Chicken & Noodle Dinner Fundraiser

The Adams County 4-H Small Animal Committee and Horse Program invite you to attend a Chicken & Noodle Dinner drive-thru on Thursday, November 16, 4-6 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center. The menu will include chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert. Cost of the meal is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Adams County Junior Fair Small Animal and Horse Programs.

The Small Animal Committee also has whole, frozen, fair chickens available for $4/lb. Most birds weigh approximately 7 pounds. Please contact Ryan at 937-798-3733 to reserve your chicken.

4-H Volunteer Training

All new and returning 4-H Volunteers are invited to attend our Fall 4-H Volunteer Training on Tuesday, November 21 at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center. This will meet the annual training requirement for returning volunteers. New volunteers will be required to attend a training specific to new advisors, but may also attend this event.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with training sessions and recognition following.
At least one volunteer from each club should plan to attend to receive new program year packets and information.
Please register at by November 15.
Additional training dates will be available for those unable to attend.


Fair Registration Day is June 1

June 1st is “Junior Fair Entry Day”, here is a list of fair forms and project registrations due by June 1.


Volunteer Lunch & Learn Series Coming in April

April is National Volunteer month and we LOVE our 4-H Volunteers! We know there are lots of moving pieces to the 4-H program and want to support our busy volunteers as they do the heavy lifting.

Join 4-H Educators from across southern Ohio for quick, accessible, 30-minute Zoom sessions on Wednesdays in April. Each session will take place on Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. and will cover a specific topic to support 4-H volunteers in their club work.

April 5 – Effective Communication – Tips and tricks to get the message out to families and members.

April 12 – Financial Management & Fundraising – Are all of those required forms overwhelming? Are you unsure of what the rules are about bank accounts, fundraisers, or club finances? We can help!

April 19 – Creating Positive Club Culture – Make meetings matter to your members and their families. 4-H is supposed to be FUN! Let’s put that spark back into our clubs.

April 26 – Member Retention and Engagement – Keep members (and families) engaged! Ideas to motivate them to put forth effort and participate at a higher level.

Register for 4-H Volunteer Lunch N’ Learns at to receive a Zoom link that will work for all four sessions. We know our volunteers are busy, so attend one or all four as your schedule allows.

Shooting Sports Instructors Needed!

We are looking for Shooting Sports instructors! All disciplines needed. We have an especially large number of members enrolled in archery this year. If you are interested, reach out to Kristy at or Adams County Shooting Sports coordinator Connie McDonald.
In order to become a 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor you must be a screened 4-H Volunteer. To become a volunteer apply now at and complete a BCI background check.
The registration for the spring Shooting Sports Workshop at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp April 8th-10th is now live. Registration is due by March 31st.
Information can be found on the state website here:…/eve…/shooting-sports/state-training

Register Now For Ohio 4-H Conference

The Ohio 4-H Conference takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the second Saturday in March.

The Ohio 4-H Conference is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States! Nearly 1,200 teen and adult volunteers participate each year. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences, and much more.

In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers. The teens (age 13 and older) have a luncheon that recognizes their peers and often features a keynote speaker. Matthew Swearingen, Adams County 4-Her, has been named the Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year and will be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Teen luncheon and Joy Bauman, Adams County 4-H Volunteer, will receive the Ohio 4-H Alumni Award at the Volunteer luncheon. The Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee provides financial support to teens and volunteers wishing to attend Ohio 4-H Conference. This year we would like to take an especially large delegation to cheer on Matthew and Joy as they are recognized for their achievements.

To register, please find the registration booklet and registration form at the link below. Complete the registration form, listing your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for each time slot. Please be sure you are not requesting sessions and workshops that overlap. Once your form is complete, drop it off at the Extension Office or email it to Barbie at so she can submit your registration. Sessions do fill on a first come, first serve basis so the earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your first choice! Registration closes February 11, 2022.

Click here for additional Conference information and registration materials.

Come join the fun at the 2022 Ohio 4-H Conference!

Ohio 4-H Alumni Award Recipient Joy Bauman

We are so excited to announce Joy Bauman has been selected as a 2022 Ohio 4-H Alumni Award recipient! Joy is an advisor with the Buckeye Barn Busters 4-H Club, head advisor of the Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders, and recent past president of the Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee. She is an alumna of the Coshocton County 4-H program and has often attributed her success in leadership and communication to her start in 4-H.

Joy will be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference volunteer luncheon on Saturday, March 12 in Columbus. Please join us in congratulating Joy on this well deserved recognition of all she does to benefit the youth of Adams County and beyond.

4-H Volunteer Training Dates

All 4-H Volunteers are required to attend an annual training to maintain their volunteer status. If you attended the Volunteer Conference in November you have completed the requirement for 2022.

Our next scheduled dates are:
*Tuesday, Jan 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds RSVP at Please RSVP by January 24.
*Wednesday, Jan 26 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom RSVP at Please RSVP by January 24.
*New Volunteers must attend New 4-H Volunteer orientation scheduled for February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Annex Conference Room.

Back on Track Volunteer Training

After two years of chaos we are going to get Back on Track in 2022! 4-H programming during Covid-19 has presented many challenges and our volunteers, families, and members have done a terrific job of adjusting to make the best of the situation. Much needed flexibility and grace have been the name of the game for two long years. As we look forward to a more normal 4-H year, we will be getting Back on Track, back to the basics to make 4-H programming meaningful, experience based, and most importantly FUN!

Join us on Thursday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center for Back on Track Volunteer Training for all returning 4-H Volunteers.  This training will include a program overview and updates, breakout sessions, and Policy 1.50 training, meeting all training requirements for the 2021-22 4-H program year.  We will also distribute club packets, recognize our Achievement Award winners, Honor Clubs, and announce Club Scrapbook awards.

In order to ensure that we have enough materials and supplies available, please register at no later than Monday, November 15.

Not a 4-H Volunteer yet but interested in becoming one?  Visit to complete your application.  New volunteers are welcome to attend Back on Track but must complete a New 4-H Volunteer orientation.

Questions?  Email Kristy at or call the office at 937-544-2339.

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Alumni Weekend!

Join old friends for an evening of Canter’s Cave’s best – hiking to Canter’s & Boone Caves, boating on Engle Lake, a Cook-out, Line Dancing & Campfire. Round up your old camp friends, get the squad together, or bring a +1 (adults only, plz). Relive your best camp memories & make a few new ones!
$25 early sign-up
$35 day-of event
$50 overnight lodging in Harrison-Powell
($100 additional for reserved room)
*Dinner included. Bring your own snacks & other beverages
**Future alumni couples retreat & family weekends are planned for 2022