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Lewis 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

Lewis County 4-H membership is open to all youths ages 9 – 21. (Children ages eight and in the third grade as of October 1 of the 4-H year) may also join as full members. Younger children may join as Cloverbuds.

There are nine 4-H clubs located throughout Lewis County. Each club provides a number of activities for their members in addition to monthly meetings.

LITES (Teen Leaders)

Meeting Day: First Thursday
Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lewis County EMS Community Room

The Lewis County 4-H Teen Leaders Association (LITES) is a very active group. From organizing county-wide events to community service to experiencing the fun and fellowship of great special activities…the LITES do it all!

LITES host the annual Lewis County Officers’ Training School and Mini-Camp for older Cloverbuds and first year campers. LITES also have an active role in the Lewis County 4-H Field Day.

Membership in LITES is open to all Lewis County 4-H members that are 13 or older as of October 1 of the 4-H year.

To find out more about the Lewis County 4-H Teen Leaders’ Association, call  304-269-4660.


Each year, 4-H members from clubs throughout Lewis County gather to renew friendships and to make new friends at the Lewis County 4-H Camp held at WVU Jackson’s Mill. This year, the Lewis County 4-H Camp will once again offer great adventures and exciting learning opportunities for returning and first year campers alike.

All Lewis County 4-H members are welcomed and encouraged to come to camp. It’s a fun-filled five days for all. Registration information will be mailed to 4-H members in mid-May.

Contact: Megan Midcap, Extension Agent

Recent WV 4-H News

It Pays to BEE a Writer: State 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Honeybee on red clover

West Virginia 4-H is excited to announce the 2024 State 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest!

The topic for this 750-1000 word essay is Varietal Honeys.

Ten My Hands to Larger Service Mini-Grants awarded in 2024

Ten 4-H teen leaders and their teams have pledged their hands to larger service in the coming months as they implement the service projects outlined in their winning mini-grant applications. The West Virginia 4-H All Stars have committed $2,000 to support the ten mini-grants to enhance communities in Berkeley, Harrison, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, and Randolph counties.

Cooper Knott and the Scrabble Scramblers 4-H Club in Berkeley County plan to update athletic equipment at the Camp Frame. This facility attracts the tri-county community for year-round social, educational, and recreational gatherings. The basketball hoop and backboard at the facility are broken and need to be replaced for the facility users to enjoy for years to come.

Harrison County 4-H members Hope Woods, Hannah Woods, and Spencer Nolan plan to repurpose old furniture to make a blessing box in their community. Community members can help fill this box with food, warm clothes, hygiene products, and other essentials that those in need can discretely acquire. By repurposing old furniture instead of building a new box, the 4-H members aim to reduce waste and encourage environmental preservation.

2024 My Hands to Larger Service mini-grants available

Youth replacing the floorboards of a porch

For several years the West Virginia 4-H All Stars have generously funded to eleven mini-grants for West Virginia 4-H teens/teen leader groups to assist in the planning and completion of a community service project through the My Hands to Larger Service 4-H Project.

Mini-Grant Application

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