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Our programs and projects teach young people how to put their heads, hearts, hands and health to work in their own lives and in their communities. Becoming a teen in the 4‑H program opens up a whole new set of opportunities. Read more about the groups and activities available at the club, county, state, and national levels. The 4-H program provides opportunities for youth and their families to participate in positive youth development experiences, below are a list or you can view our 2018  Calendar or glace at our 2018 Highlight Calendar.

4-H Alumni & Friends: Connect & Share
The New Jersey 4-H Program is looking to connect with former 4-H members and volunteers. We are looking for all 4-H alumni who grew up in New Jersey or who live in New Jersey as well as former 4-H volunteers.
We invite you to complete the 4-H Alumni Survey and share how your 4-H experiences have impacted your life. After you complete the survey, tell a 4-H friend or family member.
The online version of the survey can be found at:  https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2l7Zb64hDD0D0g 

National 4-H Film Festival

Event Date(s): July 29-Aug. 1, 2018

Location: Columbia, Missouri

Description:  This summer, join other youth from across the country to learn movie magic from film making professionals at FilmFest 4-H.

  • What is FilmFest 4-H? A national youth event, where teens learn how movies and TV shows are made, directly from the professionals who make them!
  • But I don’t OWN a cow … 4-H is not just for agriculture and livestock, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend. FilmFest 4-H is open to all youth!
  • Will I have a good time? Only if you like learning from cool people how your favorite films and shows happen. Each year, Film Fest 4-H gets high ratings from everyone who attends.
  • How does it work? You, your friends and a chaperone each buy an All Access Pass

($129). Then you arrange for your own lodging. The pass gets you in on all workshops and festivities, and the Stoney Creek Inn has a great conference rate if you’d like to join us there. Their breakfast is free, Film Fest provides lunches, and dinners are on you.

Click here to download the flyer or visit http://4h.missouri.edu/filmfest4h/

 

4-H Fair

Event Date(s): August 8-10, 2018

Location: 4-H Fairgrounds at North Branch Park (355 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater).

Set-Up: August 5-6

Cleanup: August 12

Click here for member information.

Wreath Sales

 Sales Dates: October 1-30, 2018

Wreath Unloading: Friday, November 23rd, 7:30am

Pick-up Times:

  • Saturday, November 24th, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, November 26th, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 27th, 7:00-9:00pm

4-H Association Wreath Decorating Night: Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Wreath Sales Packet

4-H Clubs’ Fall Camp

Register by: October 8, 2018

Event Date(s): October 19-21, 2018

Type of Event: County

Location: L.G. Gook 4-H camp

Description: This is a fun-filled opportunity for 4-H’ers, leaders and parents! Activities include hiking, board games, improv acting, crafts, a talent show, and much more. Check-in time is after 5pm on Friday and check-out time is noon on Sunday. Everyone should bring a snack to share, as well as a 4-H Member Event Permission Form or a 4-H Adult Overnight Agreement/Release Form, which you can get at the office. These forms will be collected upon arrival, along with the camp fee of $58/person (cash or as a check written out to Somerset County 4-H Anime Club).

You will need to will need to complete and sign the Permission Slip.

Contact:  Betty at pleasantview51@optonline.net

Prep Rally

Event Date(s):  November 17, 2018

Location: 4-H Center

Description:

Registration: Click

Contact: Lisa Darby, darby@co.somerset.nj.us

 

Leadership Washington Focus

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2018

Event Date(s): July 2019

Type of Event: National

Location: National 4‑H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application: Not available at the moment.

Description: Leadership Washington Focus is a leadership program conducted by National 4‑H Council for middle school age youth (6-8 grade). The program is a 4-day event held in mid July. The program utilizes Washington, D.C. as a working classroom to learn about leadership and provides hands-on opportunities for our younger teens to promote “Learn to Lead Now – Better Leaders Tomorrow.” New Jersey 4‑H sends 8-15 4‑H members and 2-3 adult advisors to Leadership Washington Focus each year.  The cost for the week is approximately $800, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4‑H program.

Contact: Sharon Kinsey at (856) 216-7130 x 2

Prep Family New Year’s Party

RSVP by 2019

Event Date(s): January 2019

Location: 4-H Center

Description: This event is a great opportunity for all the prep members and their families to celebrate the New Year and to meet preppers from other clubs. The Prep New Year’s party will include a DJ, crafts, tattoos and a pot luck dinner. The night will end with games, ice cream sundaes and lots of confetti!

Contact: Lisa Darby, darby@co.somerset.nj.us

4-H Family Night

RSVP by 2019

Event Date(s): January 2019

Time:5:30pm to 7:30 pm

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center

Registration:4HFamilyNight@gmail.com

Description: This event is free for all 4-H Families sponsored by the Somerset County 4-H Association and they will be serving up some fun & spaghetti!  New 4-H Members (1-3 years) will have fun meeting our 4-H families, hearing about other clubs & other 4-H opportunities, beyond the club experience, and enjoying a delicious pasta meal.  Experienced 4-H Members and Leaders will have fun meeting our newer 4-H families & promoting your club/activities and enjoying a delicious pasta meal. All participants are asked to bring a donation for the food bank.

Food and Fun Event

Register Due: 2019

Event Date(s): 2019

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center

Description: Ever wanted to throw a theme party? All 4-H Clubs are invited for an evening of good food and lots of fun.  Your club chooses a theme and each club member brings in a dish based on that theme.  The themes you can go with are limited only by your imagination.  From there, it’s all about presentation, taste, creativity, nutrition, and how well everything works together.  Feel free to dress up or decorate to reflect your theme as well.

Contact: Barbara Navatto at Navatto@co.somerset.nj.us.

 

Discover the Leader in You

Registration Due: February 2019

Event Date(s): March 2019

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold

Description: 4-H member in grades 6-8 are invited to attend this leadership conference.  You will have fun, meet new friends & develop leadership skills that you can utilize at home, in school, in your 4-H club and your community.  The conference will include a guest speaker and interactive workshops. The cost is $35, which includes snacks, lunch and program supplies.

You will need to will need to complete and sign the Registration Form and Permission Slip.

Contact: Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 / reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu

4-H Clubs’ Spring Camp

Registration Due: March 8, 2019

Event Date(s): March 15-17, 2019

Type of Event: County

Location: L.G. Gook 4-H camp

Description: This is a fun-filled opportunity for 4-H’ers, leaders and parents! Activities include hiking, board games, improv acting, crafts, a talent show, and much more. Check-in time is after 5pm on Friday and check-out time is noon on Sunday. Everyone should bring a snack to share, as well as a 4-H Member Event Permission Form or a 4-H Adult Overnight Agreement/Release Form, which you can get at the office. These forms will be collected upon arrival, along with the camp fee of $58/person (cash or as a check written out to Somerset County 4-H Anime Club).

You will need to will need to complete and sign the Permission Slip.

Contact:  Betty at pleasantview51@optonline.net

County Public Presentations

Sign-up (4honline) Due: March 2019

Event Date(s): March, 2019

Type of Event: County

Application: To sign- up, log onto https://nj.4honline.com.  Then follow these instructions:

Click the CONTINUE TO FAMILY TAB.  Once you are on the family page scroll to the bottom and register a member for an event.  Hit the 2018 Presentations and fill out the registration.  Please click all the way through the fees (there is no charge) until you hit the CONFIRM ORDER TAB.  Once you do that you will be registered for presentations.

 

Description: All members are encouraged to participate.  Members 8th grade and older who score a blue ribbon are invited to compete at the state level at Rutgers in June. Sign-up is required.

Get Ready To Present

 Laptop & Projector requirements.

3 Parts of a Presentation

4 Types of Presentations

PowerPoint Presentations

Score Sheets:

Livestock Symposium

Event Date(s): April  2019

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers Cook College

Application: You will need to will need to complete and sign the Registration Form.

Description: An educational symposium open to all 4-H Livestock members.  A wide variety of valuable and interesting agricultural topics will be discussed and there will be many opportunities for hands-on experience.

 

Spring Carnival

Event Date(s): April 2019

Type of Event: County

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Application:  Contact Jill Brochinsky at 4hfamily@hotmail.com to reserve a space for your club OR  submit the form to the Night Managers.

Description:  All clubs are encouraged to participate! Any adult  or older teen member  that can spare an hour away from their booth, please sign up to volunteer for other jobs at the carnival such as admissions, parking, or food sales. Please send an email or sign up at:  http://signup.com/go/kgcdxgO.

Rutgers Day

Date: Saturday, April, 2019

Location:  College Avenue Campus, Voorhees Mall

Description: 4-Hers from throughout the state are invited to offer presentations, performances and artistic exhibits as part of our Expressive Arts 4-H “Imagination in Action” station. This is the eighth year that Expressive Arts 4-H has celebrated our 4-Hers’ creativity at the annual Rutgers Day celebration.

This is a non-competitive event. It is a wonderful opportunity for  4-Hers to be recognized for their accomplishments. 4-Hers can submit visual, performing or media art they created in their clubs or at school. 4-Hers may choose to submit the arts entries they entered in your county fair or presented as part of public presentations. 4-Hers need not be in arts related clubs to participate in Imagination in Action. If a 4-Her wishes to display artwork, photography or creative writing, but is unavailable to attend Rutgers Day,  arrangements can be made.

Deadline for registration will be  in April. Registration also needs to include the permission form.

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4-H Family Camp

Register by May, 2019

Event Date(s): May 31- June 2, 2019

Type of Event: County

Location: Lindley G. Cook H-H Camp

Application: Not available at the moment.

Description: 4-H Family Camp is a wonderful time to have fun with other 4-h’ers, family and friends. ALL Somerset County 4-H families are invited!  There will be time for fishing, boating, arts and crafts, hikes, games, great food, songs around the campfire, and a whole lot more. The cost is $60 per person. Please keep in mind that Somerset County 4-H does offer financial assistance for those in need. All requests will be held in confidence.

If you have any questions please call the 4-H office at (908) 526-6644.

NJ 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute

Event Date(s): 

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers’s University 

Application: Not available at the moment.

Description: The NJ 4‑H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute for 4‑H members in grades 6-9 will be held in June. While attending the conference, middle school youth will build their leadership skills and learn how to plan and conduct service activities in their community. The registration cost is $115 per person and included one night lodging in Rutgers’s University dormitory (2 people per room); four meals; conference t-shirt; conference materials and snacks.