Sussex County 4-H support PRIDE Month

The WEEKLY NEWSLETTER will now be published on Fridays, as the 4-H Staff return to the RCE Office.

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed
Friday, June 18th, 2021 in honor of JUNETEENTH.

COVID-19 Updates
Effective June 7, 2021

  • Location – RCE activities can be held outdoors or indoors. Outdoor settings are preferred.
  • Size – There are no restrictions on the capacity for RCE activities.  However, plans for events with an expected attendance of over 100 individuals should be discussed with county 4-H staff.
  • Health screening – All participants are expected to evaluate their own health in relation to covid-19 symptoms prior to participation (the online health screening form is no longer required).
  • Face masks
    • Outdoors – Masks are no longer required in an outdoor setting. However, RCE encourages the use of masks.
    • Indoors – All participants must wear face masks during any indoor RCE activity.
  • Physical distancing – Physical distancing is not required but is encouraged to the extent possible.
  • Recordkeeping – Attendance records should be kept at the club/program level but are not required to be submitted to the county Extension office.
  • Handwashing – Handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available.
  • Local directives – Extension programs must comply with state & local directives for indoor or outdoor gatherings.  Some county offices have specific restrictions.  Please note, some 4-H activities are required to follow additional guidelines (i.e. camp & overnight activities).
  • Pre-approval – The In-person Program Request process is no longer required.

* Reminder *
Record Books and Fair entries will be due to the 4-H Office by July 1, 4:30 pm.

Project Record books can be found on the NJ 4-H Web site at the following link: Record Books : Rutgers New Jersey 4-H

The Exhibit Catalogue and 4-H Fair Entry Forms can be found on our website in the Forms tab under the ‘NJSF/SCFHS’ section.

Sussex County 4-H Animal Project Representative Applications due this
Tuesday, June 15.

4-H Members in grades 11-13 who have completed three years in an animal project area are encouraged to apply to represent their animal species as this year’s 2021 Animal representative. Members applying must have completed a County level public presentation for the current project year to be considered.
In the event of a competition for representative, more than one person applies; independent judges review the contestants’ application and schedule an interview portion for each applicant. Individual interviews will last approximately ten minutes with each judge asking 1-3 questions. Contestants applying will need to be able to attend the following required events during the fair if chosen:

 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Saturday.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant in Round robin, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)
– Assist with species shows and other tasks as requested by your animal area coordinator.

Applications can be downloaded at:

The S. C. 4-H Animal Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader.  The applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 15, 2021. 

NJ State Public Presentation
Registration Open

Those members in grades 8th -13th that participated in the county-level presentations and received a blue ribbon are invited to participate in the 2021 State 4-H Public Presentations. Those eligible should have received an email from the 4-H office. If you believe you are eligible and did not receive an email, please contact Tanya Patrie (

The 2021 State 4-H Public Presentations Program will be held virtually this year.  Participants in the contest will have the choice to either submit a video of themselves giving their presentation for judging, as in 2020, or to participate in a live Zoom version of our State Public Presentations event.  Information for presenters can be found at –  

The Zoom contest will take place on Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.  Participants in this option will be split into Breakout Rooms of about 6-8 other presenters and two judges. All competitors will receive their Danish ribbon and score sheets after the conclusion of the contest and be eligible to receive a Best in Room Award.    

Previously recorded video presentations will be evaluated by a team of judges after submission, with participants receiving their Danish ribbon and score sheets after the conclusion of the judging period.  If there are sufficient entries in this division, a Best in Room award will also be given. The deadline to submit a previously recorded presentation video is on Friday, July 2nd at 11:59 pm. Judges will begin to review their assigned presentations the following day, meaning that no late entries can be accepted.    


Eligible presenters need to register on 4-H Online (instructions are available on the webpage).  Once the youth registers, they will automatically receive a confirmation email. 

The deadline to register and/or submit a previously recorded presentation registration is 11:59 pm on Friday, July 2nd. 

The registration link will automatically close at this point. No late registrations will be accepted, especially for the previously recorded division, as judges will begin to review their assigned presentations the following day. If you have youth that cannot complete the online registration form, please have them reach out to the State 4-H Office interns at

All presenters encourage to look over the documents available at before they register for the event. These documents include important information regarding submission and how to present via the two virtual formats offered this year. 

Judges’ score sheets are available on the web at: 

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

Virtual Teen Social
June 23, 2021; 7-8:30pm

Focused on fun, interactive games – join the Somerset County 4-H Association Teen Committee for their monthly Virtual Teen Social. Open to teens in grades 6-12, this is a great way to meet new people and make some friends while playing games both online and on your phone.

Current NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

Photography Club for High Schoolers

In this STEP photography club, you will learn tips and ideas to help you become a better photographer. Topics include, for example, f stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, and composition. Bring to the club a camera with changeable settings or a smartphone with optional apps. Come explore your creativity through your photographer’s lens!  Sessions will run June 7 -28th from 3 PM to 4 PM

States’ 4-H Virtual Summer Exchange

This summer, States’ 4-H, in collaboration with international partners, will be hosting six free virtual events that will highlight six different countries around the world. The virtual events will include cultural trivia, language intros, and hands-on craft and cooking activities. These events are created for youth ages 9 – 18, but other family members can attend as well! 
States’ 4-H will be hosting two events each month from June – August, starting with the following countries:

Global Exploration Series – June Events
•             Japan: Friday, June 25 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific

Registration is now OPEN for our June events!! Email for the registration link:

Animal Science Camp

Open to Youth 4th-8th Grade
For More information or to register contact

National 4-H Summer STEP Clubs

4-H Remote Skills Camp

4-H REMOTE SKILLS CAMP Teens 15-18 are invited to register for the 4-H Remote Skills Camp from Utah State University Extension. This 30-day camp is designed to prep teens for career and college readiness by introducing them to remote work skills, with unique opportunities to participate in live Q&As with remote workers at NASA, Google, and more. Register for the July course by June 15.

Register Here

4-H Virtual Cooking Camp

Get your summer sizzle on with Pennsylvania 4-H! This FREE virtual cooking camp is open to all kids and families across the country. You’ll learn how to whip up tasty summer dishes like Rainbow Buddha Bowls and Garden Sloppy Joes. Register by July 14.

Register Here

4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute

September 10-12 and October 9, 2021 – Virtual

For the application and more information visit: 

Applications must be emailed to Jeannette Rea Keywood ( by Monday, June 21, 2021.  

4-H Game Design Challenge
Summer 2021

Passaic County 4-H is holding its first Game Design Challenge. Did you know that playing board games can be more than just good family fun? Playing board games is also good for teaching and practicing cognitive skills such as decision making, higher-level strategic thinking, and problem-solving, all skills important in the computer science field!

Families all across NJ are eligible to enter!
You will receive instructions and more information via email after you have completed registration.


Please email any questions or concerns to
Register early as supplies are limited.

Learn 2 Lead – Learn to Serve

Check out this great program for youth in grades 7-9. Due to the nature of the program, it will be held virtually, but there will be opportunities for local in-person service projects during the program and we hope to have an in-person program sharing and recognition event. The program will be highly interactive as well. All participants will receive a certificate for their service hours and leadership training. Space is limited! Register at the link below and you will receive detailed program information. The fee covers all program materials, mailing costs, program t-shirt, and recognition materials.

For questions or more information contact Laura Bovitz ( or Abbie Kesley (

Save the Date

We are excited to announce that the NJ 4-H Goat Show will be held Thursday, August 26 at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair.

A show catalog along with online registration will be available within the next two weeks.  NJ 4-H plans to relax the rule that requires exhibition at the county level since all members won’t have a chance to show a goat at the county fair this summer.

The state NJ 4-H goat advisory council is meeting on Zoom this coming Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. to finalize plans for the show.  New volunteers and staff are always welcome– email Chad Ripberger for the link.

This June, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s FCHS Department will host our first annual virtual Feed a Family 5K and Wellness Walk.

FCHS is partnering with Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) to raise funds that will stock NJ food pantries with nutritious foods and help families learn easy, tasty ways to use that food.  Proceeds from the event will bring food to NJ food pantries and enable us to teach families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals through virtual nutrition/cooking lessons, using the “Cooking Matters” program curriculum.  “Cooking Matters” is an evidence-based program that teaches families with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals, via virtual cooking lessons.  Each family that participates receives a box of food to use in the lesson.  FCHS faculty and staff will implement & teach “Cooking Matters.”  Funds raised will purchase food boxes for families.

Register today at  Complete your walk/run anytime in June.  Registration includes a race t-shirt. 
Check out our store, too…pick up some RU summertime swag!


Georgia Boot is a proud partner of 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

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

June 11 – June 17 – Online CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License

Saturday, June 12, 2021; 2:00 pmMeet the Author and Storybook Trail walk
Tuesday, June 15, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Squares
Tuesday, June 15, 2021; 7:00 pmRain Barrel FAQs
Thursday, June 17, 2021; 1:00 pm – Rutgers Lunch and Learn: The Power of Positive Intelligence (fee)
Friday, June 18, 2021; 11:00 am – Family Favorites: Healthy 100 Calorie Snacks
Friday, June 18, 2021; 12:00 pm – Helpline Live: Vegetable Gardening Problems

Tuesday, June 22, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: No-Bake Blueberry Dessert
Tuesday, June 15, 2021; 7:00 pmVegetable Gardening Q&A
Wednesday, June 23, 2021; 2:00 pmSummer Herbs for Flavor All Year
Thursday, June 17, 2021; 1:00 pm – Rutgers Lunch and Learn: The Power of Positive Intelligence (fee)
Friday, June 18, 2021; 11:00 am – Family Favorites: Healthy 100 Calorie Snacks
Friday, June 18, 2021; 12:00 pm – Helpline Live: Vegetable Gardening Problems

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