What Are the 4 ‘H’s’?

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What is 4-H, and what do they do?

4-H is the youth development branch of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. What began with youth Corn Clubs over one hundred years ago has grown into one of the largest and most respected 4-H Youth Development Programs in the Nation. North Carolina 4-H has a presence in all one hundred counties and the EBCI. Founded on the cornerstones of service, leadership, citizenship, and experiential learning, 4-H has been a part of shaping the lives of North Carolina youth and the nation’s ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ for generations. While we continue our heritage youth programs in agricultural and livestock projects, 4-H has grown to include many other programs: annual presentation competitions; project record books; environmental conservation; media and computers; leadership programs (NC 4-H Ambassadors) and one of the most robust electrical programs in the nation. 

This summer things have been different for NC 4-H and 4-H programs around the world. We’ve transitioned Summer Fun workshops online and NC 4-H Congress was completely virtual. While we’ve all felt sadness that these programs that have been enjoyed for over a hundred years were so different this year, we take our 4-H Pledge seriously.

4-H pledge

We continue to take the health of our 4-Hers, our communities and our world seriously, which is why our in-person programs haven’t started back yet. That doesn’t mean we are going to forgo all 4-H Fun! We have one summer fun workshop left, before school starts back, and I am super excited for it.

picture of mummy wrapped in brown cloth

What’s up with Mummies? If you don’t know, join us on the 6th of August, (Thursday). We will be learning about the different kinds of mummies, ones that occur naturally, and man-made mummies, as well as which countries and cultures made mummies. That’s not all! We will also be making our own mummies! That’s right, we will be mummifying some apples and hotdogs. Check our website for registration.

Our 4-H fun never ends when school starts up again. This year will be no different. We are still working on the logistics, but we do know that we will be having Book Explorers again this fall. With Book Explorers we get to travel all around the world right from Pamlico County. In the past we have gone to Athens, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, England, Poland, and Cambodia. We read a book, make a traditional craft from that country, and try some tasty food. This fall we will be journeying to Denmark, Spain, Thailand, and Brazil. 

4-H kids with completed project

If you are interested in participating or learning more about any of these programs, follow us on social media for real time updates or give our office a call 252-745-4121. To register for these or any 4-H program, check out our website: pamlico.ces.edu. All registrations are online. Our first Book Explorers will be in September and we will be going to Spain. We will also have a series of fall science workshops, stay tuned for a complete fall schedule, and to learn about our COVID 19 contingency plans to ensure that even if we can’t be together we will be able to continue our workshops. We will ensure that registered participants are able to complete our adventures and challenges even in their own homes. If you are interested in our Fall Fun Programs or want to learn more about the 4-H Program in Pamlico County contact Kait Neeland at (252) 745-4121, or kait_neeland@ncsu.edu, or check us out online at pamlico.ces.ncsu.edu. Don’t FORGET to REGISTER, spaces will fill up!!