4-H Youth Development

Photo: Welcome Sign.
Photo: 4-H'er and adult working on remote-control cars.
Photo: Arial View of the 4-H Fair.
Photo: Girl with Chickens.
Photo: 4-H'er Washing Cows.
Photo: 4-Her's at Winter Camp.
Photo: Two girls dressed for Chinese New Year.

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What Is 4-H?

4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in the U.S. that offers youth opportunities that explore the areas of science, engineering & technology, agriculture, healthy living & citizenship.

In 4-H, city kids, farm kids, kids of every race, economic & family situation are developing the skills that will help them become the capable workforce our nation needs. They're acquiring the values that lead to good futures.

Download the Somerset County 4-H 2018 Impact Report.

Somerset County 4-H  Entered the Guinness World Record with the World’s Largest Textile Braid: The OFFICIAL MEASUREMENT was at the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Click here to watch the video.

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Who Are We?

We are one of the many programs offered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, NJ. The 4-H program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth in grades K–13 (one year out of high school) to develop the knowledge, attitudes & skills they need to become competent, caring & contributing citizens in our community & of the world.

4-H members can expect to participate in engaging, hands-on activities such as:

  • Robotics
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering 
  • Science
  • Community Service
  • and so much more!

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Why Should You Become a Volunteer?

The volunteers in 4-H are essential to helping our youth make the most of a wide variety of learning experiences.  For many of America's youth, 4-H volunteers are more than just tutors or program leaders—they are hope, they are comfort, and they are family. They are the pathway to a promising future. Here are ten reasons for volunteering:

  • Volunteers cast vision for a brighter tomorrow
  • Volunteers build up the self-worth of others
  • Volunteers accomplish great things with a team
  • Volunteers use their influence to serve others 
  • Volunteers bring people together
  • Volunteers leave a legacy
  • Volunteers create memorable events for others
  • Volunteers have very, very special days
  • And lastly, volunteers develop new leadership skills, meet new friends & have great adventures.

Volunteering is an opportunity to share your personal interests and expertise. As a 4-H volunteer you will be a part of a very rewarding experience about improving the lives of youth in your community. Visit our 4-H website to learn more about volunteering.

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Supporting 4-H

Grants & private donor support, generated nationally & locally, help fund 4-H programs. To see our programs in action, stop by the Somerset County Fair, which is held every August. The County Fair, which is free to the public, features our various clubs, as well as animal shows and exhibits including a small animal show, seeing eye dog demonstrations, beef show, goat show, horse shows, dairy show, robotics demonstrations, RC car and go-kart trials.

Visit the Ted Blum 4-H Center to find out how your child can benefit from a membership or to see how you can become a much needed volunteer and/or a supporter.

Ted Blum 4-H Center
310 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3587
Phone: 908-526-6644
Email:  somersetcounty4h@co.somerset.nj.us


The 4-H Youth Development Program provides educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13, on an age appropriate basis. RCE is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact the State Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3583.

Cooperative Extension of Somerset County