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Webster 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

Recent WV 4-H News

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

Read 2024 My Hands to Larger Service mini-grants available

West Virginia 4-H Announces 2023 Youth in Action Award Winners

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program announces three young leader in 4-H pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, and STEM.

Read West Virginia 4-H Announces 2023 Youth in Action Award Winners

Win up to $3,000 in the Natural Resources & Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition

Photo of student standing at a podium presenting in front of a screen with the words "Natural Resources and Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition" overlayed on top. The Flying "WV" and "Extension" written in bottom left corner

West Virginia individuals or teams (up to four persons) of students in grades 9-12 from traditional, virtual or homeschool environments, or those attending career and technical centers are invited to compete in the 2023 Natural Resources and Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition.

This competition is an exciting program designed to engage talented youths in our community, state and beyond. By participating in this competition, young people will have the opportunity to jump-start their own businesses or develop essential skills for their future roles with potential employers.

Read Win up to $3,000 in the Natural Resources & Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition

Older WV 4-H News


Each community club meets on a monthly basis to plan and implement community service, social, fundraising, and promotional activities. 4-H members can enroll in projects, meet new friends, and learn leadership skills. To find a club near you (in Webster County), see the below list.

  • Sand Run Busy Bees—Bolair
  • Cheerful Diggers Jr—Cowen
  • Dyer Pioneers—Dyer/Cowen
  • Green Thumb Hornets—Cowen
  • Diana B-G’s—Diana
  • Four Seasons—Diana
  • Silver Stars—Webster Springs
  • Addison Avengers—Webster Springs

For additional information regarding 4-H community clubs, contact the Extension Office at 304-847-2727.


Children in kindergarten to second grades can be enrolled as Cloverbuds in a 4-H program. Because of their age, these ‘budding’ 4-Hers are not full-fledged 4-H members and cannot participate in 4-H related competitions but can have fun learning by participating in fun, hands-on activities directly related to the 4-H project areas just like official (third grade to 21 years old) 4-H members. Cloverbud groups can meet separately from 4-H clubs or in conjunction with 4-H clubs. To learn how to enroll your child in the Cloverbud program in Webster County, contact the WVU Extension Service at 304-847-2727 or by email.


Webster County camp is held at Camp Caesar starting the third Sunday in July. Camp activities include Good Grooming and Job Interview contests with the winners receiving a return scholarship to county camp or a scholarship to state camp, a picnic and mediation at the lake, Cloverbud Day, a hayride-dance-night swim, pizza party and dance, and Charting ceremony. Of course there are also the customary classes, sports and tribal activities.

Camp Schedule

West Virginia 4-H Volunteer Opportunities

West Virginia 4-H offers opportunities that can give your child an edge in life. Our program provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for youths, adolescents and adults.

Caring Adults act as advisers and leaders for clubs, camps and activities. Each is selected, screened and trained by the WVU Extension professionals who guide the 4-H program.

Neighborhood Clubs give older and younger members a place to belong, a place to identify and a place to practice positive values, build leadership and have fun!

Special Events and Programs at the local, state and national levels support educational and developmental goals through camps, skill development events, exhibits, fairs and challenging contests.

Individualized Learning Experiences let each child choose from more than 100 projects to develop unique interests and skills and explore new ideas. Each project is developed by experts to help children learn by doing.

Leadership Development is nurtured with special emphasis placed on developing communication and decision-making skills.

Adult Volunteer Selection Process Code of Conduct

Not sure what you have to offer 4-H youth? Below are some volunteer roles you can help with. Don’t forget to email the Extension Office or call us at 304-847-2727 for more specific information and current volunteering opportunities.