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.

Ad Sales Starts Now

Sale Ends May 11

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

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Spring Carnival

Date: April 21, 2018 (Reserve space for your club by March 30)

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:

Be a Part of Personal Bioblitz

Dates: May 1- May 15, 2018

Location: Anywhere in the world, at any time

Personal Bioblitz, is a fun challenge to find and see as many species as possible during March 1– May15 , anywhere in the world, any time in the day.  You take photos and upload them using an app on your phone to the iNaturalist website (or on computer), and then get help to identify them (if you need it).  iNaturalist will automatically create a life list of observations for you, and also count all the species we see.  It is exciting, a fantastic learning experience, and you can challenge each other and learn together.

For more information, visit the website at   This is the 5th Rutgers is doing this, and EVERYONE is welcome to join.  You can be a total beginner and not be able to tell a daffodil from a rose, or a serious birder – everybody can take part, everybody is welcome.  Children can join a team with their parent.

You can view the flyer here:





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


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

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

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


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 8-14, 2018 (registration due by March 1, 2018) 

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


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


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 & July 30, 2018 (application due by July 2019)

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


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.


4-H State International Exchange

Type of Event: International

Description: States’ 4-H partners with Labo and LEX to offer Japanese youth the chance to stay with an American host family for one month. Participants in this program are both boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16.

Labo was founded in 1966 with the purpose of building international understanding and awareness among Japanese children through language. Over 60,000 children are involved in Labo activities. States’ 4-H has been partnering with Labo to provide youth with international exchange experiences since 1972.

LEX, the Institute for Language, Experience, Experiment, and Exchange was founded in Japan in 1981. The organization conducts international exchanges between its member organizations all across the world.

How Can I Apply to Host?
The application window to host a student from Japan in 2018 is open! Click here to find out if your state is participating in this summer’s Japan Short Term Summer Host Program.

Japan Flyer

For more information visit


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 23-27, 2018 (Applications are due April 4, 2018)

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


Teen Winter Camp Weekend

Dates: February 9-11, 2018 (registration due by January 19, 2018)

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

Dates:  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:

North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC)

Dates: 2019 (registration due by )

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,