4‑H Paper Clover has been extended!

Head to your nearest Tractor Supply store by Sunday, May 12th, and get your Paper Clover at checkout to show your support.

4-H Record Book Reminders

Just reminder that you should be working on your 4-H record book though-out the 4-H Project year and at this point some sections should be complete.

At this point you should have completed your:

  • Cover
  • Goal Setting
  • Inventory (if applicable)
  • Logging monthly activities
  • Finances
  • 4-H Story

Logged monthly activities should be including all monthly club meetings attended, special events held separate from club meetings (ie- fundraisers, community service projects), and county or state events such as public presentations, workshops, or a judging event.

Finances should included all the expenses and income associated with a member’s project. ANY money spent on the project during the project year (ie- supplies, animal feed, dues, entry fees) should be recorded in the project financial pages. Or if you made money-income, (ie- sold a project or received prize money) this should be record too.
If there is no income or no expenses for your project, instead of leaving the page completely blank, please indicate “not applicable” or “none”.

Your 4-H Story is your chance to tell us about your project year in your own words. Tell us about what you learned, what skill you worked on, something new you tried, something funny that happened at one meeting, about a 4-H experience that helped you grow as an individual, etc. In short, We don’t expect a short story or a full length novel, but at least a full paragraph or 2 about how 4-H has inspired you and how it has helped you become the person you are today!

Don’t forget to have your parent or guardian and your 4-H club leader sign off on your project book once it is completed!

2024 4-H Animal Project Representative

Applications for the 2024 4-H Animal Project Representatives are now being accepted. Applicants must be members in grades 7-13, with priority given to those in 11- 13th grade.


Additional requirements to be eligible are:

  • Applicants must have completed three years in the animal project area they are applying for, and be a member in good standing in the club that relates to that project area.
  • Applicants must have given a county-level public presentation during the current project year.

The S. C. 4-H Animal Project Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader. Applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 1

In the event of a competition for the representative position (more than one application received for a specific species), the 4-H Office will schedule interviews judges will receive the contestants’ application packets before the interview portion.

By submitting this application, a contestant is also agreeing to attend the following mandatory events during the Fair:

 – Assist with specie shows and events. 
 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Day of Fair.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:00pm to 6:30pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *MAS Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)

Optional events you are encouraged to attend:
 – Daily Fair Tractor Parade (2pm daily during fair week)
 – Branchville Memorial Day Parade
 – Newton Holiday Parades

Sussex County 4-H Dairy Members Score Well

Pictured left to right: Molly, Shelby, Madeline (missing from picture Emma)
Pictured left to right:  Eric, Mason, Luke 

Gracie’s Scholarship

Seldom in one’s life does one meet a truly dynamic personality. We all had the privilege of meeting such a spirited soul. That person was Grace Honigsberg She was not just involved in Agriculture, Agriculture was her way of life, and her life’s passion.

She was Miss Frankford Township in 2013 and a graduate of High Point High School. She was very active in Sussex County 4-H as a member in her youth and as a leader of several livestock clubs as an adult. She was a member of several livestock associations and won top national awards for her livestock. She was the 2013 Sussex County Youth Agricultural Ambassador. She was a member of the Sussex County Board of Agriculture receiving the Next Generation of Agriculture Award in 2015. She was a member of the NJ Farm Bureau and served as past president of the NJ Young Farmer’s and Ag Professionals. Her passion for agriculture led her to travel nationally, representing the state of NJ at several American Farm Bureau events, with a focus on accurate agriculture education.

It is in Gracie’s honor that the Sussex County Board of Agriculture announces the formation of a new yearly Agricultural Scholarship of $500 a year to any student focusing her/his education in the field of Agriculture, including farm machinery mechanics.

In forming this Scholarship we know that Gracie’s enthusiasm, joyous spirit and love of all things agricultural will continue in Sussex County and beyond. If you are interested in continuing your Agriculture education this scholarship is open for you, college or technical school, student or adult.

The application can be found here: https://www.sussex4h.org/sc-boa-gracies-scholarship.
Deadline to submit the application is May 15, 2024.

Rabbit Rocketeers 4-H Club Fun in the Sun Show

Building a Better You! 

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30-8 pm at the Somerset County 4-H Center, in the large conference room. This workshop is open to all grades 8-13, you do not have to be a 4-H member to attend. Registration closes May 20th.

Building a Better You! is a workshop that provides youth participants with the opportunity to explore resume building, cover letter writing, how to dress to impress, and interview practice all while creating a positive YOU statement! There is so much to explore in this workshop so register to learn more!

Register here: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6mb5u3hypcylWOG
Questions? Contact Melissa Bright mb2173@njaes.rutgers.edu

Join Kenya Mosby, Chief Operating Officer of Pelham Admissions Edge for Scholarships: How to Find Them and How to Win Them.
Open to 11th, 12th and 13th graders!

Tables at the Farmer’s Market available to 4-H clubs for fundraising!

New Jersey 4-H Summer Camps Sign Up – Open Now
Sessions are Selling out!

Registration opens for both:
Our 74th summer at L.G. Cook 4-H Camp, New Jersey 4-H’s overnight summer camp in beautiful Stokes State Forest. Join our caring, tech-free community for a one-week sleepaway session in July or our BIG 18 day session in August … AND …

Our 2nd summer at 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens, our brand-new day camp program combining the social-emotional learning of 4-H Camp’s friendly, communal experience with the educational opportunities of Rutgers Gardens. 

More details and online registration at nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu! Call 973-948-3550 to reach the Camp Office with any and all questions.

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? NJ Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger. Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

Save the Dates

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

4-H Volunteer Retreat Weekend – INTEREST SURVEY!
September 27-29, 2024.

Spotify link: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/4hvolunteerventures
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558574791500

We want to hear from YOU! If you have any suggestions for volunteer-based topics you would like us to address, or something you would like to learn more about as a 4-H volunteer, let us know. We appreciate your input.

Attention 4-H alumni, parents, volunteers and stakeholders…

Mark Your Calendars! Here are the NJ 4-H State Association meeting dates for 2024. We are still looking for additional volunteers to help make the best better and join the association! Visit https://go.rutgers.edu/HelpNJ4H to be added to the mailing list or contact nj4h@njaes.rutgers.edu to learn more about the State Association!

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