Category Archives: 4-H Leaders

Information for Sussex County 4-H Volunteers and Leaders

New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award

NJ Department of Agriculture logoNew Jersey residents who are entering their senior year in high school this fall and are planning a career in agriculture or science may apply for the New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award.  One winner will be selected and awarded a scholarship to honor their achievements.

The New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award, sponsored by Dr. Amy Butewicz, a former New Jersey Equestrian of the Year, was started because of her desire to give back to the community. Worth $500, this scholarship is meant to assist its recipient in beginning their future in agriculture.

The qualifications for receiving this award include submitting an application, found here, a resume along with an essay answering the question, “How has your involvement within your respective nominating organization helped to shape your future career choice?”

In addition, a contestant is required to be a current, active member of an organization either on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and/or represented at the Youth Reception portion of the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention.  Each organization on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and a participant of the State Agricultural Convention is able to nominate a maximum of two contestants.

The winner of the Agricultural Achievement Award must attend the Annual New Jersey Bred Equine Breeders Award Luncheon to be held on Sunday, January 26, 2015 in Eastampton and will read his or her essay to the attendees.

Please mail application, resume and essay by January 2, 2015 to:

Attn:  Lynn Mathews
P.O. Box 330
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Mathews, 609-292-2888 or

2014 4-H Open House

The annual 4-H Open House is scheduled for Friday, September 5 at the Shotwell Building from 7-9 pm. All who request 4-H information during the fair are invited to the Open House. If you have friends interested in learning more about 4-H, please invite them to the Open House. Flyers will be available during the fair at the 4-H information table.

Sussex County 4-H clubs are invited to share information and recruit new members by hosting a table at the Open House.

Sussex County 4-H clubs may also sign-up for the 2014 Open House online by clicking here.

Contact the 4-H Office with questions 973-948-3040

2014 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

2012 4-H Award WinnersThe 2014 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Baleville Church. Registered 4-H volunteers, as well as unregistered volunteers who have assisted the program throughout the year are invited to attend. During the dinner all volunteers will be acknowledged for their years of service to the program. Some volunteers will be recognized for special anniversaries with 4-H (1,3,5,10, 15 20 years, etc.)

Special awards will be presented to the 2014 Friend, Alumni, Youth Development, Business award winners.

Hard copy invitations have been sent via regular mail, however volunteers may RSVP (or register to attend) by clicking here to sign-up.

Volunteers are invited to attend at no cost. Guests may attend for the cost of the meal ($14/ea., this includes a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert). You must register in advance to attend.

Please contact the 4-H Office with questions, 973-948-3040



Hands On Learning to Change to: Nature’s Kids!

Natures Kids_compositeLast year Hands on Learning voted to change its name to Nature’s Kids to fit the changing of the club. Outdoor activities, Nature and conservation is now the basis of the club.
This summer the club has been very active. They have done kayaking, archery, fishing, went to a firefly presentation, and on a nature hike. They also made care packages for the Appalachian Trail hikers and tie-dyed t-shirts. The club also participated in the Opening Ceremonies for this year’s fair, entered crafts and photos and participated at the 4-H Fun Day the fair. Lastly we collected ice pops (the liquid ones in plastic) and sent them to the USO in Afghanistan. One of our leaders, Matthew,  is currently deployed there.
Nature’s Kids is fortunate to have the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge as well as High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest in their backyard so many future activities will be held there. Some of these will include:

  • weather proofing the benches at one of the trails
  • taking more hikes
  • doing a roadside cleanup
  • making crafts
  • visiting a nursing home
  • building birdhouses and more!

New members are welcome!

Discover the Leader in You! Regional Youth Conference

Discover the Leader in You!

4-H members in grades 6-7 are invited to attend this leadership conference. You will have fun, meet new friends and develop leadership and personal development skills that you can utilize at home, in school, in your 4-H club, and in your community.

Regional Conference

 Dates & Locations

 South – March 14, 2015

10:00 AM-3:30 PM

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

 North – March 21, 2015

10:00 AM-3:30 PM

Former Agricultural Museum of New Jersey, 103 College Farm Road,

G.H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick


$30.00 (includes snacks, lunch, and supplies)


Registration materials will be available in December 2014.
Contact your County 4-H Office for more information or

Jeannette Rea-Keywood:
856-459-1900 ext. 4522

2015 National 4-H Conference

The 2015 National 4-H Conference will be held April 11-16 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Known as the “Secretary’s Conference,” National 4-H Conference is the premier youth development opportunity to engage youth assisting in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. The purpose of this working conference is to solicit input from a diverse cross-section of the Cooperative Extension System to strengthen and expand the 4-H Youth Development Program at local, state and national levels. The conference is administered by 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture.

Approximately 300 youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces are expected to attend. New Jersey will be sending a delegation of six teen 4-H members and two adult chaperones. Teens must be in the 10-12 grades as of September 2014 in order to participate in the 2015 event. 4-H members interested in attending must work well in groups, have good communication skills and be leaders. They should also be interested in making a change in their community and be willing to work on a project upon their return.

Interested 4-H members must complete an application form available from the county 4-H office or on-line at
All applications are due to the county 4-H office by October 1, 2014.

Group and individual interviews will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Cook-Douglas Campus, Rutgers University.

For more information on the 4-H National Conference, visit their website here.

2014 4-H Round Robin Contest!

Girl shows goat at Round RobinThe 2014 4-H Round Robin Contest will be held Thursday, August, 7th at 8:00 pm in the Ag Arena. The goal of the Round Robin is to determine the all-around BEST 4-H show person in Junior and Senior divisions. Along with this honor goes a $50 check (courtesy of the Sussex County 4-H Foundation).


Competitors for the Round Robin include 4-H members who have won the Junior and Senior Showmanship classes for their animal’s shows during the fair. These shows include:

  • Rabbit/Cavy/Small Animal
  • Swine
  • Poultry
  • Dairy Goat
  • Beef Cow
  • Meat Goat
  • Dairy Cow
  • Horse
  • Sheep
  • Alpaca


Thursday, August 7th from 8-10 pm


Ag Arena


A 4-H Round Robin tests each member’s knowledge and skills with different animals. During the event 4-H members will rotate between stations where they will show and answer questions related to each species. All club species listed above will be represented. Rabbit club members will be required to show a beef cow. Beef club members must show poultry. Get the idea?


If you win your species’ showmanship class, and are going to compete in the Round Robin, it’s to your advantage to learn everything you can about the different species before the event. You could dive into your smart phone for research (and spike your parent’s data plan!). Or, you could visit the barns of your fellow 4-H’ers and get them to help you (preferred method). There are plenty of 4-H’ers around to give you some great hands-on knowledge and experience about their animals!

4-H Dog Day at NJSF/SCFHS

NJ State Fair LogoAugust 1, 7:30-8:30 in the tent behind the Conservatory

Shelley Clawson, 4-H leader for Take the Lead, is hosting an hour of games, Rally and fun that will include prizes for you and your dog.
The event is open to current 4-H members. All dogs will go through the Vet Check station and enter through the Conservatory gate only.
Please register using this link.
(Be sure to download and complete the Animal Permit form on the page.)

4-H Fun Day at New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show

NJ State Fair LogoThursday, August 7th from 6-9:30 in the tent behind the Conservatory

The Ag Division of the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show will be hosting an event during this year’s fair to acknowledge and thank 4-H members for their contributions to the fair.
Plans will include grilled hot dogs, a disc jockey, and a dunk tank. This will take place under a tent set up behind the Conservancy. The event will be open to all 4-H members at the fair at no cost.
Please join us for food and fun!

We need a little help…

  • Can you provide a grill and grill-er?
  • Are you willing to take a plunge in the Dunk tank?

If you can help, please use this link to sign-up online.


Events in the Ag Area at this Year’s Fair

NJ State Fair LogoThere’s lots going on in the Ag Arena at the 2014 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show! While some events will take place at their regular day and time, there are many new events to check out this year.

The schedule is pasted below. You can also download a copy here.


Friday, August 1

  • 4-H model horse show 9-11 AM
  • Cloverbud Carnival 12-2 PM*
  • Beef Obstacle Course 4-6 PM (between barns)*
  • TBA 6-9 PM (possible wrestling event)

Saturday, August 2

  • Open Beef Show 9-5
  • Open Sheep Show 9-5 * (earlier start)
  • Woodchoppers Competition 7-10

Sunday, August 3

  • Open Beef Show 9-3
  • Open Sheep Show 9-3* (earlier start)
  • Fiddler’s Competition 3-5:30
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Rabbit and Small Animal Show- 6-10 PM

Monday, August 4 (split ring)

  • 4-H Dairy Goat Show 9-5
  • 4-H Market Goat Show 1-5
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Beef Show 5:30-8:00
  • TBA Entertainment- 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 5- Children’s Day

  • 4-H Market Lamb Show 9-10 AM
  • Cow Kids Showmanship 10:30-12:00
  • Rooster Crowing Contest 12:00-1:00
  • Open time slot- 1-5 (Bluegrass Band tentative)
  • 4-H Market Animal Social and Sale 5-10 PM

 Wednesday, August 6

  • 4-H Junior Dairy Show 9-5
  • 4-H Sheep Costume/Obstacle Contest 7-10 (in barn) *
  • Show-De-O 7-10 *

Thursday, August 7- Senior Citizen Day

  • Colored Breed Open Dairy Show 9-1
  • Oxen Demo 1-2
  • 4-H Breeding Sheep Show 1-6
  • 4-H Round Robin Showmanship 8-10

Friday, August 8

  • Holstein Open Dairy Show 8:30-4
  • 4-H Goat costume contest 4:30-6
  • Rabbit Costume Contest 5:30-7:30
  • 4-H Dog Agility Demo- 6:30-8 *(tentative time)
  • Country Line Dancing- 8:00 * (tentative)

Saturday, August 9

  • Open Dairy Goat Show 9-6
  • 4-H Seeing Eye demo 6-7
  • Turkey Calling Contest 7-10

Sunday, August 10

  • 4-H Alpaca Show 9-3