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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 2019  Calendar or glace at our 2019 Highlight Calendar.

Yearbook Boosters and Fair Sponsorship Sales

Changes to the Yearbook and Catalog- New for 2019

Booster Sales Ends May 31

Sponsorship Sale Ends July 1

The 4-H Yearbook will now be online and in color!  You will have the option to print or purchase from an online vendor, with some of the proceeds returning to the 4-H Association.   It will be a yearbook only; focusing on the members, leaders and activities of the 4-H Program.  4-H families will sell Booster Messages to friends and family to support the 4-H Fair.

No more catalog? Nope!  4-H families will sell Fair Sponsorships beginning at $50.  These sponsors will be listed on the 4-H website and on an electronic sign at the Fair.  The higher the sponsorship, the greater the rewards.  We have spoken to several of our regular ad customers and they are excited to have their businesses advertised in a much more visible manner.

And prizes for selling? The same as before, only now 4-H’ers and 4-H clubs will have the opportunity to sell much higher priced Sponsorships, as well as, Yearbook Booster Messages and receive bigger rewards in return.

Hard copies will be coming to your mailbox soon.  In the meantime download the Sales Packet here.  Click here for the Sponsor Packet.

4-H Family Camp

Register by May 6, 2019

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

Type of Event: County

Location: Lindley G. Cook H-H Camp

Flyer: Click here.

Registration: Click here.

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.

Family Camp is held the weekend after Memorial Day. If you enjoy camping this is a great weekend to attend. If you have never camped before this would be a great first camp experience since we stay in rustic cabins which sleep 18 people in bunk beds not tents. There is a short walk to the bath house, which is equipped with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and showers with privacy curtains.

During the weekend we offer a multitude of activities.

Friday – Arrival time is between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Once you are settled into your cabin join the others in the dining hall for a meet & greet and games. Please eat dinner before you arrive or bring a bag dinner. The only food provided Friday night is snacks along with ice tea, lemonade, water, coffee and hot tea.

Saturday – Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Drinks and snacks are available all day & evening. The schedule for Saturday includes time for boating, hiking, fishing, games, arts crafts roasting marshmallows around the fire, and the torch march. A schedule will be posted with the time of all events. The day will end with ice cream sundaes.

Sunday – The day begins with breakfast and then all hands on deck for a group clean-up of the camp. Departure for home will follow.

All outdoor activities are weather permitting.

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

Craft Maker Symposium

Registration is Due June 30, 2019

Dates: August 24, 2019

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description: Love to make things, just want to learn or looking for beautiful handcrafted items from local artisans? Come visit us on Aug 24th from 9 to 5pm.  Sign up for the workshops and learn up to 4 easy workshops. Register before May 30th and get the early Bird Special of $30 for 4 workshops.  Our teachers are patient and friendly.  Go home with your projects and the knowledge to create more. Browse the artisan space between or after workshops. Click here for event flyer.

For Registration packet and course description (Due June 30) click here.

For Vendor Application (Due June 30), click here.

Any questions, email: craftmakerworkshops@gmail.com

Entertainers & Exhibits Needed for 4-H Food Truck & Family Festival

Forms Due June 1, 2019

Dates: June 29, 11 am – 7 pm

Location: Hunterdon County Agricultural and 4-H Fairgrounds in Lambertville

Description: The State 4-H Association is hosting the New Jersey 4-H Food Truck and Family Festival on Saturday, June 29, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM at the Hunterdon County Agricultural and 4-H Fairgrounds in Lambertville.  Admission and parking are free. There will be a variety of food trucks, craft and direct selling vendors, a DJ, entertainment, a bike rodeo, and other activities throughout the day. It will be a day of fun, family, and friends! The proceeds from this event will be used to support the cost of bus for the New Jersey delegation attending 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus in July.

They are inviting 4-H members to provide entertainment, set-up club exhibits highlighting 4-H project work (science, engineering, animals, etc.), and/or conduct club or individual project demonstrations during the day. Please share the attached Entertainment and Exhibit Form with 4-H members and volunteers in your county. Forms need to be returned to me by June 1, 2019. Click here for the Entertainment package.

They are also looking for craft vendors to exhibit at the event. The cost for exhibit space is $35.00. Please share the attached form with 4-H families and community members that might be interested in being a vendor. Click here for the vendor package.

If you have questions, please contact Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

TOPS Camp

Dates:June 24-28, 2019

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description: Open to youth (grades 1-5), members/non-members. The fun-filled week is a combination of outdoor activities, workshops, science fun and new friends. Cost is $250 for the week. Full and partial scholarships are available to those who qualify.   Space fill quickly, so don’t wait!

Camp Registration Form: Click Here.

Save-the-Date Camp Flyer: Click here.

NJ 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute

Event Date(s): June 25-2, 2019

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers’s University 

Application: Click here.

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.

Click here for the Save-the-Date Flyer.

4-H Fair

Event Date(s): August 7-9, 2019

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.

Somerset County 4-H Art Contest

Event Date(s): 2019

Click here for the Entry Form

Description: The Somerset County 4-H Association is sponsoring an Art contest to showcase Somerset County 4-H and how awesome it is.  4-H’ers and Leaders/Volunteers of Somerset County are invited to submit entries.We want to feature what Somerset County 4-H is all about and how great our 4-H’ers are. The winning art will be displayed in our 4-H Lobby and Hallway. It can be any form of art that will lay flat against the wall and be hung. 3D art maybe damaged. Submissions can be any type of hanging Art Forms, such as: Photography, Painting, Drawing, Decoupage, Needlework, etc.  Entries should be framed and ready to be hung.  Individuals can enter up to a total of 2 entries in each of the below category:

Contest entries should reflect one of the following 4 theme categories:

1) 4-H Club / Project
2) 4-H Fair
3) 4-H County, State or National Events, such as camps, trips or fundraisers
4) Other Subjects

Each Category will be divided into 4 Divisions:

1) 4-H Prep Members
2) 4-H Members – Junior Division
3) 4-H Members – Senior Division
4) Leader / Volunteers

4-H Clubs’ Fall Camp

Register by: October, 2019

Event Date(s): TBD

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 can bring your payment adn permission slip to camp with you.

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

Wreath Sales

 Sales Dates: October 1-30, 2019

Wreath Unloading: Friday, November 25, 7:30am

Pick-up Times:

  • Saturday, November 26th, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, November 28th, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 29th, 7:00-9:00pm

4-H Association Wreath Decorating Night: Wednesday, November 30th, 7:00pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Wreath Sales Packet

Leadership Washington Focus

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019

Event Date(s): July 2020

Type of Event: National

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

Application: Click here.

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 December 2019

Event Date(s): January  2020

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 night will end with games, ice cream sundaes and lots of confetti!

The standard 4-H clubs (4th grade thru one year out of high school) have award dinners at the end of each 4-H year. These dinners are where the members receive awards and are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the 4-H year.

Since Prep is non-competitive, we have the Prep New Year’s Party instead of an awards dinner. It is a fun way for us to recognize our kids and to meet other families in the Prep division. This event always takes place the Saturday after New Year’s from 5-7:30pm at the 4-H Center. Each family is asked to bring a pot luck dish to share. We supply everything for making ice cream sundaes. During this event we have tattoos and crafts. There is also a DJ who plays music and games with the children.  It is a wonderful way to begin the New Year.

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

4-H Family Night

Event Date(s): January, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center

Registration:4HFamilyNight@gmail.com

Description: This event, sponsored by the Somerset County 4-H Association, is free for all 4-H familiesNew 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 enjoy a delicious pasta meal.  Experienced 4-H members and leaders will have fun meeting our newer 4-H families & promoting your club/activities. All participants are asked to bring a donation for the food bank.

Food and Fun Event  

Event Date(s): February, 2020

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

Complete the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Conference Registration Form and a NJ 4-H Event Permission Form by no later than March 2020.

Event Date(s):  March 23: 10 am – 3:30 pm @ Somerset County 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater

Type of Event: State

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. Registration materials will be available in December 2018.

Save the Date Flyer

Registration Packet

Fill-able Permission Form

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

County Public Presentations

Sign-up (4honline) Due: March 2020

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:

4-H Clubs’ Spring Camp

Registration Due: March 2020

Event Date(s): March  2020

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

State 4-H Jr. Breeder Livestock Symposium

Register Due: March 2020

Event Date(s): March 2020

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers Cook College

Application: Click here.

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.

For more information, contact Carol Ward at 908-526-6644.

Annual Cupcake Wars

Event Date(s): March  2020

Type of Event: State

Location: 4-H Center

Description: This event is a great way for 4-H members to meet from all over and showcase their baking skills.

The rules of the event are: cupcakes have to be made from scratch, the participants must be in teams of two or three, each group has to bake six cupcakes and store bought frosting is permitted. The objectives of this event is to promote self-confidence, to develop public presentation ability, to showcase baking and decorating ability, to work together as a team and to allow for self-expression in a safe supportive environment, as well as meet other 4-H members from around the state.

For more information about this event and  how to register, click here.

Prep Rally

Event Date(s):  April  2020

Location: 4-H Center

Description: Registered 4-H Prep/Cloverbud member. This year each registered 4-H Prep member may bring one non-4-H guest of prep age for a cost of $10.00.

The Prep Rally is a fun and educational day for registered Prep members.  Each year we choose a new theme to present. The day begins with registration, pledges and placing the children into 4 groups. The groups will then rotate through the 4 theme based workshops. Each workshop is 40 minutes in length. They will go to two workshops in the morning, have a ½ hour lunch and then visit two workshops in the afternoon.  The workshops are presented by volunteers. Children need to bring a bag lunch. Tables will be set up in the gym for their use. Any parent help with this event is welcome.

Click here for flyer.

Click here for the registration form.

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

Expressive Arts 4-H “Imagination in Action”at Rutgers Day

Registration Due: April 1, 2020

Event Date(s): April 2020

Type of Event: State

Location: College Avenue Campus, Voorhees Mall

Registration Form: Click here.

Permission Form: Click here.

4-Hers from throughout the state are invited to offer presentations, performances and artistic exhibits as part of the Expressive Arts 4-H “Imagination in Action” station. This is the 10th year that Expressive Arts 4-H has celebrated  4-Hers’ creativity at the annual Rutgers Day celebration.

This is a non-competitive event. 4-Hers can submit art created in their clubs, or at school. Or perhaps they wish to perform a dance, song, skit, or puppet show. They may wish to present their entries for county Public Presentations or share their 4-H fair entries. 4-Hers need not be in arts related clubs to participate in Imagination in Action. This is a wonderful opportunity for 4-Hers to be recognized for their accomplishments. If a 4-Her wishes to display artwork, photography or creative writing, but is unavailable to attend Rutgers Day,  arrangements can be made to receive those items prior to Rutgers Day, and return them following Rutgers Day. Those who do attend Rutgers Day are encouraged to spend time interacting with the Rutgers Day public regarding their performances, exhibits and demonstrations.

Please note that the registration forms require member, guardian, club leader and 4-H Agent/4-H Program Associate signatures. A completed event permission form is required for any 4-Her attending Rutgers Day. Registration and event permission forms can be e-mailed to williams@njaes.rutgers.edu or faxed to (732)932-8956.

If you have any questions, contact Ellen Williams at (848)932-9214.

Family Fun Magic Show

Date: Saturday, April 2020

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

This 60 minute show is a fundraiser for the 4-H Arts Division and will be presented by 4-H Leader, Conrad Colón. The show will have amazing feats, slights of hand, audience participation and tons of family fun. The recommended audience age is five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Snacks will be available for purchase. Seating for this event is very limited so it is recommended that you reserve your seats.

Tickets are $10 each. Reserve your seat by pre-registering now. Click here for the flyer.

Rutgers Day

Date: Saturday, April 2020

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 13. Registration also needs to include the permission form.

4-H Talent Showcase is Looking for Talent

Register by May 1

Calling all talented 4-H members!  It’s YOUR TURN to take to the Clover Theater Stage for our 4-H Talent Showcase noon talent hour at the Fair!

If you have never performed during our 4-H Talent Showcase show before, you must register by May 1st to be invited to audition. If you have been a performer in the past, or if you will perform during County Presentations, we’ll contact you!  Contact Betty Sommerville with any  questions at pleasantview51@optonline.net.

Spring Carnival

Event Date(s): May 2020

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.