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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 the third grade and/or 9 years of age and is not older than 21. 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

Highlights from the 2018 Wayne County Fair

The Wayne County Fair was held July 31 - August 4 at Camden Park. Below are a few highlights from the 4-H Livestock Show held August 2, 2018. 

Market Steers Wayne County

Market Steer and Showmanship Class:
Bekah Napier - 1st place
Ethan Napier - 2nd place in market class.
Ethan Napier - 1st place
Bekah Napier - 2nd place in showmanship.

Read about Highlights from the 2018 Wayne County Fair


Energy Express Enters its Last Week

The Wayne County Energy Express program enters its last week with children. Site teams started June 8. Children started July 2 and met daily at the five sites (Crum, East Lynn, Fort Gay, Ceredo-Kenoa, and Buffalo). Children engaged in reading and hands-on activities (art, drama, writing, etc.) to help reinforce reading skills. Here are a few celebrity readers who visited the sites to read with children, as well as samples of the great artwork completed this summer. To learn more about Energy Express, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.

Mr. Alexander reads to children at Energy ExpressMr. Conn reads to children at Energy Express

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Ambassadors Work on Next Quilt Block

The Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors Team continues to work on the 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail. Currenlty, they have three 4ft x 4ft blocks available for anyone interested in having a block for their barn and outside building. For more information on the trail, please call our office 304-272-6839 or email Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent.

two teen boys paint the foundation color onto plywoodtwo teen girls begin painting the pattern of the "quilt"

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Wayne County Represented at Alpha II

Alpha II Wayne County

Several Wayne County 4-H members attended Alpha II, a state 4-H Camp this month. They include (L-R): Ethan Cade, Zoe Harold, and Zara Harold. State 4-H Camps offer great opportunities to learn new skills, new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Read about Wayne County Represented at Alpha II


Wayne County Youth Attend Alpha I

Several Wayne County 4-H youth that attended Alpha I state 4-H Camp the week of July 9 at WVU Jackson's Mill in Weston. The youth who participated include (back row, l-r): Alex Hall, Ethan Napier, Erin Ferry, Zane Smith, Loren Hall, Cameron Cade, Chase Smith, Hunter Donahoe, and Benjy Chute. In the front row (l-r): Abigail Kincaide, Jade Stewart, Sarah Ferry, Zoe Harold, and Zara Harold Missing from the photo are Elijah Simms, Jayson Vanhoose, JoJo Vanhoose. These teens had an amazing week learning new things and making memories to last a lifetime. 

Wayne County teens pose for a photo outside

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Wayne County 4-H Camps

It is that time of year for youth to register for camp.

Wayne County 4-H offers three exciting, educational and fun camps for youth of all ages!

This year you will register online to attend one of our three 4-H camps! We hope this will make it easier on you to register your child for 4-H camp this summer.

Register online for camp this year - complete details are below. Contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office at 304-272-6839 if you have questions or need help registering.


4-H Cloverbud Day Camp

Date: June 12 - 15, 2018
Location: Mays Chapel
Cost: $20 free/reduced lunch eligibility. Make checks payable to the Wayne County 4-H Leaders
Age requirement: Youth must be 5 years old by the start of the camp on June 12

Register for Wayne 4-H Cloverbud Camp

4-H Younger Residential Camp

Date: June 19 - 22, 2018
Location: Cabwaylingo State Forest
Cost: $48 full price; $28 free/reduced lunch eligibility. Make checks payable to the Wayne County 4-H Leaders
Age Requirement: Youth must be 9 years old by the start of camp on June 19 and no older than 12

Register for Wayne 4-H Younger Camp


4-H Older Residential Camp

Date: June 25 - 29, 2018
Location: Cabell County 4-H Camp
Cost: $48 full price; $28 free/reduced lunch eligibility. Make checks payable to the Wayne County 4-H Leaders
Age Requirement: Youth must be 13 years old by the start of camp on June 25. Upper age limit is 21 years. Youth aged 18-21 years old must contact the Extension Office by March 30 in order to attend camp this year; new state guidelines require this.

Register for Wayne 4-H Older Camp


Helpful Tips for Wayne County's 4-H Camps

Before you register, please take a few minutes to review the following items that will aid you in registering your child for camp this summer.

  • Classes at Younger Camp: The Younger Camp schedule has been overhauled due to uncertainty with staff numbers. As a result there will be no class selection for Younger Camp. This only applies to Younger Camp.

  • $5 Discount: The $5 discount still applies if your family has more than one child attending Younger and Older Camps (this does not apply to Day Camp). Please call our office at 304-272-6839 if you have a child registering for Older and Younger Camp and we will help you with the discount. If you have more than one child registering for the same camp (ex. Younger Camp), the online registration system will automatically deduct the $5 discount.

  • Camp Forms: The new online registration allows you to select if you have read and understand the form in question (code of conduct, media release, etc) and space for you to type in your name as a means of a signature. The only two exceptions are the Health History Form and the Free/Reduced Lunch Form.

  • Health History Form: Everyone will need to download, print and send their child's Health History Form to our office. If you are unable to print this, please let us know and we will be happy to mail you a copy. 

  • Free & Reduced Lunch Form: If your child qualifies for free and reduced meals at school, we will need a copy of the Free/Reduced Lunch Form as part of your registration. If you are unable to print this, please let us know and we will be happy to mail you a copy. 

  • Payment: All payment options are available through the online registration system. If you choose to pay with cash, check or money order, the payment must be received in our office within one week or your camp registration will be canceled.

  • 18 - 21 year olds: Must register by April 27, 2018, to give us ample time to complete the necessary paperwork and training prior to the start of camp.

  • Slow or No Internet? Please call our office at 304-272-6839 to register your child over the phone or stop by our office anytime. The WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

  • Refunds: Full refunds will be offered through Friday, June 1, 2018, at 4 p.m.

  • Deadline: The deadline to register is Monday, June 4, 2018, at 12 p.m. (Noon), or when each camp is full.

Wayne County Council Circle 2018