4-H Projects

Project Clubs are groups that deal with a specific topic.

Beef Club: This project is a group project that will meet monthly discussing the beef industry, showing cattle, livestock judging, nutrition, and much more. This club is planning on putting on a Beef show in May and raising money to tour farms on the east coast. You do not need a beef cow to be in this club.

Dairy Club: This project is a group project that will meet monthly discussing the dairy industry, showing, judging, and much more. You do not need a dairy cow to be in this club.

Dog Club meets on Mondays from 5-6 at the home of Darren Wilson or Mary Rush. The Dog Club teaches basic obedience and deals with any aggression issues. You will need a dog, choke chain, and a leash. This club starts in June and finishes in September.

Healthy Lifestyles Competition: Healthy Lifestyles helps build a 4-Her's cooking knowledge, skills for preparing a recipe, reading nutrition labels, team work, and public speaking skills. 4-Hers will be split into Teams of 3-4 members by their age division: Junior Division Cloverleafs (4-5th Grade), Junior Division (6-8 Grade), and Senior Division (9-12th Grade). All ages get the opportunity to participate in a 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Competition with an opportunity to move on to the Regional, State, and National contest. Competition prep starts during the summer.

Honey Bee Project gives 4-Hers the opportunity to manage at least one bee hive. Members will become good stewards for the environment and learn valuable skills in record keeping, financial management, and communication. This project runs February through August.

Horse Club - Silverspurs Club next meeting will be Tuesday, August 7th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at 456 Mt. Willing Rd. Saluda, SC. Silverspurs meets once a month teaching basic horse care, anatomy, designing a 4-H record book, showing, and includes interacting with live horses. The maximum number of participate is 20 4-Hers for this group.

Judging Competitions include Dairy and Livestock currently. These competitions consist of 4-Hers judging a class of four animals and presenting reasons to a judge for why they placed the class. The state judging competitions are held in the spring. If you are interested in being a part of the team this upcoming year please contact the office.

Midlands Pullet Project is for youth 5 to 19 years old and starts in the spring. Youth have a choice of participating in the Pullet Chain (youth raise 5, 12, or 25 chicks) or Laying Flock (designed for youth that already have laying hens). Youth will receive their deposit back after showing in a minimum of one showmanship class during the project year, turning in a project record book, and the Pullet Chain members will need to return a certain percentage of birds to sell in our project auction. The Pullet Chain deposit options include 5 chicks = $20, 12 chicks= $35, and 25 chicks = $60. The Laying Flock members will have a $10 deposit. This project runs May through October.  

Shooting Sports Clubs - Richland Creek Top Guns is a team that competes in trap and skeet competitions. New members are able to join the team after the competition season is over. Please contact Jill Godbey (jbgodberyrn@yahoo.com) with any questions on the team.

Small Garden Project starts in the spring. This project is an independent-study project designed to educate youth (ages 5-18) on where and how their food is grown using hands-on, in-the-garden experiences. The project runs April through July.

Wildlife Food Plot Project is for youth ages 5-18 to gain skills in food and cover establishment for wildlife animals and to understand the principles of conservation biology. Youth will gain hands-on environmental education in an independent-study that allows youth the opportunity to establish, maintain, and a observe wildlife food plot. Registration is $18 for 4-H members. Youth receive a project record book, seed to establish 1/8-acre food plot, a year's membership to QDMA's Rack Pack youth program, and a newsletter/informational resources to help throughout the project. The project runs August through January.

Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP): WHEP is a national competition where 4-H members will learn wildlife and fisheries habitat management skills, species identification, and wildlife terms and concepts. The competition teams will consist of 3-4 similarly ages individuals (ages 9-18). Please contact the office if you are interested in joining our team.

Other projects that individuals/groups can start in our county include: Forestry, Goat, Swine, etc. Additionally, please feel free to start a Project Group that is not listed by contacting the extension office.