The RCE/4H Office will be closed Friday November 11 in honor of Vetrans Day.

The Deadline to Re-enroll for This Project Year is December 31, 2022.

4-H Online is OPEN for Reenrollment.

If you run into any issues or have questions, please feel free to contact the 4-H Office for assistance.

Deadline for Orders is Tomorrow Friday, November 11.
If dropping off at the 4-H Office, please leave in the clear bin outside the office door.


Christmas wreath from fir, pine and spruce twigs with cones, berries and ribbon bow isolated on white background

The Sussex County 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Holiday Wreath Sale 

  1. Orders must be returned by Friday, November 11th. They can be emailed to Dave or Tanya.
  2. All orders will be FINAL. NO additional wreaths may be added once your order is placed.
  3. Wreath pick-up will be Saturday, November 19th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds—parking lot at the Administration Building from 9:30 am to 11 am.
  4. Assign one individual to pick up the club’s order. Have your full payment ready to be turned in by check. One check for the full amount, made out to the Sussex County 4-H Foundation for each club is preferred.
  5. Clubs will receive their bonus check from the Foundation at the time of wreath pick up. Your club will receive $1.00 for each 12-inch wreath sold and $5.00 for each 3-foot wreath sold.
  6. Supplies (cones, wires, and ribbons) will be provided for all decorated wreaths ordered. These will have to be divided among those decorating wreaths for their customers.
    For those new to the Wreath Sale, decorated means you receive supplies for decorating the wreaths your customers ordered
  7. The cost of the wreaths will be:
    12-in Plain $18.00
    12-in Decorated $20.00
    3-ft Plain $70.00
    3-ft Decorated $75.00

Wreath Sales materials are available for download at, 

Congratulations to Ashleigh Dickson, a member of Sussex Shepherds, for being named the 2023 New Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador.

4-H Clubs Invited to Participate in the Annual Newton Holiday Parade

The annual Newton Holiday Parade is scheduled for November 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM. The parade can be viewed from Spring Street or Moran Street.

Newton invites your organization or group to participate in this traditional event by marching in the parade! If you would like to participate, please return this application by November 10, 2023. Application

Floats and vehicles such as antique cars are welcome to participate, too.

Please follow us on Facebook for Holiday Parade announcements.

More information about the event may be available on their website. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at or call (973) 300-0433.

November PhotoCorps: “Fast and Slow”

The NJ 4-H PhotoCorps is open to youth in grades 4-13. This month’s PhotoCorps theme is “Fast and Slow”. In one photo image, you can capture the movements around you, be they fast or slow. What a special ability you have! You are the master of the “Fast and Slow” we see! You can download directions for joining PhotoCorps. Entries for this theme are open from the beginning to end of the month.

If you have any questions, please contact

NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program 

The NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program is for 4-H members in grades 9-12. Offered in three sequential modules, this program is aimed at equipping young people to explore their vision and passion and to develop such key skills as: planning, decision-making, critical thinking, goal setting, and problem-solving.

The first module is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 19 in Mercer County.

You can download registration forms at

For more information, contact:

Sharon Kinsey

Camden County 4-H Agent/
Associate Professor
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
1301 Park Boulevard
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


Michelle Teitsma
4-H Program Associate
RCE of Warren County
165 County Route 519 South
Belvidere, NJ 07823

4-H Photography Skills Clinic

The New Jersey 4-H Expressive Arts Program is hosting a photography skills clinic, Saturday, December 10 from 10-2 at the Winter Run Activity Center (Monmouth County).

The clinic will be led by Jim Powers who will offer valuable photography tips and provide feedback to 4-H’ers on their photographs. Participants are invited to bring up to four (4) photos to the clinic for feedback.

The 4-H Photography Skills Clinic is free and open to enrolled New Jersey 4-Hers in grades 4 through 12. 4-H’ers do not need to be registered in a New Jersey 4-H photography club or have entered photography in any 4-H event or program.

Deadline for registration is November 29

Questions? E-mail Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent, at

The Winter Run Activity Center is located at: 270 Southard Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. Pack a lunch and/or a snack – there will be a lunch break at 12pm. Water will be provided.



The 2024 National 4-H Conference will be held April 19 – April 24, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. This conference brings together youth and adults to help with strategic planning for the 4- H program nationally. Potential delegates must be in grades 10-12 as of September 2023 and between 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2024). New Jersey sends up to six (6) NJ 4-H members to this conference

For more information or to download the application please go to

All applications are due to the county 4-H office by December 8, 2023.

Bridge to 4-H Virtual Programs for Youth

For youth in grades 6 & up. “Bridge to 4-H” began two years ago as a way for youth to continue to get a 4-H experience during the pandemic lockdown, and grew into a special community of youth in grades 6 & up looking for leadership, healthy living, and life skills programming. Join for one hour a month of interactive Zoom lessons and games! This year’s topics include Environmental Science as well as Biological Science, leadership, arts, games and more!  Meetings are 7-8 PM, virtually on the following dates: Nov 10, 2022; Dec 15, 2022; Jan 19, 2023; Feb 16, 2023

More dates tentatively will be scheduled. For more details contact Laura at

Register here:

All NJ 4-H  Cooking Clubs are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Cup Cake Wars

Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ

There will be teams of 3 youth. Individuals are welcome to register and we will match you with a team. Space is limited to the 1st 12 teams to register.

See the flyer for details and to register for Junior or Senior divisions.  

2022 4-H Cupcake Wars Flyer

4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival

New Jersey 4-H, in cooperation with the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium, is sponsoring the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest and Film Festival to include ALL 4-H animal project areas.

Youth may work individually or as a team to create short educational videos (3:30 minutes or less) about alpacas, cats, cattle (beef/dairy), dogs, goats, herpetology, horses, llamas, poultry, rabbits, sheep, small animals, and/or swine to enter in the 4-H Animal Science Video Contest.  Youth must upload their video and media release(s) by the end of March 4 (see website for details).  The videos will then be shared at the film festival in the Round House of the Rutgers Cook Campus Farm during an afternoon session of the Junior Animal Science Symposium on Saturday, March 23.  

Youth of the top scoring videos will receive awards, including gift cards.  Videos will be scored on educational value, creativity, clarity, pacing, and technical quality (sound, lighting, etc.) – 20 points each, total of 100.  A tip sheet and a description of the judging criteria are both available on the website, along with the top scoring videos from prior years. Youth are encouraged to have fun and be creative in designing their video entries!

Details are available on our website at

New Jersey 4-H Horse Program Updates

Program Updates

State Horse Program Assessment: Share your thoughts about the NJ 4-H State Horse Program, here! Please share your thoughts and opinions about the NJ 4-H State Horse Program.  We will use the feedback collected to set the plans for the upcoming 4-H year and beyond. 

Nominate a NJ4H Horse Project Volunteer to be highlighted in the Quarterly Horse Project newsletter, “Behind the Bit.” Nominate here.

Need to receive a copy of “Behind the Bit”? Contact Brittany at 

Hold the Dates: State 4-H Horse Event Dates for 2022 and 2023
For more information and registration details on any of these events visit
Model Horse Show Clinic: Dec 4, 2022, 12-4 p.m., Register here
Horse Bowl: February 25, 2023
Presentations and Equine Art Show: March 18, 2023
Horse Judging and Hippology: April 1 & 2, 2023
State Horse Show: August 18-20, 2023

Sussex 4H Rabbit & Small Animal Project Members

Sussex County Rabbit & Small Animal Showmanship & Skillathon will be:

Saturday, May 6, 9 am-12 pm
Sunday, May 7, 4 pm – 7 pm

To be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

More information, including a Signup Genius to register for the event, will be sent closer to the event.

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

For more information visit

Club News

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Attention Leaders
Your Annual Rutgers Protection of Minors Training is Due

Leaders, this is a reminder that you must complete your Rutgers Protection of Minors Training annually. This is a requirement before will the office can approve you in the 4-H Online System for the new program year.

Thank you to those that have already completed this requirement for this year.

You may have received an email from the Rutgers Protection of Minors email with the following link:
If not, you can use the link at any time to complete it.

The following are steps to complete this:
1. Click the link. You are taken to the Rutgers Protection of Minors training home page.

2. At the bottom, use the NON-NetID User option to request a PIN login.

2. Once you receive the PIN via email, use the link above again to gain access to the site and enter the training via the PIN Login.

3. Complete the training.  There are 4 modules and quizzes you must complete. The last page you will see is:

The process should take less the 30 minutes. Once you get here, you are all done. We will be sent a notice when you complete the training. 

If you have any issues please contact the 4-H Office for assistance

Leader Reminders

End of Year Paperwork (4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Form, End of Project Year Recognition Certificates and Pins, Project Medal Recommendation Form) is due to the 4-H Office as soon as possible. Member certificates and pins will not be accepted after December 15. If you want it in time for your holiday party, the office needs at least 2 weeks beforehand to complete it.

Club members should begin working on their record books now so members are not overwhelmed in completing them in May/June. If you would like a staff person or volunteer to come to your meetings to review ‘How to Properly Complete a Record Book’ please let us know.

Register for the 2023 Rutgers Environmental Steward Class

Make a DIFFERENCE in your community…become a Rutgers Environmental Steward – Classes start in January!
Additional information is on their website-

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