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Taylor 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

Taylor County 4-H News

2021 Taylor County 4-H Day Camps

Due to continued health and safety protocols, we will not be holding overnight camp at Camp Towles this summer. However, we will be offering some exciting Day Camp options to help keep the 4-H Spirit alive. Each will be based around a different theme for a full day of fun at the low cost of $5 per day. 

Members will be able to register for their top choice on Zsuite through Friday, June 4, 2021, to ensure that everyone get the opportunity to attend at least one day Camp. Registration for additional days will open on June 5, and close on Friday, June 11, 2021. Enrollment on Zsuite is required to register. 

Day Campers will be asked to bring a packed lunch, but an afternoon snack and bottled water will be provided. If you cannot afford to provide a lunch for your child, please contact the office and we will work it out. Likewise, if you cannot afford the $5 fee, let us know. We can cover some scholarships.

Taylor County History Photo Challenge

Taylor County has a rich and varied history from its importance during the American Civil War to the founding of Mother's Day to the railroad that allowed the county to prosper. The WVU Taylor County Extension Service invites you to celebrate this heritage by participating in the Taylor County History Photo Challenge. Throughout the month of May 2021, take photos of yourself with as many of these 12 sites as you can and post them to Facebook, making sure to tag the Taylor County Extension page. Employees of the Taylor County Extension Office and their immediate families are welcome to participate, but will not be eligible for prizes.

Prizes will be awarded to participants with the most photos in Adult (18 and up) and Youth (17 and under) categories. In the case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. We reserve the right the substitute a prize of equal value if the listed prize is not available at the conclusion of the Challenge.

On May 10, 1908, the first Mother's Day service was held at what was then Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. The date was chosen to correspond with the anniversary of the death Ann Reeves Jarvis, Mother's Day founder Anna Jarvis's late mother.  Mother’s Day was made a national holiday by a joint resolution of the United States Congress on May 8, 1914. President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill into law on May 9, 1914.

2020 Taylor Summer Science Series

Summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying yourself, but you can also learn new things at the same time! Join AmeriCorps VISTAs Jordan, Mikala, and Charis each week for fun and easy STEM activities via Zoom. 

All Summer Science activities can be accessed via Demonstrations will also be recorded and posted on YouTube.

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State 4-H Writing Exhibition Open to Taylor County 4-H'ers

If you're a Taylor County 4-H youth who enjoys writing, please consider entering WVU 4-H's statewide writing exhibition. 4-H youth in Taylor County who would like enter but have questions, should contact the Taylor County Extension Office.

Taylor County 4-H writing submissions may be dropped off, mailed, or emailed to the Taylor County Office by the deadline at:

State 4-H Poster and Photo Contests

Taylor County 4-H'ers don't forget to participate in the Poster and Photo contest. Photos and Posters need to be dropped off to the Taylor County Extension office no later than February 28, 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.

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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