Longtime state 4-H leader I.B.TubbyBoggs was inducted posthumously into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., recently. He and 19 others were inducted for the extraordinary impact they made on the 4-H organization and on 4-H members.
Boggs, who born in 1890 in Roane County, was nominated by the 4-H Youth Development Program of the West Virginia University Extension Service. For many of the 22 years that he was state 4-H boys agent, he also was state 4-H boys camp leader. He was instrumental in bringing back the boys camp after the end of World War II. Boggs started a publication for 4-H leaders, Treasures of the Trail, which continues today. In 1937, he organized the state 4-H boys band to provide new opportunities for youth.
Boggs inspired the development of campfire programs and candle-lighting ceremonies, which became part of 4-H programs throughout the country and at the National 4-H Camp in Washington, D.C. Hailed as an ornithologist and a true conservationist, Boggs directed the West Virginia Conservation Camp for many years. He was one of the 100 members of the inaugural class of the West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame.
Boggs died in 1955 at his home in Morgantown.
He joins several other West Virginians in the National 4-H Hall of Fame: V. MiltonMiltBoyce of Stephens City, Va.; Mildred Fizer of Morgantown; Polly Hanst of Grantsville, Md.; Eleanor Wilson of Falls Church, Va.; the late James O. Baker; the late Charles H.Uncle CharlieHartley and the late WilliamTeepiKendrick.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame is a project of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), assisted by National 4-H Council and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Biographies and photos of the honorees are found on the NAE4 -HA Web site ( www.nae4ha.org/hof ).
4-H is a community of nearly 7 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. West Virginia’s 4-H program, operated by the WVU Extension Service in each of the state’s 55 counties, reaches more than 56,000 youths led by 7,200 adult volunteers.