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4-H Volunteers

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 Procedures for Dealing with Volunteer Issues

Protecting Our Children

Required training for working with children on campus.

WVU is directing all faculty, staff, volunteers, etc. to adhere to West Virginia University Board of Governors Rule 1.7 On Child Protection. This rule is to protect children (any person under the age of 18) on WVU’s premises or those involved in University sponsored programs at all geographic locations by providing guidance on reporting requirements for child abuse or neglect; providing guidelines for appropriate supervision of children; and ensuring that WVU and its divisional campuses comply with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding the employment of children.

All employees, volunteers and young adult 4-H members (18-21 years of age) having direct contact with children during WVUES programs must take and complete an online quiz.

Children on Campus has now expired. The new information is named Protecting Our Children in conjunction WVU BOG Rule 1.7. Contact your local Extension office or whomever you are vetted through to obtain a link to the new training.

Susan England ( Susan.England@ nullmail.wvu.edu), Extension Specialist Youth Protection and Compliance, Volunteer Management Specialist, coordinates all information for Volunteers with our West Virginia University Extension faculty.

This version of the quiz will grade the quiz, generate a certificate, and automatically email results directly to the provided email address.

It will be the responsibility of program directors and Administrators to make sure that everyone that falls under the policy, must be in compliance before having direct contact with children. In addition, please review screening program staff members. “All adults who have direct contact, i.e., those responsible for the care, supervision, guidance, or control of a child, with visiting children be subject to an adequate and timely background check.

  • Employees, faculty and staff – screening with be conducted every three years
  • Volunteers or any other non-employee – screening will be conducted every three years.
  • The National Sexual Predator check will be conducted yearly.

Volunteers – Required Documents

Suggested Documents

  • Interview
    • Questions and report for agent or volunteer recruiter to use with volunteer applicant are available
  • For new potential volunteers, applicants’ names are entered into the Extension Apps background check database. Applicant name and information will be checked by Susan England or Erin Gregory before submitting for a background check. If an issue exists with the person submitted the WVU faculty or staff member submitting the individual for processing will be notified.

Camp Staff Volunteer Position Descriptions

Camp Staff Volunteer Position Applications

2019 West Virginia State 4-H Camp Staff Applications are now available. In 2019, staff applications will be completed entirely online. Each camp has an individual application with unique staff needs and questions, so a separate application must be filled out for each camp you are interested in staffing. If you are interested in serving at more than one camp, please use each of the appropriate links:

State 4-H Dance Weekend – March 8-10, 2019

Apply to Volunteer for Dance Weekend

State 4-H Teen Leader Weekend – March 22-24, 2019

Apply to Volunteer for Teen Leader Leader Weekend

State 4-H Youth Shooting Sports Weekend – April 2019, TBD

Apply to Volunteer for Shooting Sports Weekend

Older Members Conference (OMC) – June 16-22, 2019

Apply to Volunteer for Older Members Conference

Alpha I – July 7-12, 2019

Apply to Volunteer for Alpha I

Alpha II – July 14-19, 2019

Apply to Volunteer for Alpha II

Additional Information

  • Application must be completed in one sitting. We do not have the ability for you to stop the survey, save responses and complete the survey at a later time.
  • All children or grandchildren of staff members must be registered as camp participants and meet the age guidelines of the event in order to attend.
  • Preference will be given to staff applications received by December 21, 2019.
  • Completion of the staff application does not guarantee acceptance as a staff member.
  • If selected to serve, you will be notified via the email you provided in your staff application.
  • If notified via email, you will be considered as a contingent staff member – pending completion of appropriate youth protection, volunteer and camp specific requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, contact the WVU State 4-H Office at 4HYouthDev@ nullmail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-5871.