Moore County 4-H

Moore County 4-H is an investment in your child's development and future!

4-H is the world’s largest out of school youth organization with nearly six million participants nationally. The 4-H mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnerships with caring adults to create sustainable community change.

Through non-formal, research-based, hands-on education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable, and compassionate members of their communities. 4-H has three primary program initiatives: citizenship, healthy living, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

4-H provides opportunities for youth ages 5-18 years old. 4-H is open to farm kids AND city kids - you do not have to live on a farm to experience 4-H!

We are so excited that you are interested in joining us! We are now using an online enrollment system called 4HOnline. This system should make it much easier to join 4-H and keep track of your clubs, projects and activities. Please be aware that there are many project options available when enrolling in 4HOnline, but not all of them are offered in Moore County. If you have further questions, you can always contact the Kaley Lawing, 4-H Youth Development Educator at (910) 947-3188.

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Moore County 4-H Clubs:

  • Top Shots 4-H Shooting Sports Club

  • Dare to Be Different 4-H Club

  • Growing Farmers 4-H Club

  • Moore County Teen Council

  • 4-H Sewing Club


For information on 4-H Clubs please contact 4-H Agent Kaley Lawing at (910)-947-3188 or [email protected]


We are always looking to start new and various clubs throughout the community. If you do not see a club that interests you, please contact us to find out how to start a new club!



Active members can be between the ages of 5-18 (as of January 1).  Prior to any participation in 4-H events and activities, we ask families to enroll each youth participant. There are no enrollment fees to become a member and your family does not have to participate with a club. Once you enroll, you will receive emails, information about available program opportunities and your child will be covered under our general 4-H accident insurance (only covers while at a 4-H sponosored event/activity)
We have transitioned enrollment to an online system called 4HOnline. If you are enrolling as of today, please begin to set up a family profile through 4HOnline. For more information or help go to NC 4HOnline or call our office at 910-947-3188.

Volunteer Opportunities

4-H relies heavily on volunteer participation in an effort to create an impact throughout the community.  

To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact the Kaley Lawing, 4-H Youth Development Educator at (910) 947-3188.

VOLUNTEER TITLE: 4-H Advisory Committee Member

TIME COMMITMENT: One to two year commitment of scheduled meetings as specified by the current Advisory Committee. 

PURPOSE: Support and advise 4-H professionals about the current and future needs of county youth, volunteers and families in order to promote and foster involvement in 4-H Youth Development Programs.


  • Help plan, conduct, evaluate and recommend hands-on, experientially based educational programs for youth and volunteers based on county needs
  • Lead and assist with educational clinics, workshops, fundraisers, and promotional events
  • Attend committee meetings and actively participate in the committees’ business, goals, objectives, mission and overall efforts in a positive manner
  • Encourage participation from parents, members, families, and the community in 4-H programs and activities at the county, district and state levels
  • Keep informed and share 4-H information communicated through the 4-H Youth Development website, social media, emails, etc.
  • Inform 4-H Professional(s) concerning training and resource needs of members or volunteers
  • Assist in securing resources to conduct, promote, and expand the 4-H program
  • Promote favorable public relations and a positive image of the 4-H program
  • Participate in educational opportunities to further knowledge and skills
  • Work with 4-H Professional(s), volunteers and youth in a positive manner that promotes teamwork and collaboration within the 4-H program.
  • Become familiar with and work within the philosophy, guidelines and standards of behavior of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina 4-H Program and the Moore County 4-H Program.


  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Analytical
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork


TERM OF RESPONSIBILITY: 1 year minimum, but leaders are encouraged to serve for several consecutive years.

TIME COMMITMENT: Average of one hour of planning time for every one hour of club activity (a typical club meeting lasts between 1 to 2 hours). Two hours bi-annually to attend leaders meetings or additional training opportunities. Additional time may be committed at the discretion of the individual.

PURPOSE: To provide overall 4-H club leadership. This includes coordinating members, parents and involving other leaders. The 4-H club leader communicates with other volunteers, county 4-H staff, club members and 4-H members’ parents and families to maintain smooth operation of the club. Support youth, volunteers and county 4-H staff members in conducting meaningful, educational experiences to help youth grow and reach their fullest potential. 4-H club leaders can be an individual, a team or a group of people that have specific roles that fulfill the 4-H club leader responsibilities.


1) Commit to young people and their growth in all areas.

  • Be dedicated to youth and be sensitive to their abilities and needs.
  • Help members gain life skills such as decision making, problem solving, self-responsibility, accountability, communication, goal setting, citizenship, caring relationships, leadership, healthy lifestyle choices and career exploration skills in project work.
  • Encourage youth to learn and experiment with new ideas, techniques and skills.
  • Provide feedback to members, letting them know when they are doing a good job and advising them when they need to improve. Praise youth for the progress they make.
  • Inform and encourage members, parents and other volunteers to actively participate in 4-H opportunities.

2) Provide a safe environment for all youth.

  • Follow all guidelines and policies of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the North Carolina 4-H and the Moore County 4-H program.

3) Coordinate project activities (meetings, work sessions, demonstrations, educational tours).

  • Attend club meetings and activities. If unable to attend, make arrangements for another approved 4-H volunteer to oversee activities.
  • Recruit new members, including underserved youth, when the club has openings.
  • Guide the club in setting goals, planning and carrying out activities.
  • Read 4-H newsletters and information from the Moore County Cooperative Extension office and share with members, parents and other volunteers.
  • Inform members and parents of project requirements and deadlines.
  • Welcome parents’ ideas, activity and project assistance, cooperation, support and attendance at 4-H activities.

4) Work closely with the county Cooperative Extension staff.

  • Communicate with staff regarding learning activities and materials, problems and participation in county, area, state and national events.
  • Collect enrollment and other information needed by Cooperative Extension office and adhere to deadlines.
  • Keep county 4-H staff member informed of club activities.
  • Participate in two or more volunteer development opportunities each year.
  • Submit year-end reports, including financial, to the Cooperative Extension office by the deadline.


  • Sincere interest in working with youth and adults in the community.
  • Ability to communicate with youth and adults.
  • Ability to resolve conflict positively and constructively.
  • Ability to organize, plan, delegate responsibility and carry out assignments.
  • Available time to carry out the club leader role.
  • Willingness to seek out resources and information.
  • Be a positive role model for youth.
  • Motivate and foster positive self esteem, decision making, problem solving, responsibility, leadership, career exploration and other life skills in youth.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Cooperative Extension provides leader training and subject matter training upon request.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must meet the following requirements before participating as a 4-H volunteer: complete and return the NC 4-H Volunteer Application, 4-H Volunteer Agreement and Standards of Behavior, 4-H Club Leader Position Description and Agreement, complete and pass a background check, and attend a new leader orientation.

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