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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

4-H Camp is Back! Registration is Open

4-H Camp Registration is open. We have three opportunities for youth this June. Register soon to reserve your spot. 

Each link has age requirements, costs, payment options and other details. Call the WVU Extension Wayne County office if you have questions 304-272-6839 or email Lisa Bell.

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Teen Leaders Served at 4-H Younger Camp

Wayne County 4-H Younger Camp featured talented and hard working teen leaders who volunteered their time to help make camp fun and engaging for our 9-12 year olds attending camp. The following teens served at 4-H Younger Camp, held June 20-24 at Cabwaylingo State Forest: Nicholas Daniels of Wayne, Benji Chute of Kenova, Ethan Adams of Wayne, McKenzie Cassel of Fort Gay, Hunter Hayton of Westmoreland, Addy Smith of Wayne, and Marah Christian of Wayne. To learn more about teen leader opportunities with 4-H, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.

Teen Camp Counselors 2022

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Youth Selected as Mingo SAG at OMC

Please help us congratulate Chase Smith (left) of Prichard, who was selected to serve as Sagamore of the Mingo tribe this past week at Older Members Conference at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. He sits with Morgan Christian of Cabell County who was selected as Chief of the Mingo tribe. Both positions are high honors at our county and state 4-H camps! To learn more about 4-H camp programs, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.

Chase Smith at OMC

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Wayne County Ag News

Inaugural Wayne County Youth Watermelon Growing Contest

For the first year ever, Wayne County youth from across the county can compete to grow the heaviest watermelon! Contest results will be announced on August 3, National Watermelon Day at the Wayne County Fair at Camden Park. The Wayne County Watermelon Growing. Contest is supported by WVU Extension-Wayne County office.

The Wayne County Watermelon Growing Contest offers the opportunity to exhibit knowledge and ability to cultivate and grow one or more watermelons over a regulated period of time. Growing the heaviest watermelon incorporates basic aptitude of measurement concepts. Preparation skills, research abilities, and patience in this field of agriculture and environmental science enhance the ability to excel in this competition. In addition to learning the basic fundamentals of growing and caring for watermelons, mathematical knowledge of space, depth, and irrigation will prepare participants for a successful harvest. Common problem solving, such as insect patrol, are essential elements gained throughout this experience. 

Awards will be presented at the Wayne County Fair on August 3, 2023 at 6 p.m.! 

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Wayne County CEOS News

CEOS Week 2022

The week of May 15 was CEOS Week throughout West Virginia. The week is set aside each year to help raise awareness of the education and community service work of CEOS.

Wayne County CEOS club members put up displays throughout the town of Wayne to promote their organization and the community service projects they do for others. If you or someone you know is interested in quality community service projects, we hope you will consider the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS). Call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn more. 

2022 CEOS Week at Wayne Library

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Quilts of Valor Presentation

The CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club was honored to donate their time and skills to make Quilts of Valor that were awarded to three Wayne Co. Veterans on April 19, 2022. A Quilt of Valor® (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” 

For more information about the Quilts of Valor, please go to For more information about CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club please call our office at 304-272-6839. Pictured are the Veterans with their Quilt of Valor and with the CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club members.

Quilts of Valor Presentation 4-19-2022

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Plant Swap Highlights

The first annual Plant Swap hosted by the CEOS Garden Club was held Monday April 25 at a pavilion near Beech Fork Marina. Heidi Johnson, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a resident with MU's psychiatry program was one of two guest speakers. Heidi is working to become a Master Gardener. Evan Wilson, Ag & Natural Resource for Wayne-Cabell counties was the second guest speaker. For more information about the CEOS Garden Club, contact the Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

Heidi Johnson with her plants

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.

Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

The West Virginia University Extension works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Wayne County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Wayne County Highlights

    • 1,718 youths reached through school enrichment, community clubs and virtual programs
    • 1,200 WVU Extension Garden Calendars were distributed
    • 325 4-H projects were completed and featured in virtual exhibitions at the county and state levels
    • 195 soil test results disseminated to Wayne County residents
    • More than 100 adults participated in Gardening 101 educational workshops