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.

Huron County 4-H was organized in 1919 with a food (canning) club, a pig club, and a corn club.  A calf club was added in 1920 and a clothing club in 1921.  Total enrollment in the five clubs was 174 members in 1921.  Clubs were either "Girls" or "Boys" clubs.

A lot has changed since those early years, but the community club commitment to helping members become capable, competent, caring and contributing citizens remains.  Huron County now boasts 49 4-H clubs with 1074 members, led by 212 adult volunteer advisors.  All 4-H clubs accept male and female members and most clubs allow members to take any project in which they are interested.  Contact OSU Extension, Huron County to find a club or learn more about 4-H.

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

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.

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.