NC State Extension

Youth Congress

Introduction to NC 4-H Congress

The N.C. State 4-H Congress is an annual educational event sponsored by the 4-H Youth Development Department at N.C. State University and planned by the State 4-H Council. This council is composed of 20 young people who serve as officers from their respective districts and 4 state officers who are elected at Congress. The Congress will be attended by approximately 600 youth ranging in age from 9 through 18 and representing every county in North Carolina.

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.

Congress Programs

Candlelighting Ceremony

clover candelighting ceremony

The Candlelighting Ceremony coordinated by the NC 4-H Honor Club is one of the highlights of congress. 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.

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