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Starting a New 4-H Club

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Starting a new 4-H Club is just as rewarding as joining one! 

A club is a group of five or more young people, from three different families, guided by at least one adult leader. 4-H members elect club officers, conduct their own business, work together on community service activities, meet new friends, and most important, have lots of fun! And the best part, 4-H is free to families!

Why Start a 4-H Club?

If you are here you probably have already looked into 4-H. However, you may still be asking why participate with 4-H? In 4-H we believe in the power of young people. Learning new and exciting things, spending time with friends, meeting new people, working with our hands and developing skills as a leader, 4-H has it all! The model of 4-H has stood the test of time being over 120 years old. It is a National and International organization, providing opportunities to youth on each level (local, district, state, national and international).

4-H is a great place to try new things for the first time because we believe to “learn by doing” is the best way!

How to Start

  • Contact your 4-H agent, Hannah Peeler at or call (828) 697-4891and let it be known that you are interested.
  • Attend a 4-H training/workshop to feel more confident in leadership! 4-H also offers incumbent amounts of nationally accredited 4-H curriculum, designed for hands-on activities, and Club meetings detailed, ready to use!
  • Think about what the Club focus will be (traditional Club, science, agriculture, arts, home economics, robotics, environmental, cooking, horticulture, etc.)
  • Who will the Club audience be? Homeschool community? The Club may be able to meet during the day. Will it include public, private and charter school community? The Club will need to meet after school hours.
  • How often do you plan to meet? Once a month, more often? Perhaps it will be a SPIN (special interest) 4-H Club that only meets for 3-6 months out of the year? The options are flexible to fit the needs of the 4-H members and leaders.
  • Where will the Club meet? A 4-H Club can meet anywhere that is willing including churches, community buildings, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, homes, etc. Leaders will just need to make the 4-H Agent aware of location of choice.
  • Are there other adults willing to assist with the Club? Volunteer leaders to assist could be fellow parents, an outside adult, a community leader etc.
  • Ask lots of questions! Starting a new 4-H Club can seem like a lot at once. However, Henderson County is full of former and current 4-H volunteers/leaders who are happy to answer questions. As well, the 4-H Agent is always available to be of assistance to make the process easy!

Would you like to delve deeper into resources? Check out:

Steps to Starting a 4-H Club!

Written By

Hannah Peeler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah PeelerExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Hannah Email Hannah N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center
Page Last Updated: 1 year ago
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