What is a 4-H Club?
In 4-H, youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) are involved in various club activities ranging in topics from animals to healthy living to leadership to science, technology, and engineering. Youth in grades K-3 are 4-H Cloverbud members that get to discover a variety of 4-H project areas. Standard members are in grades 4-13 and participate in clubs, competitions, and other special opportunities.
You do not need an animal to join any club.
14 Carrot Rabbit Club (Rabbits and Small Animals)
The 14 Carrot Rabbit Club is a community of youth who care for all types of small animals. Members learn from each other about rabbits to hedgehogs to ferrets and beyond! They also learn from guests about genetics, diseases, care and hygiene, or specific breeds while building their showmanship and presentation skills. Members of 14 Carrot have the opportunity to participate in small animal shows, the Monmouth County Fair, and various community service activities. This club loves welcoming new members that want to learn more about rabbits, cavies, and other small animals! They meet the 2nd Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
The club’s main focus is learning about different types of animals, their care, nutrition, behaviors, etc. They have used a work book and some hands-on demonstrations with smaller pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. They’ve toured animal hospitals, collected donations for the Monmouth Co. SPCA, visited livestock farms, gone on the Monmouth Racetrack Dawn Patrol, gone apple picking, made crafts and learned about their favorite topic – animals. Learn about all types of animals the 1st Friday of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
The club at Baird Homestead’s mission is to acquire skills as they help the Homestead. Yard work, maintaining a pollinator garden, giving house tours, cleaning and helping with movie nights are some of the ways that kids aid the Homestead committee. A highlight of the year is the High Tea that they host in April. This year, the club prepared food in a commercial kitchen and served it to 60 guests. Only a few of the members own their own animals – most lease animals. Participation in the Monmouth County Fair enables members to demonstrate the skills that they have acquired during the year. This historic livestock club meets the 1st Sunday of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. at the Baird Homestead in Millstone.
Curry Combs (Horse)
The Curry Combs are the oldest horse club in Monmouth County, beginning in 1971. They focus on English horse riding and emphasize teaching horse science to members. The club meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold. When it gets warm enough, members of Curry Combs will also meet at a horse barn to engage in hands-on activities. They compete in shows and learn from guest speakers about horse vets/dentists, nutrition and feed, first aid, etc.
Hearts and Horseshoes (Horse)
Hearts and Horseshoes, a club that meets in Farmingdale, has a good mix of beginner and intermediate kids. They explore the horse world with the leader’s horses and by visiting other farms. During the warmer months, they generally meet at the leader’s farm the 2nd Saturday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. During winter months, they meet at Winter Run on Southard Ave. Field trips to different farms sometimes alter the schedule.
Some of the members are also model horse enthusiasts who collect and compete in the model horse shows. Some members are a part of horse science, where they learn about anatomy, breeds, hay, grain, tack, and riding styles. Field trips and guest speakers help them get ready to compete in horse bowl, hippology and horse judging.
4-H Monmouth Livestock Club is a place for enjoyment, community, and meaningful relationships. Members can share photos and stories of animals. Friendships formed in this club are different than any other. Members freely share ideas for fundraising and community service. They go on excursions to share their animals with the public and teach them about the club. The essence of 4-H is the annual county fair. At the fair, members show their animals and compete for ribbons. This is an amazing opportunity for their animals and club members alike! The club meets the 2nd Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
Power Paws (Dog)
All dog lovers are invited to join Power Paws. This canine club is focused on teaching members to care for and train dogs. Adult volunteers experienced in dog agility training teach youth to train dogs in manners and behavior. Members will be able to receive a Canine Good Citizen certification from the American Kennel Club. The club meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
Not all small animals are furry! Learn about reptiles and the environment every 3rd Friday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
This club is currently unable to enroll new members.
Stars and Strides (Horse)
This club is interested in everything about horses. They practices walking horses through obstacles, learn about horse nutrition, make crafts, and more. Any horse enthusiast is more than welcome to join! They meet in Millstone on the 1st Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Tails and Trails (Small Animals)
Tails and Trails is a small animal club that works with rabbits, cavy, chinchillas, rats, chickens, and beyond! Club members are passionate about educating the public on small animal care and the importance of rescuing. The majority of Tails And Trails project animals are rescues. Club members participate in various community service events throughout the year including Read to the Rabbit at local libraries and Livestock Expo. Each year, club members choose a local nonprofit organization to learn about and fundraise for. These hands-on, learn-by-doing activities encourage inclusion, confidence, and friendship.
Tails And Trails follows the 4-H animal science curriculum and each club member is asked to complete a 4-H record book and club presentation. Join the fun! Tails And Trails meets on the 2nd Friday of each month (September through June) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Fire House (second floor) at 75 Appleton Ave in Leonardo. New members are always welcome!
Citizenship and Leadership Clubs
Freehold TLC Club
Meeting at the Freehold Public Library, kids in grades 5-13 are able to enjoy various community activities.
This club is temporarily not holding meetings until library renovation is completed.
Members of Kindness Club, which meets in Middletown, work to be active citizens of their community. Whether it is through bake sales to benefit causes that are important to them, hand making crafts for senior citizens, participating in beach cleanups, or facilitating coat drives, Kindness Club members strive to help improve their community. Youth learn about non-profits and from experienced community members as well as identifying problems themselves and brainstorming as a club to find solutions.
*Kindness Club currently has a waitlist, so if you are interested in joining please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Council focuses on leadership and community service. Members are enabled to build their confidence through community outreach such as food drives and volunteering. Teens are also given the opportunity to attend state and national conferences as well as overnight winter camp trips. This is a community of fun and driven teens. The club meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
Healthy Living Clubs
Globetasters 4-H Cultural Cuisine Club
Travel the world discovering different places and cultures through the foods enjoyed by people all over the globe!
Meets virtually via Zoom on Mondays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Receive recipes and a meeting schedule.
You shop then cook along with the club in the comfort of your our kitchen. Enjoy a new dish at your family meal that evening.
Academy of Allied Heath and Science Animal Health and Service Club
This club is only open to students at the Academy of Allied Health and Science.
Science, Engineering, and Technology Clubs
Monmouth Blasters designs and builds model rockets that are made from various materials from scratch or from kits. The rockets are built during the office meetings where members can collaborate and learn from each other under the guidance of the experienced leaders of the club. Once a month, the club holds a launch at a park, where members can see their hard work blasting hundreds of feet into the air. The Monmouth Blasters club explores aviation and rocketry the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 to 9 p.m. They also launch their rockets at Dorbrook Park when the weather permits.
Curiosity is a robotics and technology club that meets every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Marlboro/Morganville area.
Dungeons and Dragons
This is the newest club at Monmouth 4-H. and explores the fascinating role-playing game of Dungeon & Dragons, allowing members to express creativity while building team working and resource management skills. A new campaign will be explored at the first meeting. Character sheets will be provided. Suggested needs are a pair of roleplaying dice & Dungeons & Dragons 5E Player’s Handbook. They meet the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.
The world of esports is an up-and-coming adventure. Join other gamers virtually to play video games every Saturday at 11:30am.
S.E.T. and Robotics
S.E.T. stands for Science, Engineering, and Technology. They meet virtually on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 4-5 p.m. S.E.T. uses hands-on programs designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. The club uses theme-based challenges to engage youth in research, problem solving, and engineering. They emphasize contributions of others, sportsmanship, learning and community.
This Club is focused on introducing youth to the world of shooting sports. Members are introduced to the aspects of how firearms work and handling them safely on the range with trained instructors close by to help them. Range safety is constantly stressed upon as is firearms handling. The club also offers archery for the youth to try. Targets to shoot at are 3 Ring and 3D.
All firearms and archery equipment are provided along with safety gear. No outside personal equipment is permitted except safety glasses and ear protection. There is no fee to participate as all our equipment has been granted to us by the NRA Foundation and Legend Firearms.
The club meets virtually every second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and shoots at a private range in Freehold monthly from March to June & September to December.