4-H and Youth

Volunteer Training Opportunity

The Northeast Regional Volunteer Forum will be hosted by the University of Maryland, November 20-23, 2014, at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center in College Park, MD. West Virginia is offering scholarships to both youth and adult volunteers to form a delegation and take advantage to extend the knowledge, experience innovative programs and exchange new youth development ideas.


The 4-H program is a global youth organization that focuses on positive youth development through hands on learning of essential life skills. This would not be possible without the many 4-H volunteers who help to bring these programs to life.

Keynote speakers such as Dr. Richard Lerner, Steve Stark, and Dr. Jim Cain will be presenting. Various educational workshops for adult volunteers and a teen track of workshops will be available as part of the package price.

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TRAVEL TO IRELAND! 4-H Youth Adventure Summer 2015

Contacts: Denis Scott & Julie Tritz

Have you always wanted to see another country, experience another culture, and have a learning adventure with 4-H friends? You can travel to Ireland next summer with the West Virginia 4-H program “Ireland Learning Adventures.” Youth ages 14-21 years old can apply for this opportunity. This exciting trip will take place from Saturday July 25th to Monday August 3rd. Cost of the all-inclusive trip is $2,950 including airfare, lodging, meals, classes, and tours in Ireland. ireland map

Stay one hour north of Dublin at the beautiful country estate An Grainán. This Edwardian manor surrounded by 88 acres of park land is the perfect lodge for classes, hikes, and tours. The 4-H group will visit Monasterboice historic ruins, see Drogheda city with Millmount Tower Fort, St Laurence Medieval Castle Gates, and Mellifont Abbey, experience the Newgrange neolithic monuments that are older than Stonehenge, and tour Boyne Valley home of the Loughcrew Passage Graves and St. Patrick’s famous Hill of Slane. 4-H youth also have the rare opportunity to learn about Irish cookery, digital photography, nature rambling, and Irish set dancing from local experts.


Click here for registration materials. For additional information please call or email Denis Scott at 304-293-8665 or Denis.Scott@mail.wvu.edu

Civic Engagement Forum

Contacts: Donald Reed & Jeremy Farley

The Civic Engagement Forum (“Forum”) will provide participants with opportunities for hands-on educational and civic engagement programs that focus on a variety of topics including government and citizenship.

Ambassadors must be able to participate in the entire event (Friday-Sunday)

First Time Youth Ambassadors
* Four (4) Ambassadors may attend forum from each county. Must be in the 7th-11th grades
* Ambassadors who were scheduled to attend the March 2014 Forum but are now in 12 grade are still eligible to attend.
Returning Youth Ambassadors
* Ambassadors from the 2013 WV 4-H Civic Engagement Forum are welcome to return.

Approved 4-H Volunteers along with 4-H Extension Agents and Staff

WHEN: November 14-16, 2014

WHERE: Camp Virgil Tate
Directions to Camp Virgil Tate

* Youth Ambassadors are $75* per person (dorm housing – linens are not provided in dorm housing package)

  • Faculty/Staff/Chaperones are $75* per person (dorm housing – linens are not provided in dorm package)
  • Faculty/Staff/Chaperones are $120* per person (lodge housing – not available for those supervising youth)

The registration postmark deadline for the WV 4-H Civic Engagement Forum is midnight October 17, 2014.

No late registrations will be accepted.

Arriving at Camp Virgil Tate: onsite registration is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014. The Forum closes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Participants should eat lunch prior to arrival.

Bus transportation is free and available for all ambassadors and chaperones participating. The bus will leave from Morgantown with stops at the following locations while traveling to Camp Virgil Tate.

  • Bridgeport WVU Bus
  • Weston
  • Flatwoods

To reserve a seat on the bus, please email name(s), county, and pickup location to: Marsha Price.

Participants will receive a confirmation letter with more information on the forum schedule, dress attire, etc. closer to the Forum date. Click for more information and registration forms.

State 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Weekend

“Extending Knowledge – Changing Lives”

State Contact – Susan England-Lord

The purposes of this conference are to provide leadership training, and recognition for adult 4-H volunteers and to focus on the enhancement of leadership abilities and skills for working with the 4-H program. The 4-H volunteer recognition program is part of the Volunteer Leaders’ Weekend.

Who Should Attend: Adult 4-H volunteer leaders, 18 years and older, who serve as volunteers with the West Virginia 4-H program should be invited and encouraged to attend. County Extension Agents will be required to approve the participants from their county.

The full conference program includes leadership learning sessions/workshops, ideas for 4-H club meetings and activities, leader recognition, informative speakers, Council Circle, reflections, fellowship, and fun. The program is designed especially for adult 4 H volunteers and this year will celebrate Extension’s 100th birthday as well as pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our volunteers. It is an excellent opportunity for leaders to learn about the 4-H program, gain leadership skills, get new program ideas, make new friends, assist in discussing future plans, and renew enthusiasm for the 4-H program.

November 7-9, 2014

WVU Jackson’s Mill, Weston, WV

$95 Full time participant with lodging (Friday snack – Sunday breakfast)
$75 Full time commuter participant (Friday snack – Sunday breakfast)

Not able to attend the entire event: Make a package
$25.00 – Regristation Fee (required for all participants except 2014 Outstanding Leader Award recipients. Must choose this option first to register before selecting other options, meals, etc.)
$5.00 – Friday Snack
$7.00 – Breakfast each day – Saturday and/or Sunday
$15.00 – Recognition Brunch -Saturday
$10.00 – Tailgate Dinner – Saturday
$11.00 – Dorm Lodging per night – Friday or Saturday

Scholarships – for those who register by the online or postmarked deadline of midnight Monday, October 6, 2014 the VLW scholarships are $35.00 for the full-time weekend package, $10.00 for the full-time commuter package and 2014 outstanding leaders attend for free. Those who do not pre-register by midnight October 6th will pay the entire cost. Please note that Extension Agents do not qualify for scholarships.

All participants must register even if they are not required to pay so that we can prepare enough materials, food, etc. Prepaid registration is required for those not on full scholarships. The online or postmarked deadline is Monday, October 6, 2014.

Send completed form to 2014 State 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Weekend, PO Box 6031, Morgantown, WV 26506-6031. Make checks payable to West Virginia University; to pay by credit card, a Credit Card Information Form must accompany the registration form.

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Jackson’s Mill 4-H Council Circle and
Challenge Course has a
New Look

Council Circle and Challenge Course got a new facelift that took place over May 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. Over the 4 days our volunteers cumulatively worked 204 volunteer hours!

Many THANKS to those who worked:

Rusty Hixenbaugh Collage
Elena Garton
Brandy Rose
Beth Skidmore
Ike Skidmore
Gypsy Denzine
Anthony Simms
Alexandria Crabtree
Katlyn Fullen
Allison Daugherty
Ryan Butler
Corey Jenkins
Shelby Blankenship
Josh McCartney

Special thanks to the Jackson’s Mill Staff who helped prep for the work and provide much of the building materials and supplies.

Cavios Whittt, Douglas, Jamie, and Bob from LCHS who helped out during their regular Jackson’s Mill visit.

4-H & Facebook

4-H, The Largest Youth Development Organization, Hits 400,000 Facebook Supporters

4-H is proud to announce a major milestone in its social media strategy—exceeding 400,000 supporters on the program’s Facebook page. With more Facebook engagement than any other youth development program, 4-H serves more than 7 million young people around the world with year-round, hands-on learning opportunities.

“The 4-H Facebook page launched in October 2005 with great interest, however it’s really taken off in the past year with nearly 50 percent increase in our fan base,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “We plan to continue to drive active engagement online among 4-H’ers, alumni, parents and supporters who are all incredible digital ambassadors for the 4-H program.”

Join the West Virginia 4-H Facebook page…

or the National H Facebook page…