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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

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Wood County 4-H Camp Registration 2022

Older 4-H Camp is open to youth ages 13-21. See membership age requirements . Campers who are 18 years of age or older must complete the vetting process (background check, Title IX and Protecting our Children Training). Please contact the office to start the process if you have not already done so. Cost is $115 with an Early Bird Discount of $10 if registered by May 20. Spend the week with friends and participate in camp classes like shooting sports, Charting, dance, crafts, cooking, games, fishing, STEM and more. We will have a campfire program every night, daily activities, and a dance on the last night of camp.

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Scholarships Available for College and Post-Secondary Education and Training

Attention Livestock Exhibitors - The Wood County Jr. Livestock Sale Committee is sponsoring two $500 scholarships for college or post-secondary training and education. Applications are open until April 29, 2022. https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aeG9tRC6PEoIdZI

Seniors who have exhibited a 4-H or FFA project at the State Fair of WV during the last 5 years are eligible to apply for a scholarship for college or vocational school. See all requirements at https://statefairofwv.com/scholarship-awards/. Deadline to apply is March 14.

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Wood County 4-H Honors Volunteers 2021

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Wood County 4-H recognized their outstanding volunteers for 2021 at their annual Awards Ceremony on December 11, 2021 at the Wood County 4-H Camp. Volunteers were recognized for years of service and outstanding achievements. “Each of our 4-H volunteers bring knowledge and experience to the program and teach valuable life skills to our 4-H members. 4-H volunteers are mentors, role models, teachers, advisors, coaches, and more. Wood County is lucky to have such a talented and caring group of 4-H leaders. The 4-H program is only possible because of the dedicated service of our volunteers. They deserve recognition every year, but especially on their anniversary years,” says Jodi Smith, WVU 4-H Extension Agent.

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Recent WV 4-H News

West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Healthy Living

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

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West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Civic Engagement

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

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West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Winner: Agriculture

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program recognized four young leaders in 2021 in the 4-H core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living, and STEM.

Levi Wright received the award for agriculture; Caroline Fox received the award for civic engagement; Rosa Williams received the award for healthy living; and John Allen received the award for STEM. Join us each Thursday in May to learn more about our 2021 Youth in Action award winners.

Each of the four winners received a $500 mini-grant to develop a significant community project, recognition at a formal award ceremony, a full scholarship to attend West Virginia 4-H Older Members Conference, an opportunity to be featured as the West Virginia 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area, support and mentorship to apply for the 2022 National 4-H Youth in Action Awards, and an official reference letter from the West Virginia State 4-H Program Leader, Brent Clark.

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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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Camps

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.