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Information for members of the Sussex 4-H community that doesn’t fit neatly into other categories

4-H History and Christmas

image of the National Christmas TreeThe National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, which began on Christmas Eve in 1923, is one of America’s oldest holiday traditions. At the time, President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Since then, each succeeding president has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service.

As the first Honorary Chairman of the National Committee on Boys’ and Girls’ Club Work (now National 4-H Council), President Calvin Coolidge issued the following 1925 Christmas Address to Boys and Girls:

“As you are representative of the organizations of the boys and girls of America who live in or are interested in the open country … I want to extend to all of you a Christmas greeting. It seems a very short time ago that I was a boy and in the midst of farm life, myself, helping to do the chores at the barn, working in the corn and potato fields, getting in the hay and in the springtime … making maple sugar.” “I did not have any chance to profit by joining a scout organization or a 4-H Club. That chance ought to be a great help to the boys and girls of the present day. It brings them into association with each other in a way where they learn to think not only of themselves, but of other people. It teaches them to be unselfish. It trains them to obedience and gives them self-control. “It is in all these ways that boys and girls are learning to be men and women, to be respectful to their parents, to be patriotic to their country, and to be reverent to God. It is because of the great chance that American boys and girls have in all these directions that to them, more than to the youth of any other country, there should be a Merry Christmas.”

Calvin Coolidge

Sussex County 4-H Foundation Scholarships

4-H Scholarships

The Sussex County 4-H Foundation assists youth involved in 4-H, who are qualified high school graduates the opportunity to pursue a level of higher education of their choice.


Applicants must be a former or present Sussex County 4-H club members who has graduated or is graduating from a high school and is an active Sussex County 4-H club member for at least five (5) years, three (3) of which must be while attending high school, and a minimum of three (3) years club work

Application Forms

Forms may be obtained from high school guidance counselors, the Sussex County 4-H Office, 129 Morris Turnpike, Newton, NJ 07860. The telephone number is 973-948-3040.

Applications may also be downloaded here.

Application Requirements

Grants will be awarded on the basis of 4-H achievement, 4-H leadership, and scholastic standing in relation to the following requirements. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the following criteria needs to be met:

  • Must be an active 4-H’er for at least (5) years, three (3) of which must be while in high school, and a minimum of three (3) years club work.
  • Completed application forms must be submitted to the 4-H office no later than April 1. An application form is not considered complete unless a written recommendation from a teacher, academic counselor, or administrator is included in the packet. You must also include a copy of your transcript.

A current head and shoulder picture would be welcome. It will be used for publicity related to the announcement of the scholarships.

If necessary, applicants may be asked to be interviewed.

Students who have completed previous application form(s) may reapply by updating the application form(s) and by rewriting your essay to reflect the continued involvement in 4-H such as, but not limited to, an adviser capacity, leadership role, or collegiate involvement. In addition you must add a current transcript, as well as a new letter or recommendation from an academic counselor, a professor, or an administrator from the institution you are now attending.

Scholarships will only be given to students who are involved in undergraduate studies. If their initial application is rejected they may reapply the following year. Sussex 4-H members may only receive the scholarship one time. (Note: re-applications should indicate the member’s continued participation in 4-H.)

Final Selection

The selection of scholarship recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee of Sussex County 4-H Foundation, Inc. All incomplete applications with reference to the above requirements will be disqualified.

For more information about the 4-H Foundation Scholarship Program, contact the  Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H , Sussex County, (973)-948-3040

Download the scholarship application

The deadline for submitting the 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application is April 1st

Tom Everett Memorial Scholarship – Agricultural Major or related field

$2000 Academic Scholarship & $500 Continuing Ed

With the new year approaching please keep in mind the Tom Everett Memorial Scholarship, with college students on winter break it’s a good time to get it in.

Deadline is March 31, 2014

$2000 Academic Scholarship

  • Applicant must be enrolled at and in the academic rank of sophomore, junior or senior at any accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in The applicant must be a NJ resident majoring in an agricultural subject area (i.e. Botany, Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, etc.) or other related fields.
  • Applicant must also intend to pursue a career in production agriculture or in a field related to agriculture. The applicant (or parent, if under 21) must be a current member of NJ Farm Bureau.

$500 Continuing Education

  • The applicant (or parent if under 21) must be a current member of NJ Farm Bureau and will be attending an accredited or approved seminar, workshop, or conference related directly to production agriculture or a field related to agriculture.
  • The committee will review both the applicant and the seminar for eligibility. This scholarship will be awarded by March 1st of the following year, but will be transferred only after the successful applicant has attended the approved conference.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

Please see the link below for all details and qualifications pertaining to this scholarship.


Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Conference for Grades 6-8

Discover the Leader in You!

The Discover the Leader in You! Regional Leadership Conference for 4-H members in grades 6-8 will be held in the North (3/29) and South (3/15) in March. While attending the conference, middle school youth will have fun, meet new friends and develop leadership and personal development skills that they can utilize at home, in school, in their 4-H club, and in their community.

To register, please complete the Discover the Leader in You! Regional Conference Registration Form and a NJ 4-H Event Permission Form by no later than February 21, 2014.

These forms must be mailed to:
Sharon Kinsey
1301 Park Boulevard
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

See our Event Page for more information


Sussex County Teen Council Update: 12-18-13

Sussex Teen Council Members Show Off the 100 Bags of Cookies Collected for Meals on Wheels

This post is to update Sussex Teen Council members on what took place at the last meeting and what’s coming up next…

Project Self-Sufficiency: Elf Help Needed!

Project Self-Sufficiency is in need of elves to help in their Holiday Toy Shop Saturday Dec 21. from 8am-1pm at the Newton campus.

If you are interested in helping, call (973) 940-3500 x399 on the Toy Shop Hotline to confirm.

January Meeting (1/10/14)

Starting in January, we will begin bringing non-perishable items to donate to local food pantries in need.

2014 Winter Camp

  • Winter camp will be held Jan 31- Feb. 2 2014.
  • Cost is $25. Applications are due ASAP.
  • Please make checks out to Sussex County Teen Council.
  • For more information and to download an application, 2014 Winter Camp Application

The deadline to turn in application and payment is at our Jan. 10 meeting.

2014 North Jersey Teen Conference (NJTC)

This year’s North Jersey Teen Conference is being held March 7-9, 2014 in Pompton Plains, NJ.

A group of dedicated teens have partnered with adult volunteers and 4-H staff to plan and implement this conference. The theme for this conference is “4-H Goes Back to the Future” and will focus on ways that you learn about your own personal history, make the best of the present, and build for the future.

For more information, including an application, 2014 NJTC Events Page

The deadline for registration is Friday, January 24th

Teen Council Taco Dinner: Friday, February 14th

Our annual Taco Dinner has been moved to our February meeting.

2014 Citizenship Washington Focus

For more information, including a link to download an application, insert link here

Applications for Citizenship Washington Focus are due to the 4-H office by March 1, 2014.

Public Presentations: Room Hosts Needed

Volunteers are needed as Public Presentation Host/ess

Please contact the 4-h office if you are able to help.

2014 Relay For Life

Please remember you can register now and start collecting donations for our Relay for Life team.

You can register here



NJ Agricultural Achievement Award-Scholarship

New 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 with 4-H 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, 2014 in Eastampton and will read his or her essay to the attendees.

Please mail application, resume and essay by January 2, 2014 to:

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

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

Giving a Real Gift

PrntChld_NatureA large toy retailer recently began airing a commercial where a group of school children board a bus for a field trip to a nature park. Along the way the guide relieves the children’s boredom by revealing they will instead be going to a large toy store where they may pick out any toy they would like.

Now the toy retailer doesn’t hate Nature, or field trips for that matter. Their message is that if you want to be a hero to your children, turn them loose in a large toy store and buy them what they want. In much the same way, fast food restaurants promise busy parents hero-dom if they will only purchase their children “fun” meals.

Surely every child enjoys a toy. And a fast food meal now and again is a necessity for on-the-go families. But both solutions are quick fixes. They momentarily satisfy a desire but do little to feed larger, more essential needs.

Parents who continually feed their children fast food expose them to health risks such as obesity. Likewise, indulging youth with toys and gadgetry confines them to a solitary, artificial and ultimately unfulfilling environment.

Just as we need regular meals to balance our diets, youth need to share meaningful experiences with others to balance their lives. These can take place in environments that contribute to long term growth and development. They may be guided by caring, interested adults.

Returning to the TV spot, what if the fictional field trip had gone to one of the many natural areas in our region? And the kids on the bus had been given the opportunity to see majestic forests or spectacular water falls. Wouldn’t this experience, connecting youth to the natural world, be more enduring and beneficial than a trip to a toy store?

Research tells us we remember and value experiences over material possessions. We are happier when we invest in experiences rather than “toys”. These experiences can connect youth ( and all of us) to a larger, more interesting and ultimately real world.

Children should receive their share of toys this holiday season, but if you really want to make a difference in a child’s life, make a commitment to spend time and give them an experience that will stay with them. This could be as simple as taking a hike along a local trail instead of walking the aisles of a toy store.


LG Cook Summer Camp Registration Open!

LG Cook campers and staff look over the lakeYou can now register for summer camp sessions at the LG Cook 4-H Camp.

And now is a great time to do it! Early Bird rates (a $50 dollar savings) apply until March 14th.

4-H members and Rutgers Employees also receive an additional $50 discount. Please visit the LG Cook Website for details about discounts, programs and the themes for the summer program.

More information to come…