Good Luck & Thank You!

Good luck to two of our Belmont County 4-H Teen Ambassadors who are running for spots on the State Teen Leadership Council!

Kaylin Burress of Ridge Riders 4-H Club

Megan Garrison of Country Sunshiners 4-H Club

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

#4hteenambassadors #4hyouthdevelopment #4hteenleaders #growingtrueleaders #belmontco4h #TrueLeaders


That’s a wrap!

2020 Livestock Skillathon is in the books! Thank you to everyone who volunteered everyday and helped make it run smoothly. Thank you to all the teen leaders who helped out and the kids who did all the sanitizing! Thanks to the Senior Fair Board for letting us utilize the Wise Building and putting up with us during paving and pre-fair prep work! Finally, thank you to the amazing kids who came and took part in the skillathon! We are proud of each and every one of you for sticking with your projects this year and making the best of a crazy year! Next stop, Belmont County Junior Fair!

Livestock Skill-A-Thon & Tag Pick-Up

Livestock Market Animal Tags will be available for pick up this week in the Extension office.
Tuesday, July 21st from 9 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 23rd from 9 to 3 p.m.
When you arrive, please call (740-695-1455) and let us know you are there and wait in your car or outside the building. We will meet you outside.

Also, we will have market animal tags available for pick up on Wednesday, July 22nd at the Belmont County Fairgrounds down around the Jr Fair Board Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please, make sure to bring original copies of registrations if you have not sent them in to the office yet.


Livestock Skillathon registration is now open. Call the Belmont County OSU Extension office at 740-695-1455 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule a time. Please, be prepared to pick a time for your skillathon and what projects you are taking. Reminder, all 4-H and FFA members taking livestock animal projects to the Belmont County Fair must go through Livestock Skillathon Judging! This is a requirement to show at fair. Times and information are in the July Newsletter at the website.

Return to In-person 4-H Meetings

We’re happy to share we’ve received approval from Ohio State University leadership to resume in-person 4-H club meetings and activities starting immediately. This is welcome news for our 3,039 Ohio 4-H clubs across the state. Ohio 4-H clubs that choose to begin meeting in-person must follow the guidelines listed below to promote the health and safety of our 4-H community, as we face the challenge of COVID-19.


Clubs choosing to meet in-person should provide virtual connection options for members who have that preference. Please note that in-person 4-H club meetings, activities and other events may be suspended at any time if local, state, federal, and/or university authorities issue new restrictions. 4-H meetings and activities can only be held in person if Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines can be followed.


The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines provide expectations for all members, volunteers, and their families while participating in 4-H club meetings and activities. County and Independent Fairs work closely with Ohio 4-H / The Ohio State University, but are separate entities and follow different guidance. When 4-H members and volunteers participate in Junior Fair animal activities, they follow guidance from these local partners, as Ag Societies have the responsibility for the Junior Fair. 4-H non-livestock project judging that takes place during the fair is conducted by OSU Extension and must follow Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidance.


The Belmont County OSU Extension office is open to the public via phone (740-695-1455) and email (  We will continue to send information to you via newsletters, social media, email, etc. You will also find the guidelines, a tip sheet and resources at Ohio 4-H teen leaders are developing video tutorials to assist educating club members on the in-person meeting expectations and will share those as they are available. When possible, we encourage OSU Extension programs, meetings, and events to meet virtually.


Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-person Meetings & Events


As we return to in-person 4-H activities, the following principles will be used:


  • The health and safety of the 4-H community is our
  • Transparency is essential – clear expectations must be communicated in a timely
  • Be flexible – continue to provide options, including virtual ones, for participation to provide 4-H members and families with a safe environment given their individual circumstances, while maintaining inclusivity and flexibility for all.


We know concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have changed how people interact with one other. Because of this, those who organize meetings and events have a responsibility to consider the health and safety of attendees. This document provides guidance for how to lead and conduct OSU Extension / 4-H meetings and events.


General Considerations

As you restart in-person 4-H activities, the following considerations will assist with your planning.

  • Time
    • Consider limiting the length of meetings and events, particularly those that take place indoors, and the length of time people will be in contact with one another. Sustained contact provides an increased opportunity for virus transmission.
  • Place
    • Consider the guidance from your local county health department regarding locations where you meet, as well as where attendees may be coming from.
  • People
    • Consider the overall number of attendees and whether this includes individuals (including other individuals in their home) who may be at a higher risk of serious illness if they develop COVID-19. The CDC cautions that gatherings with more than 250 people have a higher risk of coronavirus transmission and the state of Ohio has place limitations on the size of gatherings.
  • Space
    • Consider hosting meetings and activities outdoors when possible. Continue to offer options for virtual engagement when individuals request it.
  • Consider the types of interactions that occur at the event and if contact between attendees can be limited.
  • Maintain six feet of distancing between individuals whenever feasible.
  • Masks are an effective means of preventing transmission from people who feel fine, but are not showing symptoms and have the ability to infect others.


Meeting Planning

Meeting Notices

In advance of meetings, it is important to send notices to parents and members outlining expectations for participation. The notice should include the following information:

  • State that members and/or family members cannot attend the meeting if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Provide an option for members to participate virtually.
  • Note that physical distancing will be practiced by maintaining a six-foot distance between people.
  • We expect face masks will be properly worn during the 4-H meeting.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own snacks and drinks for the meeting.



Take attendance at the meeting or event by checking off names on a roster. Do not pass around a paper for individuals to sign or have members sign-in. This attendance record must be kept in case someone attending the meeting/event contracts COVID-19 and information is needed for contact tracing. Attendance records must be kept for at least six months beyond the date of the meeting/event.


Quarantine and Isolation

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who develops symptoms of COVID-19, must immediately isolate, seek medical care, and take the following steps:

  • Contact the local health department about suspected cases or exposures.
    • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing.
  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • If the individual who developed symptoms attended a club meeting or activity, the club should stop all in-person club activities for 14 days following the exposure, meet only virtually, and notify club members to monitor for symptoms.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting and contact tracing protocols.

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who learns they have been exposed to an individual (e.g., family member, friend) with COVID-19, must immediately quarantine for 14 days and:

  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually while in quarantine.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting protocols.


Physical Space Design

Plan ahead. There are many factors to consider regarding the need for six-foot physical distancing and the number of people a gathering space can accommodate. Consider the following when choosing meeting/event spaces:

  • Can the event take place outside? Open air appears to reduce the risk of spreading airborne illness.
  • What is the normal maximum occupancy of the space?
    • To provide six feet of physical distance between individuals, the occupancy of meeting spaces must be decreased by half. For example, a space with a posted maximum occupancy of 100 people would need to be adjusted to a maximum of 50 people.
    • If you need to estimate the capacity of a space, allow 30 square feet per person.
  • Is there access to a clean restroom for participants, including soap and water for washing hands?
  • Set up tables and chairs to provide six-feet physical distancing. Moving chairs is discouraged.
    • If seating is fixed, mark those seats that are off limits (e.g., use tape to indicate “don’t sit here” spaces in grandstand seating).
  • Modified layouts can help attendees keep their distance from others.


Educational Materials

Provide participants with their own copies of educational materials. If you plan to use an activity that requires passing an item around, you should revise the activity. For example, the item should be big enough to be viewed from a distance, or a sample or picture needs to be available for each participant.


Food and Drinks at Meetings

Encourage each attendee to bring their own drinks and snacks instead of providing shared options at meetings. Potlucks and buffets are highly discouraged.


PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Face Masks

Face masks are expected to be worn at all 4-H in-person meetings and events. Face masks refer to disposable procedure masks or cloth face coverings, not surgical or N-95 respirators. They should fit snuggly around the mouth and nose and be worn appropriately to be effective. Remember – it is possible to have COVID-19, not exhibit any symptoms and transmit the virus to others.  Wearing a face mask is a measure to protect others.

Face masks are required at the following events: individual interviews, skill-a-thon, and other judging events that may accidentally result in less than 6-foot social distancing space.

Cloth Face Covering Patterns

There are many ways in which you can make a cloth face covering. The CDC offers several different options to make a cloth mask including a sewn mask, a quick-cut t-shirt mask, and a bandana cloth face covering. These patterns can be found at:


Sanitizing Stations and Schedules

All entrance/exit door handles for the meeting location and the doors handles of any accessible restrooms and any other high-touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant before and after the meeting.

All tables and chairs should be cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Before and after will be defined by the meeting or event:

  • Meetings: if you have a two-hour meeting and individuals sit at the same table and chair for the duration, “before” is prior to the start of the meeting, “after” is the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Events: if you have scheduled times for youth to participate in an interview, skill-a-thon, or judging event, then tables, chairs, and equipment should be sanitized before the event, after use by each individual, and after the conclusion of the event.

If you are unable to find an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant, the following bleach solutions may be used:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Additional tips for cleaning and disinfecting tables and chairs include:

  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection and
    confirm the product is not past its expiration date.

    • Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening, may not be suitable for disinfection.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling bleach solutions.
    • Use nitrile gloves rather than latex, since some people have a latex allergy.
  • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.


Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching any frequently used item or
  • Avoid touching your face or others in attendance.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your
  • Provide tissues and make sure there is a wastebasket to dispose of used tissues.
  • Provide hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol at a registration table or at a table near the entrance of the meeting room.


Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of
  • Do not attend in-person activities if you or anyone living in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 or any other communicable illness.
  • Follow CDC/ODH guidance if symptoms
  • Refer to the Quarantine and Isolation instructions on pp. 2-3.



All in-person 4-H meetings and events are required to have the following signs posted. This is to provide clear communication and transparency regarding the measures 4-H is recommending to promote the safety of the community.

Sign Post Location Available at
4-H Event Guidelines Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space, if feasible
Sanitizing Stations At each activity/judging station
Hand Washing Poster Entry to restrooms
Above restroom sinks
Watch Your Step! Poster and Where to Stand Templates Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space if feasible
How COVID-19 Spreads Entry and Exit Doors

LQA Training with ZOOM!

Attention Belmont County Jr Fair exhibitors still needing Livestock Quality Assurance training. We have a Zoom LQA Training scheduled for June 17th @ 2:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending this training, please register at the link below.

We will be having another LQA Zoom Training on June 23rd @ 10:00 a.m. However, this link is to register for just the training on June 17th.

Reminder, any 4-H & FFA members taking a market or lactating dairy animal, must attend one training session yearly, unless you have tested out!


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We understand that some families may not be able to attend Zoom trainings due to internet connectivity. We will work with those families to get them covered when we can resume face to face meetings.


Welcome to the Belmont County 4-H Blog!!!

We are excited to bring yet another communication outlet to our 4-H clientele, in an effort to keep you informed about what is going on in the 4-H world. This blog will be utilized to post updates and information about what is going on in 4-H in our county and beyond! Please subscribe and share with others.

As many of our county’s 4-H clubs are re-organizing for another year of the traditional 4-H program, we here at the Extension Office are also preparing for the 2020 4-H year! The 4-H program staff have been working diligently, preparing club re-organization packets and re-enrollments for club members and volunteers. Please note, club organizational advisors will be able to pick up their forms Monday, December 2nd at the Extension Office.

Also, make sure you are checking the 4-H Newsletter for deadlines and up coming dates. If you did not receive a newsletter via postal mail or email, please go to the website to view the most current newsletter. 


New Volunteers & Volunteer Annual Training Dates

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer or are a club advisor that has someone who wants to volunteer, please make sure they fill out a new volunteer application before January 31st. The sooner the better, as we can get the process for approval started now!  The next wave of volunteers needing re-fingerprinted should have received a letter in the mail earlier this fall. Please, make sure you are getting this done before the end of the year. If planning to go to the school to get fingerprinted, be aware that they have Christmas break coming up. Also, returning volunteers may submit their receipt to the Extension Office for reimbursement from Ohio State University.

Again this year, all returning volunteers must attend a policy 1.50 training on working with minors. Please see the dates of these training’s below and plan accordingly. This is a mandatory training that all returning volunteers must complete to continue as an approved volunteer! New volunteers do NOT need to attend, as they will complete a separate training orientation.

Returning Volunteer Training Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 10:00 A.M. @ the Extension Office
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 6:00 P.M. @ the Extension Office
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 10:00 A.M. @ the Wise Building on the Belmont County Fairgrounds – Following Volunteer Breakfast


New Volunteer Orientation Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 10:00 A.M. @ the Extension Office
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 6:00 P.M. @ the Extension Office
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 10:00 A.M. @ the Wise Building on the Belmont County Fairgrounds – Following Volunteer Breakfast


For more information on volunteering and becoming a new volunteer, please visit the link below and complete an application!

Learn About Volunteering

Any questions, please contact us at (740) 695-1455!

We look forward to getting another 4-H year underway!