Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter November 5-12, 2021

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Thursday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Have you Re-Enroll for the 2021-22 Program Year yet?? If not, time is running out!

Each year 4-H members and volunteers must renew their enrollment by January 1 to be considered in good 4-H standing. To do so, go to:

Directions to assist you in the process can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions, or experience difficulties with 4HOnline, please contact Dave or Tanya for assistance.

Check It Out!

Our new EVENTS CALANDER page on our website.

More state and local events to be added.

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

An Evening Abroad: Ireland! 
June 22nd at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this June 22 session, we’ll explore the Emerald Island known as Ireland from Warren County 4-H volunteer, Sinead Twohig. Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Ireland. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

New Virtual STEP Clubs coming soon.

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

Upcoming NJ 4-H Virtual Workshops

Financial Literacy Fun for Tweens and Teens
on 12/10 @7-9pm!

4-H and NJCEE, are happy to provide you with resources and support so you can learn about interesting financial literacy concepts successfully.

For this evening event, Teens and Tweens are encouraged to learn about topics ranging from setting priorities and goals to career pathways and making good financial decisions. We’ll wrap up with a Kahoot that will test your knowledge about financial literacy and offer prizes to the top three youth with the most points!

Plus, post-event survey responders will receive a bronze “Money Management” pin and a personalized certificate of participation

Financial Literacy for Teens & Tweens Registration

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

Globetasters 8: Bountiful Bakers

Join us for Globe Tasters 4-H Cultural Cuisine S.T.E.P. Club—Session 8. You can cook right along with us or watch and make it later. This program is for youth in grades 4–12. Cold weather calls for warm ovens. Learn easy tips while baking beautiful breads and cookies. Sessions will run on Mondays, 4:30–6:00 pm starting November 1st thru December.

Bountiful Bakers Registration Link

The Finer Things Book Club

Grab a copy of the Jane Austen re-boot, Pride and Premeditation, by Tirzah Price, and then join us for a fun discussion of the themes, topics, and characters of the book! And help us choose the book for our next meeting! Youth in 8–13 grade are welcome. Zoom meeting will take place on Thursday, November 18th from 7:00 pm–8:00 pm.

The Finer Things Book Club Registration Link

4-H Teen Russian/American International Leadership Program (T.R.A.I.L.)

Teens are tomorrow’s leaders but have the potential for leading TODAY. Join us on a free journey to Russia! We’ll be meeting teens from Russia who have the same concerns about the world as you. This program gives teens the chance to partner with each other to teach younger youth environmental stewardship practices that will affect both sides of the planet! This program is 100% virtual and runs from October 2021 – February 2022 for teens 16–19. Teens will receive a certificate upon completion and a T.R.A.I.L t-shirt. The first meeting is Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. EDT.

T.R.A.I.L. Registration Link »

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club

Bridge to 4-H is a monthly virtual 4-H club for youth in grades 6 and up, exploring leadership, healthy living, and life skills. Join us as we learn about how to make a menu of food we like while keeping a budget, adopting healthier habits, and caring for ourselves inside and out. Make friends across the state of NJ! We meet on the third Thursday of every month over Zoom.

Bridge to 4-H Teen Leadership Club Registration Link

Monologue & Screenwriting Class

The program extends from September 20, 2021, to June 20, 2022; classes meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no cost for the program. Youth are invited to attend all sessions that their schedules allow and can attend in person at the library or access the sessions via Zoom.

For questions or more information contact Ellen Williams (

New Jersey 4-H Day at the New York JETS

All 4-H families and their friends to attend the New Jersey 4-H Day at the JETS vs EAGLES on Sunday, December 5, 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium located in East Rutherford. Tickets range from $59.00-$95.00. Each ticket purchased will be entered into a drawing for on-field access. Tickets can be purchased at: JETSGROUPS.COM/nj4h.

The State 4-H Association is conducting this fundraiser to assist in raising money to cover the cost of the bus for the New Jersey 4-H delegates attending Citizenship Washington Focus in July 2022. The State 4-H Association will receive $10.00 for every ticket purchased using the link above. You do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to order tickets from the link above at this reduced ticket price.

New Jersey 4-H members in grades 9-11 who are members in good standing are invited to participate in a multi-level leadership program called the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program.  

Adapted from Ireland’s youth development program Foróige, the Leadership for Life Program is based on theories and principles of youth work, leadership development, and leadership styles.

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.

Each module consists of 10-15 hours of educational workshops with topics serving as a bridge from one level to the next. Modules 1, 2, and 3 will be offered in the 2021-2022 4-H year and the opportunity to apply for the Advanced Module will be available in winter 2022.

Members must complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are eligible to complete Module 3. The Advanced Module is held during a 9-day travel experience to the Foróige Leadership for Life Conference at the University of Ireland in Maynooth, Ireland.

ModuleProgram DatesRegistration Cost and Registration/Application Due Date
Module 1November 29 & December 7, 2021
6–8:30 p.m.

Virtual via Zoom
$65, includes all training materials

Registration Due November 19, 2021
Module 2December 28, 2021
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RCE of Mercer County
1440 Parkside Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638
$65, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due December 17, 2021
Module 3February 5, 2022
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In-person location to be determined.

4-H member must plan and conduct their service project before attending the Advanced Leadership Module.
$65, includes all training materials and supplies

Registration due January 21, 2022
Advanced Leadership ModuleJuly 29 – August 6, 2022

University of Ireland at Maynooth

Final dates to be determined
$2,500 (tentative)

Application due January 10, 2022 (tentative)

Information and registration for all of the NJ 4-H Leadership for Life Program Modules are available on the NJ 4-H Website at: 

Questions about the Leadership for Life Program can be directed to Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 or

Join the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps

The Month of Decembers thems is:

December brings many moments of joy to capture through your photography. Perhaps you see the joy in people’s faces during the holidays as they listen to holiday music, decorate, or exchange gifts. Or a beautiful winter landscape may bring you joy. Whatever your moments of joy are, share these images in the New Jersey 4-H Photo Corps program!


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

Attention Leaders


All 4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms were due to the 4-H Office by November 1.
The following is is the link to the forms that need to be completed

4-H Club Treasury Annual Review Forms

If you have questions please contact Tanya (

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for the next few weeks are:

Monday, November 8, 2021, 7:00 pm – Fall and Winter Management of Ruminants Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:00 pm – RCE Homesteading Academy: Fun with Fungi – Grow Your Own Mushrooms!
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 2:00 pmWellness Wednesday: What’s the Scoop: Sugar Substitutes and Sweeteners
Thursday, November 11, 2021, – County Offices Closed – Veterans day

Friday, November 12-18, 2021 CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License – Online (Fee)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:00 pm – Garden Railroads
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00 pmWellness Wednesday: Enjoying a Bountiful Harvest
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:00 pmReal Recipes: Warm Up with Healthy Soups

Rutgers Cooperative Extension introduces the “Homesteading Academy”

A new, once-monthly lunchtime webinar series for anyone curious about home-grown sustenance and self-sufficiency. From October through December, we invite you to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for live sessions with our invited speakers. The webinars will take place from noon to 1 p.m., so bring your lunch!

This first set of three sessions will feature speakers on backyard poultry, mushroom production, and beekeeping. The series will be ongoing, with potential future topics of sheep/beef/goats, seed saving and heirloom varieties, engine conversion to waste vegetable oil, troubleshooting for two-cycle engines, cut flowers, food preservation, small-scale grain milling, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

  1. December 14: What To Do To Get Started Keeping Bees On Your Property
    Presenter: Tim Schuler (Owner, Schuler’s Bees, and Former State Apiarist, NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

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