New Volunteers – There’s Still Time to Apply!

There are many ways to volunteer with the Fairfield County 4-H Program! Now is the time to apply to be a 4-H Advisor and help in a current club within Fairfield County. There are many clubs that need YOUR help – You don’t have to start a new club or be a 4-H expert, just someone who wants to help youth make the best better!

Applications can be found here: 2021 Prospective New Volunteer Packet

NEW for 2021 – Applications can be completed online: go.osu.edu/fcvolapplication

Completed Applications and criminal history fingerprint record check are due to the Extension Office by February 1st. If you have any questions, please contact our office!

 

Ohio 4-H Update to In-Person Meetings, Programs, and Events – PLEASE READ

The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated with new information. As you plan your 4-H club meetings find the guidelines at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected. Remember: virtual meetings are preferred, face masks are required and local guidelines must be followed.

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2021 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Open!

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone!. Virtual sessions will start at 9:00 am on February 20 and 7:00 pm on February 23 & 25.

Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs The registration booklet and registration form (to be used as a worksheet only)  have been posted to:  www.go.osu.edu/2021O4HC. Registration deadline will be Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm.

There will be no charge for those attending this year’s conference.  Those wishing to attend the conference will be able to register themselves by following the link above.

If you have questions, please contact our office 740-653-5419.

New 4-H Volunteers Needed!

There are many ways to volunteer with the Fairfield County 4-H Program! Now is the time to apply to be a 4-H Advisor and help in a current club within Fairfield County. There are many clubs that need YOUR help – You don’t have to start a new club or be a 4-H expert, just someone who wants to help youth make the best better!

Applications can be found here: 2021 Prospective New Volunteer Packet

Completed Applications and criminal history fingerprint record check are due to the Extension Office by February 1st. If you have any questions, please contact our office!

The Ohio 4-H Achievement Form: Your GATEWAY to National 4-H Congress, Ohio State Junior Fair Board, National Dairy Conference, County Merit Awards, and County Trip Scholarships!

Fairfield County teens have an outstanding legacy with successful Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms. In fact, we had 9 state winners in 2020 alone! Join this group of outstanding teens by completing the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form which opens the door to so many opportunities including:

  • State Achievement Awards – winners attend National 4-H Congress on an expense paid trip each year!
  • National Dairy Conference Trip Winner
  • State Junior Fair Board
  • Ohio Township Association Local Government Award
  • County Merit Awards
  • County Trip Awards
  • County 4-H Scholarships

The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form is available now at: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth – Older youth applications and forms are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

If you missed last week’s Older Youth Workshop – view now for tips and tricks for completing this award form:

Do you want to be an Outstanding 4-Her in 2021? Here’s what you need to do:

In order to be considered an Outstanding 4-Her, applicants must meet ALL THREE of the following. If these are met, forms will be considered for this achievement.

  • 1) Attained the level of High School Senior (or above) as of January 1st of the current year,
  • 2) Completed the 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form in January of the current year, and
  • 3) Be a current 4-H member in good standing (enrolled in 4-H, completing projects, attending meetings, etc.)

The timeline of the Outstanding 4-Her Application process:

  • January 8th, 2021: Turn in the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form to the OSU Extension Office.
  • Mid to late summer: Individuals who meet the first three requirements (above) will be sent a letter with details on how to complete the application process.
  • August 21st, 2021: Deadline to submit the Outstanding 4-Her Application Form AND Addendum (update) to their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    •  The Addendum is a separate document/piece of paper where applicants will include any 4-H and non-4-H updates from the current 4-H year that took place after their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form was submitted back in January.
    •  Additionally, the Addendum can include past 4-H and non-4-H activities, programs, events, and participation that may not have been included on their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    • The Addendum (submitted in August) and the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (submitted in January) will be used to review criteria selected on your Outstanding 4-Her Application Form. You may include as many pages as necessary.

October 10th, 2021: Individuals who meet the Outstanding 4-Her criteria will be recognized at the Junior Fair Panorama the Sunday of the Fairfield County Fair.

The letter sent may be found here.  An example completed form and addendum may be found here.

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/8/2021

2021 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application is for High School Seniors and those in College. This scholarship is for Fairfield County 4-H Members (you must also be a member in good standing and complete at least one 4-H project year in the year in which you apply for this scholarship). If you have questions or want more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or 740-277-4625.

Please download the form above for the interactive pdf to work.

(additional scholarship opportunities may be found on the Blog: https://u.osu.edu/fairfield4h/category/scholarships/)

Sea Camp, Camp Canopy, Leadership Camp, Shooting Sports Education Camp, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus – How do I get there?

These trip opportunities are available to our Fairfield County 4-H youth who complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 4-H Advisor Committee, OSU Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Fund, and numerous local sponsors help support scholarships for our youth to attend.

Trip awards are selected from those who submit the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form will be due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th,2021. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Questions? Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry Fowler at fowler.443@osu.edu.

Be recognized for all you do in 4-H! Members ages 8-13 should complete the Junior Achievement Form!

The Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form Word  or  pdf  is for 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2021 to complete. This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Form.  There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H.

The cover letter may be found here.

Example Jr. Achievement Form

2021 Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Forms are due Friday, January 8th at 4:00 p.m.

For those that missed the Junior Achievement Form Workshop held on December 10th, you can now view the recording by clicking here: https://youtu.be/MIkM5wzjpJg

Older Youth Opportunities – VIRTUAL Workshop: Thursday, December 10th at 7 p.m.

Building a 4-H career resume happens naturally through club, community, county, state, national, and sometimes, international 4-H experiences. Join me next Thursday, December 10th (via Zoom) to learn how to track the accomplishments of our 4-H members. Doing so each year allows youth to be recognized for their learning and leadership experiences. Additionally, when they reach the 4-H age of 14, they become eligible for state and national trips, statewide camps, and county/state awards and scholarships.

All parents, advisors, and youth are welcome to attend to learn more!

Need help with your Achievement form? All teens, parents, and advisors are invited to attend the  Virtual Older Youth Opportunities Workshop – December 10, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  go.osu.edu/olderyouthwksp

You may also contact Leslie Cooksey via email at cooksey.25@osu.edu for an appointment before January 5, 2021.

Please note: For youth ages 8-13, a JUNIOR Achievement Form Workshop will be held December 10, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for youth, parents, and advisors. go.osu.edu/jrachwksp

All Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms, Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Forms, Junior Fair Board Applications, Fashion and Nutrition Board Applications, Junior Achievement Forms, and Camp Counselor Forms will be due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth