The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday May 31 in honor of Memorial Day.


* 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:
https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SC-Animal-Rep-2021.-Application.pdf

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. 


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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

Current NJ 4-H STEP Clubs

4‑H Victory Gardeners 

Join us for a virtual Short-Term Exploratory Program (STEP). Young people in grades 4–12 are invited to join us for virtual meetings to help grow an at-home vegetable garden! Whether in a container, on your windowsill, or in a backyard, youth will learn to grow food from seed to sprout! Each session will be step-by-step, interactive, and will include a review of gardening techniques, discussions, and show and tell. This STEP Club is ongoing and meets on the first Monday and third Friday of the month at 4:30 pm.

4‑H Victory Gardeners registration link


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 

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_509lDEJxsklA43c


Junior International Explores Virtual Club- Azerbaijan  

Hey kids! Have you ever heard of the country Azerbaijan? Do you know where it is?  Would you like to meet kids from Azerbaijan and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what US kids love to do while learning what Azerbaijani kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Azerbaijani 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 11-13. Sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am–12pm from June 15 through July 1. 

https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G29JQz0PAaQIJM

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

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
•             Taiwan: Wednesday, June 9 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Pacific
•             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! 4hfromhome@njaes.rutgers.edu


4-H Animal Science Fun

July 12 – 16, 2021
10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $ 220.00
Have fun learning about different animals from 4-H professionals around New Jersey. Each day participants will learn a little about animals who have jobs, horses, marine life, amphibians, and reptiles. At the end of the week, youth will also get to participate in an animal share activity, teaching and learning from each other!
More information »


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.

Registration: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9XfsnkqOvQ5AqxM

Please email any questions or concerns to Passaic4H@njaes.rutgers.edu
Register early as supplies are limited.



2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair

Thursday, August 26

The show catalog and online entry for the 2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair on Thursday, August 26 are available on our state 4-H goat websiteThere is also a one-page info sheet that highlights key health requirements (proof of rabies vaccination required) and important info regarding the vet check and the need for legible animal identification.  Entries must be submitted online by August 13.

Several key points:

  1. New online entry is super easy and fast (and due August 13).  A fee of $20 per exhibitor will be accepted at the show (cash or check payable to Mercer County 4-H).
  2. Since several counties aren’t having local shows this year, we are NOT requiring members to have exhibited at the county level.  All 4-H members in good standing, who were registered by January 1, are eligible for the state show this year.
  3. Fainting goats, pygmy goats, dairy wethers, does over 24 months that have never freshened, and meat goat wethers over 12 months of age will be judged as companion goats. We developed and posted a companion goat scorecard on the state 4-H goat show website.
  4. All standard dairy goat breeds will be shown together: Alpine, La Mancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg – instead of separate breed classes.  Nigerian Dwarfs will continue to have their own class.

There will be a vet check that enforces rules #1-4 – all animals MUST have legible identification that matches their health papers!!!  No exceptions will be made!

For questions or more information please contact Chad Ripberger at ripberger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


This June, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s FCHS Department will host our first annual virtual Feed a Family 5K and Wellness Walk.  https://go.rutgers.edu/feedafamily5k

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 https://go.rutgers.edu/feedafamily5k.  Complete your walk/run anytime in June.  Registration includes a race t-shirt. 
Check out our store, too…pick up some RU summertime swag!


NJ 4-H Camp assembling a truly excellent summer staff this year, and they still got room for a just few more Male counselors to join them!

If you (or someone you know) are 18 or older and want to spend the summer living in beautiful Stokes State Forest, living the camp lifestyle, and helping provide campers with a magnificent post-isolation summer, then you should consider joining our team! 

Staff Training starts June 27th and the season runs all the way until the end of our “BIG” session on August 21st.

Interested parties should reach out to us at the Camp Office (973-948-3550 or camp.director@rutgers.edu) for more details or apply here!


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/


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.

https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h


Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders


Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, May 31, 2021 – State and County Offices are Closed.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021; 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Everyday Mindfulness for Everyone
Tuesday, June 1, 2021; 6:30 pm – Gardening@Home Series: Container Gardening – Making a Moveable Masterpiece Day 1 of 2 (Fee)
Thursday, June 3, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home: Preserving Herbs

Tuesday, June 8, 2021; 6:30 pm – Gardening@Home Series: Container Gardening – Making a Moveable Masterpiece Day 2 of 2 (Fee)
Thursday, June 10, 2021; 1:00 pm – Rutgers Lunch and Learn: Delivering an Expectation-Shattering Customer Experience
Thursday, June 10, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Preserve Food at Home: Dehydrating

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


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