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4-H Congress

Introduction to NC 4-H Congress

4-H Congress is an annual educational event sponsored by North Carolina 4-H and planned by the State 4-H Council and Congress Advisory Committee. North Carolina 4-H’ers ages 13-18 are invited to participate in this annual event.

The major purposes of N.C. 4-H Congress are:

  • To perpetuate the reputation of 4-H as a major state-wide educational program.
  • To improve delegates knowledge of current issues through educational experiences such as speakers, discussion groups, workshops, etc.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop and exercise leadership skills through serving on committees and participating in certain programs.
  • To provide an opportunity for delegates to participate in the democratic process through campaigning for and electing state 4-H officers.
  • To provide recreational and social experiences for delegates.
  • To select winners in presentations and certain activities through state contests.
  • To provide recognition for project, activity, and scholarship winners.

4-H Congress Highlights                                     Youth participating in NC 4-H Congress

Highlights of 4-H Congress include:

  • Four days in Raleigh
  • Meeting new friends
  • Electing new State 4-H Officers
  • Participating in awesome workshops
  • Hearing from engaging speakers
  • Participating in the Candlelighting Ceremony
  • Giving to others through Hands to Service

Previous Congress Programs

Candlelighting Ceremony

clover candelighting ceremony

The Candlelighting Ceremony coordinated by the NC 4-H Honor Club is one of the highlights of North Carolina 4-H Congess. Each male delegate forms the H’s while the female delegates form the clover leaves around them. NC 4-H Honor Club members form the stem of the clover.