4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The four-H's stand for: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. They represent the four points of the 4-H pledge: clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service, and better living.
4-H is the youth development program of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service conducted by Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. It is an informal, hands-on education approach focusing on building lifelong learning skills that develop youths' potential through community clubs, special-interest groups, camps and in-school programs. Projects cover subjects ranging from citizenship, foods and health, to animal sciences. These are "learn-by-doing" programs for youth ages 5-19.
Virginia Beach 4-H Junior Camp
Virginia Beach's 4-H Junior Camp is a residential experience for boys and girls ages 9-13. Held at the Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA, a 285-acre property with climate-controlled lodges, a lake, and trained counselors, this five-day experience will help kids build a variety of skills and lasting memories. The date for the 2019 camp will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
- Five-day overnight camp
- Boys & Girls ages 9-13
- Cost: Approximately $330.00 (fee includes T-shirt, meals, lodging, special activities, programs and transportation)
- Transportation provided to and from Building 14 at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center
Camp Millionaire uses an innovative day camp format to provide rising 7th and 8th graders with the financial decision-making tools they need to achieve financial independence. Through fun-filled games, activities, group exercises and a field trip to a local credit union, kids learn how to be responsible for their own financial futures. Camp Millionaire will be held June 17-21, 2019.
Other 4-H Camps
4-H Guardians of the Planet
The Club will focus on plant and garden projects such as: edible crops, vegetable gardening, herbs, trees and shrubs; flower gardening, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, lawn care; plant propagation by seeds, divisions, cuttings and grafting; garden soils components, improvement, composting, testing; garden design of vegetable, flower and landscape areas; garden appreciation and visitation; garden care: weed control, disease control, pruning, fertilization; and citizenship, natural resources and environmental education, careers and economic education and leadership and personal development. Joining 4-H is free; however, there may be nominal fees to cover materials used in the classes.
The 4-H Guardians of the Planet Club is a community club which meets at McDonald Garden Center, 1144 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach September through December on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:30 p.m., and at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach, January through August, same time.
4-H Livestock Club
The Livestock Club is a community service club for youth ages 9-19 and has project emphasis on livestock, e.g., steers, hogs, sheep, and goats.
Meetings are held the 4th Monday of September through June at Charity United Methodist Church from 7-8 p.m.
Foragers 4-H Beekeeping Club
Come learn why these insects are vital to our lives and eventually become a beekeeper to your own hive.
The Foragers 4-H Beekeeping Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd., Virginia Beach.
4-H Top Shooters Shooting Education Club
Top Shooters is open to youth ages 9-19 who are interested in gaining knowledge on safe firearm handling. The club offers youth a wide variety of disciplines to choose from: Archery, Air Pistol, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloader and Hunting.
K9 K.O.A.R (Knowledge, Obedience, Agility, Rally)
Open to youth ages 9-18, the K9 K.O.A.R. 4-H Club helps 4-H'ers learn about dog care and training through dog companion events of Obedience, Agility and Rally. We are made up of kids and their dogs (as well as our adult volunteers) from all over Hampton Roads. For more information, visit our Facebook page - K9 KOAR 4-H Club.
Meetings are held the 3rd Friday of each month at Family Dog Club, 1847 Centerville Turnpike S., Chesapeake, VA 23322 at 6:30 p.m.
Seahorse Riders 4-H Horse Club
Seahorse Riders is open to youth ages 9-19 who are interested in horses and other 4-H projects and activities. For more information, contact the 4-H Office.
Wave Riders Horse & Pony Club
Wave Riders is open to youth ages 9-19 who are interested in horses, hippology and other 4-H projects and activities. For more information, contact the 4-H Office for meeting location and times.
4-H Craft Club
The Craft Club is open to youth ages 5-19 and meets at the 4-H Office the 2nd Tuesday of October through May from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Club activities include rubber stamping, painting, paper crafts, and community service projects. Joining 4-H is free; however, there may be nominal fees to cover materials used in the classes.
4-H Military Clubs
Located at local Virginia Beach military bases for youth ages 5-19.
Fort Story Knight Riders and Cloverbud 4-H Clubs
This military community club meets on Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story and is for military dependents ages 5-19. Contact the Virginia Beach Extension Office (4-H Office) for more information on meeting times and location.
Golden Leaves and Barley Buds 4-H Clubs
This military community club meets on Naval Air Station, Oceana and is for military dependents ages 5-19. Contact the Virginia Beach Extension Office (4-H Office) for more information on meeting times and location.
Lucky Charms 4-H Club - Midway Manor
This military community club meets at Midway Manor and is for military dependents ages 5-19. Contact the Virginia Beach Extension Office (4-H Office) for more information on meeting times and location.
Urban Knights and Underwater Cloverbud 4-H Clubs
This military community club meets on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek and is for military dependents ages 5-19. Contact the Virginia Beach Extension Office (4-H Office) for more information on meeting times and location.
Virginia Junior Master Naturalists
Junior Master Naturalists is a environmental program open to children and teens that would like to expand their environmental science backgrounds as well as acquire skills in preservation, stewardship, and leadership. Youth Members 8-13 will have fun outdoors, learn about nature and become environmental stewards. Teen members 14-18 will grow their confidence and leadership skills, while delving deeper into nature-related topics, mastering naturalist skills, and sharing their knowledge with the youth members.
Meetings are held at The Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Dr., Virginia Beach.
- Animal Sciences
- Communications & Expressive Arts
- Natural Resources & Environmental Education
- Family Sciences
- Foods, Nutrition & Health
- Careers & Economic Education
- Leadership & Personal Development
- Plants, Soils, & Entomology
- Science & Technology
Popular Virginia Beach 4-H Projects:
The 4-H Ham Project is an annual "hands-on" educational meats project to salt cure whole hams.
The Ham Project begins in January at the Virginia Beach Farmer's Market to start the ham curing process. After several weeks, the hams will be moved to three smokehouses in Virginia Beach where the project will continue. The project runs from late January and ends with a ham show and display at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale in May/June.
Contact the 4-H Office is you wish to be placed on the e-mail list for 2019.
4-H Embryology: "The Beginning of Life" Project
The "Beginning of Life" 4-H project is designed to help youth obtain a better understanding of life and embryonic development. 4-H educational materials guide students through each step of the hatching process from preparing the eggs for incubation to building a brooder for the newly hatched chicks. These educational materials address Standards of Learning (SOL’s) for math, science, English, life science, and computer technology. 4-H will provide fertilized eggs, guide you through training, support you during the hatch, and then collect the chicks to be sent to a local farm.
Contact the 4-H Office is you wish to be placed on the e-mail list for 2019.
4-H works with volunteers to involve youth and children in an educational learning experience that results in effective for each individual. The four H's each represent an area of learning.
- Head-Mental Development. Deeper knowledge and reasoning
- Heart-Emotional Development. Developing interest, appreciation, and wholesome attitudes.
- Hands-Skills Development. Ability to do, skill in doing, and habit of doing.
- Health-Physical Development. Understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body.
4-H Adult Volunteer Leader's Association
This organization is open to adult 4-H volunteers and adult 4-H club leaders who are interested in keeping up-to-date on 4-H Clubs and programming in the City of Virginia Beach. Meeting time is 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Office.
Meeting dates are the following:
- September 17, 2018
- November 19, 2018
- February 18, 2019
- April 15, 2019
- September 16, 2019
- November 18, 2019
4-H Adult & Alumni Conferences
4-H Conferences are held periodically for adult volunteers and 4-H alumni to attend specific 4-H training and workshops. Upcoming conference registration information will be posted as it becomes available.
- 2018 4-H Adult Volunteeer Leaders Association Fall Conference - November 10-11, 2018, Natural Bridge, VA
- 2019 4-H All Star Midwinters Conference - February 2-3, 2019, Charlottesville, VA
- 2019 4-H Adult Volunteer Leaders Association Spring Conference - March 30-31, 2019, Williamsburg, VA
- 2019 4-H All Star Interstate Celebration - July 18-21, 2019, Morgantown, WV
The Virginia Beach Extension Office sends the Clover Clips bi-monthly newsletter to all current 4-H'ers and adult volunteers enrolled in the Virginia Beach 4-H program. Articles in the newsletter cover current 4-H topics, programs, camping opportunities, other upcoming events and individual 4-H Club news.
- Sep 8 - Rain Barrel Workshop
- Sep 13 - Top Shooters 4-H Club Meeting
- Sep 16 - Virginia Junior Master Naturalists Meeting
- Sep 17 - 4-H Adult Volunteer Leader's Association Meeting
- Sep 18 - Foragers 4-H Beekeeping Club Meeting
- Sep 19 - 4-H Livestock Show & Sale Committee Meeting
- Sep 20 - Guardians of the Planet 4-H Club Meeting
- Sep 21 - K9 K.O.A.R. 4-H Club Meeting
- Sep 22 - 4-H Meats Education Event
- Sep 24 - 4-H Livestock Club Meeting