2023 West District 4-H Teen Retreat

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2023 4-H Teen Retreat

Attention Buncombe County Teens…

The West District 4-H Council Officers and Agent Advisors are excited to be bringing some new and exciting changes to this year’s 4-H Teen Retreat. We will still incorporate our traditional Teen Retreat activities such as elections, workshops, spirit stick competition, and fun but in a new location with some extra special opportunities.

This year we are excited to be taking our 4-H Teen Retreat to the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River where our 4-Hers will have an opportunity to learn about exciting careers, research, and take part in hands-on experiments in the labs and facilities.

Your 4-Hers will have the option of participating in our Teen Retreat Lock-In on April 21st or participate in only the day activities on April 22nd. Lock-In participants will be sleeping in the large conference room which will be divided into sections and supervised by Agents, Volunteers, and Staff.


  • Dates:  April 21-22, 2023 (you can choose to participate in the lock-in on Friday night or only participate in the day time events on Saturday)
  • Location:  Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center (455 Research Drive, Mills River)
  • Ages:  Must be 13-18 years old as of January 1, 2023
  • Cost:  $60 includes 3 Meals (Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch; snacks, workshops; t-shirt; dance). ***Scholarships are available for Buncombe County participants***
  • Registration Deadline:  March 30, 2023

Schedule:  2023 Tentative WD 4-H Teen Retreat Schedule

What to Bring:  

  • 4-Hers/staff/volunteers participating in the lock-in will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, overnight toiletries, appropriate sleepwear, required medication, and clothing for Saturday. Please make sure youth have CLOSE-TOED shoes for the activities taking place in the labs and fields. Shower facilities are not available for this event.

This opportunity is for ANY 4-H member ages 13 and older. We don’t care how long you’ve been in 4-H because this is a great time to learn more about the program and meet other 4-Hers from Western NC. We highly encourage our new 4-H members to participate as well. It’s going to be a GREAT time!!

If you are interested in joining us for the day or would like more information, please contact Holly Jordan at holly_jordan@ncsu.edu or by calling 828-255-5522.