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.

The Carroll County 4-H Program currently has over 500 youth and adult volunteers enrolled in the program.  We have 21 4-H Clubs that are well distributed across the county.  Many of our clubs are multi-faceted with a few that specialize in specific areas such as a dog, horse and shooting sports projects.  We also have a Teen Leaders Club for teens ages 13-18 that are interested in learning leadership skills.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Carroll County 4-H program, please feel free to call the office for additional information.  We will take time to talk with you and match you (your child) up with a club that meets the needs of the family.

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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