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.
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
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.