National 4-H Week

NEW CUMBERLAND — West Virginia youths in Hancock County will be “inspired to do” during National 4-H Week, held Oct. 6-12. Youths can explore the joys of 4-H – trying new experiences, serving their neighbors, gaining life skills and more along the way – by signing up for the Hancock County 4-H program.

West Virginia 4-H is a free youth development program of West Virginia University Extension Service that builds leadership skills, strengthens communities and emphasizes a “learn by doing” approach to education.

In West Virginia, one in every five youths is involved in 4-H. Anyone between the ages of 9 and 21 can join 4-H with a parent or guardian’s permission. Younger kids, ages 5 to 8, who are interested in the practices of 4-H can join a pre-4-H program called Cloverbuds, which focuses more on fun and social activities that set the stage for future learning. Older members can become active in any of the seven collegiate 4-H clubs in the state.

According to Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension Service 4-H youth development agent in Hancock County, 4-H is an opportunity for those in the area to join an organization that is helping to empower youths to become true leaders within their communities. “Our 4-H program reaches local youths in a variety of ways – through our community clubs, 4-H camp, in-school programs, and Energy Express to name a few,” Scheerbaum said. “Our community clubs provide an amazing opportunity for members to learn leadership skills that will benefit them now and throughout the rest of their lives.”

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

For more information about 4-H opportunities in your community, contact the WVU Extension Service office in Hancock County at 304-564-3805 or visit extension.wvu.edu.