Welcome to Clover Connection, Buncombe County 4-H's Homepage!
4-H is a FUN "learn-by-doing" educational program for young people ages 5-19. Through 4-H clubs, projects, presentations, activities and events, young people make new friends while gaining knowledge and skills that last a lifetime. 4-H provides excellent opportunities for parents to spend quality time with their children. Parents can volunteer to help with club activities and many families turn 4-H events into family outings. To learn more about the overall North Carolina 4-H Program, click here.
Who can join 4-H?
Any boy or girl 5-19 years of age (as of January 1), regardless of race, sex, disability, color, national origin or religion may join 4-H by enrolling through a 4-H club or their 4-H office, which is part of their county's Cooperative Extension Center. Children 5-8 years of age may participate in 4-H through the Cloverbud Program.
Where does 4-H meet?
Most 4-H clubs meet once a month, although some meet more often. Meeting places vary, depending upon the club and its activities. Some meet in homes, others in community centers or church buildings. Special activities and programs are often held in the conference room of the Buncombe County Extension Center.
4-H Project Records. Project records highlight what a 4-H’er has learned and done in a specific project area for a period of 12 months. The books are judged in age categories of: 9-10, 11-12, 13-15 and 16-18. They are submitted to the Buncombe County 4-H office by December 1 of each year. The top county winners in each of the curriculum areas are then submitted for district competition. For a guide to completing 4-H project records, go to
Fashion Revue, Craft Fair and Talent Showcase. Each spring, 4-H members from across the county show off their talents in all facets of expressive arts--from sewing and photography to singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument. Outstanding Junior and Senior entrants are selected in both the Fashion Revue and Craft Fair, and two participants in the Talent Showcase are chosen to perform at 4-H Entertains at District Activity Day in the summer. To check out
Mini-Gardening Project. Each summer. Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners provide seeds, plants and instruction for 4-H members who participate in the county 4-H mini-garden project. Participants work together as families and 4-H'ers must complete a gardening journal as part of the project. At the end of the summer, participants get together for a potluck sharing of the fruits (and vegetables!) of their labors, and receive recognition for their efforts.
4-H Camps. The North Carolina 4-H Camping Program offers programming for 4-H’ers of all ages. Counties generally take a delegation of 4-H’ers (ages 8-13) to one of the 4-H camping centers for 4-H Junior Camp each summer. County camp locations and dates change each year. A few of the general 4-H camps utilize Counselors-in-Training (CIT). These are 4-H’ers not quite old enough to be a full time camp counselor – but at least 16 years old. CIT’s generally work at a camp for two weeks to gain counselor experience. Other 4-H Specialty Camps available are: Fur, Fish and Game, Shooting Sports, Marine Science, Cloverbud, Foprestry and others. Camp recruitment begins in January of each year. To learn more, check out
4-H Electric Congress. North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress is an educational event designed to recognize excellence in the Electric Program throughout the state. Electric Congress travels from region to region of the state, thus allowing for a variety of programming opportunities for everyone. 4-H members participate in workshops, meet their power company representatives, and interact with other electric winners. 4-H’ers must be at least 11 years old to attend. Counties may send 2 project winners, 2 cumulative record participants, and one program recruiter. April 15 is the deadline to register. 4-H Electric Congress is usually held the 2nd week of July. To learn more, check out NC 4-H Electric Program