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, practicing leadership skills, developing strong character, and becoming responsible citizens by participating in community service activities. Leadership opportunities in each club may present themselves as club officers, activity assistants, 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 offset 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 Coastal Plains Chicken Project, the Down East Dairy Project and the Horse Project on the county, district and state level. In 2024 they plan to expand into areas such as skillathons and 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 an uninterrupted focus in 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. The club typically meets twice per month during the day with a focus on experiential learning with an Onslow County homeschool audience. Enrollment occurs in the Summer and the club typically tops out with 48 enrolled 4-H members, and spaces fill up quickly. Demand for more 4-H homeschool clubs remains high, so if you would like to help us start a second club in Onslow County, let us know. Call Tara or John at 910.455.5873.
- Greatness Grows 4-H Club– Club Leader: Jamie-Carol Nettles. Club Focus: Gardening, Horticulture, and other areas of interest, including outdoors skills.
- The club meets at least once a month, and meeting dates will increase during seasons of favorable weather, and is open to all 4-H ages (5 to 18). Currently, meetings take place in and around the Onslow County Farmers’ Market building and the adjacent Discovery Gardens, while special events like community service projects will occur off-site.
- 4-H Jr. Master Gardener SPIN Club– Club Leader: Jamie-Carol Nettles. Club Focus: This 4-H SPIN club (SPecial INterest club with a specific project focus and limited number of meetings) was derived from the Greatness Grows 4-H Club, and is open to all Onslow County 4-H members who have an advanced interest in learning much more about gardening and horticulture. The club meets weekly to work towards completing this certificate program designed for grades 3 to 8.
- 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, anyone can be a member of the club and participate in its 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 2024.
- Pollinators 4-H Club – Club Leader: Kathleen Navarro. Club Focus: Everything about pollinators, including: studying pollinators’ habitats & behaviors; anatomy & physiology; and ways to help them thrive. This club meets twice a month at the Onslow County Government Center, where 4-H members will learn through lessons, guest speakers, demonstrations, and various hands-on activities.
- Onslow 4-H Fiber Arts SPIN Club – Club Leader: Paige Svetahor. Club Focus: This SPIN Club meets once a month. A SPIN Club (SPecial INterest 4-H Clubs) has a limited number of meetings to focus on a specific topic. Bring your curiosity and creativity as we explore the wide world of fiber arts! We’ll learn about various aspects of crafting, such as wool production, sewing, embroidery, weaving, and knitting.
- Onslow 4-H Electronics Club – Club Leader: John Osborne. Club Focus: Electricity. Starting in February 2024, this SPIN Club (short-term SPecial INterest 4-H Club) will meet twice a month to explore the vast field of electricity through lessons, hands-on activities, and creative projects.
- Onslow 4-H Shooting Sports Club – Club Leader: John Osborne. Club Focus: Competitive Youth Shooting Sports. This club for ages 8 to 18 will soon begin its efforts to prepare its members for 2024 competition season. 4-H Shooting Sports includes the firearm disciplines of .177 pellet air guns, .22 caliber rifles & pistols, shotguns up to 12 gauge, recurve & compound archery, and muzzleloaders.
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 2024 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 2024 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.