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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

Fall 2022 Regional 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

The words 4-H Volunteers and a 4-H clover surrounded by hands reaching out with hearts in the palms

There are 4-H volunteer training opportunities scheduled around the state from late August through early October. A meal and 4-H club ideas (with supplies!) will be provided to each participant.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend these trainings to gain new skills and learn how to restart/start 4-H clubs. This session will provide grab 'n' go training resources and curriculum you can use in working within the 4-H youth program. The training will also focus on building relationships between 4-H volunteers and Extension educators. We are excited to come back together to learn, socialize and recognize our excellent volunteers that support our youth.

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Excellence in 4-H project work on display at the State Fair of West Virginia 2022

Adult taking a picture of a boy in a 4-H camp backdrop

The public is encouraged to picture themselves in 4-H this year at the State Fair of West Virginia. The stage has been set for kids of all ages to step into a 4-H club meeting or head off to 4-H camp at the 4-H exhibit in the Cecil Underwood Youth building. Thank you to Gold Ribbon poster winner, Hannah Beckner from Gilmer County for inspiring the exhibit theme this year.

Cornbread muffins, collections of leaves, creative 4-H clover displays, and handmade clothing garments and toolboxes line the display stands in the Cecil Underwood Youth Building at the as evidence of 4-H members’ hard work throughout the past year. People attending the State Fair of West Virginia can view these blue-ribbon 4-H project exhibits from August 11 through 20, 2022. Additionally, there are hundreds of exhibits online in the virtual state 4-H exhibit .

Read Excellence in 4-H project work on display at the State Fair of West Virginia 2022

West Virginia 4-H Announces 2022 Youth in Action Award Winners

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program announces four young leader in 4-H pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

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