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Wayne 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

To enroll in Wayne County 4-H or learn more about joining, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.

4-H Clubs

The Wayne County 4-H Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for youth ages 5-21 years. 4-H is free to join! Our program has several community clubs, several specialty clubs, and several after-school programs. If you would like to learn more about joining a 4-H Club, contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.

Specialty 4-H Clubs

  • Sharp Shooters 4-H Club - Offers air rifle, shotgun, and archery
  • Wayne County 4-H Ambassador’s Team - Offers civic engagement and teen leadership development
  • Wayne County 4-H Horse & Livestock Club - Offers horse and livestock education and showing experience

Wayne County 4-H Clubs

Wayne County 4-H Events

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Wayne County 4-H News

FREE Garden & Health Activities at Extension Office

The Wayne County Family Nutrition Program and 4-H Program are partnering this summer to offer FREE health and garden activities for families to stop by our office and pick up. The activities include microgreens and healthy living activities for youth and adults. The activities will be available just outside our office weekdays (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., while supplies last! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 304-272-6839.

WVU Extension Service - Porch Packets Summer 2020 - Free Heath & Garden Activities.

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4-H Camp Prize Winners Announced

4-H Camp-at-home wrapped up last month. Enrolled youth had the opportunity to complete a variety of challenges to win prizes. The deadline for completion of the challenges was Monday July 6, 2020. Below is a list of winners. The item listed behind each name is the item they won. Congratulations to all our winners! 

Greek Recipe Challenge: Benton Hall (clover-shaped cookie cutter)

Nature Hunt Challenge: Carlee McSweeney (4-H bandanna) 

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College Scholarships Awarded

The Wayne County 4-H Leaders started a new scholarship program last fall to support post-secondary efforts of two Wayne County 4-H members. The 2020 recipients of this award include Ashlee Smith and Chase Smith of Prichard who have been extremely active in the Wayne County 4-H program. 

Both Ashlee and Chase will receive a $300 scholarship to support their post-secondary efforts, where Ashlee is a Junior at Marshall University and Chase will be a freshman at Marshall University this fall. For more information on the Wayne County 4-H program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839

Ashlee Smith 4-H Scholarship Winner 2020

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Highlights from the 2020 Cloverbud Day Camp

Our Cloverbud Day Camp-at-home program was held June 16-19, 2020. Campers "traveled" to the San Diego Zoo each day, made a variety of crafts at home, listened to STEM lessons from our Ag Agent Evan Wilson and sang lots of songs! Many thanks to our families who joined us this past week.

Here are a few highlights from the week! Please contact our office at 304-272-6839 if you would like to know more about the Wayne county 4-H Program. 

Youth engaged in online camp activities

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Highlights from the 2020 4-H Younger Camp

4-H Younger Camp was held June 15 - 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. every afternoon for online activities, lessons and fun. We had 75 register for camp with approximately 40 joining us daily for our online activities. Chiefs and SAGs for Younger Camp included:


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Wayne County 4-H Camps

More information will be available on the Wayne County 4-H Camp season. Stay tuned for details or contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.

Recent WV 4-H News

Week of July 6 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 6, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

What’s that peeping sound? Join Sheldon Owen, WVU Extension Service Wildlife specialist, to learn about frog calls. Then, we'll hop on over for a reading of "Frog in the Bog" with Sheldon’s daughter, Alden.

Baa! Next up, we’ll tour the farm and meet some sheep with WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources agents Jody Carpenter and Tasha Harris.

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STEMCARE Water a Plant Challenge


Hey West Virginia families, join us in participating in the Rube Goldberg “Water a Plant Video Challenge!”

The WVU Rube Goldberg Bar of Soap Challenge was such a huge success. Thank you to all the West Virginia Families that participated! You can view the winning families at the bottom of the page.

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Week of June 29 - Energy Express on WVPB

A female and male inflate balloons to create balloon cars.

Monday, June 29, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

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