What is 4-H?
4-H is a club for kids and teens. But 4-H is like no club you’ve ever seen before. Most of all, 4-H is fun for you!
In each of the four “Hs”, you’ll have fun with old and new friends:
Head: developing life skills and knowledge
Heart: building self esteem and supporting positive values that build
Hands: fostering active citizenship and
service to others
Health: teaching healthy habits
...at different types of 4-H camps
...at 4-H club meetings
...in ski clubs, horse clubs and other special groups
...in 4-H community service projects
...in individual 4-H projects about topics you pick
...on trips to places nearby and far away
...on international adventures
...in groups that work with helpful teen and adult leaders.
What do 4-H members do?
Each member picks a yearly project that they will focus on, and county 4-H agents provide them with the information and project booklets they need to get started.
Youth can pick from a variety of projects, ranging from building rockets and woodworking, to cooking and raising livestock. There are over a hundred
projects to choose from, and members are encouraged to design their own if they have a particular interest they would like to explore more deeply.
Who can be in 4-H?
County Membership An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. It is not the intent of the WVUES to deny any individual membership or participation. If any special concerns exist, please contact your local county Extension agent.
West Virginia 4-H Membership The 4-H Year is October 1 to September 30. An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. The individual can join when he/she is in at least the third grade and/or 9 years of age (Example: a child can join 4-H if he/she is 8 years of age and will reach his/her 9th birthday during the current 4-H club year), and will not be eligible for membership if he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday on or before December 31 of the current 4-H year.
Grade Levels It is strongly recommended that grade levels be used in determining eligibility for camps, clubs, and special-interest groups, and when making subdivisions of the 9-21 age group. It is not possible to use grade levels for some state competitive events, due to national age requirements.
In some areas, Cloverbuds, a program for younger children, is also available. There are no financial or academic requirements to be met—all they need is a love for fun and an inquiring mind!
How can my child join 4-H?
There are many ways to become involved in 4-H in your community. Opportunities exist in clubs, camps, and other programming.
To join or find a club in your area, contact your county Extension office or talk to a club leader.
What will my child need for 4-H?
There is no entrance fee, and no uniform is required.
Even the project booklets are provided free of cost. However, you will need to provide the materials your child needs for the project he or she chooses. Many of the projects can be completed with resources you already have access to or require very few material items.
What if there isn’t a 4-H Club in my community?
If there’s space in a nearby community’s club, your child can participate in that club. Even better, start a club in your community! All you really need is a dedicated, caring adult willing to volunteer once a month.