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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


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. 4-H Camp allows youth to develop important life skills like leadership, responsibility, and goal attainment.

At day camps, 4-H'ers and Cloverbuds age 5-12 experience all of the fun of residential camp without the overnight stay.

All Kanawha County in person residential and day camps for summer 2020 have been canceled due to health and sanitation concerns related to COVID-19.

Check back soon for information about our free virtual 4-H camps happening in June and July!

Kanawha County Older 4-H Camp- CANCELED

Ages: 13-21
Location: Camp Virgil Tate

Kanawha County Younger 4-H Camp- CANCELED

Ages: 9-13
Location: Camp Virgil Tate

Southern District Horse Camp- CANCELED

Ages: 9-21
Location: Camp Virgil Tate

Cloverbud Day Camp- CANCELED

Ages: 5-8
Location: Nitro High School


Ages: 9-12

Code Day Camp- CANCELED

Ages: 11-15
Location: Nitro High School

Kanawha County 4-H Events

No events available at this time.

West Virginia 4-H Events

Recent WV 4-H News

4-H Summer Updates

Energy Express is still recruiting children for its summer reading program. While the program will not be meeting in person, it is free. The program runs June 22 - July 31, 2020. It is open to children entering 1st - 6th grade as well as repeat Kindergartners. More information about the program and registration can be found at WVU Energy Express.

If you missed one of our virtual 4-H workshops or wanted to review the activities, you can register to watch archived videos.

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4-H News Update May 24 - 31

West Virginia 4-H is hosting virtual workshops to help youth and their families learn about fun topics and the 4-H program.  We will use the Zoom platform to host these workshops. 

Workshops for the week of May 26 - 29 are:

Join us to learn more about these topics and to have fun. If you enjoy the workshop, we will share information about how you can continue learning about first aid, literacy service projects, trees, and the environment through an at-home 4-H project on the topic.

Read 4-H News Update May 24 - 31

Residential Camps, Fairs & Other Activities/Events in Summer 2020

Read Residential Camps, Fairs & Other Activities/Events in Summer 2020

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