Christmas Community Service Date Change - Friday December 6

Christmas Community Service
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, November 27
Friday, December 6 from 5:30pm to 8:30 at Extension Center
 We’ll have fun getting into the Christmas spirit by making and decorating Christmas cookies.  A portion of the baked cookies will be donated to Haywood Christian Ministries to be included in monthly food distribution boxes.  4-Hers will also be able to take some cookies home.  All 4-Hers are welcome to participate in this fun group community service starting at 5:30 to 8:30pm on Thursday December 5.  Afterwards we’ll have a classic Christmas movie and popcorn on the big screen. 

For dinner 4-H will provide lasagna.  Please bring a snack, salad, bread, or drinks to share.  Please call the Extension Center at 456-3575 to sign-up. We will only have cookie dough for youth participants that have registered.

4-H Masquerade Awards Banquet

Thursday, November 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Volunteer Leaders, youth leaders, and 4-Her’s will be recognized for their hard work and dedication at the
Annual Awards Banquet.  We will have our North Carolina State Officer Extension 4-H will provide hamburgers from Ammons' Restaurant, veggie sides, and sweet tea.  Please bring your favorite side dish to accompany the hamburgers and dessert. 

We will have a mask decorating station with the programs!  

Youth Council Member Survey

We would like to measure how much you’ve grown as a leader through your 4-H experiences during the past year.  The survey is to compare the results from last year’s survey input.  If you haven’t taken the survey yet please go ahead and do so; this will create a bench mark to use for yourself in the future. The survey will measure youth council member’s increased ability for presentation skills, ability to planning and organize events, and confidence to lead activities.  Please complete before  the Annual Awards Night on Thursday, November 7. 

The survey is located at
Youth council members need to enter the password:
Note: The password is case sensitive. That is Haywood with a capital "H."

Haywood 4-H Family Portrait Fundraiser

Friday, October 25
Cost $50
Just in time for the holidays Haywood County 4H is having a family portrait fundraiser.  Haywood 4-H is partnering with Fleenor Photography for the fundraiser.  The package is a great deal at $50 and is valued at $125 for similar portrait packages.  The package includes a CD with digital copies of photos from your session and one 8x10 professional quality print.  Families will be able to choose between a fabric backdrop or natural backdrop at the Department of Agriculture Test Farm.  Photos would be great for Christmas gifts or Thanksgiving or Christmas cards.  Please call the Extension office to schedule an appointment time for your family to take advantage of this great offer at 456-3575.

Annual Etiquette Dinner at Balsam Mountain Inn

Monday, August 5 at 6pm
Cost: $20 and business casual dress is required
Great opportunity to learn about properly using table manners, navigating a formal place setting, going through a buffet properly, and using utensils
correctly.  Scholarship interviewers and one day even your employer may want to see you in social situations to observe how you conduct yourself,
particularly if the job you want requires a certain standard of conduct with clients and superiors. Your familiarity and comfort with proper etiquette could open many opportunities!  The Etiquette Dinner will be held at the Balsam Mountain Inn on Monday, August 5 starting at 6pm.  The cost is $20 and 4-Hers will need to dress business casual. 
Please call the Extension Center at 456-3575 to sign-up by Thursday, August 1.

4-H Electric Congress

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Monday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 24
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.  This year Electric Congress will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
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.  Haywood County will send two county delegates chosen based upon participation in electric project and leadership over county electric workshop.  The 2013 delegates have already been selected to help teach the county electric workshop to be held this Fall. 

Sequoyah Fund Cherokee Entrepreneurship Camp

Wolftown Gym on the Cherokee Reservation
Monday July 22 through Friday, July 25
Cost: Free (transportation on your own)
Sequoyah Fund is designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Haywood County and far west counties succeed through business training and starter loans programs.  This exciting opportunity for youth ages 10 to 14 will teach them how to become entrepreneurs though interactive workshops on how to be a business owner at any age, develop websites, apps, commercials, and end the week with a zip line trip.  For more information or to sign-up contact Hope Huskey at the Sequoyah Fund at 828-359-5005.

Farm to Fork Day Camp

Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18
Youth ages 5 to 13
Looking for an opportunity to scratch around in the dirt! Farm to Fork Day Camp offers the perfect soil-lution.  Open to 4-Hers 5 to 13 year olds.  Day campers will get to experience life on the farm!  4-Hers will get to tour a variety of local farms in Haywood County and do hands-on learning sessions to learn about how things grow and information about vegetable gardening.  To help offset costs the camp is sponsored by Haywood County Farm Bureau.  The cost is $35 which includes materials and lunch.  Please call the Extension Center to register at 456-3575.

The camp will be held at the Pigeon Community Center.  4-Her's will need to bring sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes.

Gem Mining at Mason Mountain Mine in Macon County

Thursday June 20 starting at 10am
Cost: $6.00 per person for 2 buckets of dirt.
Tartan Museum charges $1.00 for ages 6-12 and $2 for adults
Open to all 4-H families – Transportation is on your own
Location: Downtown Franklin for museums and
Hwy 28 for Mason Mountain Mine
You may strike it rich gem mining!  While in Macon County, you will also want to visit the Historical Museum, the Gem and Mineral Museum, Ruby City Gem Shop and Scottish Tartan Museum all in downtown Franklin.  Take a walk along the Greenway and enjoy your picnic at one of the shelters or at the picnic tables between the Historical and Gem Museums.  What to Bring: Bring picnic lunch and water, sun screen, hat and bug repellent.  Call the Extension Center at 456-3575 to register by June 7th.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Day at Cataloochee

Tuesday, June 11 from 10am to 4pm
(please note if rainy weather event will be canceled)
Open to all 4-H families
Grab your passport, not the one to leave the county, but your National Park Passport and go with Haywood County Extension 4-H to Cataloochee! 
4-Hers are encouraged to bring their cameras and take photos to enter into their county’s fair this fall.  4-Hers will view wildlife including deer, elk, and turkey; as well as homes and barn structures from the time period.  4-Hers will walk trails, eat watermelon, and pitch horseshoes or corn hole, play in the creek and enjoy a beautiful day as Appalachian kids would have over 100 years ago. 
Participants need to bring pack lunch, towel, swim clothes, sunscreen, water shoes, camera, snacks, and refillable water bottle.  Teen youth council members will also work on two spots for the environmental video.  This event is free.  Please call the Extension Center at 456-3575 to sign-up.

Basic Self Defense Class

Monday and Wednesdays, June 10 & 12 and June 17 & 19
Extension Center from 10am to 11:30am
No Cost - participants need to bring a water bottle and snacks to share
Instructor Marshall Hell, from MedWest Fitness Center will lead this four-session self defense class.  The class is designed to help youth participants
defend themselves in an attack situation.  4-Hers will learn methods and
maneuvers to escape.  As a youth council project the class is offered free of charge to 4-Hers.  However, 4-Hers need to bring snacks to share and a
refillable-water bottle.  Please call the Extension Center at 456-3575 to sign-up

4-H Spring Fling

Monday, May 20 from 5pm to 8:30pm at Extension Center
All 4-Hers and 4-H families are invited to attend.  4-H will have Teen Leadership Council Meeting to set up dates for the environmental video, You Be the Chef workshop on cake decorating, and an electric high volt demonstration by Haywood Electric Membership Cooperative, have lawn games set-up, and have a softball game.  4-H will provide hotdogs, buns, condiments, and sweet tea.  Please bring a side of your choice.  You Be the Chef workshop will be cake decorating were each youth will learn how to use different icing tips to create a variety of effects on their cupcake.  Please RSVP for a food count by calling the Extension Office by May 15 at 456-3575.

District Activity Day

This Saturday, April 27 at Haywood Community College
10:30 Presentations/ Entertains Competitions Start
12 noon Lunch at Cafe
1:45 Awards Ceremony in Auditorium 
Those 4-Her’s advancing from the county level presentation and public speaking contest are able to compete on the district level at District Activity Day.  The top winners in each category can compete at the state level in Raleigh, NC during State 4-H Congress.  State winners in sponsored categories receive cash awards.   In specific categories, the state-winning seniors may go on to compete at the national level.  All county presentation presenters were county winners this year and are invited to compete at the district level and represent Haywood County.  4-Hers are chosen from each age division and category at county competition at County Activity Night each year.