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.

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 us. Enrollment deadline in April 15 of the current year.

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

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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