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. 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences that stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members and program participants learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge related to a variety of topics. Youth can participate in 4-H through clubs, camps, school programs and short-term experiences.

In Muskingum County, more than 1400 youth participate in community clubs led by approximately 250 adult volunteers. Youth ages 5 and in Kindergarten through 2nd grade engage in group-oriented learning experiences as a 4-H Cloverbud. More than 200 different 4-H projects are available to members age 8 and in the 3rd grade or 9 and in any grade through age 19. Sixty 4-H clubs are located throughout the county.

Each year, more than 200 campers and counselors attend Muskingum County 4-H Junior Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio. 4-H professionals, adult volunteers and trained 4-H teen counselors conduct a variety of learning experiences for campers during the five day, four night residential camping experience.

Muskingum County 4-H also offers a variety of school enrichment and community outreach programs, including Chick Quest, Real Money. Real World., 4-H CARTEENS and workforce development activities. 

For more information, please contact Jamie McConnell, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development (

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

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