Older Youth Applications

Remind your current teens 14+ years old that the Older Youth Application is on it’s way to them! The deadline to submit the application is December 6th! The application allows youth to select the possible teen opportunities they’d like to be a part of in 2020 and has youth answer some questions to help us determine their best fit within the program. Make sure they turn in their application and schedule an interview if they select to join Junior Fair Board or the 4-H Committee. All other opportunities listed on the application don’t require an interview at this time.

New Volunteer Packets

Just a reminder that New Volunteer Packets are now available!

If you know anyone interested in joining our Morgan County 4-H family, please encourage them to contact the office or stop on by to get more details and move forward in the process. New Volunteer training are scheduled for: Thursday, January 30th and Monday, February 3rd from 7-8:30pm in room 325 of the Reicker Building. Interviews are held on the day after each training. Applications are due before the first training.

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Are you interested in community service, government and advocacy? Apply to be part of the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge hosted by Ohio 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau. Only 40 delegates will be selected to work with other teens in grades 9-12 to develop a policy that makes a difference in their community, travel to the State House in Columbus and meet with lawmakers. Find all the details at www.go.osu.edu/OYCC2020 and be a #4HTrueLeader!

All Teen Skate

Mark your calendars! Thursday, January 2nd is our All Teen Skate from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Marietta Roller Rink! Morgan County’s Junior Leaders are hosting this event for all teens interested in either Junior Leaders, Older Youth in Training, Camp Counselors, Junior Fair Board, and Food or Fashion Board. It’s a great time to spend with each other and get to know the new 4-H Youth Development Educator. Families and siblings of the teens are welcome. Food will be provided (must let us know you’re coming for pizza). We have the roller rink all to ourselves so don’t miss out!

If you have never been to the Marietta Roller Rink it’s located at 922 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750 (roughly 44 minutes from the Extension office taking OH-60 S). Hope to see you there!

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

The Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium takes place at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, including the youth program, on Dec. 13 and 14. A celebration of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s 70th Anniversary also will take place. A youth discount is being offered (youth ages 12 and under are free, youth ages 13 – 22 are $25.00), these prices reflect the 2 day registration. This is a great opportunity for any sheep enthusiast or shepherds in your county.

Checkout the Flyer! http://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/u.osu.edu/dist/e/45418/files/2019/10/2019-Buckeye-Shepherds-SymposiumFlyer.pdf

Friday speakers at the event will include Sandi Brock, Commercial sheep producer and face of “Sheepishly Me- Adventures in Sheep Farming” on social media and YouTube, of Shepherd Creek Farms in Ontario, Canada; Cameron Lauwers — a first generation sheep producer and fourth generation farmer from Capac, Michigan who runs 600 ewes in a mostly housed accelerated lambing system; and Dr. Luciana da Costa, DVM of the OSU Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicines, who will be sharing her expertise on mammary health and mastitis. On Saturday additional speakers including John Foltz, Ohio State Animal Sciences chair and Lee Fitzsimmons, from Wayne Savings Community Bank.

 Online registration link for BSS http://www.ohiosheep.org/osia-programs.html#symposium

National 4-H Week


The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, when the 4-H community of over 6 million young people, 500 000 volunteers and 3 500 4-H professionals will celebrate America’s largest youth organization by showcasing the incredible work that they do each and every day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week, which takes place from October 6 – 12, is Inspire Kids to Do!

This theme highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country – from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities  ̶  are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.

Carving New Ideas!

If you’re looking for a fun camping experience without going through a selection process, we have just the opportunity for you!

Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University. This year’s theme is The Future of 4-H. All the fun will center around preparing for the future of 4-H, our communities, and ourselves while enhancing leadership skills.

Location: 4-H Camp Ohio, 11461 Camp Ohio Rd., St. Louisville, OH 43071
Arrive: Friday, November 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Depart: Sunday, November 17, 10:30 a.m.
Camp fee: $65.00 (includes t-shirt)
Registration deadline: October 28, 2019
Registration website: go.osu.edu/CNI19 or you can stop by the office and fill out the form to be mailed with a check

Detailed camper packets will be mailed to participants after the October 28 deadline. Questions? Contact Beth Boomershine at boomershine.10@osu.edu

Webinar for Teens: National 4-H Opportunities

On Sunday, October 6th at 8:00pm (Eastern) there is a webinar hosted by nationwide 4-H faculty and staff dedicated to teen leadership topics.

Join 4-H teen leaders from across the US in learning about opportunities to pursue national experiences in 4-H! During this webinar, leaders of national 4-H opportunities will share about programs available for teenage 4-H members, including National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, the national summit series (AgriScience, Healthy Living, Photography, and STEM/Maker), the Youth in Action Awards, and the National 4-H Youth Advisory Committee. Hear about program highlights and have a chance to ask questions.

Pre-register here: http://go.osu.edu/TeensStatewide