Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Harrison County offers both traditional and innovative ways for youth to get involved in 4-H.  Our twenty community clubs help youth develop projects of interest, some of which will be exhibited at the county or state fair.  Our camping program is vibrant and offers low cost alternatives to more expensive youth sports and special interest camps that are common today.  Recently, the county 4-H program began a Sandlot Sports program which meets seasonally to teach sports the way they should be—fun, skill-based, and socially appropriate.  So, whether you want the full-project experience or maybe want to dip your toes more gently into the 4-H pool, there is something for everyone!

To find out how you might “Discover Yourself in 4-H” give us a call today at 740.942.8823 and ask for Caity.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at http://ohio4h.org.


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