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About 4-H

4-H is open to youth ages of 5-18. It is the Cooperative Extension System’s dynamic and educational program for youth (Research impacts 4-H.)

4-H has about 6 million youth members across the United States. The name 4-H is summarized as the four-fold development of youth through the Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

4-H pledge

What youth do in 4-H

Young people complete hands-on projects in areas like healthy living, STEM, agriculture, and civic engagement in a positive environment, where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on leadership roles. Through these experiences, youth build life skills.

Learn more about 4-H projects.

boy jumping on trampoline

(Photo by Eli Wingler of Caldwell County): Photography is a hobby and 4-H project that can be done outdoors. Eli Wingler, 8th grade student in Caldwell County, participated in a 4-H photography workshop, “Focus on Photography,” during spring 2020 and is pictured jumping on a trampoline outside in his photograph.

How to join

To get started, fill out an enrollment form on 4-H Online. Then join a 4-H club, pick a project or sign up for a workshop!

You can also stop by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center and talk with Sarah Kocher, 4-H Youth Development Agent, about your interests.

More information on local clubs.

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More about Enrollment

Enrollment in North Carolina 4-H is FREE! Some clubs may charge a small fee to purchase activity supplies, but often it is $10 or less per year. Similarly, certain countywide programs may charge a small fee.

We never want local fees to be a limiting factor for involvement. Because we are a member agency of United Way, we can support families wanting to join who need assistance. Again, contact Sarah Kocher ( for details or to receive a fee waiver.