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Swain County 4-H Clubs

Interested in being part of 4-H?

Joining a club is a great way for youth to get started!! Call 488-3848 for more information on where to begin!

West Swain 4-H Club

Regular club meetings will be held in the western part of the county. Youth learn about 4-H and study the world around them through science and nature. Youth will take on a greater leadership role in the club again this year. They will work in teams and with the club leader to learn and practice new crime & spy science experiments that they will later discuss and demonstrate to club members during meetings.

For youth ages: 5 – 18
Leader: Melissa Vaughn

2017-2018 Club Meeting Dates

3rd Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Swain County Cooperative Extension Center

Theme: Crime & Spy Science – This club year we will investigate crime scenes and learn the skills necessary to become top detectives and solve mysteries!

Aug 24 – Spy Kits/Opening Letters
Sept 21 – Hidden Messages
Oct 26 – Fingerprinting
Nov 16 – Mystery Powder Analysis
Nov 22 – Christmas Decorating @ Senior Center (10:30 am-12) ~ Service Project
Dec 14 – Dipped in Chocolate: Make Christmas Treats (5:30 pm with Ms. Dee)
Jan 18 – Professor Whizzpop’s Scientific Stunt Show (rescheduled for Sept 7)
Feb 15 – Cancelled
Mar 8 – DNA Extraction
Apr 19 – A House Divided
May 10 – Election & Spy Photo Booth Year-end Party

4-H Tangled Feet Stompers

Swain County 4-H’s youth clogging group! littlecloggersJoin this fun energetic group of young people and learn some new clogging steps. Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in local clogging events and activities to show off their skills!

For youth ages: 5 – 18
Clogging Instructors: Kerry Cannon & Dee Decker

Clogging is FREE and meets on Tuesdays in the SCC – Swain Center auditorium.

  • 5:00 pm Beginner Youth 4+
  • 5:30 pm Intermediate Competition
  • 6:00 pm Adult Intermediate

Call Dee Decker at 488-3848 for more information.

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TWD 4-H Sewing Club

(Dates are based on Swain County Public Schools Teacher Work Days and are subject to change)

For Ages 9-18
Instructors: Dee Decker and Melissa Vaughn

October 6 – Fall Crafts
November 22 – Christmas Ornaments & Stockings
December 21 – Last Minute Gifts
February 9 – Gifts from the Heart – CANCELLED
Summer 2018 – More sewing opportunities will be offered!

Sewing machines will be provided along with various denim fabric and accessories.

  • Ages 5-19
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Snacks and water provided

Show off your creative side, by designing and sewing fun items to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Directions for various crafts will be available, but youth are encouraged to come up with their own creations too!!

Butterfly and Garden Club

For Ages 9-18
Instructor: Jennifer Hill

Come join us for some fun while we learn about agriculture, gardening and becoming citizen scientists. Some of our plans include planting a Butterfly Garden at the County Administration Building where we will become citizen scientist and log data to monitor and identify butterfly species as well as planting a vegetable and butterfly garden at the SCC Swain Center and an edible and medicinal herb garden on the NOC campus.

March 13, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Swain County Cooperative Extension

Location of club meetings will vary.

March: 13 & 27
April: 3 & 17
May: 1, 15, & 29
June: 5, 12, & 26
July: 3, 17, & 31
August: 7, 14, & 28
September: 4, 11, & 25
October: 2, 16 & 30
November: 6, 20 & 27
December 11

4-H Shooting Sports Club

For Ages 9-18

We hope to be able to offer Rifle, Archery, Hunting Skills (minus shotgun), and Air Pistol. Youth are able to bring their own equipment but it must be safe for use and the correct size.  

Shooting Sports Club Range Meeting
March 15, 2018
3:30 pm
Smoky Mountain Bait & Tackle

Hunter Safety Training
All youth participants need to sign up for Hunter Safety. Please do so with this link.

March 5 & 6, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Swain County Cooperative Extension
Class is FREE

4-H Livestock Club

For Ages 9-18

Would you like to raise an animal, learn how to care for it, show it at the fair, and more? All animals, including backyard livestock, can be involved. We’ll begin by learning about Sheep, Poultry, and Rabbit. Animals are not required for participation. Family involvement highly recommended.

This club meeting: Livestock Q&A (4-Hers bring in 3 questions about your favorite livestock) and Livestock Judging.

Livestock Club Meeting
March 1, 2018
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Swain County Cooperative Extension 

Other Dates:
May 3
June 7
July 5
August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6
Other dates and activities may be added throughout the year.

Call 488-3848 for more details.


Participation in 4-H activities helps youth gain assets critical to positive youth development: character, connection, caring, competence, confidence and enable them to contribute to their communities through service and leadership.

If your child is interested in joining 4-H, please call 488-3848 or come by our office for more information.

Check out Swain County 4-H on Facebook – for the most up-to-date happenings!!

Important 4-H Forms

Written By

Photo of Melissa VaughnMelissa VaughnCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 488-3848 (Office) melissa_vaughn@ncsu.eduSwain County, North Carolina
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