4-H Club offers diverse programs for youth in Polk County 

Published 11:46 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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COLUMBUS—The 4-H Club in Polk County is gearing up for its Fall semester and offering a range of programs for youth ages 5 to 18. 

The club’s motto is to “make the best better” and their programs aim to do just that. The classes and programs take place at the NC Co-Op Extension behind the Meeting Place at 79 Carmel Lane in Columbus. The classes run on a semester basis and registration is now open for the Fall semester beginning in September. 

While the programs offered are agriculturally focused, the club also offers citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs. 

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For the youngest members, aged 5 to 7, Clover Buds is a club where kids can experience nature through hands-on activities and learn important life skills such as decision-making and communication. 

Animal lovers have the opportunity to learn about domesticated animals in the Goat Club and Chicken Club. In addition to animal care, the classes teach kids about the products that goats and chickens provide. Aspiring chefs aged 9 and up can participate in Kitchen Quest, where they will explore the world of cuisine and sharpen their skills in the kitchen. 

For teenagers, there is the Teen Council for ages 12 and up, where they can work together in a student-led journey to unlock their leadership qualities. The council organizes community projects and works to create positive change in the local community. 

To register for any of these programs, interested participants must have a 4-H online account which can be set up at 4honline.com Classes fill up quickly and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Helen Blackwell at (828) 894-8218.