From the very beginning, 4-H has been committed to making a difference in people’s lives. In the late 1800’s, researchers realized that adults in farming communities didn’t want to try new agricultural practices that had been developed on university campuses.
But young people were open to experimenting with new ideas, and would share their experiences with adults. And that’s how 4-H was born. Over the past century, the program has flourished by keeping pace with the needs of young people, their families and their communities. Today’s 4-H’ers tackle the nation’s top issues – from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. Through West Virginia University’s statewide 4-H program, thousands of young people are making lifelong friends, learning by doing, changing their communities and having fun in the process.
There are several different clubs that have found their home in Tucker County. Currently over ninety youth are divided between the five clubs – Four- Leaf Clovers, Flanagan Hill Pathfinders, Rhododendron, St. George Ridge Runners, and Wildcats. There are also two special interest clubs – Tucker County 4-H Teen Leaders and The Junior Equestrian Team (JETS).
The overall goals of 4-H are to develop life and leadership skills; build self-esteem and character; foster citizenship and service and teach healthy habits. Membership is free, and open to youths ages 9-21. We also offer a program for children that are younger than nine. Most clubs in the county also offer a Cloverbud Program that helps younger children develop social skills, healthy habits and leadership skills.
A new 4-H program year is about to start. Are you up to the challenges you’ll find in 4-H? If so, join the club! Learn more about local 4-H opportunities by contacting Jennifer Polling, WVU Extension agent, or Jesica Streets, Program Assistant, in WVU Extension’s Tucker County office at 304 478-2949 ext:209.