Along with programs across the country, Boone County 4-H is celebrating National 4-H Week October 6-12. The 4-H program has a display in Premier Bank in Madison to honor the occasion.
4-H is an educational program for youth ages 9-21 that is focused on positive youth development. 4-Hers are offered a variety of educational opportunities, most of which are focused on healthy living, civic engagement, or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
The 4-H program is administered in all 50 states through land-grant universities. West Virginia University is responsible for 4-H in West Virginia, and the WVU Extension Service delivers 4-H programming in all 55 counties.
4-H members in Boone County participate in a wide variety of fun, hands-on, educational activities. Some of these diverse opportunities include LEGO Robotics competitions, community service projects, a musical theatre production, a trip the state fair, and WVU/4-H Day at the Legislature.
The pinnacle event of the 4-H year is summer camp. Boone County 4-H holds a week-long residential camp each summer in July where the best of the 4-H activities are combined into one exciting week. The camp is open to all county youth of 4-H age, regardless of 4-H membership status. This summer, 87 youth attended Boone County 4-H Camp, and an additional 26 youth from the county attended a state 4-H camp.
There are currently 4-H clubs that meet at Scott High School, Madison Middle, and Brookview Elementary, and in the communities of Van and Hewett. Additionally, a club will be starting this year at Madison Elementary, and 4-H is always looking to start new clubs in schools or communities throughout the county.
Anyone who is interested in joining a club, starting a club, or participating in a 4-H activity can contact the WVU Boone County Extension Service at 304-369-5869, email Philip See, Boone County 4-H Extension Agent, at Philip.See@mail.wvu.edu, or visit www.boone.ext.wvu.edu.