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N.C. 4-H Opportunities

Below are listed some of the programs available through Currituck County 4-H. Programs are listed alphabetically and represent activities at district and state levels. For more information on any programs, contact us at (252) 232-2262 or slfischl@ncsu.edu.

A.I.R.E

AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume and Electronic Video) is a workforce development and college prep program. Youth, ages 11–18, are eligible participate in this program in one of two ways.

Option 1: Youth participate in this program by completing the four (4) AIRE candidate packet components. All candidates submitting a complete packet will be invited to participate in either the State-Level competitive program (open to youth ages 14-18) or in the non-competitive program (open to youth ages 11-13). Youth participating in the competitive AIRE program are eligible to be selected to attend national events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.

Option 2: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program components as self-study and/or as part of their local 4-H program. Option 2: Does not require the participant to submit their AIRE packet for State-level review.

Ambassador

The mission of the North Carolina 4-H Ambassador program is to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations necessary to be effective advocates for N.C. 4-H Youth Development. We strengthen and expand upon 4-H Ambassadors’ current leadership abilities so that they may serve as positive role models for younger youth; build meaningful partnerships with other teens, adult volunteers, and 4-H professionals; and promote the 4-H mission in North Carolina. Our vision is that every North Carolina teen 4-H member will have the personal initiative, program resources, and leadership opportunities to be a positive role model and a vocal advocate for the 4-H program in our state.

Citizenship NC Focus

N.C. 4-H’ers travel to Raleigh for 3 days of learning about youth voice and citizenship in action. 4-H’ers and Adults representing NC counties participate in this experience. One of the highlights of this conference is going to the NC General Assembly to meet with their elected officials. Youth have the opportunity to learn and tell their 4-H story.

Congress

The NC State 4-H Congress is an annual educational event sponsored by the 4-H Youth Development Department at NC State University and planned by the State 4-H Council. This council is composed of 20 young people who serve as officers from their respective districts and 4 state officers who are elected at Congress. The Congress will be attended by approximately 600 youth ranging in age from 8 through 18 and representing every county in North Carolina.

District and State Shooting Sports Events

District Teen Retreat

Teen Retreat is a leadership building retreat for youth 14 and up that offers workshops, networking, service projects, and fun activities.

Electric Congress

Youth throughout the state participate in electric program activities during the year. At the end of the year, youth complete a 4-H Project Record or 4-H Project Portfolio and winners from each county are selected to participate in a trip that takes place each July to an NC University. Youth have the opportunity to participate in workshops and attend exciting activities such as white water rafting, a night time river cruise, Carowinds Amusement Park and riding in a hot air balloon. They can win prizes and a ride in a Tesla car.

Honor Club

Membership in the North Carolina 4-H Honor Club is bestowed upon those 4-H’ers who have exhibited outstanding 4-H citizenship and leadership throughout their 4-H career. An Honor Club member continues to provide leadership and service to the total 4-H program throughout life.

Horse Programs & Events

  • HORSE BOWL – The Horse Bowl Contest is designed to offer an opportunity for youths interested in horses to display the knowledge they have gained in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, it is designed to encourage youths and leaders to study and obtain a more thorough and complete knowledge of horses and related subject matter. Youths will gain confidence in their horse knowledge and be rewarded and recognized for their achievements. Local club, county, or inter-county competition is encouraged whenever feasible. Finally, the Horse Bowl Contest is designed to always provide an enjoyable educational experience for participants and spectators.
  • HORSE JUDGING – The Horse Judging Contest is designed to teach participants good conformation (structural correctness, balance, and muscling), breed character, and performance ideals in different breeds of horses. Additionally, the Horse Judging contest will teach participants how to evaluate horses based on knowledge and fact, make a decision, and defend it. The Contest will teach participants horsemanship terms that can be used in a logical, systematic way to defend placings and will help participants gain confidence in their ability and use of the English language by giving oral reasons to a judge while learning to speak clearly, decisively, and convincingly through the use of oral reasons.
  • HIPPOLOGY – The purpose of the Hippology Contest is to provide participants with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in horse judging, bowl, demonstrations, public speaking, and showing into one activity. Additionally, the Hippology Contest will encourage participants to continue expanding their horse knowledge and participation, recognize participants for their total involvement in the horse industry and their comprehensive knowledge of the horse industry and teach good sportsmanship through a friendly and competitive environment.
  • ARTISTIC EXPRESSION & CREATIVE WRITING EVENTS
    • Craft Horse Contest – Exhibit your craft skills by creating horse items for your horse or yourself. This opportunity allows the youth to explore and develop economical alternatives for themselves and their horse. Horse
    • Drawing Contest – Broaden your horizons and use your creative talents to increase awareness of the horse project through drawing exhibitions.
    • Horse Painting Contest – Encourages members to apply their artistic talent within the horse project area by increasing their knowledge and skill in equine painting while learning the value of developing visual exhibits for a specific topic.
    • Horse Poster Contest – Provides a medium for youth to visually demonstrate their interest in horses. Enables youth to improve their skills in linking words and visuals to create an appealing display.
    • Horse Photography Contest – Encourages youth to gain self-confidence, while developing life-time photographic skills. While learning the value of organizing and developing visual exhibits, youth will increase their knowledge of photography as it relates to horses.
    • Horse Sewing Contest – Exhibit your sewing skills by creating horse items for your horse or yourself. This opportunity allows the youth to explore and develop economical alternatives for themselves and their horse.
    • Horse Creative Writing Contests – Learn to become a more effective writer while exploring the wonderful world of horses.
  • REGIONAL HORSE SHOWS
  • STATE HORSE SHOW

N.C. 4-H Beekeeping Essay

4-H youth are invited to explore more about the fascinating story of the hardworking honey bee by participating in the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest. The essay provides a platform for youth to creatively express their working knowledge and research of the craft of beekeeping.

N.C. 4-H Photo Contest

The statewide annual contest highlights N.C. 4-H’ers’ photographic achievements. The exhibit is unveiled at 4-H Congress in Raleigh, North Carolina, each summer. The winning photos are then displayed at select meetings and events throughout the year until the next Congress.

Project Records & Portfolios

Project Records are an important written summary of what you have learned and the skills that you have gained within your 4-H work, as well as in other parts of your life. Over a period of years your records will show how you have grown. The information on your 4-H records will be useful as you fill out other forms in your life such as 4-H Portfolios, resumes, job applications and college applications. A portfolio is a cumulative record of three years of work in a project record area. Youth that complete project records and portfolios can win awards at local, district and state levels.

Public Speaking / District Activity Day

4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful way to help a young person learn how to do a public speech. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations or illustrated talk or a formal speech. Youth that win gold or silver in their presentation categories are eligible to compete at the state level at N.C. 4-H Congress.

Scholarships

Recipients awarded NC 4-H Academic Scholarships will have an outstanding record of 4-H participation and achievement. Additionally, recipients will possess an excellent high school record of academic achievement measured chiefly by their performance on solid secondary school courses including English, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences. Also, recipients will demonstrate an aptitude for college work which will be measured by their performance on college entrance examinations including the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT).

State Camp

For more than 80 years, North Carolina 4-H camping has taught youth life skills through centers located from the mountains to the sandhills to the coast. Each year, more than 4,000 campers from across the state participate in 4-H camping programs at North Carolina’s 4-H educational centers.

W.H.E.P – Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program

WHEP is a national 4-H program that:

  • Teaches 4-Hers about the fundamentals of wildlife management
  • Brings 4-Hers together to develop team skills
  • Promotes and develops leadership skills among 4-Hers
  • Provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to work with natural resource professionals.

Although WHEP is a competitive event, its primary purpose is to increase participant’s knowledge of wildlife management while promoting life skills. The basis of the program is the NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide, which covers wildlife habitat management concepts and helps participants prepare for the annual state contest.