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.

There are a lot of fun things youth can do and learn through Preble County 4-H. Youth can be in a 4-H club, attend 4-H camp or participate in other 4-H sponsored activities.  4-H is not just about animals and you do not have to live on a farm to be involved. You can learn about computers, cooking, art, gardening, environmental sciences and much more. 4-H helps members meet new friends and have new experiences. In Preble County 4-H, there are approximately 800 members with 175 adult volunteers who help with clubs. All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which help youth learn lifelong skills.

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.

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