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Cabarrus County 4-H Teen Program

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There’s so much for teens to do in 4-H!

True Leaders Grow Here!


County Council

This group of youth helps plan and implement the county 4-H Program. Activities include: regular meetings (all are welcome), Teen Lock In, County Day of Service, Achievement Night, Talent Show, Expressive Arts, and program promotional events. Elections take place at November meeting. Applications accepted any time.

See the County Council Officer Guidelines  and the  Officer Nomination Form

Summer Leaders

Youth interested in leading summer day camps may apply and interview to be part of our summer leader group.

Cabarrus County Youth Commission

In partnership with the Cabarrus County Board of Commission, 20 seats are available for this citizenship action group. Teens work to bring awareness to youth related issues and learn more about local government to bring information to their schools. Two seats are available for area public high schools and four “At-Large” seats are available for non-public and non-traditional school settings. Applications are accepted ONLINE all year with an emphasis to fill all seats by September. 

Cabarrus County Citizenship Focus

Talk to your civics teacher about bringing your class to this half day free experience. Meet with county departments to learn more about services provided by your tax dollars. Engage with a panel of elected officials to get your questions answered. Participate in a real world budget simulation and see how tax dollars are spent and the role elected officials play. Funding is available to support bus and substitute expenses. Contact for more information.

County Program

As part of our county 4-H program, youth can also participate in public speaking  and presentation contest, talent show, expressive arts celebration and achievement night.  Joining a club will open even more doors!


South Central District Winter Enrichment

Teens from across the district come together to learn, serve and play at this one day event. Held in January at a different host county each year, we explore venues and recreation around the district. See 4-H Agent for details. Registration in December. 

South Central District Teen Retreat

Hosted by our District 4-H Officers, this three day, two night experience offers a good mix of leadership, community service and citizenship. Held each spring at Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center. Activities include district officer campaigns and elections, community service, and traditional camp activities like dance and bonfire. Includes all meals and transportation. Registration open Jan-Feb.

District Program

Youth of all ages can also compete in a variety of district competitions including: horse bowl, animal shows, public speaking and presentations, and Enviro-thon.


NC 4-H Congress

Teens from all of over North Carolina converge in Raleigh for this culminating four day event. Starting with state presentation final competition, 4-H Congress includes fun workshops, large scale community service events, state officer campaigns and elections, other state competitions, formal awards banquet and dance, fun cultural experiences and recreation in the Raleigh area. Usually around $360 to attend, scholarships can be earned by participating in presentations and other 4-H events. Congress Registration

NC Citizenship Focus

Meet with our elected representatives in Raleigh for a first hand experience with politics and our state government. Tour government buildings in Raleigh and join other 4-H’ers in mock situations of real-world scenarios. Usually around $200 to attend and limited spaces available. Apply by May 1.
Citizenship North Carolina Focus Application

Youth Summit

Get a more hands on experience by working directly with our County Commissioners as they attend their annual association retreat. Only one youth per county may attend. All expenses paid. Usually three days Fri-Sun in August. See your 4-H Agent for details.

Electric Congress

FREE trip hosted by our electricity co-ops!  Great experience including community service, leadership and learning, all revolving around electricity. Youth earn FREE trip by:

  1. Completing a 4-H electricity project (can do twice)
  2. Completing a 4-H electricity portfolio
  3. Recruiting and teaching others to do a 4-H electricity project

Camping Program

All three of our state 4-H camping centers offer age appropriate options for teens. Check out shooting sports, wildlife and horsemanship at Millstone; sailing, adventure camp, and wildlife at Eastern 4-H Center and Adventurers, Trekkers and LIT (leaders-in-training) at Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center.


This competition encourages teens to strengthen those soft skills needed for seeking employment. Teens submit an Application, Resume and Essay by May 1. Youth then participate in interviews as part of NC 4-H Congress. Some youth will be selected to earn scholarship money to attend National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference or International Leadership Conference.

State Program

The state program is planned and hosted by the State 4-H Officers. Youth can participate in state competitions including public speaking, horse, avian, forestry, livestock, poultry, dairy and presentations. See your 4-H agent for more details.


National 4-H provides opportunities for youth to participate in networking, leadership, citizenship and cultural opportunities all across the nation. NC 4-H sends a delegations as part of AIRE awards (see above). Other national events include National Youth Science Experiment, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus and the Youth in Action Awards.