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How do I join a 4-H Club?

Three easy steps!

  1. Make sure you are enrolled as a 4-H member using 4-H Online
  2. Take a look at the list of clubs we offer below and find the ones you would like to join! Each club meeting day and time are listed below.
  3. Contact Jordan for more information about how to start participating in the clubs you are interested in! (jordan_english@ncsu.edu, 828-682-6186)

Yancey County 4-H Clubs

Beef & Livestock Club

The Yancey County 4-H Beef & Livestock Club offers two unique learning opportunities for youth, one involving animal ownership and one without this requirement.

In this club, youth have the opportunity to participate in the WNC Dairy Steer Project. In this project, participants get their own bottle calf, and attend monthly meetings where they learn how to care for, raise and show their animal. The terminal project concludes by participants showing their animal in two local Fairs. At the conclusion of the shows, the dairy steers are sold and youth receive the money from the sale. This project runs from February – September, and is open to youth ages 8-18. Continually accepting new members, Dairy Steer Project participants join annually in February.

Does your child like animals, but you aren’t ready to start your own livestock projects at home? The Yancey County 4-H Beef & Livestock Club provides an opportunity for youth to learn more about livestock species, without having to own an animal, called Livestock Skillathon.

Livestock skillathon provides youth opportunities to learn about multiple livestock species and work with animals, but not have the large time commitment of owning and caring for an animal. Youth will compete as a team on a variety of livestock related topics. Some of these topics include anatomy and breeds of an animal, feed used in an animal diet, wholesale and retail cuts of meat derived from an animal, and production and management of animals. Livestock species studied include swine, sheep, goats and beef.

This club is open to youth ages 8-18. Meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Yancey County Senior Center. Continually accepting new members.

Horse Club

Learn science based, correct horse information that you can apply to your current or future experiences with horses. Club members will have opportunities to be part of competitive teams and individuals in North Carolina’s 4-H Horse Program and HAVE FUN with other peers who are also passionate about horses! This is an unmounted club. Participants will have opportunities to do ground work with horses, but riding will not be offered. Open to youth ages 8-18. Meetings are on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Yancey Senior Center.

STEM Club

Learn about all things science, robotics, engineering and more! Open to youth ages 8-18. Youth who participate in this program have the opportunity to attend NC 4-H Electric Congress in July of each year! Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Yancey Extension Office. Continually accepting new members.

electric club members working on projects

Robotics Team

Learn about robotics, programming and engineering principles while building and competing with your own robots. Open to youth ages 11-18. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Yancey Senior Center.

Cooking Club

Learn about kitchen safety, nutrition, knife safety and more! Explore cooking and baking all while making some yummy recipes! Open to youth ages 8-18 of all skill levels. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Burnsville Reconciliation House.

Arts & Crafts Club

Explore your creative side, learning about all avenues of arts & crafts! Open to youth ages 5-18. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Yancey Extension Office. Continually accepting new members.

children working on craft projects

Outdoor Adventures Club

Learn about natural resources, wildlife, hiking, environmental science and more! Youth have opportunities to attend several trips including hiking, outdoor cooking, kayaking and more! Open to youth ages 8-18. Regular Club Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., with additional field trips as announced. Continually accepting new members.

Sewing Club

Open to youth ages 5-18 of all skill levels! Learn the basics of sewing and craft your own creations to take home. Youth learn hand sewing and machine sewing techniques. Meeting occur on the first and third Tuesday’s at 5:30 p.m. Continually accepting new members.

LEGO Club

Open to youth ages 5-18 in Yancey County! Youth will participate in a variety of LEGO challenges, creating their own builds and expressing their creativity, all while making new friends! Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Continually accepting new members.

Yancey Longshots Shooting Sports Club

Learn about firearm education, safety, and participate in shooting sports activities, including shotgun, rifle and archery. Youth have the opportunity to participate in regional, district and state competitions. Open to youth ages 8-18 (as of January 1st of the current year). Club open enrollment period is January 1st- February 5th, 2024.

Practice Schedule:

  • Rifle
    • Juniors (Ages 8-13): The First and Third Thursday’s of each month at 6:00 p.m.
    • Seniors (Ages 14-18): The Second and Fourth Thursday’s of each month at 6:00 p.m.
  • Shotgun
    • Juniors (Ages 8-13): The First and Third Thursday’s of each month at 7:00 p.m.
    • Seniors (Ages 14-18): The Second and Fourth Thursday’s of each month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Archery
    • Juniors (Ages 8-13): The First and Third Thursday’s of each month at 6:00 p.m.
    • Seniors (Ages 14-18): The Second and Fourth Thursday’s of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Contact Jordan English (828-682-6186, jordan_english@ncsu.edu) for more information about any of these clubs!

If you are interested in a particular club not listed, please contact Jordan English to discuss options! Starting a new 4-H club only requires 5 youth participants and one adult volunteer. Members can pick a topic they are interested in and design a club around it!