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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
4-H Game Design Challenge
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 Passaic4H@njaes.rutgers.edu
Register early as supplies are limited.
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: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/igniting-your-leadership-potential/
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 FurryFriendsEntry@yahoo.com.
Mercer County 4-H Fair Invitational Shows
Mercer County 4-H and the Clever Clovers 4-H Club are hosting invitational 4-H animal shows at the 102nd Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Farm, July 31 and August 1.
All currently registered 4-H members from throughout New Jersey are invited to show at our fair. Cloverbud divisions (K-3) will be included (non-competitive).
|Invitational 4-H Goat Show||Saturday, July 31||10:00 a.m.|
|Invitational 4-H Rabbit Show||Saturday, July 31||3:00 p.m.|
|Invitational 4-H Poultry Show||Saturday, July 31||3:00 p.m.|
|Invitational 4-H Sheep Show||Sunday, August 1||10:00 a.m.|
Our fair is located on the grounds of a beautiful historic farm, situated in the historic Pleasant Valley of Hopewell Township. Come to exhibit your animals, but stay to enjoy homemade ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, the whistle of the steam engine, and the sounds of multiple string bands (traditional bluegrass). Make sure you allow enough time to tour the farm, watch the wheat threshing demo, relax near the stream, and get lunch or dinner.
Show information and online registration will be out soon! They are also in the process of updating our fair website. For now, just hold the above dates in your calendar.
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.
AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING BOOT SUPPORTS AMERICA’S HARDEST WORKING KIDS IN 4-H
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.
What do you think would happen if the toy company Schleich got together with 4-H to create the most fantastic animal tale of all time?
Find out with the “Create Your Story” contest, starting NOW! The top 10 stories will go to a vote and the top two will be part of an interactive “create your own adventure” video premiering this fall! For more information visit: https://createyourstorywith4h.com/
Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders
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 pm – Stress Less with Laughter
Monday, July 5, 2021 – State and County Offices closed
Wednesday, July 7, 2021; 2:00 pm – Summertime and Healthy Eating is Easy
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pm – CloverTalks: Kristine and the Reusables
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pm – Quick Refrigerator Pickling
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