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July 18, 2005

Service to military youth is 4-H Congress focus

4-H'ers inducted into the Honor Club form a candlelit clover during a traditional 4-H Congress ceremony

Serving the state’s military youth will be the theme of State 4-H Congress, July 18-22 at North Carolina State University and other Raleigh locations.

The annual congress will attract roughly 800 4-H club members, adult volunteers and 4-H agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

During the five-day event, delegates will participate in competition, workshops, assemblies, recreation, fellowship and service to the community. The theme of this year’s congress is “Operation 4-H: Civic Responsibility.” Service activities during congress will focus on serving the youth from the state’s military families, particularly those with parents deployed overseas.

On Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4-H’ers will engage in service activities. One activity will involve assembling 800 Hero Packs: backpacks that will be filled with special items for military youth across the state. The activity is part of a larger 4-H effort, Operation Military Kids, designed to reach North Carolina youth whose families are serving in the military.

Hero Packs will be assembled at McKimmon Center. Some 4-H’ers will be involved in Hands to Service activities at local agencies and nonprofits.

Other 4-H Congress events:

Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Opening Assembly, Kerr Scott Building, State Fairgrounds The annual 4-H Honor Club tapping ceremony takes place during the opening assembly. The top half of 1 percent of the state’s 4-H’ers are admitted to the Honor Club each year. 4-H’ers will also demonstrate their skill at sewing and modeling clothing during Fashion Revue, part of the opening assembly.

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Presentation Contests, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh Delegates will participate in competition designed to demonstrate their knowledge of subjects ranging from landscaping to sewing to wildlife. State winners, many of whom go on to compete in regional or national contests, will be named in roughly 40 subject matter categories. Delegates not involved in competition will attend workshops on a variety of topics.

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hands to Service activities 4-H'ers will work with local non-profits and human service agencies. A large group will assemble “Hero Packs” for military youth at McKimmon Center.

Thursday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting State Revenue Secretary E. Norris Tolson will host the meeting focusing on how youth can practice citizenship in their communities.

Delegates will leave campus Friday.

The 4-H program is conducted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 200,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 27,000 adult and youth volunteers.

Posted by deeshore at July 18, 2005 12:01 PM