Q: What types of clubs does 4-H offer?
A: Ocean County 4-H offers long-term clubs: a club that meets once or more a month throughout the year (September—July) or short-term exploratory programs (S.T.E.P) that takes place for a minimum of 3 weeks to a maximum of 3 months. There are a variety of subject areas in 4-H, so ask staff for the current club listing to find a club that fits your interest.
Q: Is 4-H just located in Toms River?
A: Nope! The administrative office is located in Toms River and there is also an auditorium where several clubs do meet; however, a 4-H club can be created at any time of the year and can meet anywhere within Ocean County. Currently 4-H has clubs located as north as Point Pleasant and as south as Little Egg Harbor. Helps us grow and create a new club today!
Q: Does it cost money to join 4-H?
A: 4-H has no membership fee and there are no uniforms. Some 4-H activities may have a registration fee, which is usually minimal. Each club chooses whether to charge annual dues.
Q: Do I need to own an animal to be a part of an animal club?
A: Nope! So long as a member has an interest in the subject, they are welcome to participate in any club
Q: Where does 4-H get it’s funding?
A: Rutgers cooperative Extension, of which 4-H is a part of, receives funds from:
- Federal (via the US Department of Agriculture)
- State (via the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station of Rutgers University)
- County (through the Board of County Commissioners).
- Private gifts and donations
Q: What opportunities are available beyond Ocean County 4-H?
A: In addition to the opportunities Ocean County 4-H provides, youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of symposiums, workshops, and camps offered by the New Jersey 4-H State Level and the National 4-H Level. There is even an international level!