Montgomery County 4-H provides a large variety of educational, leadership, citizenship, and life skills development opportunities through membership in local clubs or groups. There are different types of 4-H clubs or groups including:
Community 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) offer a variety of general interest 4-H projects for their members, generally meet in public buildings in a specific community of the county, meet 9 to 12 months of the year, and have elected youth officers.
Project 4-H clubs (9 through 18 years of age) focus on a single 4-H project or subject matter area (i.e. horse clubs, photography clubs, etc.), generally meet in public buildings, meet 9 to 12 months of the year, and have elected youth officers.
Special Interest 4-H groups (9 through 18 years of age) have short-term learning experiences designed to create interest in a subject matter area, learn about 4-H, and have no elected youth officers.
Cloverbud 4-H groups are designed for( 5 through 8 years of age) who are introduced to 4-H through special learning activities designed for their age group. There are no elected youth officers and no competitive events for Cloverbuds.
For more information about 4-H clubs in Montgomery County, see sidebar links to the right. If you are interested in enrolling in a specific club or group, e-mail one of the following Extension 4-H staff:
- Michelle Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lesa Miller at email@example.com
- Margarita Palomino at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have internet or e-mail access, please call the Montgomery County Extension office at 540- 382-5790 and ask to speak to one of the Extension staff listed above.
The 4-H Extension staff will forward your request for additional club or enrollment information to the respective club leaders. Club leaders can then provide detailed information about space availability, club activities, meeting schedules, etc. If you do plan on joining a club, you will need to complete 4-H online enrollment which includes all required paperwork for club membership. Please read all Instructions for 4-H Online Enrollment before starting the enrollment process.
Virginia 4-H is a volunteer led organization. The availability of clubs and programs is dependent on having approved and trained volunteer leaders. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader for a club or program, please contact 4-H Extension Agent, Michelle Dickerson at email@example.com.
The Montgomery County 4-H Livestock Club focuses mainly on livestock projects including sheep, goats, swine and beef as well as livestock judging, stockmans, and meats judging. The club typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Alphin-Stuart arena at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Club Leaders: Scott Greiner, Joi Saville, and Tracey Redifer
The 4-Him 4-H Junior Club meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from September-May, at Harvest Baptist Church in Blacksburg, VA. Our meetings are from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The Junior members range in age from 8-13 years old. Each Junior pays $20.00 per year in dues. We accept new members in September of every calendar year. We complete project books that include hands-on activities, take some field trips, do community service projects, and work on a public speaking presentation. Our Junior members are eligible to run for Junior club offices to gain leadership experience. We have a lot of fun while learning valuable life skills such as caring for others, working hard to complete tasks, practicing our public speaking abilities, volunteering in and being aware of our community, and developing team unity.
Club Leaders: Tracy Kimzey, Kim Hedrick, and Susan Burch
The Senior 4-Him 4-H Club is a community club whose focus includes building strong leadership skills, offering community service opportunities, and studying a wide range of projects including but not limited to wildlife, outdoor adventure, entrepreneurship, public speaking, citizenship, performing arts, photography and art. The club meets from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Harvest Baptist Church in Blacksburg. The club year runs from September through May, and club meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month (exceptions: only the 2nd Friday of the month in both November and December).
Club Leaders: Julie Fuller and Donna Wells
The County Kids 4-H Club is a community club for youth, ages 9 to 18. The club meets in Riner, usually on the 4th Friday evening of each month, and works on a variety of projects from food preservation, horses, woodworking, natural resources, and others based on club member interests. The club promotes leadership through club officers and other leadership opportunities.
Club Leaders: Eliza West and Kelly Brennan
The NRV Sharpshooters is a project club. The 4-H Shooting Education program uses shooting as a vehicle to help young people ages 9 to 19 develop life skills such as discipline, responsibility, and leadership. Through 4-H shooting sports certified leaders, the NRV Sharpshooters offer the following shooting disciplines – archery, rifle, and shotgun. Through these disciplines, youth learn firearm safety and basic marksmanship skills. The club meets twice per month from March through early September on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Izaak Walton League Park in Shawsville.
Club Leaders: Michelle Dickerson, Pat Burch, Lesa Miller, and Joe Chase
The Montgomery County 4-H Horseplay Club is open to youth, ages 9 to 18, and focuses on 4-H horse projects. We specialize in hunters, jumpers, eventing, equitation, and dressage. The club meets in Christiansburg, generally once each month, and participates in activities like horse shows, educational clinics, competitive events like horse judging and hippology, and other educational activities. Though members do not have to own a horse to participate in club educational activities, the club does not provide riding opportunities if members do not own or lease a horse. They can provide information on where members can have riding opportunities through paid lessons.
Club Leaders: Heather Skeens and Holly Butler
The Radford Rough Riders 4-H Club is open to youth, ages 9 to 18, and focuses on 4-H horse projects. The club meets in Radford and Pulaski and participates in activities like horse shows, educational clinics, competitive events like horse judging and hippology, and other educational activities. Though members do not have to own a horse to participate in club educational activities, the club does not provide riding opportunities if members do not own a horse. They can provide information on where members can have riding opportunities through paid lessons.
Club Leader: Kim Reid
The Montgomery County Teens for a Better Tomorrow 4-H Club focuses on leadership and citizenship development. The club participates in several community service projects and teambuilding/leadership trainings and activities. Many members of this club serve as Teen Counselors for Junior 4-H Camp and work to plan camp activities and several classes for the Montgomery, Floyd, Giles camp week. The club meets monthly from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the Mid-County Park (Frog Pond) activity center. The club also participates in several recreational and social activities or trips like hiking, bowling, snow tubing, and others.
Club Leaders: Michelle Dickerson and Lesa Miller
The Junior Master Gardener program is a certification program for youth in grades 3-5. The program starts during the fall shortly after schools start and concludes in the spring before schools release for the summer. Meetings are held every Wednesday, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hahn Horticulture Garden Pavilion on Virginia Tech’s campus. The program is designed around the Master Gardener program where members participate in a specified number of educational and community service activities to reach certification requirements. Though it is not required to achieve certification to participate in the program, most youth choose to strive for this goal.
Program Leaders: Michelle Dickerson and Stephanie Huckestein
The Frog Pond Cloverbud group is open to youth, ages 5 to 8. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mid-County Park in Christiansburg (Frog Pond Activity Center). The club is led by college students with Virginia Tech’s Collegiate 4-H Club and offers a variety of fun activities designed for Cloverbud aged youth.
Group Leaders: Tanley Brown and Sarah Frame
The Montgomery County Town and Country 4-H Club is a community club for youth, ages 5 to 13. The club meets in Blacksburg, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and works on a variety of projects focused primarily on local agriculture and others based on club member interests. The club promotes leadership through club officers and other leadership opportunities.
Club Leaders: Ben Grove and Jamie Lucero
The Blacksburg 4-H Archery Club is open to youth ages 9 to 18. The club is led by a 4-H certified archery instructor and focuses on range safety, marksmanship, and skill development. Participants in the program would have the opportunity to participate in archery competitions if interested.
Club Leader: Warren Lucero
We also have several 4-H after-school programs or clubs. Programs offered regularly include:
- Wild About Nature Environmental Education Program, grades 3-5: fall program at most Blacksburg elementary schools
- Junior Naturalists, grades 3-5: fall program at Belview Elementary School
- Bee Green Garden Club, grades 3-5: spring program at Belview Elementary School
- On Snap Robotics: Lego League Robotics Team at Blacksburg Middle School
- Riner Dirt Diggers, grades K-2: fall program at Auburn Elementary School
- Riner Dirt Diggers, grades 3-5: spring program at Auburn Elementary School
- CHS Teen Club, grades 10-12: school year community service program at Christiansburg High School
Other programs are provided periodically depending on the availability of volunteer leaders. For more information about after-school programming, contact Michelle Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lesa Miller at email@example.com