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Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Applications Available – due 4/1/2021

The 2021 State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Applications are now available!! While we don’t know whether or not Leadership Camp will be in-person or virtual, we do know we will need staff to assist! Interested individuals can view a letter with more information at: https://ohio4h.org/camp/leadership-camp titled “2021 Potential Leadership Camp Counselor/Staff Information and Application”. A link to the application is included in the letter.

Please forward this information along to anyone who you think might be interested!  Applications are due no later than April 1, 2021. If you have questions, please let me know!!

Here are some highlights about the opportunity:

  • Individuals 18+ prior to June 1, 2021 who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping may apply
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, have current background check, attend training
  • Applications due: April 1, 2021
  • Interviews: Week of April 5th
  • Staff Training Weekend (Camp Ohio): May 7-9, 2021.  Yes this is Mother’s Day weekend, but with an early camp, we must have earlier training so we could try to have everything ordered before camp!

For more information, contact Sarah Longo (long.79@osu.edu) or 614-688-2533.

Tips for Teens: Cell Phone Etiquette

This month’s Tip for Teen video is on Cell Phone Etiquette and features Noble County Educator, Sami Schott and Julie, a Teen Leader in Noble County. There is a time and place for cell phone use. In this video, you will learn when it should be put down for common courtesy or to just disconnect to reconnect!  You can view and share this video on https://go.osu.edu/celletiquette or on the OSU Extension Professionals YouTube page under the Tips for Teens Playlist.

Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarships

Believe in Ohio, a program of The Ohio Academy of Science announced a Statewide STEM Scholarship to recognize students who have demonstrated contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A significant portion of the criteria looks to reward students for their commitment to research and projects that have been externally validated, like an FFA Agriscience Fair project and is specifically cited in the Scholarship Application. Only juniors and seniors (from the 2021 school-year) are eligible to apply. They can include previous years work as well as their current project. Its always best to reference awards for their work. Scholarship Rubric will offer a look into the evaluation process. FFA students who compete with their research projects are uniquely qualified applicants. A total of 132 $1,000 Scholarships are available. This represents one scholarship for each Ohio House and Senate District. All of the student’s application materials must be submitted by April 15, 2021.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter – March 2, 2021

Youth Volunteers WANTED! Showcase your 4-H Projects at the Virtual 4-H Project Open House Events!

This year we will not be having youth display projects at 4-H Day due to COVID-19, limiting the number of people at our event, and because it will be a drive thru event for new 4-H families that need to be placed with a club. At 4-H Day, families will receive information about Virtual 4-H Project Open House events where they can learn more about the many projects 4-H has too offer.

This is where you come in! We are in need of youth who are willing to pull their 4-H book out, a project display, and perhaps awards to share on Zoom. All project areas are welcome! We will put related projects in these same breakout rooms.

  • March 8th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 7:15-8:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 7:15 and welcome guests at 7:30.
  • March 10th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 5:15-6:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 5:15 and welcome guests at 5:30.

Each breakout room will have 2-3 4-H members with related projects – come prepared to share and tell! If you have more than one project in a similar project area, you can prepare to share more than one.

What do we need from you? If you would like to help out on either day or both days, please let Leslie Cooksey know by email (cooksey.25@osu.edu) by Friday, March 5th. Please share 4-H member name, club, and the project(s) you would like to share. 

Parents and Advisors are also able to help us with our Virtual 4-H Project Open House events. If interested, please reach out to Leslie to see how you can help!

We are looking forward to telling the great stories of 4-H projects that you all have experienced with our new prospective families!

Here’s our flyer advertising the virtual 4-H Project Open House events:

New in 2021: 4-H Virtual Project Open House Events – March 8th and 10th!

New for 2021 is a Virtual 4-H Project Clinic. Current 4-H members will display their projects and be available to share information about their 4-H experiences via Zoom. Information about specific clubs will be available as well as the opportunity to join 4-H. Prospective 4-H families are welcome to join either night! Current 4-H families are also welcome to sign on and explore project areas.

New 4-H Families: Come to our 4-H Day Drive Thru event!

We are excited that you want to join 4-H in Fairfield County. 4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

Join us at 4-H Day!
4-H Day is held the first Saturday in March from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the AAA Building and Ed Sands Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

In 2021, this event will be a Drive Thru event where 4-H members will receive information about 4-H, join a club, and leave with project information. There will not be 4-H members with project displays at 4-H Day in 2021. 

For those planning to attend 4-H Day, indicate your interest by completing the online information request at go.osu.edu/Fairfield4Hinterest before March 1st.

New for 2021 is a Virtual 4-H Project Clinic. Current 4-H members will display their projects and be available to share information about their 4-H experiences via Zoom. Information about specific clubs will be available as well as the opportunity to join 4-H. Prospective 4-H families are welcome to join either night!

Have additional questions or need more information?

Visit our website at fairfield.osu.edu or Call our office at 740-653-5419!

Save the Date: March 6th – Dine to Donate at Raising Cane’s

Grab lunch or dinner on Saturday, March 6th from the Lancaster Raising Cane’s location and support the Fairfield County Jr. Leaders. This opportunity to support 4-H is from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. You must mention the fundraiser when placing your order and Cane’s will donate 15% of sales to the 4-H Jr. Leadership Club!