Preparing Youth for Success

In Ohio 4-H, we empower youth with the skills they need to lead for a lifetime! 4-H inspires curiosity, builds lifelong skills, fuels adventure, and grows leaders through fun, hands-on activities, that include clubs, projects, service, and camps. Kids can be a 4-H project member when they are 8 and in the third grade, and they can participate in competitive events like projects and judging at county fairs. 4-H project members select from 200+ projects based on their interest—what we call sparks in 4-H. 

Younger children age 5 and in kindergarten are Cloverbuds who enjoy group-centered, non-competitive activities until they are eligible to be a project member. All 4-H members engage in hands-on learning in clubs, camps, and other settings with approved adult volunteers. 4-H volunteers are critical to the success of the 4-H program and undergo a thorough selection process. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the 4-H program and/or would like to talk more about becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact us today! 

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

There are currently 26 4-H clubs throughout Sandusky County. Each club is organized by one or more adult volunteers called 4-H Advisors and has anywhere from 5 to 85 youth members.  We also offer a four-day, overnight camp on Kelleys Island, and school enrichment programming in local classrooms.  To learn more about these programs and other opportunities, please call the Extension office 419-334-6340, or check back on this website as information will be updated when it become available.

Both our 4-H Community Clubs Program and our 4-H Camp Program receive financial support from the United Way of Sandusky County through an annual  grant awarded to the Sandusky County 4-H Advisory Committee. We thank the United Way of Sandusky County and all of the many donors who make that support possible.

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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