Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant (volunteer at the Ohio State Fair!)

4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available! This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short-term experience at the state level. Applications are available at go.osu.edu/4HEYAapp and are due by May 15, 2024. They also require 2 reference forms (one from a 4-H / Extension professional).

Here is a basic overview of the opportunity:

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2024.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 18)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired. TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair. Their term is September 1, 2024-August 31, 2025. Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Frances (foos.61@osu.edu) or Sara (Deakin.5@osu.edu)

Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Leadership Development Retreat

OHIO 4-H LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT RETREAT (hosted by the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council)

When: April 12-13, 2024 (Friday early evening through Saturday afternoon – Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch provided)

Where: 4-H Camp Palmer

Who: 4-H youth ages 13-18 interested in strengthening existing leadership skills

*Great opportunity for Camp Counselor training hours, JFB members, club officers, etc. – ~5 hours of counselor training available

Cost: $40 (covers overnight stay at camp plus 3 meals and a 4-H SWAG item)

*Sponsored by the Sauder 4-H Career Development Fund!

What: Teens will participate in interactive and engaging activities related to leadership skills, teambuilding strategies, conflict management, and other life, career, and college readiness skills.

 

Registration opens March 1 and is due April 1 at www.go.osu.edu/tlcleadershipretreat.

Save the Dates: 2024 Summer Judging will be July 15 & 16

NEW for 2024, we will be having summer project judging on TWO days. The judging schedule will be as follows and project judging will take place at the Ed Sands Building at the Fairgrounds.

Monday, July 15, 2024

  • Food and Nutrition Projects
  • Creative Arts Projects
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Miscellaneous Projects
  • ALL Self-Determined Projects
  • Clothing/Sewing Projects
    • Details are still being worked out for the Style Revue.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences

Teen & Advisor Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Conference – March 9, 2024 (registration due 2/9/2024)

The 2024 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! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. Sessions will start at 9:00 am on March 9, 2024 at the Columbus Convention Center. Sessions will be finished by 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms and the $40 payment (checks made to 4-H Advisory Committee, please) are due to our office by 4 pm on February 9th. There will be scholarships for youth that completed an Ohio Achievement Form and the first 8 adults that register for the conference.

The registration booklet containing session and workshop descriptions available can be found here: 2024 O4HC Reg Book

Click here to download a registration form: 2024 O4HC Reg Form – Fairfield

Sessions and workshops coded ‘Teens’ is geared towards teens.  Sessions and workshops coded as ‘Adults’ are for adult volunteers.  Sessions for both groups are coded as ‘Both.’  Please keep in mind when registering for the Conference that a person can’t attend a workshop and session during the same time period.

Questions?  Please call our office at 740-653-5419.

Junior Achievement Award Applications (ages 9-13) due 1/12/2024

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf)  (Paper copy is due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024).

For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2024 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio 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

Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Forms (ages 14-18) due 1/12/2024

For youth 14-18 as of January 1, 2024 interested in applying for state & county achievement/merit awards (Beef, Clothing, Leadership, etc.), county trips (Sea Camp, Leadership Camp, etc.), National Dairy Conference, Ohio Township Award, etc. Please use the current version of the form and please use Microsoft Word to edit. DO NOT open/edit in Google Docs!

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (2024 Form- Word document- Please download to complete)

2024 Achievement Form Instructions – PLEASE READ!

Ohio Achievement Form Suggestions – Achievement form section suggestions can by found by reviewing this form.

State Resource Page

Paper copies of your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12th, 2024. Member should turn in a paper copy of this for for each state opportunity, project area, and trip selected on the cover page.

Questions can be directed to Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

LAST CALL: Camp Counselor Applications are DUE 1/12/2024 (online)!

2024 Camp Counselor Application is now posted as an online application for youth interested in serving as a new or returning Camp Counselor (must be 14 & older to be a counselor by June 1st). Please review the Training Schedule 2024 before applying as there are important changes to be aware of this year!

As you complete the online application, you will be asked to upload the following completed forms:

1. Standards of Behavior form

2. Ohio 4-H Camp Cell Phone Policy and Tar Hollow Electronics Policy/Camp Counselor Code of Conduct form

3. Counselor Permission to Participate

4. Ohio 4-H Health Statement with picture (Online application this year)

Please also have at least 2 references including name and email ready when you are working on your online application. The extension office will contact your references for you.

Remember that 2024 camp dates are as follows:

Day Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 4-6 at Alley Park
Cloverbud (Grades K-2) – June 8 at Alley Park
Junior (Grades 3-5) – June 30-July 3 at Tar Hollow, Staff Move In June 29
Senior (Grades 6-9) – July 7-10 at Tar Hollow, Staff Move In July 6

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu)!

Apply Now to be a Camp Counselor in 2024!

2024 Camp Counselor Application is now posted as an online application for youth interested in serving as a new or returning Camp Counselor (must be 14 & older to be a counselor by June 1st). Please review the Training Schedule 2024 before applying as there are important changes to be aware of this year!

 

As you complete the online application, you will be asked to upload the following completed forms:

1. Standards of Behavior form

2. Ohio 4-H Camp Cell Phone Policy and Tar Hollow Electronics Policy/Camp Counselor Code of Conduct form

3. Counselor Permission to Participate

4. Ohio 4-H Health Statement with picture (Online application this year)

Please also have at least 2 references including name and email ready when you are working on your online application. The extension office will contact your references for you.

 

Remember that 2024 camp dates are as follows:

Day Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 4-6 at Alley Park
Cloverbud (Grades K-2) – June 8 at Alley Park
Junior (Grades 3-5) – June 30-July 3 at Tar Hollow, Staff Move In June 29
Senior (Grades 6-9) – July 7-10 at Tar Hollow, Staff Move In July 6

 

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu)!

Save the Date: December 14th for our Achievement Form Workshops

Be recognized for all you do in 4-H! It all begins with keeping great records of your 4-H accomplishments! Save the date of December 14th for upcoming workshops! Details are in the flyer posted below.

Younger 4-H youth (ages 9-13 as of 1/1/2024) are encouraged to start completing your Junior Achievement Form. Junior Achievement Awards will be awarded in April 2024!

Older 4-H youth (ages 14-18 as of 1/1/2024) are encouraged to explore the many teen opportunities available to them when they complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form including: County Merit Awards, College Scholarships, County Trip Awards, Outstanding 4-Her Award, State Achievement Awards – and perhaps earning a trip to National 4-H Congress! County Merit Awards, Scholarships, and Trip Awards will be awarded in April 2024!

Teen Opportunity: National 4-H Conference (Washington D.C.)

National 4-H Conference is specifically focused on civic engagement, civic education, and personal development. Delegates arrive ready to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world.

Date of Conference: April 18-24, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Ohio delegates arrive a day early on April 18. Conference begins April 19).

Ohio 4-H Delegate Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (applicants must be 15-18 as of 1/1/24 and currently enrolled as an Ohio 4-H member). See the attached document for the example application, and then be sure to apply via Qualtrics: https://go.osu.edu/N4HCapp

For more information, visit https://go.osu.edu/N4HC

2024 National 4-H Conference Delegate Application