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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 us 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 us 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 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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Barnett Inducted into WV 4-H All Stars

Brenna Barnett of Fort Gay was inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars which is the highest honor in the WV 4-H program. She was inducted on Friday June 10, 2022, as part of the final council circle program at 4-H Older Camp at Cabwaylingo State Forest. The All Stars recognizes outstanding service and leadership in the 4-H program and Brenna exemplifies both! For more information on the Wayne County 4-H Program, contact the WVU Extension Office at 304-272-6839

Brenna Barnett All Star

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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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Younger Camp Award Winners

Congratulations to all the youth who attended 4-H Younger Camp held at Cabwaylingo June 20-24. It was the first time in three years that 4-H was able to conduct residential camps in Wayne County due to the pandemic. Here is a summary of award winners last week. 

Spirit & H Award Winners - Younger Camp 2022

L-R: Brookelynn Messer, Brody Parsons, Joel Patton, Noah Toney, Kinley Howard

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Wayne County 4-H Camps

More information will be available on the Wayne County 4-H Camp season.

Recent WV 4-H News

It Pays to BEE a Writer: State 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Honeybee on red clover

West Virginia 4-H is excited to announce the 2024 State 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest!

The topic for this 750-1000 word essay is Varietal Honeys.

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Ten My Hands to Larger Service Mini-Grants awarded in 2024

Ten 4-H teen leaders and their teams have pledged their hands to larger service in the coming months as they implement the service projects outlined in their winning mini-grant applications. The West Virginia 4-H All Stars have committed $2,000 to support the ten mini-grants to enhance communities in Berkeley, Harrison, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, and Randolph counties.

Cooper Knott and the Scrabble Scramblers 4-H Club in Berkeley County plan to update athletic equipment at the Camp Frame. This facility attracts the tri-county community for year-round social, educational, and recreational gatherings. The basketball hoop and backboard at the facility are broken and need to be replaced for the facility users to enjoy for years to come.

Harrison County 4-H members Hope Woods, Hannah Woods, and Spencer Nolan plan to repurpose old furniture to make a blessing box in their community. Community members can help fill this box with food, warm clothes, hygiene products, and other essentials that those in need can discretely acquire. By repurposing old furniture instead of building a new box, the 4-H members aim to reduce waste and encourage environmental preservation.

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2024 My Hands to Larger Service mini-grants available

Youth replacing the floorboards of a porch

For several years the West Virginia 4-H All Stars have generously funded to eleven mini-grants for West Virginia 4-H teens/teen leader groups to assist in the planning and completion of a community service project through the My Hands to Larger Service 4-H Project.

Mini-Grant Application

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