4-H Camp Tech – June 13-15

Are you ready to geek-out at 4-H Camp Tech?! Join us for this overnight program from June 13-15 on the OSU campus in Columbus where you’ll learn coding, robotics, engineering design and more. This camp is open to youth entering grades 6,7 or 8 in fall 2018. Camp Tech is based at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with overnight accommodations in an OSU. Dorm. Find the details at 4-H Camp Tech!

Get Involved beyond Marion County 4-H

The 4-H Older Youth Opportunities Chart is a fantastic resource that provides a description of each of the following opportunities, as well as what 4-H youth need to do to apply. I encourage all families to review it annually to see what their member is eligible for. If you do indeed decide to apply for an opportunity, please let me know.
TRIPS/CONFERENCES
Ohio Fair Managers Convention: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on January 6, 2018. All Marion County Junior Fair Board members will be invited and are encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Conference: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on March 10, 2018. All active 4-H teens are eligible to attend.
Ohio Capital Youth Challenge: 40 youth who are exceptional leaders and citizens in their community are selected to serve as delegates for the OCYC. Phase I is held March 26 and 27 and Phase II is held May 19. If interested, please notify Margo by November 15 so that she can put together a nomination packet.
Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Become a better leader! Will be held April 4-8, 2018 in Ashley, Ohio. Youth ages 15 OR freshman in high school and older can apply here.
Citizen and Leadership Washington Focus: Held annually in June and July. Youth in grades 7-12 explore, develop and refine their civic engagement skills in Washington D.C. If interested, please notify Margo by January 30, 2018.
National 4-H Dairy Conference: Held annually in September/October. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
International Programs & Exchanges: 4-H has established a strong exchange program with Japan and is always looking for families who would like to host a Japanese youth in the summer. In addition, outbound travel opportunities vary annually. Click here for more information.
STATE-LEVEL BOARDS & COUNCILS
Ohio 4-H Health Heroes: Board of teens who promote healthy living. Applicants must be in grades 8-12 as of the current school year. Terms begin annually in October.
Ohio 4-H Fashion Board: Board of teens who promote 4-H clothing and textile projects. Eligible youth must be nominated by their county. Term begins annually at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council: Statewide group of teens and young 4-H alumni who advise the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Ohio 4-H program. Eligible youth must be 14 to 18 years old as of January 1 of their application year. Applications are due Friday following the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio State Junior Fair Board: Comprised of outstanding individuals who spend the entire 12 days of the Ohio State Fair planning and coordinating State Fair activities. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
STATE-LEVEL CAMPS & WORKSHOPS
Making Extreme Counselors Camp Counselor Training Workshop: Two day long workshop in Columbus, Ohio on February 17 & 18, 2018. All Marion County 4-H Camp Counselors will be invited and encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp: Scheduled for June 29-July 1 and July 13-18, 2018. Youth ages 9-12 and 12-18 are eligible. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor: This amazing camp is held at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie in August. Applications to be a counselor are due annually in March.
Sea Camp: Scheduled for July 7-11, 2018 at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie. Eligible youth must be ages 13 to 18 years old. Registration to be a camper is due June 1. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
2018 State 4-H Leadership Camp will be held June 2 to 6. This camp is open to teenagers ages 15 to 18 years old. The focus of the five-day leadership experience is the development of concrete peer leadership skills that will enable participants to have an immediate impact in their home 4-H club, county, community, or school. Bonus: The county may be able to cover some or all of the cost! Email Margo for more information.

Texas 4-H Relief Support Campaign for 4-H Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas 4-H Program has been receiving requests from across the country on how to help Texas during their time of need. Below is the information just released on a campaign to support local and county 4-H Programs who have been hit by the massive storm. Please share.

Texas 4-H Relief Support Campaign for 4-H Programs Affected by Hurricane Harvey

To give, click the link below http://texas4hfoundation.org/.

 

 

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is currently selling One Day 4-H t-shirts. In support of the monetary campaign to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, all proceeds from One Day 4-H t-shirts will go to support the Texas 4-H Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Order yours today at OneDay4H.org!

The deadline to order is this coming Sunday, September 3.
http://bit.ly/2wisk8a 

#4HSupportsTexas

2018 4‑H Youth in Action Awards: Share Your Story

Applications for the 2018 Youth in Action Awards opened August 1! This important program gives youth the chance to share their stories of how 4‑H has changed their lives and how they have made a difference in their communities. Click here to download the application guidelines.

To view a recording of the August 16th webinar, please click here. Please click here to view the promotional video.

More information can be found at http://4-h.org/about/blog/2018-4-h-youth-in-action-awards-share-your-story/.

 

Ohio 4-H and Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay Exclusive Offer

We’re excited to announce that Ohio 4-H has partnered with Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay to offer exclusive discounts on ticket packages for you, your friends and family to enjoy!

Celebrate the return of summer with a discount that’s sure to thrill! Get Two Parks. Two Days + Free Fountain Drinks, all for 19.95! And with over 70 rides and attractions spread across 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and pathways, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Buying ticket packages could not be easier. Simply navigate to https://www.kentuckykingdom.com/partners/ohio4-h to access the Discount Ticketing Portal. Here you can purchase discount ticket package vouchers for you, your family and friends – right from the comfort of your home!

Ohio Teens Take on Health at the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living

What do you get when you combine teams of teens, plus a heaping teaspoon of health, with a dash of DC? The 2017 National Youth Summit on Healthy Living!

Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation’s investment in the Ohio 4-H Health Heroes, a 14-member delegation participated in this national opportunity along with teens from 26 states. This is the third year Ohio has had a team attend the summit.

The four days in February were packed with workshops, leading activities, participating in action planning sessions and sightseeing in our nation’s capital.

The best part, according to Rory Smith from Medina County was “meeting a ton of people, and even though they are from different states, we could share ideas together.” That sentiment was echoed by George Rak, also from Medina County, who added, “There are people from all over the country who are all working toward the same goal.”

The Ohio teens were involved in teaching three sessions of Water First for Thirst, a program created by Carol Smathers, FCS Field Specialist, and Theresa Ferrari, 4-H Extension Specialist. They also assisted Kelly Coble, 4-H Educator, Allen County with the Cutting Board Challenge.

This year’s delegation made some ambitious plans for what to do back in Ohio. They created, presented, and submitted three action plans for projects they would undertake in 2017.

·         4th H for Health Challenge

·         The Face of Addiction: The Face in the Mirror…Could Be You

·         Expanding County-Level Health Heroes Programs – Columbiana County

After attending a session of the 4th H for Health Challenge at the Summit, teens wanted to bring this challenge back to Ohio, according to Molly Hunt from Darke County. It brings health down to the club level because clubs will be challenged to include several healthy practices at their meetings: (1) drink water, (2) provide a healthy snack, (3) add 15 minutes of physical activity, and (4) include an activity that focuses on social and emotional wellness. Participating clubs and counties with the greatest percentage of involvement will receive recognition at next year’s Ohio 4-H Conference.

The Face of Addiction: The Face in the Mirror…Could Be You responds to Ohio’s opioid crisis. “The most surprising thing that I learned was actually that our own state was #1 in terms of drug overdose deaths. It really made me want to do something to change that,” said Rak. For this project, teens will create displays featuring a medicine cabinet that can be taken to clubs, fairs, and other events to educate about the drug epidemic and how to safely dispose of medications. “What most people don’t realize,” Ferrari said, “is that prescription opioids found in medicine cabinets in many homes can be the unintentional starting point of drug addiction.”

Another goal the group has is to expand the concept of healthy living advocates to the county-level. Kylie Cline, 4-H member from Columbiana County, and Columbiana County 4-H Educator Nicole Miller have taken on that project.

All three plans were funded with $500 mini-grants with funding provided to National 4-H Council from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Another highlight of the trip was getting to visit some of the museums, memorials, and monuments on the National Mall. The group visited the National Archives, Museum of Natural History, and American History Museum, as well as using the metro, bus, and walking to get around. Sunday’s night tour included the Lincoln Memorial; the Korean, Vietnam, and World War II memorials; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The unseasonably warm weather was a bonus, especially on the night tour, which incorporated more walking than typical for February.

All three plans were funded with $500 mini-grants with funding provided to National 4-H Council from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A highlight of the trip was getting to visit some of the museums, memorials, and monuments on the National Mall. The group visited the National Archives, Museum of Natural History, and American History Museum, as well as using the metro, bus, and walking to get around. Sunday’s night tour included the Lincoln Memorial; the Korean, Vietnam, and World War II memorials and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The unseasonably warm weather was a bonus, especially on the night tour, which incorporated more walking than typical for February.

This dedicated group of teens is working hard to “make the best better” to bring the Fourth H to the forefront in Ohio. Stay tuned for future updates on their projects.

 

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Raise Your Hand, Ohio!

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three kids say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni to “raise their hands” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. Help us grow the next generation of True Leaders—because every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.

Are you a 4-H Grown Alum? Raise your hand to pay it forward at  www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand

Raise Your Hand, it doesn’t cost a thing and the State with the most Alumni this spring will get $20,000 to use towards 4-H programming.

Questions? Contact the Ohio 4-H Foundation via e-mail at ohio4hfoundation.osu.edu

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Ohio 4-H Day of Service

4-H members of all ages, parents, and advisors are invited to the Ohio 4-H Day of Service! This event, hosted by the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, will offer participants a renewed sense of service in their communities through hands-on projects and youth-led activities! Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is no fee to attend and there will be a break for participants to bring their own picnic-style lunch. Register by visiting http://go.osu.edu/DayOfService. Registrations are requested by April 26, 2017.

For more information, visit

http://www.ohio4h.org/events/day-service-hosted-ohio-4-h-teen-leadership-council