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Roane 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

Roane County 4-H News

Mindfulness SPIN Clubs in April and May

Get experience in mindfulness, four people are in meditation yoga poses on a beach

Roane County youth have the opportunity to register for one of two Get Experience in Mindfulness special interest clubs coming up in April and May. The five-week clubs focus on stress management taught through practical and interactive mindfulness-based activities to facilitate experiential learning. Participants of the program will learn what mindfulness is and how to integrate it into daily life, strength and flexibility poses, breathing techniques and other relaxation skills. Each week will fall under a different theme.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for either a virtual or in-person version of the club. All club members will receive a mindfulness supply package that will include a yoga mat, meditation chime, geometric coloring book with color pencils, fidget device, and other relaxation gear. 

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2021 Roane County Round-Up

The annual Roane County 4-H Round Up was held March 20, 2021 as a hybrid in-person/virtual event at the Camp Sheppard 4-H grounds in Gandeeville.  Round Up provides opportunities for 4-H members to compete in public speaking, 4-H pledge and creed recital contests, as well as visual and digital presentation competitions.  This year, 29 youth participated in Round Up events with thirteen presentations taking place virtually and six in person. Fourteen of those individuals meet the requirements to move on to competitions at the state level.

See below for the winners!

Young woman doing a visual presentation on kitchen safety

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Roane County 4-H'ers Attend Alpha I

Roane County 4-H members recently attended the 2018 Alpha I State 4-H Camp at WVU Jackson's Mill. Attending were (l-r) Levi Webb, Abby Jo Hoskins, Ella Wilson, Maddie Cox, Gwen Cox, Jennifer Moore, Jerrod Hildreth, Joel Hofstad, and Chase Webb. The Alpha I camp theme was "Bring Your 'A' Game" and events for the week were related to popular board and card games.

Roane County 4-H'ers who attended Alpha I State 4-H Camp in 2018

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Application for National 4-H Congress and Conference

This application is for WV 4-H youth ages 14-19 wanting to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta (November 2023) or National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. (March/April 2024). Once your application is submitted a follow-up interview will be scheduled in June 2023.

17 people standing in two rows Deadline to submit your interview is midnight on Monday, May 15th, 2023. Youth accepted to attend Congress or Conference will be attending this event with pre-selected WVU Extension Chaperones. Youth will be attending on their own, family members and 4-H Volunteers will not be eligible to attend. There will be times during these National events when youth will be chaperoned by someone other than the WVU chaperones.

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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 .

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Roane County 4-H Clubs

Roane County offers ten community 4-H clubs for youth to join as well as a Junior Leaders Club just for high-school members. Several clubs also offer opportunities for Cloverbud membership.  

To learn how to join a 4-H Club or enroll your child in the Cloverbud program in Roane County, contact the WVU Extension Service at 304-927-0975 or email Emma Gardner.


Roane County 4-H Camp is an all-age camp for 4-H youth held at Camp Sheppard in Gandeeville. Contact the Roane County office for more information.