4-H Youth Development

4-H is the youth development component of Virginia Cooperative Extension.  

4-H Camp

  • Cloverbud 4-H Camp for youth ages 5 to 8

  • Summer Camp for youth ages 9 to 13

  • Horse Camps

  • Shooting Education Camp

4-H Enrichment Programs

  • 4-H Special Interest Groups are organized for a short period of time and do not have officers.

  • 4-H School Enrichment Programs are offered through the school system.  Teachers utilize 4-H curriculum to enhance the topics they have to teach.  All materials are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Topics Include

  • Electricity
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry/Environmental Education
  • Financial Literacy
  • Citizenship/Character Counts
  • Food and Nutrition

4-H Clubs

A 4-H Club is an organized group of youngsters (ages 9 to 18) with elected officers and a planned program that is conducted throughout the year or the majority of the year.  All clubs are made up of youth members and volunteer leaders.

  • 4-H Community Clubs are formed in neighborhoods.

  • 4-H After-School Clubs meet within the schools in the afternoon.

  • 4-H In-School Clubs meet in classrooms during the regular school day.

  • 4-H Project Clubs concentrate on one project area through the club.

Clubs currently being offered:

  • Hoof Beats by the Beach 4-H Club for youth ages 9 to 18.  Meets in Assawoman. The focus of the club is horsemanship. Contact leaders Donnie and Lynn Matthews (757) 824-5212.
  • 4-H Chincoteague Pony Club for youth ages 5 and up. Meets at Chincoteague Fire Co. Focuses on the safety and care of ponies, pony photography, and to study the history of the Chincoteague ponies and salt water cowboys. Contact club leader Kelly Whealton (757) 694-8727.
  • 4-H Teen Club for teens ages 13 to 18.  Meets at the Accomack Extension Office and focuses on leadership and life skills development.  Contact Accomack office staff (757) 787-1361.
  • Accomack 4-H Shooting Education Club for 8 to 18 year old youth.  The club focuses on leadership, sportsmanship firearm safety, and target shooting using air rifles and .22 target rifles then shotgun. Contact leader George Foster (757) 442-7287.
  • Eastern Shore 4-H Robotechs Club for 8 to 18 year old youth.  The club utilizes Lego Robotics curriculum with one community club in Accomac and one after school club at Arcadia Middle led by Dean Dedicatoria (757) 824-4862.

Special Interest Projects with 4-H support curriculum available for:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Communications & Expressive Arts
  • Environmental Ed. & Natural Resources
  • Jobs, Careers & Economics
  • Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Citizenship
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Health, Nutrition & Wellness
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Science & Technology