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Transylvania County 4-H Clubs

Club enrollment is open year round. If a club is full, a waiting list will be kept. For more information or to join a group/club, contact your local 4-H agent, Mary Arnaudin, at 828-884-3109 or

French Broad Riders

13-18 year olds

For teens who love horses — you don’t even have to own a horse to join! Learn about horses and horsemanship from area experts, practice leadership skills, and help others in our community. Meets the 2nd Thursday each month at the Cooperative Extension Center from 6:30-7:30 pm plus occasional field trips and projects. Leaders: Sara Cathey and Jessica Page. Cost: Annual $25 fee to state 4-H horse program –  provides free registration to enter 4-H horse art & writing contests, horse bowl, and horse judging competition.

Sassy Spurs

9-12 year olds

For 9-12 year olds who love horses — you don’t have to own a horse to join! Have fun learning the basics about horses and horsemanship with others from across the county. Work together to help others in our community. Leaders: Missy Tucker and Alison Batson. Meet at the Cooperative Extension Center the 2nd Thursday each month from 6:30-7:30 or at area horse facilities. Cost: annual $25 fee to state 4-H horse program provides free registration to enter 4-H horse art & writing contests, horse bowl, and horse judging competition.

4-H Teen Council

ages 13-18

For teens only. Work together and have fun making a difference in our community, travel to district and state 4-H events, and gain leadership skills. Leader: Casey Lance. Meets 4th Monday at the Extension Center from 4:00 – 5:00 or 6:00-7:00 pm depending on the program, plus extra projects and trips decided by the council.

The Backyard Barnyard Club

ages 5-18

For anyone who loves “farm” animals and wants to learn how to take care of them. This club focuses on rabbits, chickens, cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. You do not have to own livestock to join – we will help arrange for you to have a project animal to show and report on. Parents attend and learn along with their children. Leaders: Anita Arnold and Anna Harris. Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Additional “barnyard” field trips with project animals are scheduled as needed to learn specifics of handling and showing.

Sapphire Warriors

ages 5-18

For young people in the Sapphire/Whitewater/Toxaway area. Focus for 2014 is on the outdoors, gardening, healthy living, sewing, and community service. The club plans to attend 4-H camp in Reidsville July 6-11. Leaders: Bruce & April Hutchinson and Darcy Dobbins. Meets at the Sapphire/Whitewater Community Center 1st and 3rd Mondays each month from 5:00-6:30 pm.

Locavore Cooking Club

for grades 6-8

For middle school guys and gals who like to cook – with a focus on using as many local produced ingredients as possible. Members help decide what they’ll cook, work together to follow recipes, and sample the tasty products. Leaders: Kate Renner and Joy Hybil. Meets at the Cooperative Extension kitchen the third Wednesday each month from 3:30 to 5:30. Cost is $30/member to cover the cost of ingredients for the year.

Trail Trekkers

ages 6, 7, and 8 with their parents

For families who want to explore the natural world and learn about wildlife. Adventures include hiking, fishing, canoeing, and programs with naturalists. Leaders: AMy Tayler and Adam Dewitt. Meets the 4th Friday evening or Saturday morning at various locations – depending on the activity planned. Siblings are welcome if supervised by parents.

Farm Fun Club

for ages 8-12

For boys and girls ages 8-12 and their parents. This club plants and tends the vegetable garden at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, visits local farms, and helps feed the farm animals at Gywnn Valley Camp. Siblings are welcome on field trips. Meets at the

Outdoor Adventure Club

for ages 12-15

For adventure seekers who want to experience outdoor sports like mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, and horseback riding. This club meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Cooperative Extension Center from 5:30-7:00 pm to plan adventures for dates that work with the members. Leaders: YMCA Camp Greenville staff Susan Hunter and Blake Burks. Cost: $30-35 per adventure, depending on the trip.

Sci Girls

For girls who love science and engineering – or think that they might! This hands-on science program provides a supportive setting for girls to find answers to real problems, figure out how things work, and develop confidence & critical thinking skills. Investigation topics based on 4H and Sci Girls curricula. Leaders: Christi Whitworth (PARI educator) and Mary Arnaudin (4H agent), both trained SciGirls facilitators. Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at either Cooperative Extension or PARI from 6:00-8:00 pm. The cost is $10 a girl for each session. Check the PARI website, or to register each month.

Dairy Judging

for middle & high school students

Practices run September-October with the state contest in October. Coach: Dan Harris

Livestock Judging

for 9-18 year olds

Potential team to form in the spring for contest in July. Coach: Dan Harris

Horse Bowl

for 9-18 year olds

Quiz bowl contest about all aspects of horses. Five member teams practice December-March with district contest February 8 and the state contest in March. Coach: Crystal Holden

Horse Judging

for 9-18 year olds

Practices run January-April with the state contest in April. Coach: Jessica Page

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