WHAT IS 4‑H?
In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
4‑H is a Community
4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps.
National Reach, Local Programs
4‑H’s reach and depth is unmatched. Through our community of 100 public universities, 4‑H reaches kids in every corner of America – from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. Our network of 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4‑H professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4‑H’ers, helping them grow into true leaders today and in life.
North Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports began in it's current form in 2002. 4-H Shooting Sports Clubs are found throughout North Carolina from Mountains to the Coast. Currently there are 3 Regional Shooting Sports Tournaments open to all 4-H Shooting Sports Club members who reside in the 3 regions, West, Central and East. Top Competitors from those 3 Regions go on to compete in the NC State 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament. The State Tournament has been held since 2004. Competitors may compete in Smallbore Rifle, Recurve Archery, Compound Archery, Shotgun (Trap), Air Riffle, Air Pistol. Muzzleloader and ages 14 up may compete in Smallbore Pistol. There are divisions for Juniors (ages 9-13) and Seniors (14-18) Rules are based off of NRA, CMP, FITA, NMLRA and other governing bodies.
In January 2017, NC 4-H Shooting Sports added a NC 4-H Hunting Skills Competiton that includes, Shotgun (5-Stand), Smallbore Rifle (Small Game Paper Targets out to 90 Yds), 3-D Archery, a Hunter Decision Making Challenge, General Hunting Skills Trail and Game and Wildlife Identification. This Tournament is in conjunction with NRA YHEC and is setup similar to the National 4-H Hunting Skills Tournament.
The Winners and top finishers in the State Tournaments are invited to tryout for the NC 4-H State Team to Compete in The National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships held in Grand Island Nebraska in June each year. We compete in all 9 National Competitons.
The 4-H National Shooting Sports Championships has been in existence for the past 18 years. It was originally held in Louisiana and Texas and moved to it's current location in Grand Island, Nebraska 5 years ago. It is held at the Fonner Park-Heartlands Event Center and the City of Grand Island - Heartland Public Shooting Park. This is the Premier 4-H Shooting Sports Event in the United States. In 2017 there were 39 States Represented. The overall winner is known as the "Sweepstakes Champion" Texas was the 2017 Sweepstakes Champion. North Carolina had it's Highest finish to date in 2017 finishing 5th in the Sweepstakes.
The Tom Cowden Memorial Davie County 4-H Shooting Sports Club was Chartered in November of 2012. The first year we had 6 Members, Now in 2018 we have over 50 Members registered along with 9 Adult and 2 Youth 4-H Trained Instructors. In 2017 we sent 23 Competitors to the Central Regional 4-H Tournament and all 23 Qualified in one or more events. We have had State Champions in Jr Shotgun, Sr Shotgun, Jr Muzzleloader, Match Compound Archery, Air Pistol and an HOA Overall Champion in Hunting Skills.
The national 4-H organization was formed in 1914. 4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development", Its name is a reference to the occurrence of the initial letter H four times in the organization's original motto ‘Head, Heart, Hands, and Health’, In the United States, the organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a Positive Youth Development . Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs. The 4-H motto is "To make the best better", while its slogan is "Learn by doing"
"4h isn’t about the shooting. It’s not about the competitions or the ribbons. 4h is about family. It’s about going out of your comfort zone to meet new people and complete new tasks..." -Zoe Staley 2018