The 4-H Rural Life Center was originally built by Halifax County in 1923 to be used as the County Home. In the mid 1950's, it was changed to a rest home where it remained in use until the early 1970's. Once the rest home closed, the center remained vacant until the early to mid 1980's when the Cooperative Extension Service decided to make it their 4-H Camp. After much work and renovation, it is today the 4-H Rural Life Center.
Bringing People Together
The 4-H Rural Life Center is used year round, under the leadership of Director Joe Long, a 1982 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and a 1986 graduate of The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Industrial Relations. In 2010, Joe completed a Master's Degree at North Carolina State University in Agricultural Education. He continued his education graduating again from North Carolina State University in 2014 with a Doctorate Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. Dr. Long's focus was in Youth Development where he studied the positive life skill development gained by youth attending 4-H Camps across the state of North Carolina as perceived by parents for his Dissertation. Dr. Long is proud to direct an American Camp Association Accredited Summer Camp program showing his commitment and the commitment of Halifax County and North Carolina State Extension to camper safety. Having a fun and educational program in a safe environment is paramount to success in positive youth development. There are many programming opportunities offered to citizens throughout the year at the 4-H Rural Life Center. The purpose of this programming is to bring the citizens, youth and adults, of Halifax County together to enhance, enlighten, and educate their everyday lives. Funding for the Center is provided through a cooperative effort between Halifax County Commissioners, North Carolina State Extension, local businesses, and many volunteers.
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Director:Joe LongSend E-MailPhone: (252) 583-5161(252) 583-1821
Physical Address:13763 Highway 903Halifax, NC 27839
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 37Halifax, NC 27839