Sussex County 4H Weekly News July 26 – August 1, 2020

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Participate in the New Jersey 4-H Virtual Fair!

The deadline to enter is this Friday, July 31.

Do you have a Fair entry from the last year or two you are particularly proud of?  Here is a chance to enter that item again to be critiqued by a new set of judges in a completely new format in the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair. Depending on the class, registering and submitting an entry is as easy as uploading 1 or more photos.

Now’s your chance to resent Sussex County 4-H by entering into the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair, and compete against other 4-H members’ from throughout the state. 

Take a few minutes to review the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair Exhibitors Guide and see some standard classes just as our fair has, but also many new and fun classes you can enter as well including Theater, Dance, Animal Costume, Pet Tricks, STEM, and 4-H Spirit.

Entries accepted until July 31. Spread the word!
#NJ4HVirtualFair #NJ4HPrideisStatewide

Special Interactive Teen Webinar
Wednesday, July 29, 11am–12pm

Teen Acting Workshop – improve your acting skills through voice and characterization (grades 7–13). You provide the monologue or scene and we’ll coach you to make it performance-ready.

Special Interactive Teen Webinar registration

August 4-H from Home Webinars

Held Tuesday and Thursdays from
3-4:00 pm weekly

NEW STEP Club Starting Soon
Registration is limited

Finding My Arts Spark! STEP Arts Club

Come find your “Arts Spark” in this STEP Arts Club! In this club, youth in grades 4–8 will be introduced to a variety of arts activities, allowing them to discover their preferred forms of self- expression. Each session will cover a different art form ( acting, visual art, creative writing, etc.) and will actively engage youth in “hands-on” artistic activities. Focus is on fun and putting imagination in action! Youth will have the opportunity to share their creations with each other. Sessions are limited to 25 youth, enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prior to the beginning of the club, registrants will receive information on any materials needed. Spark your imagination with “Finding My Arts Spark!” Grades 4 through 8 are welcome! Sessions will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm on August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19.

Finding My Arts Spark! registration link

Have an idea for a Webinar or Virtual STEP Club and/or interested in hosting one.
The 4-H from Home Team is looking for 4-H volunteers/Club leaders, 4-H Teens, etc.  who may be interested in teaching youth a specific topic. Contact the 4‑H From Home team at to share your thoughts or volunteer.

NJSF/SCF&HS Best of the Best

Since we are all bummed about missing the fair, let’s have some fair fun anyway. Tell us your favorite things so we can find out what the ‘Best of the Best’ truely is Final Four style.

Email suggestions to Tanya at for each of the four categories (Food, Events, Attractions/Vendors, and Rides/Games). Or use the following link to do so: Fair Best of the Best Suggestions.

Igniting Your Leadership Potential

Are you ready for this? Igniting Your Leadership Potential is an exciting new 4-H program that brings leadership training right to your doorstep through online classes. Courses are designed for youth in grades 8-13 and offer an opportunity for them to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their leadership skills, and prepare to lead. Youth will earn badges for each course they complete and can earn a certificate in leadership by completing four online courses.

Registration is OPEN for the two courses that will be offered starting on August 4. Each course meets 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face with the instructor and then complete some assignments asynchronously. The cost per course is $25.00. Youth can register for one or both of the courses. The summer 2020 courses are:

Course 1 – Launching Into Leadership – This course will run every Tuesday in August (August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2020), 3:00-4:30 pm.

Course 2 – Inspiring Leadership and Civic Engagement – This course will run every Thursday in August (August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020), 3:00-4:30 pm.

For information more and course registration visit:

FREE youth programs (fun for the whole family) happening over Zoom and streamed over Facebook Live led by Salem County 4-H Teen Council. Make sure to Like their page to view the FB Live stream:

2 p.m. – 3 p.m., program for youth in Kindergarten – 4th grade
3:30 – 4: 30, program for youth in 5th – 9th grade

For 4-H members and youth not in 4-H. Attend one, some, or all sessions!

For registration, Zoom link, and materials list, email Laura at

4-H Member

Great Job by Olivia Synder (of Bit by Bit) for Participating in the NJ 4-H Fairy Garden Competition.

Congrats to Daniel and Joseph Gigante (of the Culinary Explorers, Kicken Chickens, Sussex Shepards, & Sussex Squealers) for being the first Sussex County 4-H Members to register for the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair.

Kudos to Emily Buan, (Hearts to Hands, Little Critters, & Teen Council), Paige Patrie, (Crafty Clovers, Life thru a Lens, Little Critters, & Teen Council) and Will Teitsma (Allons-Y & Teen Council) who will be participating in virtual Leadership for Life Conference being conducted by Foroige this week.

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

As the country’s largest youth development organization and the only one reaching kids in every community, we provide young people educational resources, caring adult mentors, and a sense of belonging as we have done for more than 100 years. 4-H has launched the FOURWARD Fund so every child can learn and feel connected, regardless of access to school, 4-H, or virtual learning. To support 4-H visit: #4HFOURWARDFund

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calendar to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
NEW Classes are added daily.

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Some scheduled for next week are:

Tuesday July 28, 12–12:20 p.m: Cooking Class: Zucchini Bonanza

Tuesday July 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m: Irresistible Irises: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Wednesday July 29, 2-2:45 p.m: Let’s Go Nuts (Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS)

Friday July 31, 11-11:20 p.m: Cooking Class: Homemade Granita

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