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What is 4-H?

4-H is our state’s largest positive youth development program, empowering young across North Carolina. 4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. N.C. Cooperative Extension at NC State University and NC A&T State University conducts the 4-H program. 4-H is the largest youth organization in North Carolina with 20,000 volunteers and has served more than 247,000 youth. 4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four H’s on the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is the only youth organization based at land-grant universities and provides the first experience many youth have with higher education. Check out the National 4-H Club headquarters fact sheet or our PowerPoint Presentation to learn more.

Kids Build Life Skills Through Hands-On Learning
Kids build life skills by leading hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and, civic engagement – helping them to grow confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion. Adult mentors provide a positive environment where they learn by doing. This 4‑H experience is delivered by a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation.
Life Skills to Lead
4‑H’s hands-on approach is proven to grow life skills like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion through stages and developed through experiences, not instruction. The result? Kids who are empowered with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
Hands-On Experiences
More young people need the kind of hands-on, youth-led experiences that 4‑H provides. Experiences where they learn by doing, grow from failure, express their ideas and use their influence to drive positive outcomes. Adult mentors provide guidance, ask questions, share learnings and encourage.
University Backed
4‑H reaches nearly six million young people through Cooperative Extension – a community of more than 100 public universities and 3,000 local offices. Programs are delivered by more than 3,500 4‑H professionals and more than 500,000 volunteers.

Welcome to Wake County 4-H

We are delighted you have reached Wake County 4-H clubs and programs. Below is a list of 4-H resources including a list of current clubs across the county.

To enroll in 4-H:

Club List:  Wake County 4-H Club List

Wake County Cooperative Extension:

Wake County Government 4-H4-H Youth Development | Wake County Government (

Wake County 4-H Face Book:

Wake County Twitter: Wake County 4-H (@wake4h) / Twitter

State 4-H:

National 4-H:

Shop 4-H for supplies and curriculum:

4-H YouTube Channel:

National Social Media4-H (@national4h) • Instagram photos and videos

About Poultry Pack 4-H Club NC State 

Poultry Pack 4-H Club NC State is your Wake County 4-H club with an emphasis on poultry-related activities and projects. The goal of this club is to introduce youth to poultry science and give them hands-on opportunities with poultry from embryology stages to adult birds while incorporating the life skills such as leadership and citizenship which are fundamental to the 4-H model. Youth will learn how a 4-H club meeting, complete with officers and parliamentary procedure, will operate. Since the Poultry Pack 4-H Club is housed on campus, members will also have the opportunity to become acquainted with the inner workings of NC State University.

Poultry Pack 4-H Club Youth Development Opportunities

Each year, youth members will be expected to complete a project. This can include one of the projects incorporated into our designated curriculum, or it can be designed specifically for the student. Opportunities youth can participate in will include the Poultry Judging Team, Avian Bowl Team, and Youth Market Turkey Show. 4-H is devoted to developing a broad spectrum of life skills all surrounded around

Head, Hands, Health, and Heart . 4-H Presentations help devlop many of these through public speaking. 4-H Presentations is a public speaking and presenting competion that is held on a county, district, state, and national level. These competitions are divided into different categories and the participant can choose any they find interests them. The presentations are meant to be 5-12 minutes long and are designed to demonstrate the knowledge and skills the participants possess about the topic they choose.

This competition is meant to teach the fundamentals of communication and public speaking. In our experience, the members enjoy the program as they get to speak to others about something they are knowledgeable and passionate about. It also creates unity among the participants as our club watches other members and encourages one another before and after their presentations.

For more information about the categories and regulation please refer to this page. 

Monthly Meetings

Poultry Pack 4-H Club have been meeting on Sunday 2-4 p.m. unless there is a conflict. Location for club meetings may vary, but most often will be located at the Poultry Teaching Unit (PTU) at 3841 Inwood Road, Raleigh, NC  27603 or at NC State University in Scott Hall, Room 216 (2711 Founders Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695). To get to Room 216, use the stairs on either side of the main entrance (silver doors) of Scott Hall that face Hillsborough St. Stay straight at the bottom of the stairs. Use the first stairs on your left (white railings) to come up to 216.

To see the schedule for club meetings and other events, visit the Event Calendar.

Club Leaders

portrait of Mary Fosnaught

Dr. Mary Fosnaught

Meeting Calendar

September 24, 2023

Important Dates

October 4, 2022 – Youth Market Turkey Show Weigh in

  • Volunteer Opportunity – 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

October 5, 2022 – Youth Market Turkey Show

Information about Wake County 4-H

The Poultry Pack 4-H Club is housed in Wake County. If you would like to know more about what is available at the county level, please contact Emma James, our 4-H Wake County Youth Coordinator, Please contact us anytime for further help getting your child connected to a club, camp or program. Below is a list of current clubs across the county so please contact a leader for details for their meeting days and times to schedule a visit.

Enroll in 4-H                      Club List

State 4-H                          4-H Website

4-H Youtube Channel        4-H Twitter

4-H Facebook

 Wake County Cooperative Extension

Chicken BBQ 4-H Score Sheet

Turkey BBQ 4-H Score Sheet

Egg 4-H Score Sheet

Presentation Evaluation Rubric

4-H Mission

The mission of 4-H is to assist youth, and adults working with those youth, to gain additional knowledge, life skills and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing and productive members of society.

4-H Motto and Pledge

The 4-H motto: “To Make the Best Better.”

The 4-H Club pledge:

“I pledge … my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

When reciting the pledge, members raise their right hand to their forehead when they say, “my head to clearer thinking.” They lower their hand to their hearts as they say, “my heart to greater loyalty.” At the line, “my hands to larger service,” they extend their hands in front of them, palms upward. At the last line, they stand at attention with their hands at their sides.

4-H Symbol

The 4-H emblem is federally protected under Section 18 U.S. Code 707 and belongs to the Congress of the United States. The official emblem is green with white H’s, the 4-H colors. The white symbolizes purity. The green represents nature’s most common color and is emblematic of youth, life and growth.

Official emblems can be downloaded from National 4-H Headquarters. You must have authorization from your local 4-H program to use these graphics.

4-H Forms

Get more information about 4-H forms, guidelines and procedures.

4-H Information

More information about North Carolina 4-H Programming

More information about Wake County 4-H Programming

Volunteer Code of Ethics

4-H Code of Conduct

Minutes from Previous Club Meetings

Poultry Pack Minutes – December 20, 2019

November 22, 2019 cancelled

October 25, 2019 minutes 

March 29, 2019 minutes

February 22, 2019 minutes

January 25, 2019 minutes

Pictures from Meetings and Activities

children with laptops seated around a table

March meeting

Covid Status 

We will follow guidelines regarding Covid precautions that are consistent with local, state and national recommendations. Additional resources can be found at the links below:

For additional information contact

Dr. Mary Fosnaught
4-H & Youth Development Extension Associate
NC State Extension
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5529