Get Plugged Into 4-H

— Written By Danelle Barco

Camden County 4-H is looking for youth and adults who would like to become involved with the world’s largest youth development organization – 4-H! Through 4-H you can: learn new and exciting things; explore and capture new knowledge and skills; expand your horizons through various educational opportunities; develop new friendships; and much more! The possibilities are endless with 4-H.

Research shows that 4-H’ers are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities and two times more likely to be civically active. 4-H encourages youth to become active citizens in their communities through various community service projects, engaging with their local, state and national governmental officials, assisting with beautification projects throughout their communities and states, engaging in community issues and having a voice and learning the roles, responsibilities and operations of the various levels and teams of government.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an area that is steadily increasing in terms of the job market. Our educational system is working hard to prepare our youth to be job and career ready to be leaders in the STEM world. Through research provided by Tufts University, 4-H young people are two times more likely to participate in STEM related programs during out-of-school-times. And 4-H girls are twice as likely and nearly 3 times more likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities. 4-H does have a major STEM focus in our educational curriculum. Many people believe 4-H is all about agriculture, livestock, field crops, horticulture, etc. 4-H does offer many projects for those youth who are interested in agriculture, animal science, horticulture, soil science, and so much more, but 4-H also offers tons of curriculum and hands-on information for workshops and projects in the areas of drones, robotics, computer sciences, engineering, and the list goes on and on. If you have an interest in it, 4-H has a project for it!

Ensuring that our youth make positive decisions is a worry that most parents and guardians have on a day to day basis. In today’s society with the use of social media, cell phones, and other technologies, the opportunities for negative peer pressure increase drastically. Tuft’s research has shown that 4-H’ers are nearly twice as likely to make healthier choices.

4-H encourages youth and families to participate together and engage in leadership development, community mindfulness projects and services, and become involved citizens within your community. 4-H offers many opportunities for youth and families to do just that! To learn more about 4-H, specifically how to “Get Plugged into Camden County 4-H”, there will be an informational workshop on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at the Camden County Senior Center, located at 117 NC Highway 343 North, Camden (right behind the Camden Courthouse) beginning at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss how youth and families can “Get Plugged Into 4-H” through 4-H Clubs, school enrichment, special interest workshops, day camps, summer programs, overnight camp, teen leadership programs, community volunteerism, and so much more! Please register for this workshop online.

For more information, please contact Danelle Barco, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at 252-331-7630 or by email at

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, family and marital status, sex, age, veteran status, sexual identity, genetic information or disability. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

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Updated on Sep 19, 2017
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