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Wood 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
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Wood County 4-H offers four summer "4-H camps", community "4-H clubs", and a "4-H Afterschool program". Come join 4-H and have fun while you discover the world. For more information about 4-H and how you can join the adventure, call the Wood County Extension Office at 304-424-1960.

Jodi Smith, Wood County Extension Educator, 4-H and Youth Development
Lindsey Boso, 4-H Program Assistant
Becky Marks, Youth Health Educator

Wood County 4-H Clubs

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Wood County 4-H News

Wood County 4-H Calendar of Events

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Wood County 4-H Honors Volunteers and Friends of 4-H

West Virginia 4-H All Stars live by the motto of service. Adult 4-H members who have earned a charting pin, and 4-H volunteers with five or more years of service to the organization, are eligible for All Star nomination. The newest All Stars for 2022 are 4-H Members Hope Prunty, Dalton Dearth, Katie Daley, and Cyleigh Sampson, and 4-H volunteers Beverly Tice, Krista Bell, and Brandon Boso.

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Wood County 4-H Honors Members

Wood County 4-H celebrated a year of accomplishments at their annual Awards Ceremony on November 6, 2022.

4-H Club Awards of Excellence went to American Brushpoppers, Belleville, Fairview, Lubeck Lucky Clovers, Sand Hill Explorers, Teen Leaders, and Woodchucks 4-H Clubs. Rebels, Saulsbury, and Sharp Shooters 4-H Clubs received blue ribbon recognition.

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Recent WV 4-H News

Application for National 4-H Congress and Conference

This application is for WV 4-H youth ages 14-19 wanting to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta (November 2023) or National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. (March/April 2024). Once your application is submitted a follow-up interview will be scheduled in June 2023.

17 people standing in two rows Deadline to submit your interview is midnight on Monday, May 15th, 2023. Youth accepted to attend Congress or Conference will be attending this event with pre-selected WVU Extension Chaperones. Youth will be attending on their own, family members and 4-H Volunteers will not be eligible to attend. There will be times during these National events when youth will be chaperoned by someone other than the WVU chaperones.

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Fall 2022 Regional 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

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There are 4-H volunteer training opportunities scheduled around the state from late August through early October. A meal and 4-H club ideas (with supplies!) will be provided to each participant.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend these trainings to gain new skills and learn how to restart/start 4-H clubs. This session will provide grab 'n' go training resources and curriculum you can use in working within the 4-H youth program. The training will also focus on building relationships between 4-H volunteers and Extension educators. We are excited to come back together to learn, socialize and recognize our excellent volunteers that support our youth.

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Excellence in 4-H project work on display at the State Fair of West Virginia 2022

Adult taking a picture of a boy in a 4-H camp backdrop

The public is encouraged to picture themselves in 4-H this year at the State Fair of West Virginia. The stage has been set for kids of all ages to step into a 4-H club meeting or head off to 4-H camp at the 4-H exhibit in the Cecil Underwood Youth building. Thank you to Gold Ribbon poster winner, Hannah Beckner from Gilmer County for inspiring the exhibit theme this year.

Cornbread muffins, collections of leaves, creative 4-H clover displays, and handmade clothing garments and toolboxes line the display stands in the Cecil Underwood Youth Building at the as evidence of 4-H members’ hard work throughout the past year. People attending the State Fair of West Virginia can view these blue-ribbon 4-H project exhibits from August 11 through 20, 2022. Additionally, there are hundreds of exhibits online in the virtual state 4-H exhibit .

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Older WV 4-H News

Wood County 4-H Calendar

4-H Cloverbuds

Cloverbuds have fun learning by participating in fun, hands-on activities directly related to the 4-H project areas. Children can enroll as Cloverbuds once they turn 5 years old by June 30 prior to the start of the 4-H year. Some Cloverbud groups meet separate from 4-H clubs, some meet in conjunction with 4-H clubs.

To learn how to enroll your child in the Cloverbud program in Wood County, contact the WVU Extension at 304-424-1960.

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Wood County 4-H hosts four camps every summer, an Older 4-H Camp, Younger 4-H Camp, Cloverbud Day Camp, and a regional Horse Camp. For more information about 4-H Camp age requirements and dates, go the our Wood County 4-H Camp Information, contact the WVU Extension Service office in Wood County at (304) 424-1960 or email Jodi Smith.