4-H and Youth

Host a Japanese Student This Summer

WHO—interested families with youth age 10-17, involvement in 4-H is not required.

WHATWVU-States 4-H International Exchange Hosting Opportunity.

WHEN—about July 22-August 18, 2016.

WHERE—meet and drop off youth at Jackson’s Mill for welcoming and departure dinners.

WHY—enhance cultural competency, learn something new, experience hospitality, increase global awareness, enrich your summer experience. Make a new friend!

FOR MORE INFORMATION —or to begin the matching process, please contact Denis Scott Denis.Scott@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8665

These eager youth are excited to visit West Virginia!

  • Kotomi is a 12 year old girl. She likes singing, watching TV, and playing basketball and golf. Kotomi loves singing karaoke and dancing!
  • Aiko is a 13 year old girl. She likes comics, window shopping, and sports. Aiko enjoys playing the trumpet and Japanese harp.
  • Keita is a 13 year old boy. Keita likes drawing, soccer, and Legos. He also practices karate!
  • Hitomi is a 14 year old girl. She likes playing tennis, ping pong, and the piano. Hitomi is excited to try swimming in WV!
  • Nanami is a 14 year old girl. Nanami likes playing basketball, listening to music, and science. She wants to try new sweets!
  • Haruka is a 14 year old boy. Hobbies include running track, computers, and the outdoors. He also loves books like the Harry Potter series.

This is a wonderful opportunity for families around the state to experience another culture. Japanese delegates come to be immersed in English and experience everyday life in an average family setting. Delegates come with their own insurance, spending money, and can share a bedroom with a host sibling. Many past delegates enjoyed attending the local county fairs with their families and have marked this as one of their most memorable experiences. Do not let participating in regular summer activities deter you from this great opportunity! Delegates love to be with their host siblings whether it’s around the house, fairs, camping, ballgames, etc…. very busy – or not so busy…. It just depends on what your family likes to do!

Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to experience our world through hospitality. Participants enhance their communication skills, global citizenship, build confidence and learn about themselves in a way few other experiences can offer. Please spread the word and consider hosting. We’d like to find welcoming homes for these delegates as soon as possible.

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WV State Fair Talent Stage

The WV State Fair Talent Stage registration information is now available . 4-Hers are encouraged to consider participating. We all have talent in our counties and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase those talents. state fair Talent stage acts or presentations are needed for each day, August 12-21. The talent stage acts can include visual presentation, public speaking, drama, music and dance. If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Woodrum at 304-466-7113. Registrations are due to me by Friday, July 22nd.

4-H Football Day

WVU vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Football Day Design


October 1, 2016 (Game Time TBD)
This is the Big XII home opener for WVU


WVU Football Stadium, Morgantown, WV


$40 Game Ticket & Insurance (everyone in attendance must have a ticket to enter the game regardless of age – infants, toddlers, etc…)

$10 4-H T-Shirt (optional)

Note: There is limited ticket availability, so all tickets are sold on a first come/first serve basis until our supply has been exhausted.

REFUNDS: Partial refunds will be honored if requested prior to August 1st. Due to the purchase of tickets and t-shirts, no refunds will be accepted after August 1st.

Additional activities and festivities may take place prior to the game depending upon kickoff time. All individuals attending will be a part of a group photo on the field after the conclusion of the game.

Register Online Now

Printable Flyer/Paper Order Form

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Back to the Basics

Test your skills in the backcountry and live the primitive style. Cook on an open flame, sleep in a tent, fish, hike and get warm by the campfire. Each session will have a different shooting sports activity based on camp directors’ skills and certifications. camping

Who: Those who want to learn more about backcountry camping that will be accompanying youth in primitive-type camping.

Space is limited to 12 campers per trip, one camp per person.

Cost: $40 (includes all camping equipment and food)

July 29-31, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, archery)

August 3-5, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, TBD)

September 23-25, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, TBD)

October 21-23, 2016—Ages 18-21—(camping, fishing, Tomahawk and knife throwing)

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Mountaineer Media Camp

July 27-29, 2016

To provide youth experiences in journalism, strategic communications, and media, in order for them to have understanding of how the media landscape is changing, why media is important today, and why media innovation is valuable. media

Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their communication, photography, and journalism skills as well as improve their understanding of media in the modern world.

Location: West Virginia University – Evansdale Campus, Morgantown, WV

Cost: $125. Includes two nights lodging in the WVU Towers Housing Complex.

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Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy

July 24-27, 2016

Providing West Virginia youth experiences in art, in order for them to have better mindfulness and observational abilities and an understanding of how artistic skills activate an understanding or space, place, perspective, and structure. Drawing

Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and artistic skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes, and field trips will provide the opportunity for artistic exploration inspired by interacting with the landscape and our natural environment.

Location: West Virginia University – Evansdale Campus, Morgantown, WV

Cost: $225. Scholarships of $100 are available to those who register by July 1st reducing the cost to $125.

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VLW 2016 Save The Date

Be on the lookout for the RFP and submit by April 29, 2016.

Anticipated Workshop Categories:

  • 4-H Club Activities and Support
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Arts (including Crafts)
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • STEM

Outstanding Volunteer applications are due
August 5, 2016.

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