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Madison County 4-H

Creating Leaders One Youth at a Time

Youth: STEM, Agriculture, Healthy Living, Civic Engagement

4-H emblem4-H Welcomes All Youth Ages 5-18. Join for FREE! 

Contact your local 4-H Agent: misty_varnell@ncsu.edu | 828.649.2411


How to get involved:

  • Join a 4-H club in your area!
  • Start a 4-H club – all you need are 5 youth from 3 families, and 1 adult leader!
  • Join a special interest group that explores a specific topic for a short time.
  • Join as an individual and do a project of your choice.
  • Attend 4-H Summer Fun camps!
  • Look for 4-H in your school!
  • Homeschooling? We have 4-H curriculum and educational kits available!

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Head, Heart, Hands, Health

I pledge

My Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service, and

My Health to better living

For my club, my community,

My country, and my world.


4-H is for YOU! 

Do you like learning new and exciting things? Spending time with friends and meeting new people? Working with your hands? Enjoy activities like riding horses, cooking new foods, science, and technology projects, being outside? Then 4-H is for you!

What is 4-H?

4-H is an organization for youth ages 5-18 who enjoy “learning by doing.” The four pillars are STEM, Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Civic Engagement. The possibilities are endless. You choose what you want to learn about in 4-H.

Why Join 4-H?

Are you all about competition and awards? Do you prefer working cooperatively and being recognized for your work? Are you one who would rather work alone? We have it all, and in 4-H we work to build people so don’t worry about making mistakes – we learn by doing! Our motto is “To Make the Best Better.”

4-H offers opportunities for youth and adults to develop self-esteem and experience feelings of success and achievement. There are county, district, state, and national events and awards, including college scholarships!

Where and When to 4-H Clubs Meet?

The time and place, as well as the frequency, varies with each group. You will determine what is best for you. Some clubs meet once a month, while others meet more often during a specific project, such as target sports or livestock. Meetings can be held in places including homes, community buildings, churches, or schools.

Who are the 4-H Leaders?

Volunteers are the heart of 4-H. All volunteers must pass a background check and successfully complete training on working with youth and creating a safe environment. Volunteers receive additional training relevant to the 4-H activities they lead.

The Madison County 4-H Program is coordinated by the 4-H Agent, Misty Varnell, and 4-H Program Assistant, Cathy Brackins. They can be reached at 828-649-2411 or by email.

How do I Join 4-H?

Contact your 4-H Agent and enroll in 4-H for free at 4HOnline.

Madison County 4-H Agent: Misty Varnell

misty_varnell@ncsu.edu | 828.649.2411

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the United States, with over 7 million participants. In North Carolina, 4-H equips more than 262,200 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.