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Barbour County 4-H

Youth development in Barbour County is open to everyone, from youngsters to young adults.

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people and 540,000 volunteers. In West Virginia, one out of every five youth under the age of 21 participates in 4-H youth development programming. 

Dedicated to the four-fold development of head, heart, hands, and health, 4-H youth learn valuable leadership, citizenship, and life skills by participating in projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, shooting sports, public speaking, photography, animal care, nutrition, and community service. Regular 4-H membership is open to youth aged 8-21 and 4-H Cloverbud membership is open to youth aged 5-7.

4-H members are invited to attend monthly club meetings to plan community events. Barbour County 4-H clubs are located across the county and meetings are held at various locations throughout the county.

Each summer 4-H members, as well as all Barbour County youth, are encouraged to take part in 4-H camp. Camp is a great opportunity to meet new friends and take part in fun activities. The 4-H Camp is located in Philippi, near Philip Barbour High School.

Research shows that 4-H members do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things, achieve a sense of self-esteem, and develop lasting friendships.
If you would like more information on becoming involved in the 4-H program as a club member, camp participant, or volunteer, please feel free to contact the Extension Office.

Recent WV 4-H News

West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Civic Engagement

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

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West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Agriculture

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

Read West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Agriculture

WV 4-H COVID Needs Assessment

West Virginia 4-H needs your help! We want to learn from the COVID pandemic that will ultimately help the youth we serve. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Individuals that complete the needs assessment will be directed to an opportunity with a chance to win a $50 prize!

The purpose of the West Virginia 4-H COVID Needs Assessment is to identify youth educational, mental health, emotional, and social needs of 4-H youth across West Virginia during the pandemic (2020-2022). The results from this needs assessment will help WVU Extension faculty to identify, develop, and share resources to help address identified needs. It will also inform current and post-pandemic educational delivery. This needs assessment is voluntary, and all responses are anonymous. We thank you for your input.

Complete the needs assessment by April 29, 2022.

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