Open to Teen Members

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.


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Due Date Extended to May 29th

Sale packets were mailed to all members last week. If you didn’t receive it, click here  to download it.

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NJ 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute

Registration Due by May 2018

Event Date(s): June  2018

Type of Event: State

Location: Rutgers’s University 


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.

Outstanding 4-Her Application

Submit an application before June 1, 2018

If you are finishing your junior, senior or 13th year of school this year and meet the criteria below, you could be an Somerset County Outstanding 4-Her.   In addition to the application, you will need a letter of recommendation from an adult 4-H volunteer.

NJ 4-H Connects Camp – July 11-12

Register by June 8

Open to youth currently in grades 8-10 and are interested in learning more about what Rutgers land-grant University has to offer.

This two-day camp will be held on the SEBS Campus and entail visits to various academic departments – marine science; animal science; landscape architecture; environmental science. One highlight is a two-hour experience on the Raritan to learn about and take part in the research being conducted in and on the river.  Registrations forms are due to county offices by June 8 and to the Camden County 4-H Office by June 15. Click here for the flyer & registration form.

Fair Herdsman

Application Due by July 6, 2019

Orientation Dates: July 24 & July 30, 2018

Fair Dates: August 8, 9 & 10, 2018

Type of Event: County

Orientation Location: 4-H Center at 7 pm


Description: Herdsman are 4-H members (8 grade or older) and adults, who are in good standing that will stay overnight at the Fairgrounds during the Fair.

Contact: Annette Smutko at

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

National 4-H Conference

Application Due by September 2018

Event Date(s): April 7-12, 2019

Type of Event: National

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


Description: National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people enrolled in Grades 10-12 as of September 2017 and between ages 15 and 19 years old (as of January 1, 2018), to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood at 609-827-0199 or

Leadership for Life Conference


Type of Event: International

Location : University of Ireland in Maynooth

Overview and Application

Description: We are looking for 4-H members with an interest in leadership and who have a desire to serve 4-H, their school, and their community. We are looking for 4-H members who can set goals, inspire others to action, and lead effectively. We are looking for 4-H members who exhibit strong character and serve as positive role models in their club and community. If this description describes you, then this leadership learning experience may be for you!

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


Leadership Washington Focus:

Application Due by November 1, 2018

Event Date(s): July  2019

Type of Event: National

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


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.

North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC)

Registration Due by January 2019

Event Date(s): March 8-10, 2019

Type of Event: State

Location: Best Western Regency Hotel in Pompton Plains, NJ

Description: 4-H members in grades 8-13 are invited to join other 4-H members from around North Jersey at the NJTC.

The theme is The Past, Present, and Future: Our 4-H Legacy.  This conference is a leadership weekend planned by teens for teens. There are workshops, a field trip, community service and a dance.   Cost is $185pp, $175 for 2nd sibling, but scholarships are available.

You will need to complete and sign the Registration Form and Permission Slip, as well as register through your 4HOnline account. Click here for registration directions.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger,

View a slideshow of NJTC 2018:

Teen Winter Camp Weekend

Registration Due by January  2019

Event Date(s): February  2019

Type of Event: County

Location: LG Cook 4-H Camp

Application: Click here.

Description: Members in grades 8-13 will have lots of fun at LG Cook Camp.  This year, Somerset County will go with teens from Passaic, Sussex & Warren Counties.  This is always a popular event, so get your applications in NOW!  Cost for the whole weekend is only $85.  Scholarships are available.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger at


Discover the Leader in You

             February 2019: Gloucester County 4-H Office, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton

              March  2019: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold

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.

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

Contact: Jeannette Rea Keywood at 609-827-0199 or


Join the 4-H Prep Team for the NJ World Food Prize Youth Institute

NJ 4-H is recruiting a team  of youth in grades 8-12 to participate in the NJ World Food Prize Youth Institute, hosted by Rutgers University on March  2019. Youth members will work with a mentor, along with the prep team, to develop individual research projects addressing global food security is-sues. Projects will be presented at the Youth Institute.

To help prepare for the Youth Institute, we will host four virtual meetings and one in-person meeting at Rutgers, New  Brunswick.  These meetings will focus on topics essential to be-ing successful at the World Food Prize NJ  Youth Institute.  To learn more about participating in the Prep Team, please join us for one of the 30-minute info sessions.  To register, please go to the Registration Page  — once you are registered an email will be sent with instructions for joining the meeting.

Click here for the flyer.

For more information:


Citizenship Washington Focus

Applications Due by March 9 2019

Event Date(s): July  2019

Type of Event: National

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

Application: 2018-cwf-application-fillable  or   2018 application (non-fillable)

Description: Citizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4‑H Council for high school age youth (9-12 grade). It is a working classroom program where delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education. New Jersey 4‑H sends 30-40 4‑H members and 3-4 adult advisors to Citizenship Washington Focus each year. The learning takes place through energetic workshops, special appointed committees, appropriate field trips (including visits with congressional representatives) and fun social events.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood at 609-827-0199 or

Spring Carnival

Reserve space for your club by March 30, 2019!

Event Date(s): April  2019

Type of Event: County

Location: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Application:  Contact Jill Brochinsky at 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:

National 4-H Congress

Application Due by April  2019

Event Date(s): November  2019

Type of Event: National

Location: Atlanta, GA

ApplicationFillable Application.

Description:  National 4‑H Congress is a unique leadership opportunity for 4‑H members from all 50 states. The event focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, community service, career development, and cultural diversity. The event brings over 1000 4‑H members to Atlanta over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There are many outstanding workshops along with keynote addresses that round out the experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 4‑H members.

New Jersey sends approximately 20 4‑H members and two adult chaperones to the event each year. One to three delegates are nominated from each county and then final delegates are selected through a state interview process. The cost of the event is approximately $950-$1,000 and includes air transportation, registration, lodging, and most meals. All interested 4‑H members must be in the grades 10-12 at the time applications are due (April); complete an application and go through a county and state selection process. Participants can only attend this event one time during their 4‑H career.

Contact: Jeannette Rea-Keywood, 609-827-0199 or


TOPS Camp Counselors

Applications Due by April 20, 2018

Event Date(s): June 25-29, 2018

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center

Application: Click here.

Description: We are  looking for volunteer counselors for the week.  If you have finished 8th -13th grade, then you should come inspire 1st-5th graders at TOPS Camp!

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger at