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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 is a list or you can view our 2019  Calendar or glance at our 2019 Highlight Calendar.

Calling all Artists! Bound Brook Butterfly Project

Deadline to enter is June 21, 2019

The Somerset County 4-H/ Middle Earth Student Ambassadors for Community Health Club (SACH) is working with the Bound Brook Town Council, Bound Brook REC Department, Bound Brook Community Garden Committee, and Bound Brook Arts Council on the site planning and revitalization of Maltex Park, located at the corner of Vosseller and West Main Street in Bound Brook, NJ. An element of the proposed project is to create a Story Book Trail accompanied by 3D large sculptural butterflies throughout Bound Brook leading to the park. Click here for event flyer.

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

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 $275 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.

4-H Alumni & Friends

Connect with the New Jersey 4-H Program

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_2l7Zb64hDD0D0gd

The printable version of the survey can be found at:

http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/alumni/4-H-Alumni-and-Friends-Survey.pdf

Help us CONNECT with 4-H alumni and former 4-H volunteers, so we can SHARE what is happening with 4-H in New Jersey. Like New Jersey 4-H Alumni & Friends on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NewJersey4HAlumni

4-H Fair

Dates: August 7-9, 2019

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

Although the Fair has grown and changed a little, some things have remained the same: there are no admission or parking fees and no midway or carnival rides. All day (10 am-10 pm), free professional & amateur entertainment can be enjoyed as well.

Free shuttle buses run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Rt. 28, North Branch. We do ask that you leave your pets at home.

Click here for flyer.

Two-Week Workshop on Forensic Entomology Workshop

Event Date(s): Aug. 13-23

Type of Event: State

Location: NJ School of Conservation, in Branchville, NJ

The New Jersey School of Conservation together with Montclair State University and Rutgers University is organizing a two-week workshop on forensic entomology (the study of insects associated with organic decomposition).  This workshop is open to high school aged youth and adults.

Students will observe and analyze the small ecosystem, which is created around and on decomposing carcasses, describe post-mortem phenomena, collect entomological evidence and perform lab analysis to help establish PMI (Post-Mortem Interval) or time of death.  Included in the workshop is also a guided visit to the Newark morgue, where the participants will attend a lecture on common practices of legal medicine and on how law enforcement entities handle dead bodies after they are discovered; depending on availability, the participants will also have the possibility to observe an autopsy.

Participants will have two weeks of room and board, educational activities (lectures, field work and lab work) and lots of recreational activities, such as boating, archery and climbing.

Click here to download the brochure.  For information please contact Denise Gemmellaro at denise.gemmellaro@rutgers.edu or forensicentomologyworkshop@gmail.com.

BIG Rummage Sale

Date: Friday-Saturday, September 13-14, 2019

Time: 9 am – 3 pm (Saturday Closed 12:30-1pm, reopen at 1/2 price 1 pm-3 pm)

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Item Drop Off:  September 9th-11th, Sunday (Noon- 3:00pm), Monday & Tuesday (9 am-12 noon and 6-8 pm)

Click here for the flyer.

The rummage sale is held over the course of two days on a Friday and Saturday in September. De-clutter your home and save your best treasures to donate to the 4-H sale. Donations are accepted earlier in the week Monday-Wednesday.

Donations

Sale Items Accepted:

  • Gently used clothing
  • Bedding, Linens, Fabric
  • Books, Videos, DVDs, CDs
  • Antiques, Collectibles, New Gift Items
  • Housewares
  • Toys
  • Jewelry
  • Infant Goods
  • Furniture that is easily moved
  • Flat Screen TV’s Only
  • Laptop Computers Only

Items NOT Accepted for Sale:

  • Car tires or rims
  • Baby furniture and car seats not up to safety code
  • Encyclopedias, magazines
  • Upholstered furniture, mattresses, built-in furniture, press wood furniture
  • Computers without hard drives and with chips older than Pentium or equivalent computer monitors, all printers (dot matrix, laser, ink jet), large and heavy copiers, fax machines
  • Air conditioners; air purifiers/vaporizers; humidifiers
  • Larger, older models & built-in microwave ovens
  • Framed pictures with broken glass, unframed mirrors or loose glass
  • Halogen lamps without safety guards
  • Large appliances and tube TV’s
  • Sinks, toilets, toilet seats, tubs
  • Storm doors, screen doors, windows, & window screens
  • Venetian blinds or shades; drapes/curtains with foam rubber, fiberglass, or rubber backs
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting, rugs without binding
  • Hazardous waste, flammable items
  • Broken or dirty items will be refused.

Open House

Event Date(s):October 2, 2019, 7-8;30 pm

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description: This event is open to the public. Come by and find out what today’s 4-H Program has to offer you! In 4-H you can learn about science, go–carts, animals, robotics, rocketry, archery, clothing, creative arts, food & nutrition, all while developing leadership and public speaking skills and much more.  Best yet, you can have FUN and meet new friends!

Festival of Trees

When: December 7 & 8, 2019

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description: It is a FREE event, open to the public. 4-H members decorate trees with homemade ornaments for sale. There will be arts & crafts for the kids, local musicians and Santa will be there!!

Click here for the flyer

Click here for the application

Click here Gingerbread Cookie Contest Flyer

Gingerbread House Contest Entry Form

Annual Community Outreach Holiday Dinner

When: Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Looking for good food and jolly company for December 25th? Come join us for dinner. There will be music and game tables to enjoy. It is a totally free event but you need to make reservation to attend. Call early seats fill up fast.

Click here to view flyer

Click her to view the Wish List

Somerset County Trainmasters Winter Show

Date: January 2020

Time: 10 am -5 pm

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Come see 1,000 feet of track, winding past more than 30 unique scenery displays. Kid favorites like Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express, as well as many rare and classic O-scale trains will be there. Play with hands-on play stations and crafts for young children and visit over 50 vendors and crafters selling various items. Pre-owned train items will also be for sale.

Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children under 12. There will be concessions available all day.  Proceeds go to Trainmasters’ scholarship and rail camp funds.  For more information visit www.trainmasters.sc4-h.org  or on their Facebook page:  Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters Events.

Click here for the flyer.

Lucky Clover Tricky Tray

Date: Sunday, March , 2020

Doors Open: 1:00 pm

Raffle Begins: 2:30 pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Cost: $ 30 admission fee (includes a sheet of 20 tickets, door prize ticket and refreshments). Tickets go on Sale Feb. 1. Tickets can be purchased at the office (Call for tickets: 908-526-6644 or e-mail the office.) Additional raffle & 50/50 tickets available at event.

Download the flyer.  MUST BE 18 or OLDER to ATTEND

All proceeds from this event will support the Somerset County 4-H Association

Prize Donations Needed

Donations of new items are needed to be used as raffle prizes. Have your 4-H club create a themed basket to donate! Donate that new holiday gift item that maybe just wasn’t right for you. All items should be new and in original packaging with a combined value of at least $20. But the committee can also use cash of any amount to be combined for big prizes, gift cards or single items. Be creative! Think about what you might like to receive as a gift. Please send or drop donations at the Office or the Night Managers Office by February 15th.

Volunteer to Help!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help in any way with this event, please contact Annette Smutko.

4-H Science-Sational Day

Registration is now closed

Date: Saturday, April 2020

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description: Youth in grades 1-5 are invited to explore new ideas, put their designs to the test, and discover a new love for science. Review the Packet, choose your interested track and then register online.  Mail or hand deliver the registration form, payment and permission form to the office. Cost per child is $35.00.  Additional siblings are $30 each.

Packet with Youth Permission Form: Click here.

Spring Carnival

Date: Saturday, May 2020

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

The day’s attractions will include games & activities, face painting & tattoos, a petting zoo, cotton candy, prizes, magic and club themed booths for the children to visit! The cost is $12 per child for all the activities. The adults are free. Food will be an extra charge.

This event is for the community in which all 4-H members can get involved, promote 4-H, and help support our organization. All proceeds will go to the Somerset County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program.   View the flyer for more information.

Proceeds from this event will support the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program.

Click here for the flyer.

CloverCon

Dates: Sunday, May , 2020

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Description:  The 4-H Anime & Manga Club: Village Hidden in the Clovers is hosting their 8th year of CloverCon, a mini-convention all about Japanese traditional & pop culture plus all the interconnecting fandoms. There will be panels, games & tournaments/contests involving Pokémon, Super Smash Brothers Melee, cosplay, table-top games & so much more!  Lots to do & see at our 4-H B.I.G. fundraiser that’s family-friendly, fun & even educational!  To register before May 1, see the pre-registration page  or print the flyer. Visit clovercon.org for any updates.