What is 4-H?
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individual's age 5 and in kindergarten to 19. Youth are involved in hands-on, experiential learning that allows learning by doing. All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills.
Who can join?
Youth, age 5 and in Kindergarten through age 18 as of January 1st of the current year, may join. Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities. For information, contact us at 740-695-1455.
Where do I sign up?
Join a club near your home or school. Experience 4-H with a friend, invite them to join with you. Contact the Belmont County Extension Office at 740-695-1455, to enroll today.
When should I sign up?
Join anytime!...But you must be enrolled by our county's 4-H enrollment deadline of April 1st to take advantage of all 4-H opportunities, including participation in the Belmont County Fair.
What is there to do?
Members, age 8 and in 3rd grade to age 18, as of January 1st of the current year, select 4-H project(s) to explore through club and county activities. Choose from more than 200. Use the 4-H Family Guide to learn about each and every one. Cloverbud members, age 5 and in Kindergarten until age 8 and in 3rd grade participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands on interest areas.
Cloverbuds explore areas of healthy lifestyle, earth/environment, citizenship, plants and animals, consumerism and family science, science and technology, personal development, and community expressive arts.
The primary goal of the Cloverbud program is to promote children's healthy development—mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally.The Cloverbud program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach his or her highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.
The Cloverbud program is developmentally-age appropriate, therefore it is:
- fun and positive
- The goals of Ohio's Cloverbud program are for children to develop:
- self-understanding (self-esteem)
- social interaction skills (getting along with others)
- decision-making skills
- learning skills (learning how to learn)
- mastering physical skills
Children possessing these life skills are less likely to have problems with drug use, school failure, delinquency, and depression later in life.
Click here for more information on Cloverbuds in Ohio or contact the Belmont County Extension Office at 740-695-1455.
The 4-H Emblem
In 1907 or 1908, the first emblem used nationally was designed by O. H. Benson, superintendent of Wright County (Iowa) schools, as a three-leaf clover with three "H's" signifying head, heart, and hands. A four-leaf clover design with H's appeared informally around 1908.
The 4-H Colors: Green is nature's most common color and represents youth, life, and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.
The 4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better"
The 4-H Pledge
The 4-H Creed
I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.
I believe in my county, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.