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FAQ About Polk County 4-H

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You’re curious about the 4-H Program in Polk County? That’s awesome! We are so glad to answer your questions and hopefully encourage you to become part of our Polk County 4-H family. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about 4-H and our county program.

What is 4-H?

Even though it has been around for over 100 years, many people are new to 4-H
and do not realize what it is, what it has to offer, or how to become involved. 4-H is an international youth development program. In North Carolina, it is part of the Cooperative Extension and is dedicated to helping boys and girls ages 5 to 18 develop life skills needed to be contributing members of their communities such as responsibility, leadership, self-esteem, critical thinking, communication skills and good citizenship. The 4-H model is “learning by doing” which means that 4-Hers don’t just learn about things, they experience things for themselves!

4-H Livestock Activity

What does 4-H stand for?

The 4 “H”s stand for: Head, Hands, Heart, and Health. The 4-H Pledge reads as follows:

4-H Pledge Head Hands Heart Health

Don’t you have to live on a farm to be part of 4-H?

4-H has deep roots in agriculture (it began with corn and tomato clubs in the early 1900s), but today, in addition to agriculture, 4-H involves science/STEM, public speaking/communication, life skills, sewing, community service projects and much, much more. 4-H is for farm kids, city kids…ALL kids!

Polk County 4-H

What is the cost to join 4-H?

Joining 4-H is completely free. Specific clubs and activities may require minimal materials fees to cover the cost of materials for projects, but scholarships are available to families who would otherwise be unable to afford to take part in our programs.

Tinkering Club

What types of programs does Polk County 4-H offer?

Depending on the semester or session, 4-Hers in Polk County can take part in Sewing Club, Cooking Club, Woodworking Club, Poultry Club, Goat Club, Cloverbuds Club, Homeschool Club, Teen Council and more. Other programs we offer include 4-H Presentations (public speaking competition), trips to Leadership Conferences, service projects, and short-term summer sessions where students can explore everything from horticulture to career development.

4-H Woodworking Club

When is registration for Polk County 4-H?

Our clubs and activities run on a semester basis, and also as a summer session. We usually announce registrations for our Fall Semester in August, our Winter/Spring Semester in December, and our Summer Session in May. To stay informed of upcoming registrations and activities, be sure to follow our notifications on Facebook and subscribe to the Polk County 4-H email newsletter using the sign up form on our website.

4-H Goat Club

When do Polk County 4-H clubs meet?

The schedule for each club varies, but in general, most clubs meet once a month on a specific day. For example, 4-H Cool Cloverbuds Club might meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3:30–5 p.m., while 4-H Homeschool Discovery Club might meet the third Friday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m. When you register for a specific club or event you will receive the full semester’s schedule of classes.

4-H Sewing Club

What age does my child have to be to join 4-H?

Youth can join 4-H at age 5. A youth’s age for 4-H is determined by his or her
age on Jan. 1 of the current year. You may continue to be a member of 4-H
through age 18. Youth ages 5 to 7 years old (referred to as Cloverbuds) are
non-competitive and receive participation ribbons in any activity they
participate in.

4-H Cloverbuds

Do I have to live in Polk County to participate?

All children who live in Polk County or its surrounding counties (including Spartanburg County in SC) are eligible to participate in our clubs and activities.

4-H Cooking Club

How do I register my child/teen for a Polk County 4-H Club or activity?

Make sure you are subscribed to our email newsletter (sign up form is on our webpage) so you will get a notice about registration dates for upcoming clubs and activities. Once registration is open, you may use our online registration form or a downloadable paper form to submit your registration. Space is limited for most programs, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is also given to families who have already created and have an active profile on 4HOnline.

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How can I volunteer with Polk County 4-H?

4-H is always looking for volunteers! Depending on the amount of time
you would like to donate you can volunteer at a single event or teach a
workshop. If you want a deeper level of involvement, you can become a 4-H club
leader, which is a one year, renewable commitment. For more information on the ways to be involved as a volunteer, visit our 4-H Volunteer page.

Do you have specific questions about Polk County 4-H that aren’t answered here? Give us a call at 828-894-8218 or email 4-H Youth Development Leader Helen Blackwell.