Wood County 4-H Clover Guide
About the Wood County 4-H Clover Guide
The Wood County 4-H Clover Guide is your guide to everything 4-H. This page provides the most up-to-date information on 4-H awards, camps, projects, exhibits, and clubs.
Wood County 4-H Clover Guide
4-H Age Guidelines
- 2022-2023 4-H Year (October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023)
4-H MembersYouths with birthdates from June 30, 2014 through October 1, 2001.
- Starting Age Based off of June 30
- First year to participate is if they turn 8 years old on June 30th - prior to the 4-H year they are starting (This group would have started Kindergarten in 2019 - first group under new age policy)
- Last possible day to be involved will be September 30, 2023 - for anyone who is currently 21 years old on that day.
- Starting Age Based off of June 30
First year to participate as a Cloverbud is if they are 5 years old on June
30th – prior to the 4-H year they are starting.
Last year to participate as a Cloverbud is if they turn 8 during this upcoming 4-H year.
Wood County 4-H Clubs
Wood County 4-H Teen Leaders is a club for 4-H members/teens who will turn 13 during the 4-H year (Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 30, 2023). Members learn leadership and life skills through participation in county-level leadership and service opportunities. Teen Leaders also work together to plan county level activities and camps. This is a junior leader opportunity and teen leaders hold voting seats on the Wood County 4-H Leaders’ Association and Wood County 4-H Camp Trustee Board. This is a fantastic opportunity for teen members to meet other teens throughout the county and gain important leadership skills!
Sharp Shooters 4-H Club
The Wood County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2 p.m., at the Wood County 4-H Camp in Mineral Wells.
- Members 9 – 11 years of age can participate in archery or air rifle programs.
- Members 12 and older can participate in all four disciplines: archery, air rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun.
- Disciplines taught by state certified instructors.
- Members can participate in state and regional competitions and camps.
- 4-H members do not have to be a Sharpshooters 4-H Club member to participate in state level competitive teams.
Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club
The Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club is a special interest club focused on horses. Horse ownership is not required to participate. This club meets on an event/activity schedule and does not have monthly meetings. For information about club activities and events, contact the WVU Extension Service office at 304-424-1960 or email the WVU Extension Office.
Wood County 4-H Projects
There are hundreds of 4-H projects from which to choose but only two types of projects: Still Projects (non-livestock) and Livestock Projects. Most 4-H Still Projects follow the guidelines on the score sheet or in the record guide. Only a few 4-H Still Projects have a record guide: Leadership, Pet Pals, Cats, and Wiggles and Wags. The Sewing Project is the only Still Project that follows a county-specific set of guidelines (see below). All Livestock Projects have a county-specific set of guidelines. These guidelines are given out at the required Mandatory Livestock Meetings.
Each project area has a chairperson who can assist you with questions about your 4-H projects. Contact the WVU Extension Service office at 304-424-1960 or email the WVU Extension Office to be connected with your project chairperson. Completed 4-H projects are scored as follows: 90-100 points = Blue Ribbon, 80-89 = Red Ribbon, 70-79 = White Ribbon. The top three (3) scoring projects in each area receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place premium ribbons. One Best of Show is offered in each project category. Livestock Projects receive Grand Champion and Reserve Champion awards.
What is a Completed 4-H Project?
- A completed 4-H project book and record guide or score sheet.
- A completed 4-H
Activity Record worth 20 points.
- A project exhibit at the
Wood County 4-H & FFA Summer Showcase July 17-22, 2023 at
the Wood County 4-H Camp in Mineral Wells, WV.
Wood County 4-H Still Project Requirements
- Follow the project book and exhibit requirements included on your score sheet
or in your project record guide with the exception of the Sewing Project.
Sewing Project Guidelines
- The project book, STILL project record guide, and activity record are ALL due to the Extension Office June 23, 2023. Download the Activity Record to include with your project book.
- SELF-DETERMINED PROJECTS must be approved by your 4-H club leader, the 4-H Extension Agent, Jodi Smith, or the 4-H Program Assistant, Lindsey Boso. Self-determined projects must be approved in advance to ensure members understand expectations.
Wood County Livestock Project Requirements
- Livestock project guidelines are given out at Mandatory Livestock Meetings. Please contact the WVU Extension office regarding exhibit requirements for Livestock projects.
- SELF-DETERMINED LIVESTOCK PROJECTS must be approved by Agriculture Agent J.J. Barrett at 304-424-1960. Self-determined projects must be approved in advance to ensure members understand expectations.
- Livestock Members Enrollment Cards are due by January 31, 2023 and no later than the last Mandatory Livestock Meeting to take a live animal to the Summer Showcase. Enrollments dated after Mandatory Livestock Meetings must exhibit a poster and will not be permitted to exhibit a live animal. This project becomes a STILL project (see above).
- Livestock project books and activity records are due June 23, 2023. Livestock record guides are due July 28, 2023. Download the Activity Record to include with your project book.
- ALL Wood County Youth Livestock members must attend at least three 4-H Club or three FFA meetings to be eligible to sell livestock at the Junior Livestock Sale. Only active members in good standing can participate in the Livestock Sale.
A 4-H/FFA member may meet the attendance requirement by attending 4-H
club meetings, club and county service projects, club and county
fund-raisers, FFA Chapter meetings, fund-raisers, service projects,
and 4-H and FFA Ham and Bacon Show.
- Selling market animal projects in the Wood County Junior Livestock Sale at the Summer Showcase is a privilege, not a right. If exhibitors do not want to sign a Livestock Contract and follow the rules, they can still exhibit their 4-H and FFA market animals at the Showcase but will not participate in the sale. FFA and 4-H members may contact the FFA Advisor or Agriculture Agent to come out to the farm to judge their animal projects to complete their 4-H project or FFA Record Book. Please contact J.J. Barrett at the WVU Extension Wood Office with any questions at 304-424-1960 or Kari Brown, FFA Advisor at the Parkersburg South Tech Center at 304-420-9501.
Earn a 4-H Project Medal and/or PinA 4-H member MUST complete a project medal and/or pin application and meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive a medal and/or pin at the county 4-H Awards Ceremony.
- Project Medal – Must have completed two years in the project.
- Bronze Project Pin – Must have completed two years in the project and a club and county visual presentation in project area.
- Silver Project Pin – Must have completed three years in the project and a club and county visual presentation in project area.
- Gold Project Pin – Must have completed two-three years in the project and a club, county, and state visual presentation in project area.
What will you need to know to complete the medal application?
- All major 4-H activities completed, and awards received for the project
- What you learned from the project
- When and where a visual presentation was given on the project (if applicable for pins, not medals)
- Leader/Agent signatures to verify visual presentations (if applicable for pins, not medals)
- Exhibit your project at the Summer Showcase
Track Your Community Service HoursEach 4-H member is eligible to receive county level recognition for community service, or if eligible, a Presidential Service Award for completing a required number of hours of community service (see chart below). A record of community service hours must be turned into the WVU Extension Office no later than July 21, 2023 (end of Showcase week). Be sure to include the date, group, description of service activity, and number of hours for each activity. You can complete your hours online or on a printable community service log.
Presidential Service Award Hours
Hours by Award
|Kids (ages 5-10)
|Teens (ages 11-15)
|Young Adults (ages 16-25)
Wood County 4-H Cloverbuds
Cloverbuds do not take 4-H projects; they participate in age-appropriate
activities in their clubs. They may do an exhibit for the Wood County 4-H
& FFA Summer Showcase as an individual or as part of a club group.
Cloverbuds do not compete and receive Cloverbud ribbons.
State & National 4-H Camp Dates & Scholarships
4-H members must be currently enrolled and in good standing in Wood County
4-H to be eligible for these scholarships. Wood County 4-H Leaders' Association
will provide a half scholarship per camper. State Camps not listed
will be considered by request.
- June 18-23
- July 9-14
- July 16-21
Citizenship Washington Focus
The Wood County 4-H Leaders' Association will pay 1/2 of the registration after state scholarships for the first 3 registered Wood County 4-H members. If more than 3 members register, the 4-H Leaders will vote on the amount they will pay.
Other State, National, International, or Out-of-State Events and Competitions
Request for any event not listed above must be made in the form of a written letter to the Wood County 4-H Leaders’ Association. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. The Leaders’ Association will determine the amount paid based on state and national scholarships, club scholarships, and other donations.
In the event of a cancellation by the 4-H member, if a cancellation fee
is charged, that will be paid by the 4-H member.
State 4-H Camps