As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States. Cooperative Extension of 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities provide the leadership to engage young people in 4-H in all 3,007 counties of the United States. The impact of the Cooperative Extension partnership is profound, bringing together National Institute of Food and Agriculture of USDA, land grant universities and county government to resource learning opportunities for youth.
Through America’s 110 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension System, 4-H reaches every corner of our nation—from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities. With a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.
4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Extension programs are delivered through a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers. Our system incorporates the expertise of faculty in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station; as well as the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.
The 4-H Center has been a proud host of Camp Corral since 2012. Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Since its founding, Camp Corral has grown to 20 camps in 16 states, and served over 4,000 children. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.
Special Love, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Tom and Sheila Baker of Winchester, Virginia, after losing their own daughter to lymphoma. The Bakers wanted to give other children with cancer the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities and other opportunities that healthy children often take for granted. Special Love's hallmark program, Camp Fantastic, is a one-week adventure for 7-17 year olds and, like most of Special Love's events, is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal, VA. In the 26 years since Special Love's inception, it has grown from one camp for 29 children to nearly 20 programs that impact over 1000 people annually. In addition to the programs listed below, Special Love also provides emergency financial relief to
families and scholarships for post-secondary education to young adults with cancer.
The NRA Foundation is the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, having awarded thousands of grants in support of educational programs since its inception in 1990. The NRA Foundation supports those organizations and programs that ensure the continuation of our proud shooting and hunting heritage.
The NRA Foundation supports shooting education at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center through generous grant and in-kind contributions, including equipment and supplies for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 camping season.