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WVU Putnam County Extension Office
12093 Winfield Road
Winfield, WV 25213

Phone: (304) 586-0217
FAX: (304) 586-0207
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 to 4:00

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4-H Youth Development – Putnam County

4-H in Putnam County

Serving all youth in Putnam County

General Rules for 4-H

Age:
West Virginia 4-H Membership
. The 4-H Year is October 1 to September 30. An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. The individual can join when he/she is in at least the third grade and/or 9 years of age (Example: a child can join 4-H if he/she is 8 years of age and will reach his/her 9th birthday during the current 4-H club year), and will not be eligible for membership if he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday on or before December 31 of the current 4-H year.

Grade Levels. *
It is strongly recommended that grade levels be used in determining eligibility for camps, clubs, and special-interest groups, and when making subdivisions of the 9-21 age group. It is not possible to use grade levels for some state competitive events, due to national age requirements.

Membership:
County Membership.
An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. It is not the intent of the WVUES to deny any individual membership or participation. If any special concerns exist, please contact your local county Extension agent.

West Virginia 4-H Membership.
The 4-H Year is October 1 to September 30. An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. The individual can join when he/she is in at least the third grade and/or 9 years of age (Example: a child can join 4-H if he/she is 8 years of age and will reach his/her 9th birthday during the current 4-H club year), and will not be eligible for membership if he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday on or before December 31 of the current 4-H year.

The Use of the 4-H Name and Emblem
The use of the 4-H name and emblem is limited to authorized groups. The federal register, Volume 50, Number 149, of Friday, August 2, 1985, amended March 17, 1987, and published by USDA in The 4-H Name and Emblem, Guidelines for Authorized Use. A 1999 update stipulates the addition of further guidelines to protect the emblem. The guidelines are available at the Web site (http://www.4-h.org/).

Inclusive Environment:
All 4-H groups, clubs, and units are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status. All reasonable efforts as determined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are required.

Eligibility for Competitive Events

WV Junior Division. The individual must be a 4-H member and must not reach his/her 14th birthday on or before January 1.

  • WV Senior Division. The individual must be a 4-H member and must be at least 14 years of age on or before January 1.

National Senior Division. The individual must be at least 14 years of age on or before January 1, and must not have reached his/her 19th birthday by January 1 of the year in which the National 4-H Competitive event is held. Check specific contest rules for eligibility.

*All Star Age Requirements. *The All Star Constitution states, to be eligible, a person, must have been enrolled as a 4-H member for at least five years, must have been awarded the 4-H pin, must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on or prior to December 31 of the calendar year recommended and not reached their 22nd birthday by September 30 of the year recommended;

Experience what 4-H in Putnam County has to offer:

—at 4-H camps
—at 4-H club meetings
—in shooting sports clubs, and other special groups
—in 4-H community service projects
— participating on judging teams and traveling the state of West Virginia
—in individual 4-H projects about topics you pick like computers, photography, livestock and more
—on trips to places nearby and far away
—on international adventures
—in groups that work with helpful teen and adult leaders.