Opportunities for Teen Members

Become a Leader and Help Your Community

Dates: September 2017 – July 2018

Location: Middle Earth, 200 Thompson Ave., Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Description: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program, partnering with Middle Earth, are among the 10 New Jersey youth-serving organizations awarded a grant from (NJHI), the statewide grant making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders is a new initiative intended to harness the energy, knowledge and idealism of young people ages 14-21 across the state, to prepare them as future leaders while learning to address barriers to health in their own communities.

Click here to learn more or to download the application. Applications are due August 18, 2017.


National 4-H Congress

Dates: November 24-28, 2017 (Applications are due April 3, 2017)

Type of Event: National

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

Application: Click here. . More information can be found at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4congress/

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, 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.


Teen Winter Camp Weekend

Dates: January 2018 (registration due by December 2017)

Type of Event: County

Location: LG Cook Camp

Application: Not available at the moment

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, Ocean & Warren Counties.  This is always a popular event, so get your applications in NOW!  Cost for the whole weekend is only $60.  Scholarships are available.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger at rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC)

Dates: March 25-30, 2018 (registration due by January 26, 2018)

Type of Event: State

Location: Not available at the moment

Application: Not available at the moment.

Description: 4-H members in grades 8-13 are invited to join other 4-H members from around North Jersey at the NJTC. 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 will need to complete and sign the Registration Form and Permission Slip.

Contact: Lisa Rothenburger, rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


Discover the Leader in You

Dates: Saturday, March 2018 (registration due by February 2, 2018)

Type of Event: State

Location: Agricultural Museum of NJ on Cook Campus, New Brunswick

Application: Not available at the moment

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 609-898-0928 ext. 11 / reakeywood@njeas.rutgers.edu.


National 4-H Conference

Dates: April 7-12, 2018 (Application due by September 25, 2017)

Type of Event: National

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

Application: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Complete-National-4-H-Conference-application.pdf

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 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Outstanding 4-Her Application

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.  Please submit an application before June 1, 2018.  In addition to the application, you will need a letter of recommendation from an adult 4-H volunteer.

TOPS Camp Counselors

Dates: June 25-29, 2018 (Application due by April 20, 2018)

Type of Event: County

Location: 4-H Center


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 rothenburger@njaes.rutgers.edu.


NJ 4-H goLEAD Youth Leadership Institute

Dates: June  (registration due by May  )

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.


New Jersey 4-H Prom

Registration Deadline


Type of Event: State


Prom Packet:

Description: This event is being planned by the 2017 National 4-H Conference delegates and is open to 4-H members and their guests who are in grades 8-13. This event will include a service project and a 4‑H Court of Honor will be named to recognize teen 4‑H members who exemplify the four H’s.


Citizenship Washington Focus

Dates: July 9-15, 2017 (registration due by March 1, 2017) 

Type of Event: National

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

Application: 2017-cwf-application-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 609-898-0928 x11 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.



Leadership Washington Focus

Dates: July 16-20, 2018 (registration due by November 1, 2017)

Type of Event: National

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

Application: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Complete_LW_2017_-Application.pdf

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.


Fair Herdsman

Orientation Dates: July 24 & August 1, 2017 (application due by July 6, 2017)

Fair Dates: August 9, 10 & 11, 2017

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 smutko@co.somerset.nj.us.


Leadership for Life Conference

Dates: July 27 to August 5, 2017 (registration due to the 4-H office by February 2, 2017)

Type of Event: International

Location : University of Ireland in Maynooth

Overview and Application http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/lifeleader.pdf

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.

4-H State International Exchange

Type of Event: International

Description: States’ 4-H will be hosting their 2017 Summer Inbound Japan Hosting Program.  The estimated hosting dates are July 24-August 21, 2017.  They are also welcoming delegates from Costa Rica in 2017!  The estimated dates are June 26-July 22, 2017.  The age requirement is the same as Japan.  They are also accepting applications for American students ages 12-17 to spend 4 weeks abroad in Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica or Finland.  Costa Rica and Finland delegates will depart in June and return in July.  Japan and South Korea delegated will depart in July and return in August.

Costa Rica Flyer

Japan Flyer

For more information visit http://www.states4hexchange.org/.