4-H & Youth Development
4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people and 540,000 volunteers. In West Virginia, one out of every five youth under the age of 21 participates in 4-H youth development programming.
Youth development in Hancock County is open to everyone, from youngsters to young adults. Hancock County features 6 local 4-H clubs and is home to the Camp Aura 4-H Camp.
Dedicated to the four-fold development of head, heart, hands, and health, 4-H youth learn valuable leadership, citizenship, and life skills by participating in projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, shooting sports, public speaking, photography, animal care, nutrition, and community service. Regular 4-H membership is open to youth aged 8-21 and 4-H Cloverbud membership is open to youth aged 5-7.
4-H members are invited to attend monthly club meetings to plan community events. Hancock County 4-H clubs are located across the county and meetings are held at various locations throughout the county.
Each summer 4-H members, as well as all Hancock County youth, are encouraged to take part in 4-H camp. Camp is a great opportunity to meet new friends and take part in fun activities. The County Camp is located at Tomlinson Run State Park, making it convenient for all county youth.
Research shows that 4-H members do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things, achieve a sense of self-esteem, and develop lasting friendships.
How to be a 4-H Volunteer
Adult volunteers are a vital component of the Hancock County 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events.
Across the country, more than 500,000 teen and adult volunteers share their time and talents with 4-H youth. Contact the Hancock County WVU Extension Service to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.
If you would like more information on becoming involved in the 4-H program as a club member, camp participant, or volunteer, please feel free to contact the Hancock County Extension Office at 304-564-3805 or by emailing HancockCountyExtension@mail.wvu.edu.