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Durham County 4-H Clubs

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4-H Clubs

The first 4-H clubs were believed to be Corn Clubs for boys and Tomato Clubs for girls, whose purpose was to provide youth with research based practices for growing crops in rural settings where farmers resisted new agricultural practices. These clubs were so successful in spreading university-based research to these communities that 4-H became the largest youth organization in the United States. While 4-H values its agricultural roots, 4-H clubs include any gathering of at least 5 youth from 3 different families, meeting for a common interest. This can range from a coding club, to an environmental education club. A clubs’ focus may include such a range of topics as: raising pets, cooking, camping, shooting sports, sewing, community service, world cultures, health and drug abuse prevention, performance arts, collecting, gardening, and more. Clubs typically meet at least six times in a year, and are lead by an adult volunteer with assistance from the 4-H agent.

Durham County 4-H Clubs

  • 4-H Teen Council is a club for teens 13-18 interested in developing leadership skills. These teens often are dual-enrolled in other clubs and serve as ambassadors for 4-H, planning community events, performing community service, and recruiting additional members. Currently in need of an adult volunteer leader. 
  • Kids Being Kids serves as a neighborhood club in eastern Durham. Club members (5-18) participate in a wide variety of 4-H activities and projects where they’ve presented at county, district, and state events. Teen leaders also take a strong role mentoring youth.
  • Cooking Club currently serves members between the ages of 10-18. Started originally as a poultry club, cooking club helps teach youth about food safety and gives them hands-on experience cooking a wide variety of meals.
  • Mt. Level 4-H Club serves a range of ages in its community in North Durham, where participants engage in activities learning about world cultures as well as science. This club has achieved recognition for its projects and presentations at the county, district, and state level.
  • Orange-Durham Livestock Club serves youth interested in learning more about showing and raising livestock. Typically meeting in Hillsborough, this club is composed of Durham and Orange County natives, and club members routinely participate in the Central Piedmont Junior Livestock Show.

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Club Enrollment Forms

4-H Club Operation Forms

Potential Club Topics (4-H Leaders Needed):

The following include clubs topics that members of the community have expressed interest in.

  • Junior Master Gardeners: Work with youth to teach gardening and farming skills. Durham has several community gardens and farms that would love to partner with an adult volunteer to teach children about horticulture including Briggs Community Garden, DPS Hub Farm, SEEDS, UCan, and more.
  • Sewing Club: We traditionally provide a sewing camp to the community each summer, and many participants would love to continue to practice sewing, crochet, and crickut in a monthly or bi-monthly club setting.
  • Fishing Club: Durham is home to plenty of great locations for fishing in either Jordan or Falls lake, as well as plenty of locations along the Eno River for fly fishing. There are currently several young men interested in finding an adult volunteer interested in starting a club.
  • Earth Club: Our office has a large collection of environmental education resources, and our parks and other preserves provide excellent opportunities for environmental science activities, conservation, hiking, and camping. Durham Public Schools hosts several outdoor education courses, and environmental/recycling clubs with members who might benefit from a program outside of school.
  • Durham Youth Speak Out: This club would utilize curriculum from extension which seeks to provide youth with the means to communicate their views to the public. This could include developing podcasts, delivering public storytelling, or performing spoken word.
  • Other ideas welcome!!!

Contact Information

If you’re interested in leading, joining, or creating a new club please contact your Durham 4-H Agent, Mac Hulbert by email at gmhulber@ncsu.edu or at 919-560-8295.

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