4-H and Youth


Join 4-H

National 4-H week web feature
West Virginia University Extension Service offers 4-H programs in all 55 of the state’s counties. From camps to clubs, 4-H focuses on service and learning activities that involve the “head, heart, hands, and health” of a community and its members.

Who can join 4-H?

The program is open to anyone and absolutely free. Anyone between the ages of 9 and 21 can join 4-H with a parent or guardian’s permission. Younger kids who are interested in the practices of 4-H can start at age 7 in the Cloverbud program, which focuses more on fun and social activities that set the stage for future learning.

Where can I join 4-H?

Clubs meet in a variety of places in your communities led by adult volunteers and mentors. To find a club in your area, contact your county Extension office.

Why join 4-H?

While 4-H programs of the past have focused on agriculture and farming, today’s 4-H programs are more diverse, exposing kids to concepts in science, engineering, technology, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. Club members may also learn about higher education opportunities and even be eligible for scholarships given by the WVU Extension Service.

4-H’ers form friendships that last by participating in a variety of activities. The program builds leadership skills, helps engage youth in learning, and provides a variety of ways for students to get involved. Learn why you should join 4-H.

Cloverbuds: 4-H for Children Under the Age of Eight

Everyone can get involved in 4-H fun regardless of age. The Cloverbud program is designed to get children thinking about the four focus areas of 4-H—head, heart, hands, and health.

Welcome to 4-H

A brief summary for families that just joined 4-H. Some of the topics this packet contains are:

  • Letter to Parents
  • How Your Child Can Be Successful in 4-H
  • Facts About 4-H
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Glossary of Terms