4-H Clubs in Clay County

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

As we head into the holiday season and our schedules become more hectic, we still need to remember our young people need structured activities with positive goals. What better way to achieve this than to participate in 4-H?

4-H provides youth development and youth mentoring programs to kids ages 8-18. Membership in 4-H is free – it costs nothing to join. 4-H youth are not required to purchase uniforms and member expenses are kept to a minimum. 4-H programs and 4-H enrollment are managed by the local Extension office.

Community 4-H clubs have a planned program that runs throughout the year and focuses on a variety of self-chosen learning experiences and activities. Examples include photography, robotics, gardening, animal science, ecology, rocketry, textiles, and cooking. Project 4-H clubs also provide planned programs that run throughout the year and focus on one project area, such as horses. 4-H special interest groups are short-term, focus on a specific learning experience and are not limited to members of 4-H clubs. For questions regarding 4-H programs in Clay County, please contact 828-389-6305 to speak with the 4-H agent.

In Clay County, we have two clubs: a community club and a horse club. The community club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. The horse club meets on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. Both clubs meet in the Community Room in the Community Services Building on Riverside Circle. Our community group will hold their next meeting on December 15, in the Community Room at 4:00 p.m. Please come join us and learn more about 4-H. The horse club will have a parent meeting on December 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office on Davis Loop. We will be discussing different opportunities available to 4-H youth, projects and answering questions. 4-H is a great way to bring families together to learn by doing! New officers will be elected after the first of the year, in each club, for the 2016 club year. Youth are encouraged to campaign for the officer position they would like to hold. New members are encouraged to come participate and run for office, too.

For more information, contact Donna Tulley, 4-H agent, at 828-389-6305 or email her at donna_tulley@ncsu.edu. 4-H is the Youth Development program of Extension and North Carolina State University.