The Buncombe County Extension Service, which runs the program, currently oversees 10 clubs. Three of them are Project clubs, which are organized around a common interest in a subject or topic such as horses, rabbits, goats or sewing. The other seven clubs are Community, or Cloverbud, clubs, which allow each member to chose his or her own topic.
4-H costs nothing to join, and members are not required to purchase a uniform. Member expenses are minimal and determined by the club itself. Activity expenses are usually covered by money-making projects conducted by the club.
The project a member selects will also determine costs, which can vary greatly. Each member is responsible for meeting the costs of their selected projects. For example, raising a market lamb for a 4-H project would likely be more costly than a recycling project.
There are many ways to join 4-H. Kids can join a group in their area, join a special interest group, start a club (it takes five members and an adult) or enroll as an individual. Contact the Extension service for more information.
Read the full article