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Catawba County 4-H Program

Welcome to Catawba County 4-H

4-H is the youth program of Cooperative Extension for children ages 5-18. 4-H clubs offer long-term involvement and focus on a variety of different topics. Clubs are led by volunteer leaders and meet at different times and locations around the county. There are also school classroom programs, after-school programs, and summer enrichment programs offered through 4-H. 4-H offers quality educational programs and activities at low or no cost, because we are a service provided by local and state government. Many 4-H programs focus on STEM, Healthy Living, and Leadership.

Program vision: Offer a multi-faceted 4-H program that supports the involvement of youth in long-term meaningful 4-H clubs and programs, enabling them to grow into future leaders.

Program mission: Build and support youth programs based on the 8 essential elements of youth development (based on research)

  • Positive relationship with a caring adult (supporting volunteer club leaders)
  • Inclusive Environment (reaching out to all families)
  • Safe emotional and physical environment (safety/liability)
  • Opportunity for mastery (helping kids feel like they do something well)
  • Engagement in learning (hands-on learning)
  • Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future (goal setting)
  • Opportunity for self-determination (lot of different options and topics to explore)
  • Opportunity to value and practice service to others (community service/leadership)

Catawba County 4-H is learning, doing, and getting involved in projects and activities. 4-H has lots of projects from which to choose (click here to see options). You might learn about rockets, sewing, photography, plants, rabbits or even horses. 4-H may take you to a summer camp, a fair, or maybe even the Nation’s capital–Washington, DC!

Take a look at all of the 4-H Clubs that you can join . . . or start your own!

4-H has so many opportunities right outside your door

  • make new friends
  • take great trips to new places
  • learn about cool new things
  • get involved in your community and help your neighbors
  • earn awards and recognition

4-H Summer Fun Schedule and Registration 

Resources and Forms: 

Contact Donna Mull, 4-H Agent, for more information about Catawba County 4-H. You can reach her via email by clicking on her name or by phone at (828)465-8240.