about a future career in clean energy? If so, the Career Detectives S.T.E.P club is for you! Join us for a fun and informative mini-series to learn about how you can accomplish your dream of working in the field of clean energy. Guest speakers from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Stockton University, and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program are excited to connect with you. They will teach you about their careers and provide information about undergraduate degrees. We will be hosting fun trivia throughout the experience as well. Sessions will run January 25–27, 2021 from 7:00–8:30 pm.

Career Detectives STEP Club: Clean Energy registration link


My Body and Me (4‑H SPIN Club)

We invite 4‑H junior members (grades 4–6) to join us as we explore the human body. The human body is filled with unique systems and interesting organs that we could simply not live without! Each night, we will cover a specific system of the body and discuss the importance of that system. We will learn about ways to maintain a healthy body while doing interactive and engaging activities along the way. Youth will also have a chance to practice their presentation skills as they will work on a Career Research Assignment throughout the course and present their career at the end of the course. Sessions will run for seven Mondays at 7 pm (Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, and Mar 8).
My Body and Me registration link


State Bridge to 4-H Club

Next Meeting January 21

If you are a registered 4‑H member in New Jersey and are looking for a monthly online 4‑H Club experience, join Bridge to 4‑H! This is a life skills, healthy living, and leadership club. Maybe your regular 4‑H club is on hiatus, or you want to meet 4‑Hers across the state. Youth will learn financial literacy and resume-building skills, share recipes and activities to get moving, play interactive games, meet youth from across New Jersey, and so much more. For 4‑H members in grades 4–13. Sessions will run on Thursday’s from 7:00-8:00pm ( Jan 21, Feb 18, and March 18).

Bridge to 4-H registration link


2021 New Jersey State 4-H Model Horse Show

Entries due by January 13

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WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
OPEN TO: 4-H members in good standing. Juniors are in 4th to 7th grade. Seniors are in 8th to 13th grade as of September 2020. *This is different than other State 4-H Equine Events.
WHERE: Virtually, using the SmugMug platform. Results will be posted as they are available throughout the day.
START TIME: Photos must be uploaded by 10 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2021. Judging will start around 9 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021.

QUESTIONS: Contact Lillian Shupe by e-mail lrshupe@frontiernet.net or call/text (908) 892-3255 or Carol Ward by  e-mail ward@njaes.rutgers.edu or call (908) 526-6644.

ENTRIES: Due Jan. 13, 2021, Eligibility will be verified with your County 4-H office. Only registered 4-H members are eligible for this state 4-H contest. Once the entry has been received with payment, the entrant will get login information to upload photos. Y

CLASS LIMITS: Performance Classes: 2 entries per exhibitor; Halter Classes: 3 entries per exhibitor unless noted on the class list.

For more information and the show packet click here.


4-H Intro to Computer Science Workshop

January 16, 17, 18 (MLK Weekend of Service)
5:30-6:30 p.m. each day

(only register if you can attend all three sessions)

Open to all 8th – 12th graders interested in teaching others about Computer Science (adult mentors, advisors, and club leaders working in this area are also invited to join us)

This 3-part teen-led workshop is intended to provide a basic introduction to computer science and programming.  One of our 4-H teen leaders will introduce her peers (and their adult advisors) to online activities and games that they can use to teach others about computational thinking, algorithms, Python, and more. 

No prior CS experience is necessary – sign up now!  This is a great fit for those who want to learn a variety of online activities that they can use to teach younger youth about computer science as part of their volunteer hours and community service.  You will personally learn about computer science AND also be trained to facilitate these fun activities for others! 


Attention 10-12 graders as of September 2020 and between 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2021). 

It’s time to start planning if you would like to attend this year’s National 4-H Conference. This year the virtual National 4-H Conference is scheduled for April 10-15, 2021. The conference focuses on leadership, public awareness, and 4-H program development. As a virtual conference, it will be fun and interactive. It will provide an opportunity for youth to fully engage in a valuable learning experience as well as meet 4-H members from across the nation.  There will be speakers, workshops, youth voice opportunities, topic briefing development and presentation, interaction with Capitol Hill and USDA officials, recreation, and social mixers, all in a virtual platform. (Youth will not be on ZOOM all day every day for six days!)   

4-H members interested in participating must work well in groups, have good communication skills, and be leaders. They should also be interested in making a change in their community and be willing to work on a group project. All interested 4-H members must complete an application form and participate in an individual interview at the state level. Interviews will be held online on January 28 and January 29.

Interested 4-H members must complete an application form available on-line at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4hconference/  All applications are due to the county 4-H office or emailed to Dave Foord (foord@njaes.rutgers.edu) by January 19, 2021.

If you have questions about how to fill out the National 4-H Youth Events Application or any other details involved with the application or selection process, please contact Dave Foord.


Goat Extravaganza Quiz Bowl

Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration due February 1 (no entry fee)

  • The contest is for individuals, not teams.
  • Any registered 4-H member in 4th grade and above may enter. There isn’t a fee.
  • We will have at least two divisions, depending on registration. Members will be in the same division as those in their age group.
  • There will be two rounds of questions per division. All members in a division will participate in the first round of 20 questions.  The top 10 will qualify for the finals in their division.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five 4-H members in each division (gift card to 4-H Mall).

NEW this year – in each round, there will be at least one question related to goats in history, popular culture, or the news.  This should make it more interesting and entertaining.

Members may study sample questions available on our state 4-H website.

Good luck, and don’t forget to sign up by February 1.  Details, including a Zoom link, will be shared after registration closes.


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calendar to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
NEW Classes are added daily

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:


Online BeeKeeping Courses start in February

For more information go to: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/programs/beekeeping.html
There is a fee for these courses.

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