Preparing Youth for Success

In Ohio 4-H, we empower youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime! 4-H inspires curiosity, builds lifelong skills, fuels adventure, and grows leaders through fun, hands-on activities, that include clubs, projects, service, and camps. Kids can be a 4-H project member when they are 8 and in the third grade, and they can participate in competitive events like projects and judging at county fairs. 4-H project members select from 200+ projects based on their interest—what we call sparks in 4-H. 

Younger children age 5 and in kindergarten are Cloverbuds who enjoy group-centered, non-competitive activities until they are eligible to be a project member. All 4-H members engage in hands-on learning in clubs, camps, and other settings with approved adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers are critical to the success of the 4-H program and undergo a thorough selection process. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the 4-H program and/or would like to talk more about becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact us today! 

You also can learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at

No matter what you select or how you participate, all 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences that stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H's in 4-H. They are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

  • Head - Managing, Thinking
  • Heart - Relating, Caring
  • Hands - Giving, Working
  • Health - Being, Living

4-H'ers learn through experience in various ways:

  • Community Involvement - volunteer time to help community needs
  • Life Skill Projects - develop self-esteem and lifetime interests
  • State & National 4-H Trips - educational and develops leadership skills
  • State 4-H Workshops - develop skills to plan and lead groups
  • School Enrichment Programs - helps teachers develop the "whole child," not just teach subject matter
  • Cloverbuds - allows 5 to 8 year hold children to become involved with 4-H on a non-competitive basis
4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning with caring adults.

4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change.


Interested in joining 4-H? Want more information about the over 200 different 4-H projects that are offered? Our clubs are spread throughout the county and we can help you find one in your area. For questions about the Tuscarawas County 4-H program, clubs, or projects, contact Chris Kendle. Enrollment deadline in April 15 of the current year.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Check our New Volunteers page for the Tuscarawas County application process and new volunteer orientation dates.





Special Needs Accommodations 

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit for more information and to download the request form.

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