Ripley County 4-H

Welcome to the Ripley County 4-H Program!  We're excited for the adventure that awaits you. 4-H provides youth with community, mentors, and learning opportunities to develop the skills they need to create positive change in their lives and communities. We want 4-H to be a safe place for all youth. Our 4-H mission is to give all youth equal access to opportunity. We have youth participate in 4-H from every school in Ripley County.

With more than 60 project areas, 4-H truly has something for everyone!

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Contact Us and Quick Links

4-H Youth Development
525 W. Beech St.
Osgood, IN 47037
(812) 689-6511


2023 Ripley County 4-H Handbook 

Indiana State 4-H Website

Indiana State Fair Website


The 2021-2022 4-H Program Year starts on October 1st! Traditional 4-H Members, Mini 4-H Members, and Adult Volunteers must enroll each year to participate in the program.

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Ripley County 4-H Information


The mission of today’s 4-H is to help youth and volunteers develop through experiential educational programs, using the knowledge and academic base of Purdue University and the United States Department of Agriculture. It is accomplished through the direct involvement of youth, adults, and the community. 4-H educational programs are designed to empower young people to become independent and participating members of their family and community by creating experiences to build self-confidence, developing inquiring minds, encouraging interpersonal cooperation, developing concern for the community, and teaching decision-making through real-life participation.


I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.


To make the best better. 


The 4-H colors are green and white. Green symbolizes nature’s most common color. Green represents life, springtime, and youth, while white denotes purity. The H's on each clover represent the four h's of 4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, Health.



More than 6 million young people are 4-H members throughout the United States. In Indiana, there are over 300,000 4-H members. In 2023 Ripley County 4-H enrollment was over 500 youth with 70 of them being mini 4-H members. 


4-H membership is open to all youth in Ripley County who will be in grades K through 12. All youth in grades K-2 may participate in the Mini 4-H program. This program allows younger children to participate in non-competitive activities until they reach the traditional 4-H age. The age for traditional 4-H is grades 3 through 12. Youth may participate for a maximum of ten years in conventional 4-H.

  • Online Enrollment opens annually on October 1st. To enroll please visit the 4-H online website:  -
    • Guide to enrolling as a NEW youth member
    • Guide to re-enrolling a youth member

4-Hers have the opportunity to learn more about a subject matter that they choose to study through completing hands-on activities, called projects. The Ripley County 4-H Program offers more than 60 projects for area youth. In order to enroll in a project, members must sign up for them at the time of enrolling in 4-H. Each project has a manual that guides the youth through the learning process as well as a set of guidelines that helps them meet the project requirements. We provide adult volunteers and staff who are knowledgeable on that particular subject who will often times provide workshops to allow the youth to learn about that topic in a social environment. Each project has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level-this allows youth to build on their knowledge each year and continue to challenge their skills. Projects are meant to be worked on over time, providing an educational opportunity for youth outside of the classroom setting. Oftentimes, youth will exhibit and display their project at a local county​ fair in order to show the community what they have learned.  There is no limit to the number of projects youth can sign up for. 

Many projects are considered to be State Projects. These are projects that are offered in most counties across the state and likely are eligible to be entered at the Indiana State Fair. While most projects are considered State Projects we have several projects which are considered County Only Projects. These are projects that we have added at a local level because youth have been interested in the topic. Below you will find a full list of the State and County Only Projects offered here in Ripley County: 

Animal Projects

2023 Ripley County General Livestock Rules

County Only Projects: 

State Projects:

What is a 4-H Club? 

4-H Clubs are an important part of the 4-H member experience. 4-H Clubs typically meet once a month. At meetings, club members learn parliamentary procedure, network with other youth, receive information about the 4-H program/fair, and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

The names of the Ripley County 4-H Clubs and the leaders are listed below. If contacting a club leader, please contact those with the * first as they are the primary contact in that club.


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Monday of the month at 6:45PM

Meeting Location: St. Paul’s Crossroads Lutheran Church

Leaders: Rose Nuhring*, 812-934-6124,

Tammy Sidell, 812-934-4086

Angel Frommeyer, 812-662-5934


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Monday of the month at 7:00PM

Meeting Location: Monica Hansen Home

Leaders: Monica Hansen*, 812-756-0200,


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Monday of the month at 7:00PM

Meeting Location: Coonhunters

Leaders: Clay Nuhring, 812-212-1462,

Chad Grote, 812-621-3631,


Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00PM

Meeting Location: Sunman Community Building

Leaders: Kevin & Wanda Luers*,812-623-2082,

Marcy Moster, 812-623-1584,

Holly Eckstein, 812-623-4992

Derek & Bethany Luers, 812-212-5948


Meeting Date & Time: 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00PM

Meeting Location: Hopewell Baptist Church

Leaders: Darren & Sheena Speer*,, 812-756-2399

Gloria Comer,

Karen Osborne,, 812-689-5406


Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00PM

Meeting Location: St. Anthony Catholic Church

Leaders: Michelle Hoff*,, 812-933-1526

Kathy Hartman*,, 812-933-1577

Pat Moster, 812-934-3791

Liz Stenger, 812-934-5313

Rick Bauman, 812-623-3075


Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Sunday of the month at 2:00PM

Meeting Location: Napoleon Community Building

Leaders: Brandy Meyer*,812-852-4303,

Ralph Meyer, 812- 871-2154

Rebecca Brandt, 812-621-0863


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Sunday of the month at 4:00PM

Meeting Location: Delaware Fire Department 

Leaders: Marlene Riehle*, 812-654-3565,

Kris Bushhorn, 812-621-8601

Chelsa Dwenger, 812-621-7734


The Ripley County 4-H Lone Wolves Club is for 4-H members who chose to not participate in the 4-H club experience. Materials and information that would typically be given to members at club meetings like manuals or projects tags, must pick these items up from the extension office. 

Leaders: Please call the Extension Office @ 812-689-6511


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM

Meeting Location: Ripley County Fairgrounds

Leaders: Monica Hansen, 812-756-0200,

Greg Bonfer, 812-621-1015,


Meeting Date & Time: 2nd or 3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00PM

Meeting Location: Sunman Fish & Game

Leaders: Daren Sarringhaus, 812-212-1060

Jim Luers, 812-852-2178

Michael Luers, 812-756-2999

Mike Weiler, 812-569-0533

Bill Jordan, 317-525-1102


Meeting Date & Time: Please check 4-H newsletter for meeting schedule updates

Meeting Location: Ripley County Fairgrounds

Leaders: Sherry Garner, 513-616-5257

Amber Hickey, 812-621-2472


Meeting Date & Time: 1st Sunday of the month at 5:00PM

Meeting Location: Batesville area

Leaders: Brenna Sarringhaus*,812-212-2331,

Brooke Stafford, 812-363-5608,


Meeting Date & Time: Please check 4-H newsletter for meeting schedule updates

Meeting Leaders: Harry Weber, 812-623-3983

Steve Meyer, 812-662-4303

Josh Weber, 812-525-0676

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