Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter July 1-8, 2022

Project books and all Fair Paperwork is due to the 4-H Office Today July 1st, by 4:30 pm.

Any paperwork received after the deadline will forfeit premiums and possibly the opportunity to participate.

For more fair information check out the Prepare for Fair Guide.

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, July 4 in honor of the National Holiday.

4-H Volunteer Opportunities at NJSF/SCF&HS

Reminder for those displaying in the Shotwell Building, if you are not participating/volunteering at the fair (by displaying an animal, working with Teen Council, etc) you must volunteer in one of the ways listed below or forfeit this year’s premiums and possible opportunity for a full-week fair pass next year.


Act as an Ambassador for 4-H in the Shotwell Building. Be available to share information and answer questions about 4-H. In addition, share knowledge about the items and exhibits displayed. Help sell 4-H 50/50s* and help maintain the cleanliness of the building. Shifts are 2 hours.
*You must be 18 years of age or bring along an adult to help
Sign up online at:  4-H Ambassador/Information table sign up

4-H 50/50 SALES

Assist the Sussex County 4-H Advisory Council in the Sale of 50/50 tickets. Proceeds from the sale support 4-H programming, as well as, 4-H fair ribbons.
*Must be 18 years of age or older
Contact Tanya Patrie ( or Dave Foord ( for tickets.


Help with food prep, serving, and other activities related to managing the Food Booth for the Agricultural Division of the Fair. Profits from the food booth are used to support animal project activities at the fair. This is a great opportunity to meet 4-H members from other clubs, as well as, gain work experience.  Shifts are 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-10pm daily.
*You must be 13 years of age or older to volunteer behind the counter (liability concerns)
Contact Nadine Olsen by email at to volunteer for a shift or sign up online.


Help with supervising the fun activities of Farm Fun in Barn 6.
For more information or to sign up contact Donna Meisinger at (862) 268-0805.


 Dress up as the lovable, 4-H mascot Clover, the 4-H Rover. Walk around the Fair, greet, shake hands, and pose with fairgoers young and old. Requirements are that you can safely wear the costume and that someone must assist and accompany Clover while roving.
Due to health and safety concerns, we will have a disinfecting spray available for cleaning between appearances.

If interested please contact  Tanya Patrie ( or Dave Foord (


Supervising children while they use a corn sheller and corn grinder. Must be at least 14 years old. Working behind the counter of the old-time General Store. Sweepers for the porch and building.
For more information or to sign up contact Barbara Cashen at

New Jersey 4-H has a new Facebook Page!

Please ‘LIKE’ to stay in the know of what is happening in NJ 4-H
& connect with other 4-H members!

2023 National 4-H Congress
Applications are now being accepted

National 4-H Congress is a unique opportunity for 4-H members in grades 10-12 to come together with youth from all 50 states, that focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, community service, career development, and cultural diversity. The event brings over 1,000 4-H members over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (November 24-28) in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information about the program and the application form is available on the New Jersey 4-H website at:   

The deadline to submit applications to our Sussex 4-H office is Tuesday, July 18.
This is open to 4-H members in grades 10-13 as of September 2023.

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


This summer, bring the 4-H camp experience to your backyard with Virtual 4-H Camp. Get ready to get your hands dirty and explore the exciting world around you… all from your own backyard! #4h #4HatHome

Virtual 4-H Camp | 4-H

NJ 4-H Igniting Your Leadership Potential: The Art of Self Leadership

Before we lead others, we must be able to lead ourselves. The Art of Self Leadership focuses on how youth can build character based on integrity and emotional security, develop habits of self-discipline and initiative to achieve goals, and choose their own set of core values for making wise life decisions.

During each class meeting, we will examine images that represent leadership ideas based on the work of Dr. Tim Elmore and take part in reflect and respond questions, a self-assessment, and an exercise that students can apply to their everyday lives.

From 4 pm-5:30 pm, youth will log in once a week for a face-to-face with the instructor on the dates below and then complete some assignments asynchronously.

Tuesday, July 5th

Thursday, July 7th

Tuesday, July 12th

Thursday, July 14th

Cost is $25

For more information contact Sharon Kinsey; 908-406-0280 x2 or to register go to

Reel Into Fishing: For Youth in Grades 5 to 10

The Reel Into Fishing program will be held from August 16-18. Open to all NJ youth.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Ocean County, along with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), present, Reel Into Fishing!, a free program for youth in grades 5-10.
Registration is open through August 5th.
Click HERE to fill out the form.

This event is being funded by the IGFA.

Are you in grades 8-13 (one year out of high school) and interested in global citizenship? If so, see how you can get involved in a teen research project this summer!

Sharon Kinsey, 4-H Agent/Associate Professor in Camden County, is also a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Global Studies in Education Program. She hopes you can help her understand how youth see themselves in the world and whether youth identify as global citizens. 

There are two ways you can participate: 

1) Complete an anonymous 10-15 minute online survey relating to your views on global citizenship.


2) Actively participate in a 4-week online course with other teens about global citizenship in July or August 2022 for about 1.5 hours per session. Complete pre-post surveys and weekly assignments. Certificate of completion provided.

Parental Consent Form must be completed prior to participation in either option: 

If you have questions please contact Sharon Kinsey at

4-H Walking Art 2022

Join Ocean County 4-H for the 3rd Annual Walking Art Competition! Using a GPS device, you are challenged to walk or geo-catch an image using an app of choice (recommendations include Map My Walk®, Strava®, or Geocaching®). This competition is for any NJ youth, 4-H member or not, and will run from June 24 to September 16. Entries will be featured during National 4-H Week in October.

Club Fundraising Opportunity

Contact the 4-H Office for more details if you are interested in participating as a club.

Check it OUT!!

Our Summer Blossoms 4-H Club had a chance to display and promote their club at the Sussex-Wantage Library. If interested in participating contact Dave at the office for more details.


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Submit today:

*Contest open to current and past 4-H members everywhere!

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Monday, July 4, 2022 – All state and county offices are closed.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 12:00 pm – From our FCHS Kitchen: Air Fryer Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Introduction to Health Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community
Friday, July 7, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Chicken Parm Burger
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Canning Fruits and Vegetables at Home: An Overview for Beginners
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Controlling Your Cancer Risk
Friday, July 15, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Crispy Chick Peas
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Eat This Not That
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 9:00 am The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants (fee)
Friday, July 22, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Watermelon Pizza
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Myths and Facts about Popular Diet Strategies
Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Watermelon Salsa

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