Brunswick County 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship & life skills.

Youth in Brunswick County Learn and Lead on Alternative Energy October 8, 2009

4h-NSE-logoOn October 7, youth in Brunswick County joined hundreds of thousands of young people around the nation to simultaneously create biofuel. As part of 4-H National Youth Science DayTM, youth participated in Biofuel Blast, the 2009 National Science Experiment. This year’s experiment taught youth how cellulose and sugars in plants – such as corn, switchgrass, sorghum and algae – can be converted into fuel and how alternative energies can be used in their own communities.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day sparks an early youth interest in science and science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering and technology year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New IdeasTM campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering and technology programs by the year 2013.

In fact, according to a longitudinal study by Tufts University, youth who participate in 4-H are more likely to get better grades in school, to seek out science classes, to see themselves going to college, and to contribute positively in their communities. In addition, 4-H youth have been shown to better resist peer pressure and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

“Engaging youth early in scientific exploration has been shown to spark a lasting interest in the sciences,” said Blair Green, 4-H Extension Agent. “Science can often seem intimidating to young people, but 4-H National Youth Science Day makes science fun, real, and accessible. Kids will learn about cutting edge technologies and then take the next step to lead by applying what they’ve learned in their very own community.”

As part of the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture implemented by the nation’s 106 land-grant colleges and universities, 4-H has been educating youth in the sciences for over 100 years. In fact, the land-grant colleges and universities have been deeply involved in biofuel research for some time and will showcase their work to inspire youth on 4-H National Youth Science Day.

4-H’s robust and university research-based science curriculum, combined with new initiatives like 4-H National Youth Science Day, will arm youth with the necessary technical skills to help America maintain its competitive edge in the global marketplace.

NYSD 2009

About 4-H National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day takes place every year during National 4-H Week (October 4th through the 10th). In 2008, 4-H National Youth Science Day kicked off its inaugural year by partnering with Steve Spangler to showcase Helpful Hydrogels – an experiment that uses scientific principles to teach youth across the nation about water conservation. Youth from every state in the nation tested the effectiveness of water absorbing polymers in an easy-to-administer soil and water experiment followed by sharing their results online and engaging youth around the country in a dialogue about important environmental issues.

This year’s national science experiment – Biofuel Blast – was developed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension and Wisconsin 4-H with generous sponsor support provided by John Deere and DuPont. For more information on 4-H National Youth Science Day, please visit


Brunswick County Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H

Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on October 5th, 2009.  The night was packed full of activities, including a Favorite Foods Fair, a 4-H themed Cake Decorating Contest, entertainment, and a time capsule dedication.  Many honors were given including a thanks to volunteer leaders for all of their time and dedication to the program, to Farm Bureau for their continual support of 4-H, to Mr. & Mrs. Earp for donating the use of their farm for the past 20 years for our Life on the Farm 3rd grade school enrichment program, and to the past Brunswick County 4-H professionals in attendance.  Thanks was also given to Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Hills, Walmart, and Lowe’s for their donations.  Entertainment was provided by Amber & Rosie Yurgel with a 4-H Cheer and by Samantha Lawrence sining “We Are 4-H.”

Centennial Celebration


Governor’s Pages Selected September 16, 2009

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“Hi everyone,  As you know we are Partnering with the Governor’s Page Office this year to offer a week for our 4-H’ers to serve as a Governor’s Page.  They will be serving the week of October 5-9, 2009.  This is also National 4-H Week.  We were offered to fill 12 slots this year.  After our application selection process – below are the names of those that have been selected.

See below for those that were selected:

 Rachel Isom, Gaston County
Courtney Colditz, Martin County
Kaitlin Williams, Lee County
Adam Caldwell, Sampson County
Chris Schultz, Gaston County
Brittany Hollis, Bladen County
Amy Whitley-Anthony, Martin County
Abigail Dana – Carteret County
Sarah Harris – Beaufort County
Guy Perkins – Lincoln
Courtney Miller – Richmond County
Kristen Yates, Wilkes County

 Governor’s Page website:


Thanks and Congratulations to everyone!”

-Shannon B. McCollum
Extension 4-H Associate


Rescheduled to Monday October 13th, 2008… October 9, 2008

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“Dancing and a Movie in the Garden” To top off the celebration of National 4-H Week, we are planning on Dance Lessons in the Garden followed by a movie.  Events start at 4PM and end at 8PM.  Make your reservations for Family Night by calling the office by October 10th.  We will start with shagging lessons with Charlie Spencer and learn line dancing with Leslie.  After dancing, we will have pizza, and then enjoy the Movie with popcorn.  The evening will cost $2.00 per person or $5.00 for the whole family.  Movie choices are “Remember the Titans”, “Finding Nemo”, “Homeward Bound” or “Happy Feet”.  Vote for your movie choice by when making reservations. 


Walk for the Clover October 8, 2008

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Walk for the Clover

Walk for the Clover

On Wednesday October 7th in honor of National 4-H Week, a Walk for the Clover was held at the Brunswick County Government Complex.  Minus being a little windy, it was a perfect fall day to hold a walk.  Four 4-H’ers showed up to help and there were 12 participants in the walk.  Walkers had to complete four laps or about 1.3 miles; receiving a 4-H token for each lap (one for head, heart, hands, and health).  When they had all four tokens they could turn them in for a 4-H Cup.  It was a great time for everyone. 


Rosie helping at the walk

Rosie helping at the walk

Thank you Amber and Rosie Yurgel and Justin and Bryan Simmons and all of our enthusiastic participants!!


Clover Bites Dog Treats Now On Sale

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Clover Bite Dog Treats

Clover Bite Dog Treats

During National 4-H Week several 4-H’ers joined us in the kitchen to make homemade dogs treats for a county fundraiser.  The delicious treats sell for $3.00 just a bag!  (And we personally know that they are tasty!)  All of the ingredients are human grade and safe for pets.  If you would like to support your local 4-H’ers and purchase a bag or two, just contact us at the office or send us an order form.  They make great gifts!  If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, print out an order form and start selling!  A big thanks goes to Amber, Rosie, Bryan, Justin, Olivia, Amber, and Katie for helping with the treats!


National 4-H Week Poster Contest September 10, 2008

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What does 4-H mean to you?

In order to help celebrate National 4-H Week, Brunswick County 4-H is sponsoring a Poster Contest.  4-H’ers can turn in one poster that depicts what 4-H means to them.  They will be judged and one winner per age group will be chosen.  The top posters will receive 4-H Scholarship money and the posters will be displayed at strategic locations within Brunswick County.  Posters are due to the Cooperative Extension Office, Building N by October 1st at 5:00 pm.