4-H: Ways to Be Involved

— Written By and last updated by Kerri Rayburn

4-H is about learning. 4-H is about belonging. 4-H is about self-confidence. Get involved in Jackson County 4-H. Take a look at our blog at jackson4-h.blogspot.com to find a calendar of activities, registration forms, information about 4-H clubs, volunteer information, and general information about youth development and parenting.

Here’s some ways you can get involved:

4-H Clubs

Cloverbuds – for children 5-8 years old. This club meets twice a month on Wednesday afternoons.

Explorers Club – for 9-13 year olds. This club meets once a month on Monday afternoon.

Youth Leadership Council – for 14 – 18 year olds. This club meets twice a month on Sunday evenings.

We’re considering starting two new clubs – a Horse Club (non riding) and an Archery Club. If you’d be interested in volunteering, or getting your children or grandchildren involved, please call 586-4009 or email kerri_rayburn@ncsu.edu.

Mountain Youth Talent Contests

4-H hosts these heritage focused contests to showcase the musical and vocal talents of our children. We host four contests each year with the first one occurring at Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva on Saturday, April 22 on the Main Street Stage.

Participants in this contest must exhibit a talent that will reflect Appalachian heritage and adhere to the Qualifications and Rules set up by the organizers of the talent contest and the Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Categories of the contest include: Poetry/Storytelling, Vocal Performance – Individual or Group, Instrumentalists (feature instruments such as banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin playing old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes) and Dance – Individual or Group.

To enter, complete an on-line entry form by April 14th. Information, Guidelines and Entry Form are available at the Jackson County 4-H blog:  jackson4-h.blogspot.com.

4-H Presentations

Each year youth present oral speeches in a county contest. This is a great way to practice speaking in front of others and winners can move on to district and state competitions. Speeches are generally 5-12 minutes long and can be about any topic a child chooses. f this peeks your interest please get in touch with Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent, to discuss how to proceed.

Summer Programs

4-H will be offering half-day, full day, and 3 day camp options this summer. Some examples are Spring into Summer (a family festival planned by teens), Gem Mining, Create a Fairie Garden, Mini-Camp for younger children, Corn & Tomato Camp (to learn where food comes from), Survival Skills Workshop, and Step Back in Time Camp. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the notice about summer programs please contact us Kerri Rayburn, 4-H Administrative Assistant,  828-586-4009 or kerri_rayburn@ncsu.edu or Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent at 828-586-4009 or heather_gordon@ncsu.edu.