4–H is a voluntary, educational program for youth ages 5-18. Its approach to youth development is through hands-on learning. Clubs are groups of 4–H members and their families, who meet to conduct business meetings, participate in community service, come together to learn about one specified project area or many projects based on members’ interests, practice speaking/presenting to a group and socialize with others.
There are a variety of clubs in Caldwell County, but 4–H members can pursue their project interests regardless of if they are in a club specifically targeting that project area. It is encouraged that members join clubs, because experiences in 4-H are greatly enhanced through club membership.
Here is a listing of current 4-H clubs in Caldwell County:
4-H Discovery Club
The club is for families new to the organization, curious about learning more. It is free to attend, and meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center (120 Hospital Ave. NE, Suite 1, Lenoir, NC).
Baton Bears 4-H Club
Fourth and fifth-graders at Baton Elementary School in Granite Falls can join an after-school 4-H club. It usually meets the last Monday of the month while school is in session from 3–4 p.m. If youth there are interested, they should tell their teacher they want to join 4-H and participate.
Cooking 4-H Club
The Cooking 4-H Club meets to cook, bake and have fun with food. Send an email to Sarah Moyer <firstname.lastname@example.org> if interested, and you will be connected with a club leader.
Gamewell 4-H Club
The Happy Valley 4-H Club has moved meeting locations and changed its name to match. Send an email to Sarah Moyer <email@example.com> if interested, and you will be connected with a club leader.
Garden 4-H Club
This is currently a short-term special interest club, so it meets more sporadically than others. Members are encouraged to practice what they learn in the club at home with a garden of their own.
4-H Saddle Club
The Saddle Club, which focuses on the horse project, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. It meets outside near Baton until Daylight Saving Time, and then it moves indoors for winter meetings. No horse is required to join. Send an email to Sarah Moyer <firstname.lastname@example.org> if interested, and you will be connected with a club leader.
Science 4-H Club
The Science Club meets every other week on Thursdays from 2–4 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center (120 Hospital Ave. NE, Suite 1, Lenoir, NC). The Science 4-H Club cannot accept new families until it finds a larger space for regular meetings.