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4-H Programs At A Glance

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4-H participation nationally

4-H Programming

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture, livestock and civic engagement, in a positive environment where kids receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. The kids can choose to concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience. Regardless of the project area, all 4‑H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

Here’s some 4-H programs offered here in Nash County you can enroll your child.

4-H word cloud4-H Presentation Program

The 4-H Presentation Program is an opportunity for youth to learn about a new topic, develop a presentation, and utilize public speaking skills at the County and District competitions. Confident public speaking is a crucial but often overlooked and underdeveloped skill. Developing effective communication skills and techniques provide youth with a positive sense of self and higher levels of self-confidence. Through the annual 4-H Presentations program youth will explore and research an area that interests them, then write, practice and deliver a presentation on the topic. Presentation skills empower them to achieve and succeed in any situation they encounter.

To learn more about our upcoming 4-H Virtual Presentation Program join us on May 4th at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. To register and to receive a link to join online, please complete the sign up.

View the NC 4-H Presentation Homepage for rules, regulations, a list of potential topics and other guidelines. Click here to view the 2020 4-H PRESENTATIONS – Preparing Virtually presented by Sandy Hall, Nash County 4-H Agent.

4-H Summer Camps Programsummer camps

For more than 80 years, the North Carolina 4-H Summer Camps Program have taught youth life skills. There are day camps and workshops, overnight and week long options through centers located from the mountains to the sand hills to the coast.

4-H camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth annually through hands-on and experiential learning. Through participation in the 4-H Summer Camps Program youth will:

  • Understand that learning can be fun and improve communication skills.
  • Acknowledge their abilities and limitations and develop skills and options for growth.
  • Learn about various sciences and develop scientific skills and learn about the natural environment and improve stewardship skills as well as their physical skills and fitness.
  • Learn a process for solving problems and working cooperatively in groups.
  • Learn skills to set goals and make decisions individually and to identify and manage resources.
  • Experience a variety of life-long recreational activities and learn and practice ethical behavior.


NC 4-H Horse Program

NC 4-H Horse Program

Here’s a perfect program if your child loves horses, would like to learn more about them and be in a club with other people who have an interest in horses. The NC 4-H Horse Program offers several ways for youth, ages 5 through 19, to participate. If you are interested contact us to locate a local group that is the right fit for your child. Read More

The following links to the various educational opportunities that are offered through the NC 4-H Horse Program:
Horse Bowl
Horse Public Speaking
Horse Presentations
Horse Shows
Horse Judging
Horsemanship Camp
Cloverbuds for you 5-8 years of age.
Craft Horse Contest
Horse Drawing Contest

project recordbooksProject Record Books

The philosophy of 4-H Project Record Books is to teach youth the important life skill of how to keep records. Record keeping is an ongoing process that does continues through adult life. Youth are encouraged to select from a variety of alternatives to meet their individual record keeping needs and learning styles.

The objective is for 4-Hers to learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation). This program teaches the the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future. It helps them learn to communicate, summarize, responsibility for completing a task and to evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms. This program helps reflect the 4-Her’s goals, accomplishments, and future plans.

Nash 4-H Project Record Book Help

Project Record Books

Ages 8-10 and 11-12 Project Record  Word doc
Ages 13-15 and 16-18 Project Record and Guidelines  Word doc
Ages 8-10 and 11-12 Project Record PDF Fillable
Ages 13-15 and 16-18 Project Record and Guidelines PDF Fillable

What category does my project fit in? Project Categories

internship word cloudTeen Internship

Our 4-H Teen Internship Program is a crucial element to our Summer Camps Program. Their time spend being an intern provides teens with hands-on opportunities to build skills to lead. During their work with the Summer Camps Program they work closely with 4-H program assistants and Extension agents to make a difference in children’s lives through a variety of summer day camps. Teaming up with the children they help them explore subjects such as gardening, bee keeping, kitchen skills and cooking classes, emergency and medical camps, and many more.