Onslow County 4-H Clubs and Activities
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What is a 4-H Club?
A 4-H Club is an organized group of at least five youth from three different families who meet regularly with adult volunteers or staff for a long-term series of educational experiences.
4-H Clubs are the most traditional and effective delivery mode of 4-H programming to youth. Clubs are guided by trained, adult volunteer leaders that are supported by the county 4-H staff. Club members develop social skills including communicating and working with others, practice leadership skills, develop strong character, and become responsible citizens by participating in community service activities. Leadership opportunities in each club may present themselves as club officers, activity assistance and so much more!
Onslow County 4-H Clubs are growing!
Each club designs their own plan for the year, elects their own officers and utilizes educational programming to enhance the experiences of their members. They participate in all sorts of cool events, competitions, community service projects and even fundraisers to help off set the cost of some of their projects.
- No Limits 4-H Club – Club Leader: Felicia Crabb. Club Focus: Livestock and Equine Programming – youth spend time each week working on expanding their project knowledge base. Annually their members participate in the Chicken Project, the Down East Dairy Project and the Horse Project on the county, district and state level. In 2022 they hope to expand into areas such as skillaton competitions, livestock and horse judging competitions while continuing to learn about a variety of species. This club does operate with enrollment periods. When a new project begins they close enrollment for new members but then reopen enrollment when that project completes its objectives. This allows for members to have a very focused approach to each area of interest. They are currently taking enrollment for youth interested in learning more about chickens!
- S.T.E.A.M. Warriors 4-H Club – Club Leader: Catherine Armentrout. Club Focus: This club takes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to a whole new level. This club typically meets once per month during the day with a focus on experiential learning with an Onslow County homeschool audience. This club is up to 48 enrolled 4-H members moving into 2022 and have amazing participation each month and therefore we have closed enrollment with a waiting list started. Enrollment with reopen in Fall 2022 for this club but if you would like to start a second club in Onslow County 4-H with a similar focus area just let us know! Also let us know if you would like to be added to their waiting list by contacting the office with questions.
- Jr. Master Gardener 4-H Club– Club Leader: Lauren Honken. Club Focus: This club is having their very first interest meeting on December 2nd at 4:30 p.m. at the Onslow County Farmers’ Market. You must RSVP on the club’s facebook page or you can RSVP by calling the office at 910-455-5873. The meeting is for each family to learn more about the club to see what level of participation they would like to have each month. There will be an activity for the youth to participate in so we must have a headcount to have supplies for the program available. They will generally meet once per month for a club meeting but may add a second meeting time to focus on special projects in the community or at the Discovery Garden with our Onslow County Master Gardeners providing knowledge or leadership as needed.
- Tack Box 4-H Club – Club Leader: Connie Johnson. Club Focus: All things HORSES! This club meets at a local horse farm and is comprised mostly of young people that ride at this farm. However, any one can be a member of the club and participate in educational programs and activities that do not necessarily involve riding. This club participates annually in horse bowl, presentations, Artistic Expressions Contest, the East Regional 4-H Show and State 4-H Horse Show. This year they hope to learn more about horse judging and grow their teams for the state competition. They will be accepting new members for enrollment in January 2022.
- NEW Animal Science 4-H Club starting in January! Club Leaders: Amanda Crompton and Jessica Hardison. Club Focus: This club began as a group of excited young people learning about dairy cattle in the Fall of 2021. The members of this group were sad to see their dairy project end and wanting to form a brand new club that learns about all kinds of animals this coming year! The name will change after the club meets in January, elects officers and votes on a new name. If you are interested in this group you will need to be added to an interest list but keep you eyes peeled for more information on their first meeting date.
Potential 4-H clubs that need Club Leaders or helpers:
- Sewing Club – This was a club that was active prior to 2020 and would like to start back again in 2023 with small groups. We will need experienced sewers and sewing machines brought in to help with activities. One adult has expressed interest in helping so far!
- Kidpreneur Club – Members will learn to make their own money and how to be an entrepreneur! Gain valuable life skills, learn to design, sell and market a product and help others. This club needs a club leader so please let us know if this is your passion and we can help you prepare to take things to the next level.
- Youth Leadership County Council – It’s coming in 2023 too! Stay tuned!
Start A Club
Clubs must consist of five youth from at least three different families that share a similar interest. Please contact our Onslow County 4-H Agent, Tara Taylor, or our 4-H Program Assistant, John Osborne at 910-455-5873 to learn more about how to become a 4-H Volunteer Club Leader.