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Changes to the 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process

Volunteers are truly the heart of 4-H. They dedicate their time, talent and personal resources to make a difference in the lives of New Jersey 4-H members.

The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development program is committed to offering high quality educational experiences for young people. Effective Fall 2014, the 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process will include criminal background checks and youth protection training. This process has been designed for the purpose of protecting the young people served by the New Jersey 4-H program as well as volunteers, employees and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Current 4-H volunteers will need to complete a background check and the Rutgers Protection of Minors training. Current volunteers will receive updates from the County 4-H office with more information and instructions. New volunteers will complete these requirements during their initial appointment process.

More information will be provided to current and prospective volunteers in the near future.

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 http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4hconference/
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.

Krafty Krafters Donate Big!

kids posed among plush toys
Krafty Krafters pose with their plush collection

When Viktoria-Leigh Wagner suggested that her 4H Club, the Krafty Krafters, should have a collection of stuffed animals to give to the area’s senior citizens living in assisted living facilities and beanie babies to donate to a local pediatric ward, she never suspected it would be such a success! Four huge garbage bags filled to capacity were collected over a period of several weeks. These goofy kids decided to take a silly photo of themselves surrounded by the stash collected.

Pictured in the photo bottom center going clockwise are Jordan Toll, Kristin Ware, Lizzie Wiltshire, Collin Ware, Nicole Whitehead, Ethan Horn, Kassidy Wagner, Katie DeGroot and Chloe Schadegg.

Rutgers Geology Museum 46th Annual Open House

T-Rex SkeletonThe Rutgers Geology Museum will be holding their 46th Annual Open House on Saturday, January, 25 from 10 am to 4:00 pm.

Hands-on Activity Sessions for Kids:

  • Earth Impact
  • Drilling into Science
  • Marine Ecology
  • Skeleton Detectives

see flyer for details on time and location


All presentations will be held in Scott Hall, Room 123

10-11 am   “Imaging the Ancient Margin: How the Southeastern United States Was Built”
Presented by Dr. Lara Wagner, University of North Carolina, Department of Geological Sciences

11:30 am to 12:30 pm   “Quarrying Urbanite (Concrete): Treating the City as a Geological Resource”
Presented by Tobias Horton, Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm   “Multiple Meteoroid Impacts in Antarctica and the Mid‐‑Brunhes Event/ Marine IsotopeStage 11: If there’s a connection, there are serious implications for humanity”
Presented by Dr. Alan Rice American Museum of Natural History, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm “Rising Tides: What Can the Past Tell Us About Future Sea Level Change?”
Presented by Dr.Robert Kopp, Rutgers University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Mineral Sale–Scott Hall Room 135, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information visit:


Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

students at AVM program4-H Leaders, Volunteers and Parents

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite your 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals.

Applications for summer 2014 are now available! For more information on the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition please visit the AVM website or contact us at AVM@tufts.edu.

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University 200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7962
Fax: (508) 839-7952



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