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What is 4-H?

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.

Belmont County 4-H Statistics

(Based on 2022 Statistics)

  • Involves 539 Belmont County youth in community clubs and 145 youth in school projects.
  • Led by 111 Belmont County adult volunteers.
  • Approximately 145 Belmont County youth attend camp.
  • 427 youth are involved in special interest or short-term 4-H programs.
  • We offer over 200 different 4-H projects.
  • Our 4-H clubs are spread throughout the county and we can help you find one in your area.


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

Special Needs Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit https://ohio4h.org/about/join-4-h#winning-plan for more information and to download the request form.

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