Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter June 25 – July 2, 2021

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021, in honor of the 4th of July.

Record Books and Fair paperwork are due to the 4-H Office this coming Thursday, July 1, by 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.

NJ State Public Presentation
Registration Deadline Next Friday, July 2

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 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, scheduled for July 10.

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

Be sure to check out the revised version of the
4-H Families Prepare For Fair Guide.

It has the full 4-H Schedule, as well as, the full Ag Arena schedule of shows and events. Some days and times have been changed from previous years, so be sure to double-check.

Also for this year, the New Jersey State Fair has stated that Rabies vaccinations are Recommended but NOT REQUIRED except for Cats & Dogs that are to be exhibiting on the fairgrounds.

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

July 27 at 1 pm: Seeing and Composing Creative Photographs

(For Middle and High Schoolers)      
Come learn how to create effective images through strong composition. In this webinar, our photography instructor will engage you in conversation about learning to see photographically. Youth do not need to bring cameras or photographs to the session.

Current NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

Junior International Explores Guam

Hey kids! Do you know where Guam is? Did you know it is not a country, but a territory of the US? Would you like to meet kids from Guam and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what kids from NJ love to do while learning what Chamorro (people from Guam) kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Chamorro youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and our countries’ iconic destinations. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth 10–13. Sessions will run on Monday and Wednesdays from 7 pm–8 pm Starting July 7 through August 2.

Junior International Explores Virtual Club- Guam registration link

Understanding Food Allergies Workshop Series 

Over the course of three, one-hour interactive workshops via Zoom, you will learn what food allergies are, why allergic reactions occur, and how you can keep friends with food allergies safe. Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare (in the microwave), a quick, single-serve, allergen-free dessert. Open to youth (4th grade and up) and adults. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 pm, from July 14 through July 28. 

Understanding Food Allergies Workshop Series registration link

National 4-H Summer STEP Clubs

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 Igniting Your Leadership Potential – Certificate in Leadership Development

Are you ready for this? Igniting Your Leadership Potential is an exciting 4-H program that brings leadership training right to your home through online classes. Courses are designed for youth in grades 8-13 and offer an opportunity for them to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their leadership skills, and prepare to lead. Youth will earn digital badges for each course they complete and can earn a Certificate in Leadership Development by completing four online courses.

Registration is OPEN for the summer 2021 courses that will be offered.

  • “Our Stories Can Change the World” – The Academy for Human Rights Summer Symposium – This course is scheduled for the following dates: 
    -4-H Zoom meetings
    Tuesday, July 6, 20, and 27 from 3:00-4:30 pm. 
    -The Academy for Human Rights Summer Symposium Zoom meetings –
    Sunday, July 11 from 6:45-8:00 pm and
    Monday, July 12-16 from 9:45-11:00 am, 12:00-1:00 pm, and 2:30-3:30 pm each day. 
  • Pillars of Leadership – This course is scheduled for Thursdays (July 15, 22, 29 and August 5) from 3:00-4:30 pm.
  • Growing Your Global Awareness – This course is scheduled for every Tuesday in August (August 10, 17, 24, and 31) from 3:00-4:30 pm. 
  • Deepening Group and Team Dynamics – This course is scheduled for every Thursday in August (August 12, 19, 26 and Sept. 2) from 3:00-4:30 pm. 

For information more and course registration visit:

The Furry Friends 4-H Club is hosting a fun show at the Somerset County 4-H Center. Because of Covid restrictions, the show will be limited to 100 people and everyone MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES and sign in when they arrive. Social distancing will be enforced as much as practicable.

For show entry paperwork or to ask questions contact Sandy Bate at


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

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Classes scheduled for next weeks are:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: Ambrosia
Tuesday, June 29, 2021; 7:00 pm – 2021 Coastal Stewardship Course – Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP) – Day 1 of 10 (fee)
Wednesday, June 30, 2021; 2:00 pmStress Less with Laughter

Monday, July 5, 2021State and County Offices closed
Wednesday, July 7, 2021; 2:00 pmSummertime and Healthy Eating is Easy
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pmCloverTalks: Kristine and the Reusables
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pm Quick Refrigerator Pickling

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