Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter December 3-10, 2021

Have you Re-Enroll for the 2021-22 Program Year yet?? If not, time is running out!

Each year 4-H members and volunteers must renew their enrollment by January 1 to be considered in good 4-H standing. To do so, go to:

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact Dave or Tanya for assistance.

Great job by our 4-H Clubs that participated in the 2021 Newton Holiday Parade on November 27.

Those clubs include Awesome Alpaca Adenturers, Sussex County Milk Makers, Sussex County Capricians, and a combo effort by Little Citters/Crafty Clovers,

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

An Evening Abroad: Ireland! 
June 22nd at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this June 22 session, we’ll explore the Emerald Island known as Ireland from Warren County 4-H volunteer, Sinead Twohig. Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Ireland. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

New Virtual STEP Clubs coming soon.

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

December 10 at 7–9 p.m.: Financial Literacy Fun Night for Teens & Tweens

During this evening event, Teens and Tweens are encouraged to learn about topics ranging from setting priorities and goals to career pathways and making good financial decisions. We’ll wrap up with a Kahoot that will test your knowledge about financial literacy and offer prizes to the top three youth with the most points!
Plus, post-event survey-responders will receive a bronze “Money Management” pin and a personalized certificate of participation.  

December 15 at 7–8 p.m. The Magic of Mindfulness

Join Monmouth County 4-H Teen Council for the Magic of Mindfulness! One hour of mindful breathing, chair yoga poses, and other techniques to help us focus and relax.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

4-H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program (T.R.A.I.L.)

Teens are tomorrow’s leaders but have the potential for leading TODAY. Join us on a free journey to Russia! We’ll be meeting teens from Russia who have the same concerns about the world as you. This program gives teens the chance to partner with each other to teach younger youth environmental stewardship practices that will affect both sides of the planet! This program is 100% virtual and runs from October 2021 – February 2022 for teens 16–19. Teens will receive a certificate upon completion and a T.R.A.I.L t-shirt.

T.R.A.I.L. Registration Link 

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club

Bridge to 4-H is a monthly virtual 4-H club for youth in grades 6 and up, exploring leadership, healthy living, and life skills. Join us as we learn about how to make a menu of food we like while keeping a budget, adopting healthier habits, and caring for ourselves inside and out. Make friends across the state of NJ! We meet on the third Thursday of every month over Zoom

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club Registration Link

Monologue & Screenwriting Class

The program extends from September 20, 2021, to June 20, 2022; classes meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no cost for the program. Youth are invited to attend all sessions that their schedules allow and can attend in person at the library or access the sessions via Zoom.

For questions or more information contact Ellen Williams (

New Jersey 4-H members in grades 9-11 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a multi-level leadership program called the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program.  

Adapted from Ireland’s youth development program Foróige, the Leadership for Life Program is based on theories and principles of youth work, leadership development, and leadership styles.

Offered in three sequential modules, this program is aimed at equipping young people to explore their vision and passion and to develop such key skills as planning, decision making, critical thinking, goal setting, and problem-solving.

Each module consists of 10-15 hours of educational workshops with topics serving as a bridge from one level to the next. Modules 1, 2, and 3 will be offered in the 2021-2022 4-H year and the opportunity to apply for the Advanced Module will be available in winter 2022.

Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to complete Module 3. The Advanced Module is held during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

ModuleProgram DatesRegistration Cost and Registration/Application Due Date
Module 1November 29 & December 7, 2021
6–8:30 p.m.

Virtual via Zoom
$65, includes all training materials

Registration Due November 19, 2021
Module 2December 28, 2021
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RCE of Mercer County
1440 Parkside Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638
$65, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due December 17, 2021
Module 3February 5, 2022
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In-person location to be determined.

4-H member must plan and conduct their service project before attending the Advanced Leadership Module.
$65, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due January 21, 2022
Advanced Leadership ModuleJuly 29 – August 6, 2022

University of Ireland at Maynooth

Final dates to be determined
$2,500 (tentative)

Application due January 10, 2022 (tentative)

Information and registration for all of the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program Modules are available on the NJ 4-H Website at: 

Questions about the Leadership for Life Program can be directed to Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 or

Attention 4-H Members in 9-12th grade
Plans are underway for the 2024 Citizenship Washington Focus conference scheduled for June 20-27, 2024. 

The deadline to Apply is March 8.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experience held each summer in the Washington, DC area. It is a week-long event (Thursday – Thursday) for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (14-19 years old). The program is based on the principle that democracy requires skills and strategies that must be learned and practiced and it teaches participants to be active, responsible citizens and leaders. The program utilizes Washington, DC as a working classroom to learn about the government, citizenship, and civic engagement and provides hands-on opportunities for our teens to promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.” 

During the CWF program week, delegates will:
•Strengthen communication, leadership, and civic engagement skills on a national level
•Understand the importance of Youth Voice and the skills necessary to make a change in their community, such as civil discourse and media literacy
•Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
•Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC, as their classroom
•Create a plan and work with fellow delegates to develop the steps to carry out the plan upon their return home, to make a difference in their community.

The New Jersey delegates will travel by coach bus for the week and will experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. We will join approximately 250 4-H members representing a variety of states

Information can be found on the New Jersey 4-H website at the following link:
Event Scholarships may be available. Contact the 4-H Office for more information.

The deadline to have the application turned in to the office is March 8.


2022 New Jersey State 4-H Model Horse Show
Saturday January 22, 2021
Somerset County 4-H Center
Bridgewater NJ

The New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Project is an educational program, entailing the collecting, photographing, and showing of model horses. This sincere hobby inspires 4-H’ers to pursue perfection, authenticity, and artistry. The “world of the model horse show” involves vast equine knowledge and skill to reproduce the realism needed to portray the image of a live horse. The world of model horses is both interesting and informative. 4-H horse lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in this project. It is especially accommodating for 4-H’ers who do not have horses or for 4-H’ers who, because of health reasons, cannot physically work around live horses.

For more information and registration info go to:
NJ State 4-H Model Horse Show: Horses : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

The deadline for entries is January 15, 2022

Until Spring

Come Play Animalology

When: January 29, 2022
Registration Due: January 14, 2022
Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 708 Rt. 88, Point Pleasant, NJ
Time: Registration starts at 8:30 am, teams set by 9:15 am

Animalology is an educational friendly competition offering youth in grades 4-13 the chance to gain new knowledge, meet new 4-H friends, and have fun at a team-based trivia event.

Animalology is a game created by Helen Ferraro (retired Ocean County 4-H Assistant). The name is a made-up word by Helen but don’t let it fool you. The topics could be about anything, not just animals. For 25 years, this game has been played annually by Ocean County 4-H members. For the 2019 game and thereafter, it was decided to open this fun event to all 4-H members in NJ!

Youth register as individuals and have a team of four drawn from a hat, on the day of the competition. After teams are established, they are given a study period to review informational boards created by their peers, in the topics of animal science and beyond; weather, history, shooting sports, 4-H Camp, etc.

Questions and accepted answers during the competition will ONLY come from these boards. Note: you do not have to enter a board to be able to compete. Awards will be given in Junior and Senior divisions to the top four teams and the top 10 individuals.

Full details can be found at:
Event updates will be sent to all contestants by Jan. 21, 2022
Contact information – Ocean County 4-H office – 732-349-1227

Join the NJ 4-H Photo Corps Program

The theme for December is:

December brings many moments of joy to capture through your photography. Perhaps you see the joy in people’s faces during the holidays as they listen to holiday music, decorate, or exchange gifts. Or a beautiful winter landscape may bring you joy. Whatever your moments of joy are, share these images in the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps program!

The deadline for submission on this theme is 12/31. Members should receive comments from the juror mentors by the end of January.

To register, download directions at,

Plan for Summer 2022 now…
Registration for the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp is OPEN!

Register today at:

For more information about this amazing camp, that registered 4-H members receive $25 off registration costs, go to Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp (New Jersey 4-H) (


Georgia Boot is a proud partner of the National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Attention Leaders


All 4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms were due to the 4-H Office by November 1.
The following is is the link to the forms that need to be completed

4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms

If you have questions please contact Tanya (

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, June 10, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Preventative Practices to Support the Health of Small-Scale Poultry
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: BeneFITS of Walking
Friday, June 17, 2022 – Juneteenth – State Offices Closed
Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Father’s Day Mocktails
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Foods that Fight Pain: Separating Myth from Fact
Friday, June 24, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: No-Bake Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating Patterns for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 2 pm – Wellness Wednesday Coffee: Should it be Your Mug of Choice?

Friday, December 10, 2021 – Thursday, December 16, 2021CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE) FEE

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 12:00 pm – Live Cooking Class: Cranberry Salsa

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 2 pm – Wellness Wednesday Stress-Proof Your Eating: Holiday Edition

Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:00 am – Live Cooking Class: Pull-Apart Cheesy Christmas Tree

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”

A new, once-monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. From October through December, we invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

This first set of three sessions will feature speakers on backyard poultry, mushroom production, and beekeeping. The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, engine conversion to waste vegetable oil, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. December 14: What To Do To Get Started Keeping Bees On Your Property
    Presenter: Tim Schuler (Owner, Schuler’s Bees, and Former State Apiarist, NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

For more information go to:

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