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Clubs are one of the best ways to support long-term youth development and build community while instilling essential life skills such as leadership, commitment, and nurturing relationship. Most clubs are project-focused and either focus on one specific topic that all participants complete an individual project in, for example horse & pony, STEM, or shooting sports. Or they provide peer and adult support for youth completing a project in their area of interest, for example one participant may do a photography project while another does cooking, etc…

Club Fast Facts

  • Made up of at least five youth from three different families
  • Youth-led but must be supervised by at least one approved adult volunteer
  • Typically meet two times per month

Types of Clubs

Traditional Community Club: These are year-round 4-H clubs and are usually held after school. Clubs members elect youth officers from among their peers who run each meeting. An adult leader supervises and advises as needed. The longer commitment provides youth with greater opportunities to engage in community service, leadership activities, and recreational outings.

School Club: Operates the same as a traditional club but during school hours or directly after but still located at the school. The adult volunteer is usually a teacher or school volunteer. School club members are still 4-H members and are eligible to participate in an of the 4-H activities offered to traditional club members. School clubs are a great option for schools that have designated “club time” or for homeschool groups looking to incorporate social and leadership activities into their program.

SPIN Club: SPIN (SPecial INterest) clubs are short-term clubs that focus on one specific topic. SPIN clubs run for six session and are structured similarly to a traditional club. All curriculum will be provided by the 4-H agent and taught by the SPIN club leader. SPIN clubs introduce volunteers and participants to 4-H clubs and are a good place to start for new volunteers to get their feet wet in organizing a club.

How to Join

  • Check out our list of existing clubs to see if there is already one that meets your interests and is accepting new participants.
  • Don’t see one that interests you? Interested in starting a new club? Reach out to Sarah Holden at seholden@ncsu.edu or 828-884-3109 to discuss your interests.
  • If you are starting a new club follow the step-by-step instructions on this checklist to get started!

Additional Resources

What is a 4-H Club – 4-H National Headquarters Factsheet

4-H Clubs Main Page

4-H Club Operations

4-H Club Forms, Guidelines, & Procedures

4-H 101

NC 4-H Best Practices Map

Life Skills Learned by Participating in 4-H

Written By

Sarah Holden, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSarah HoldenExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Sarah Email Sarah N.C. Cooperative Extension, Transylvania County Center
Page Last Updated: 8 months ago
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