Tag Archives: 4-H

Geocaching 101

geocache image 1If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s a great game where people hide boxes (or caches) of goodies all over the world and register the geographic coordinates on www.geocaching.com. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled-device, users are then able to go hunting for boxes/caches. There are likely dozens of geocaches around you right now, waiting to be found!

We’ll have a brief introduction to geocaching along with directions on how to do it. Then you’ll have the chance to go out and find some on your own!

Don’t have a GPS unit? Don’t worry! We’ll have GPS units available for you to try out.


Saturday, June 7th 10 am to 12 pm


The Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve is just over the PA and NJ borders in Greenville, NY (enter 397 Minisink Turnpike, Port Jervis on your car’s GPS) The Preserve is on Minisink Turnpike just past the intersection with Logtown Road.
You can also click here, for a link to Google Map directions.


Kevin DeVizia (known to geocachers as Captain Math) will explain the basics of how geocaching works, how you can do it and the fun you’ll have doing it. We’ll have sample geocaches set up so you can try out your skills right away.

Before you come…

If you are not a Sussex County 4-H member, please download the release form here. (Copies will be available on site.)

Somerset County 4-H Writers Club Hosts Convention

hand writing with penSomerset County has a 4-H Writers club which is sponsoring their first convention and wish to invite 4-H members from other counties to participate in their convention and contests. There will be a writers contest an illustrators contest and a photography contest. Youth must be a 4-H member to participate in the contests, but all are invited to attend the convention. They are lining up speakers and workshop hosts.

When: Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater

Food concession available all day at Quill & Ink Cafe

For more information download 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 www.jerseyequine.nj.gov/agachievementapplform.pdf, 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 lynn.mathews@ag.state.nj.us.

Deadline: Member Registration 2013-14

Attention Sussex 4-H Leaders:

The deadline for enrolling new members for the 2013-14 project year is 1/1/2014. To be eligible for State 4-H events, compete in 4-H shows at the 2014 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, and qualify to receive 10 day fair passes your members must be registered with the 4-H Office.

You may accept new members after 1/1/2014.

They may be eligible to participate in the Fair–but they will only be eligible for day passes. They will not be eligible for premiums.

To Register 4-H Members

4-H member registration forms are available online, NJ 4-H Member Registration Form

This form may be completed on your computer (Adobe fillable form) or printed and completed by hand. Copies are available at the RCE/4-H Office.

The 4-H member registration form must be signed by:

  1. a 4-H leader
  2. the 4-H member
  3. the 4-H member’s parent

incomplete forms will not be accepted

Completed forms may be scanned/emailed, faxed, mailed or delivered to the RCE/4-H Office

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…

Citizenship Washington Focus


2014 CWF Program

NJ 4-H Members pose for a group photo during CWFApplications are being accepted for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program held annually in Washington, DC. The program is open to high school age 4-H youth.

It is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Using Washington, D.C. as a working classroom delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education.

The 2014 CWF program will take place, July 6-12.

To apply, please download the application below and return it to the RCE/4-H Office by 3/1/14.

The estimated cost to attend is $875-900. Support from local 4-H organizations (such as the Sussex County 4-H Foundation) is available to help defray some costs.

CWF Application

More about CWF

Citizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school age youth. The program is run for six consecutive weeks during the summer months. It is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Using Washington, D.C. as a working classroom 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. Citizenship Washington Focus is a total Washington, D.C. experience.

There are approximately 200 4-H members representing 6-8 different states at the 4-H center during one week of CWF. The cost for the week is approximately $875-900, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities, and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4-H program. Participants may only attend this event one time during their 4-H career. All interested 4-H members must be in the 9-12 grade at the time of application and must go through a local selection process.

Applications are due on March 1 for the conference in July.

Opportunities are also available for college students to attend the program as Program Assistants. The Program Assistants are assigned to state delegations and run the workshops, act as tour guides and hosts. Compensation is provided along with room and board.

Contact the National 4-H Council for details or 301-961-2800.

Rutgerscience Saturdays: Parasites and How They Got That Way

Parasites and How They Got That Way

Be prepared to be grossed out! In this program we will work with Dr. Michael Sukhdeo and his graduate students to explore the ecology and evolution of animal parasites. We will look at the diseases they cause and how it impacts the ecological community.

Download our registration and permission form today. We must have both forms by February 8, 2014 to consider your child registered for the program.

NJ State 4-H Equine Arts Show

Photo of Shya Beth and Dave Foord with Equine Art and ribbonsThis year’s NJ 4-H Equine Arts Show will be held in conjunction with the N.J. State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest on Saturday February 15th, 2014, Somerset County 4-H Center.

It is open to any 4-H member grades 4 to 13

You may display any type of art, craft, or photo may be entered as long as it has an equine theme.

Entries must be received by 10 a. m.

To enter, please use the link below to download an information packet.

Information Packet

4-H Equine Arts Project

The New Jersey 4-H Equine Arts Project is a creative and instructional program, which invites

4-H members to display their artistic talent and imagination, while developing life-time skills and abilities. Participants are able to express their appreciation of the horse through various art mediums, while at the same time they are expanding their cultural knowledge. Art projects enable 4-H’ers to learn the value of developing visual exhibits in areas of specific interest.

Through the various forms of equine art, club members learn about the physical anatomy of the horse, its proportions, skeletal structure, musculature, colors, markings, and behaviors and attitudes. They practice math skills in measuring fabric and patterns, or calculating distance and light settings on a camera.

Equine related craft projects are fun activities for club meetings. Many of the projects can be done together as a club, as well as individually. The “Clothes Horse” division teaches skills that can be economically beneficial to the 4-H’er from a savings and money-making point of view.

The culmination of the project is for the 4-H’er to be able to express him/herself, and to increase the awareness of the 4-H Horse Program to others through the use of graphics and photography. It also allows 4-H’ers who do not have a horse to create their “ideal” stablemate. The boundaries for this project are set by your imagination.

Sussex Teens Perform at Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Competition

Two Sussex 4-H teens participated in this year’s Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup competition held in Lexington, Kentucky. Amanda Clawson and Samantha Elliott from the Bit by Bit 4-H Horse club were selected to join the NJ 4-H team at this year’s event. Amanda and Samantha were members of the NJ 4-H Horse Judging  team.

The NJ 4-H Horse Judging Team was…

  • 9th overall team in conformation classes
  • 7th overall team in performance
  • 9th overall team in oral reasons
  • 7th overall team

Samantha Elliot was recognized as the 23rd high overall individual

The Roundup is the final educational-competition event for hundreds of 4-H members from all over the nation. All are state winners and proudly represent their state in this exciting, educational and competitive program.

Congratulations to Samantha and Amanda on participating in this national 4-H event!

Also participating from Sussex County in this event were Abby Naranjo and Lori Wunderlich as coaches. Their time and dedication contributed to the success of many NJ 4-H horse club members participating at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. We appreciate their volunteering to make this possible.


Rutgers Science Saturday: Spy Technology

digital hand connected to circuitsIn this program we will explore the world of spies working with Dr. Athina Petropulu, to explore the engineering and technology of forgery detection.

Join graduate students from the Engineering program at Rutgers University to do exciting hands on activities building security systems, exploring face recognition technology, and much more!

Download our registration and permission form today.

When: March 29, 2014

Where: Rutgers University Engineering Department, Busch Campus

We must have both forms by March 14, 2014 to consider your child registered for the program.