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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.

I pledge my head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world..

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.

Join the Club

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 Gabby Whorley,, 828-757-1258  for details or to receive a fee waiver.