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Kanawha County 4-H

What is 4-H? 

4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the United States involving more than 6.5 million young people and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. The focus is on helping youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills by participating in projects and service.

Membership is open to any youth when he/she is in at least 9 years of age and is not older than 21 within the current 4-H year, which runs from October 1 – September 30. The Cloverbud program is open to youths ages 5-7 years of age. On a local level 4-H offers community clubs, specialty clubs, cloverbud clubs, county camp(s), club outings, Achievement Banquet, and more! In 4-H youth socialize, learn, and develop life skills in a safe, educational atmosphere.

Studies show 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
  • develop lasting friendships


Clubs are organizations run by 4-H members and volunteer 4-H leaders and are a great way for 4-H'ers to stay involved all year long. Club members hold offices like president, treasurer, secretary, and health officer, among others. Club business, recreation, community service, and special speakers or presentations are all part of regular club meetings. Clubs can be for 4-H'ers in a community, at a school, or centered around a special interest.

General Interest 4-H Clubs Special Interest 4-H Clubs


Register for Kanawha County 4-H Overnight Summer Camps

The cost of camp is determined by registration dates:

  • General Registration : May 2 to May 31 at 11:59 p.m. - $205

Payment is due at camp check-in, but can be mailed to the Extension office before the start of camp.

Checks should be made to Kanawha County 4-H Leaders Association.

4-H summer camp programs focus on positive youth development and provides opportunities to try new experiences in an encouraging environment. At residential camps, campers enjoy a fun-filled five day, four night camp which provides youth the opportunity to meet to new friends, experience fun evening camp fires, and earn skills such as fishing, cooking, art, sports, STEM, and outdoor recreation. Campers select daily classes and enjoy fun filled afternoons of games. 4-H Camp allows youth to develop important life skills such as responsibility and goal attainment.

At day camps, 4-H'ers and Cloverbuds age 6-13 experience all of the fun of residential camp without the overnight stay.

Kanawha County Older 4-H Camp 2019

Dates: June 3-7
Ages: Mature 13-21
Location: Camp Virgil Tate
Cost: $205

Kanawha County Younger 4-H Camp 2019

Dates: June 10-14
Ages: 9-13
Location: Camp Virgil Tate
Cost: $205 

Southern District Horse Camp 2019

Dates: June 16-22 
Ages: 9-21
Location: Camp Virgil Tate

Find more information about horse camp

Cloverbud Day Camp 2019

The Cloverbud Day Camp is especially designed for youth ages 6 to 8. Campers will learn about physics, health, nature, and more through hands-on games, crafts, and activities. After lunch, campers go swimming at Coonskin Pool. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day.

Dates: June 24-28
Ages: 6-8
Location: Coonskin Park – Columbia Shelter
Cost: $85

Download a Printable Kanawha County Cloverbud Day Camp Brochure

4-H STEM Day Camp 2019

Cooking in solar ovens, conducting stream evaluation, and building wind turbines are just a few of the science projects campers ages 9 to 13 may get to experience during 4-H Science Day Camp. All of the activities, projects, and crafts give campers the opportunity to learn about STEM. After lunch, campers go swimming at Coonskin Pool. Camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: June 24-28
Ages: 9-13
Location: Coonskin Park – Columbia Shelter
Cost: $85

Download a Printable Kanawha County STEM Day Camp Brochure

Discovering Nature Day Camp 2019

Join the Barn Bums 4-H Club for swimming, arts & crafts, fishing, hiking, and much more! Day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Campers will need to bring their own lunch Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, pizza will be provided for lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided each day. For more information, please email Brenda Bayless at 

Dates: July 29- August 1 
Ages: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Location: Coonskin Park – Columbia Shelter 
Cost: $65

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