Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter September 24 – October 1, 2021

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.

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

NJ will host the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge “Galactic Quest”
Saturday October 9, 10am–12pm:

Kids learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers! This program is intended for youth in grades 4–9.
Please register by Saturday, September 26, 2021.

To find out more about the National 4-H STEM Challenge please check out:

4-H Smart Cents / TD Ameritrade presents:

Family Fun with Financial Literacy

Friday Evening, 10/08 7-9pm on ZOOM

Use the following link to register 4-H Smart Cents Family Fun with Financial Literacy Night ( and direct any questions you may have

Youth Summit on Financial Literacy
on Thursday, 11/18!

 Sign up to attend our Youth Summit on Financial Literacy on Thursday, 11/18! We hope you will learn how to discuss topics ranging from setting priorities and goals to career pathways and how to make good financial decisions. Post-event survey responders will receive a bronze “Money Management” pin and a personalized certificate of participation.

Financial Literacy Youth Summit Application

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

Data to the Rescue: Clues in the Corals

Free Virtual Program for Youth in Grades 5-8
Thursdays, October 14, 21 and 28; 4-5:15pm ET

What can corals tell us about our environment?  And how do scientists figure out what corals are telling us?

Join a research team from Rutgers investigating cold-water corals and inventing new tools – called proxies – to study them. You’ll investigate coral anatomy, analyze real scientific data and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of current Rutgers research.

Program Details Designed for youth in 5th-8th grades  3-session virtual program – please plan to attend all sessions Thursdays, October 14, 21, and 28; 4-5:15 pm Eastern Time You’ll need a computer and internet connection, as well as a few supplies easily gathered from the grocery store or around the house. Sessions will be held via ZOOM; no other special software is required.

For more information and to register, please visit the Rutgers 4-H STEM Office website

Register ASAP – attendance is limited22 to 30 students. 

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

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 (

Be on the Look Out!

Fun Programs & Activities are coming next week, both county and state-wide in honor of National 4-H Week.

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.

Big Shout out to our Kicken’ Chickens Poutry Club for their hard work raising funds and supplies to support the Lukwago CARE Foundation in Uganda.

The following is a update and ‘thank you’ that they received:
“Hello friends, first of all allow me to thank everyone that donated towards helping Lukwago CARE Foundation become self-reliant and sustainable. With a grateful heart Lukwago Godfrey has asked to share this success report of their chicken expansion project that you greatly supported and they are so extremely grateful. It all started with building a larger chicken house with help of the support that you donated, they then they bought feeds, drinkers, feeders, medicine, feeding troughs and the chickens themselves using the same funds that you donated. When the chicken House was completed, it was named after the 4H kicken club in honor of the great support they received from you. In an amazing way the chickens have started laying eggs and the children at the orphanage are so excited. The children have started gathering used strawberry containers from commuity rubbish pits and they clean them then pack in the eggs for sale. The funds raised from selling eggs are being used to purchase toiletries, girl’s sanitary towns, sugar and other stuff. This sustainable project that you have supported is greatly improving day by day and they are so extremely humbled and grateful 🙏. Enjoy the ophanage success story. May God greatly reward everyone that donated to bless this orphanage.”

The Kicken’ Chickens truly used their hands for larger service for our world.

To learn more about the Lukwago CARE Foundation go to:
Lukwago CARE Foundation.(LCF) | Facebook


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

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, June 10, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 12:00 pm – Homesteading Academy: Preventative Practices to Support the Health of Small-Scale Poultry
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: BeneFITS of Walking
Friday, June 17, 2022 – Juneteenth – State Offices Closed
Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Father’s Day Mocktails
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Foods that Fight Pain: Separating Myth from Fact
Friday, June 24, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: No-Bake Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating Patterns for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:00 pm Pet First Aid & CPR Certification (fee)
Monday, September 27, 2021, 6:30 pm Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 3 of 8)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Chorreadas
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 2:00 pm Intuitive Eating
Thursday, September 30, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Black Bean Brownies

Monday, October 4, 2021, 6:30 pmEarth Day, Every Day Webinar Series – Fall 2021 (Day 4 of 8)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Papa a la Huincaina
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7:00 pmVermicomposting
Thursday, October 6, 2021,12:00 pm – Hispanic Heritage: Overnight Oats

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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