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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

4-H Clubs Seeking New Members

The Horse & Livestock 4-H Club held their monthly meeting September 16. Many thanks to (l-r) Jacob Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell, Molly Jenkins, and McKenzie Davenport (missing Jonah Mitchell and Mackenzie Cassels).

Horse & Livestock Club with sign saying "To Make the Best Better"

Horse & Livestock Club with sign saying "To Make the Best Better"

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Highlights from the 2019 4-H Fun Horse Show

A few highlights from the Wayne County 4-H Horse Fun Show. Many thanks to all our volunteers, sponsors, announcer, and Yvonne Carter BBQ for the concessions, for another successful and family friendly horse show!

Riders after the Trail class.Riders in center of the ring.

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Shooting Sports 4-H Club

Our 4-H Shooting Sports Club held its first meeting since the summer break on Monday, September 9. Youth enrollment forms were passed out and information about the program. The next club meeting will be Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. If you have children interested in joining, please contact our office at 304-272-6839 for location details.

2019 Wayne County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club

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National Shooting Sports Ambassador Program

This summer, Chase Smith (right), of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club was selected to represent West Virginia as an Ambassador with the National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Program. He participated in a week-long training in Texas in early August to prepare him to serve in this capacity over the upcoming year. 

The program allows 4-H youth to advocate and promote the 4-H Shooting Sports program with stakeholders, donors and to represent the program at state and possibly national events. Furthermore, Ambassadors develop skills in leadership, public speaking and community service as part of the program. Please help us congratulate Chase on this accomplishment.

Chase Smith WVU 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador

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Youth Recognized at Alpha II

Last month, two Wayne County 4-H members were recognized at Alpha II, a State 4-H Camp, held at WVU Jackson's Mill in Weston, WV. Zoe Harold was selected to serve as Chief of the Delaware Tribe and her younger sister Zara received the Head H Award at the conclusion of camp. We are very proud of their accomplishments. 

Zoe Harold Chief of Delaware Tribe Alpha II 2019Zoe Harold and Zara Harold at Alpha II

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Wayne County 4-H Camps

More information will be available on the 2020 Wayne County 4-H Camp season next year. Stay tuned for details or contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at 304-272-6839.