Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

This fall, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a virtual Achievement Form Workshop for 4-H members statewide!

  • October 1, 2023 (6:00-7:30 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.
    • Must register at https://go.osu.edu/AchForm2023 by September 29 to receive Zoom information for the workshop.
    • This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend in live-time.

If you are interested in having your  form reviewed, please let me know and I can help connect you with one of our teen leaders.

Have no idea what the Achievement Record is? That’s okay! See the additional attached flyer: Achievement Record Flyer FINAL that describes what the achievement record is and what awards are available for those that win.

More information can also be found at go.osu.edu/TLC.

Achievement Form Workshop Flyer 2023

2023 Ohio Military Camps


ANY military connected youth may attend these camps.

Teen Kelleys Island Camp

A 5-day and 4-night adventure on Kelleys Island. Activities include sailing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, soccer, archery, lined dances, crafts, campfire, and more!

Dates: Sunday, July 30 to Thursday, August 3

Location: Kelleys Island

Age: 12 – 15 years of age by the time of camp

Cost: $125 per youth

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Youth Kelleys Island Camp

A 5-day and 4-night adventure on Kelleys Island. Activities include sailing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, soccer, archery, lined dances, crafts, campfire, and more!

Dates: Sunday, August 6 to Thursday, August 10

Location: Kelleys Island

Age: 9 – 11 years of age by the time of camp

Cost: $125 per youth

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Registration and our other events can be found at https://go.osu.edu/OMKEvents. Attached is our 2023 OMK Event Guide as well.


ANY military connected families may attend these camps.

Northeastern Ohio Family Camp

Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. Nestled between a hollow and historical orchards, this camp has a beautiful lodge, cabins, a lake, and a wooded campfire area available for camp use. Hiking trails and canoeing may be available.

Dates: Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27

Location: Northeastern Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

Northern Ohio Family Camp

Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. This camp is located in a unique island setting, has cabins, a sand beach, craft hall, recreation hall, and campfire areas. This small island location offers historic parks, a scenic ferry ride, and a beautiful coastline.

Dates: Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10

Location: Northern Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

Central Ohio Family Camp

Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. This camp has more than 500 acres to explore, high & low ropes courses, cabins, climbing, ziplining, and recreational areas. Activities may include creeking, tie-dye, leather crafts, and more!

Dates: Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24

Location: Central Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

4th H Club Challenge

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.

Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply 3 healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.

  1. Register and complete pre-survey.
  2. Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
  3. Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
  4. Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.

More information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/4thHClubChallenge. Attached is a graphic both in PNG and PDF file for your newsletters, social media, etc.

This is Ohio 4-H! Photo Contest

Help recognize the 4-H members, Cloverbuds, volunteers, or educators in your life who embody This is Ohio 4-H! by submitting your photos. Any 4-H member may submit photos for the This is Ohio 4-H! Photo Contest. There will be two divisions, Junior (4-H age 8-13) and Senior (4-H age 14-19). All entries must be submitted by May 17. Winners will be featured in a special Ohio 4-H Highlights newsletter and used to promote 4-H around the state. Please see attached guidelines for full details.  Flyer: This is Ohio 4-H Photo Contest Guidelines


Please submit a JPEG file for each photo. One photo may be submitted per category.

If you have any questions, please email ohio4hfoundation@osu.edu.

2023 State 4-H Event Youth Assistants Needed

The Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistants (4HEYA) are a statewide group of 4-H teens that assist with Ohio State Fair events. In this process, members have an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program. They develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success. 4HEYAs work in partnership with the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, but the experiences as a whole are different.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?: 4-H members who are 13-18 years old as of January 1, 2023 and have previously completed at least one year of 4-H


  • Term: June 1 -August 31(Applicants are still eligible to apply to be a member of TLC for the next term. Find more information about TLC here.)
  • Working Events: Members are required to work at least 3 events at the Ohio State Fair. They will have the opportunity to sign up for their particular events in June.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: In addition to working events, members are required to attend one of the training options (either July 11 or 17, 2023), both are held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
    • Please note, individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.

LOCATION: All meetings and events are held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio. There are some Ohio State Fair events that are “off-site,” but members will be notified of the location prior to signing up for an event.

APPLICATION: Interested Ohio 4-H members are asked to submit by May 15:

  • completed application (go.osu.edu/4HEYAapp),
  • program fee ($25 submitted at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25 for new applicants, $15 submitted at go.osu.edu/4HEYA15 for returning applicants),
  • two references (one must be from a non-related Extension professional and one can be from non-related 4-H club advisor, coach, teacher, etc.)
  • DEADLINE: May 15 (no late applications will be accepted!)


  • 4HEYA Polo
  • 4HEYA Nametag
  • State Fair admission and parking ticket(s) for the day(s) events are worked.
  • State Fair meal ticket(s) for the day(s) events are worked.
  • Optional state fair housing in the Rhodes Center Dormitory.
    • NOTE: This is not required, but is an option for youth to stay overnight, if they desire to do so due to event work schedules. While youth are not chaperoned after the event(s) worked, there are adults present in the dormitory on the fairgrounds who monitor curfew and security of the dormitory. Housing is in a gender-specific shared living space, with several bunk beds in one room. 4-H representatives will be housed with other youth participants (4-H members and non-members) of the Ohio State Fair.
  • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair.
  • An opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the state 4-H program.


Contact Frances Foos (foos.61@osu.edu; 614-247-9945) or Sarah Longo (longo.79@osu.edu; 614-688-2533)

Ohio Youth Livestock Webinar – Poultry Focus

Wednesday, April 26th : Poultry Health
https://osu.zoom.us/j/98164067948?pwd=OWdqQ2dhTk95MDdwNzBZOW51Mzhjdz09 (Password: 682120)
Protecting animal health at home and at the fair, common disease ID, and more!

Thursday, May 4th : Poultry Nutrition
https://osu.zoom.us/j/92999680333?pwd=b2dyK0h3S1ljK2RkQlFHWmlaM1FzZz09 (Password: 870670)
Nutrition best practices, how nutrition impacts meat quality

Monday, May 15th : Poultry Handling and Welfare
https://osu.zoom.us/j/97491993463?pwd=bWVLNTZ5MVRDaUZDTCtZN1lzdzJUUT09 (Password: 231076)
Animal handling and welfare at home and at the fair, impact of handling and stress on meat quality

Flyer: Youth Poultry Project Webinar 2023

4-H Urban Immersion Project

The 4-H Urban Immersion Project (UIP) is an Ohio 4-H initiative that combines cross-cultural learning, teamwork and service learning in the urban environment of Washington, DC.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UIP Experience!

4-H teens ages 15-18 and still in High School are eligible for this 4-day service-learning experience that will build skills and abilities to prepare youth for success in a diverse workplace as well as build cultural understanding of those who are different.  This experience will not be about shopping or sightseeing, although we will visit some monuments and historic sites. The cost of the experience is $180.  Limited scholarship funds are also available.  All teen applicants will be contacted to complete an additional phone interview before selection.

  • Who:                         Teens ages 15-18 (by the date of the trip – still in High School)  –  Space is limited.
  • Where:                      Washington, DC (Washington Seminar Center – 201 4th St. SE, Washington, DC)                      
  • When:                       Thursday (6am), September 21st – Sunday, September 24th, 2023
  • Application:             https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:6fe9638f-9d08-330c-844b-8a66900ed822  (go.osu.edu/uip23)
  • Cost:                          $180 (check payable to Warren County Extension) (Includes most meals, program fees, overnight lodging and transportation)


4-H Night with the Dayton Dragons

Ohio 4-H Night at the Dayton Dragons is back!

  • Families can purchase tickets directly at www.go.osu.edu/ohio4hdaytondragons Tickets are $10.00.
  • The game is at the Day Air Ballpark in downtown Dayton.  The game will be on Saturday, May 7. Game starts at 7:05 pm, with gates opening at 6 pm.
  • Please be sure to line up behind the outfield lawn area (Lawn D) by 6:15pm to participate in a pre-game parade of all the 4-H counties in attendance this evening.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact your Dragons representative: Carl Hertzberg – carl.hertzberg@daytondragons.com

2022 Ohio 4-H Horse Updates

I wanted to share with you the updates that were presented at the Ohio 4-H Horse Advisor & Volunteer Training this past Saturday.  All of this information is or will soon be posted at www.horse.osu.edu.

2022 Calendar of State 4-H Horse Events:

  • February 26: Hippology/Horse Bowl/Horse Judging Clinic
  • February 26: Communications Contest (Oral and Visual)
  • February 26: 2021 Achievement Awards Presentation
  • April 9: Horse Bowl Contest
  • June 13: Hippology Contest
  • June 13: Horse Judging Contest
  • July 1: Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show entries are due!
  • July 18-22: Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show
  • August 27: Groom & Clean Contest
  • September 9-10: Competitive Trail Ride

Registration for all of this year’s events will continue to be online.  Once the registration deadline closes, Dani and/or I will use 4-H online to verify that the contestants are 4-H members in good standing.

PAS Qualifying Horse Shows


  • At the beginning of the year, the youth determines which classes they want to qualify in to show at State Fair. A youth must qualify in any two (2) classes in order to compete in the State Fair Junior Horse Show. Counties may allow youth to qualify in more than two classes; however, youth may enter in a maximum of four (4) classes at the State Fair Junior Horse Show, this includes ground roping. At the State Fair Junior Horse Show, youth will only be allowed to show in classes for which they qualified.
  • A county (or group of counties) may offer up to two (2) single-judged qualifying shows or one (1) double-judged qualifying show. In a show with two judges, the scores should not be averaged.
  • Counties must hire judges that are designated as PAS judges on the current year’s Ohio 4-H Horse Show Judges List. This list can be found online at http://horse.osu.edu.
  • A youth cannot compete in more than two (2) single-judged PAS shows or one (1) double-judged PAS show.
  • Gymkhana classes: Riders get one run (attempt) per class in a show to qualify unless county or counties are using one show with two judges to qualify youth. Then the youth may have two attempts (runs) as long as they are not disqualified in the first run. If the youth receives a no time in their first run, they are still eligible for their second run. If the youth is disqualified in their first run, they are not eligible for a second run.
  • A youth may only use one horse to try out in PAS shows and cannot replace a horse for any reason after they have shown in their first PAS class. The project horse shown at the state fair must be the one the 4-H member qualified with in his or her county.


There are a few important changes to the paperwork associated with PAS shows.

  • Out-of-County PAS Form:  The out-of-county PAS form has been updated to provide room for additional classes as there is no statewide restriction on the number of classes in which a youth may try and qualify.  As in the past, the 4-H educator must approve and sign the out-of-county PAS form that the 4-H member will take with them to the out-of-county PAS show.  Starting this year, the 4-H member is responsible for uploading their completed out-of-county PAS form(s) to their 4-H Online account, regardless of whether they qualified for the Junior Horse Show or not.  A copy of the updated form is attached to this email.
  • PAS Verification Form: In the past, county 4-H educators were responsible for submitting the PAS Verification Form (XL spreadsheet) to Barb Prince with State Fair.  Starting this year, each PAS Qualifying Show must submit the updated PAS verification form to cole.436@osu.edu within a week of the show or no later than July 1st, whichever comes first.  The updated PAS verification form must include all youth that participated in the PAS Qualifying Show, regardless of their 4-H/home county, and their scores and/or times.  A copy of the updated PAS Verification Form is attached to this email.  As in the past, this form will be used to verify the 4-H members’ online entries for the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show.  If this form is not received, the youth will not be permitted to show as there will be no way to verify whether or not the qualified for the Junior Horse Show.

Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show


  • 4-H members who intend to show at the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show must upload a copy of their equine’s current negative Coggins test (dated on or after January 1, 2022) to their 4-H Online account by July 1st.  Previously, the 4-H member was required to submit the copy of the Coggins test result to the county 4-H educator to send in with the PAS Verification Form.
  • The dates for this year’s Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show is Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd.  We will be able to move into the fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon this year but a time has not been decided yet.  A copy of the show schedule is posted online at horse.osu.edu.
  • The online registration deadline for the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show is July 1, 2022.  It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to submit their entry and pay their $50 stall fee online at www.ohiostatefair.com by 1:00 pm on July 1, 2022.  Late registrations, with a $100 late fee in addition to the $50 stall fee, will be accepted until 1:00pm on July 8th.

Kimberly Cole, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Extension Equine Specialist

Department of Animal Sciences

222-D Animal Sciences Building

2029 Fyffe Court

Columbus, OH 43210



2022 4-H Camp Ohio Job Opportunities

Each year, 4-H Camp Ohio hires two 34-week Program Instructors to facilitate their Spring, Summer and Fall groups. These positions are crucial in our organization having a successful year, being able to fulfill the programming needs for our schools and weekend groups, and retaining them (as well as their income) year after year.

We are trying to reach youth/young adults who love Camp! They are asking us to reach out to counselors who have graduated out (18+ years) and share with them this opportunity to work at Camp. Start date is mid March, the end date is mid November.

The job description for “Program Instructor 2022” and online application can be found under the “Employment” tab on our website: https://www.4hcampohio.org/

If anyone has any questions, please contact:

Jaymie Dumican, Camp Management

4-H Camp Ohio
11461 Camp Ohio Rd.
St. Louisville OH 43071