Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor Applications Live!

Hello 4-H Camp Counselors!

I would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to be part of a statewide camp counselor team this summer! Ohio Military Kids (OMK) has launched applications for 2023 Camp Kelleys Island! If this is an opportunity you’d like to pursue, please read on and complete the online application links below!

CAMP DATES for 2023:

  • Teen Camp (campers ages 12-15) – July 30-August 3 with mandatory staff training on July 28-30
  • Youth Camp (campers ages 9-11) – August 6-10 with mandatory staff training on August 4-6
  • Optional In-Person Counselor Training: Thursday, June 22, 2023 in Columbus, OH

Keep in mind opportunities for involvement with your local county fairs and the Ohio State Fair this summer. It is possible to be involved as an OMK Camp Counselor and participate in your 4-H activities, but be mindful of your potential involvement in project judging days.

Camp activities include: swimming, archery, crafts, games, snorkeling, kayaking, tie dying, visits from military special guests, large group activities, campfire songs, skits, dances, and so much more! Housing for all staff and campers is traditional cabins with bunks.

If you are interested in applying to be a counselor, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an application as a New or Returning Counselor (to Ohio Military Kids): go.osu.edu/OMKVolunteer
    • This is open to any 4-H members who are returning as a counselor for OMK or are NEW to being a counselor for OMK. Age eligibility is 15 years and older.
  2. Have 2 references completed

APPLICATION AND REFERENCES ARE DUE BY: 11:59 pm, February 5, 2023

Please let me know if you have any questions! I appreciate the continued enthusiasm and partnership of our 4-H teen leaders with military youth!

Yours in 4-H, Justin Bower

Ohio FFA Foundation Scholarships – Due 2/1/2023

One application for three scholarship opportunities!

Visit https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/scholarships to find the application link.

The application includes 3 essay questions and students must upload their current resume. Please have your essay responses and resume prepared in other documents to copy into the application, as you cannot save your work and return later. The resume file must be saved as a .pdf file.

Essay Questions (500 word limit for each question):

  1. Describe how your involvement in FFA has shaped who you are.
  2. What are your academic goals? Why did you decide to go to college?
  3. How has your involvement in the FFA prepared you to succeed in college?

***Question ONLY for those applying for the Ohio State Fair Endowment scholarship***

List in detail how you have participated at the Ohio State Fair including areas of participation and year. Be sure to include and highlight your FFA participation at the Ohio State Fair. (Please include your plans for this upcoming year).

You can find the questions and eligibility requirements by visiting the scholarship webpage found at https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/scholarships/.

Remember only one application is needed per student.

Questions can be directed to the Ohio FFA Foundation staff at kmann@ohioffa.org.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter – January 24, 2023

Ohio 4-H Conference – Teen & Advisor Opportunity

The 2023 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 11, 2023 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 10th. 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: 2023 O4HC Reg Book (Final)

Click here to download a registration form: 4-H Conference Registration – 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.

Join Tractor Maintenance 4-H Club – Deadline to enroll 1/27/23

Do you know someone who works with dirt bikes, lawn mowers, tractors, or other small engine powered equipment? Is this something you want to learn more about? Mastered the small engine and want to learn more about Farm Tractors?

The Tractor Maintenance & Small Engines 4-H Club is looking for new members! 4-H is a non-formal, educational youth development program for individuals age 8 and in 3rd grade or 9 years old through age 18, as of January 1, 2023.

This 4-H club teaches individuals how to work on small engines and tractors while visiting different businesses and agriculture shops throughout the county. No experience is necessary – This is a great opportunity to learn something new!

The next club meeting is Monday, January 23, 2023 at Specialty Tractor (1004 N Memorial Dr, Lancaster, OH 43130) at 7:00pm. Enrollment is due Friday, January 27th in 4-HOnline! There is still plenty of time to join

Teen & Adult Opportunity: Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Buckeye Leadership Workshop will be held March 22-26, 2023.  Registration is open and we are at roughly 45% of capacity.  If you are considering attending BLW 2023, please register soon!

Scholarship funds are available for those that require assistance to attend BLW.  The deadline for scholarship applications is February 1, 2023.  Time is rapidly running out to receive scholarship funding – register ASAP to increase your chances of receiving a scholarship for BLW 2023.

For more information, visit: www.buckeyeleadership.com

Tractor Maintenance 1st Meeting – January 9th

 TRACTOR MAINTENANCE & SMALL ENGINES 4-H CLUB

 Do you know someone who works with dirt bikes, lawn mowers, tractors, or other small engine powered equipment? Is this something you want to learn more about? Mastered the small engine and want to learn more about Farm Tractors?

The Tractor Maintenance & Small Engines 4-H Club is looking for new members! 4-H is a non-formal, educational youth development program for individuals age 8 and in 3rd grade or 9 years old through age 18, as of January 1, 2023.

This 4-H club teaches individuals how to work on small engines and tractors while visiting different businesses and agriculture shops throughout the county. No experience is necessary – This is a great opportunity to learn something new!

The club is also using a new curriculum that focuses on tractor safety and how to properly perform tractor maintenance. The Tractor Maintenance courses are available to members who have taken the small engine project books or have had previous experience working on machinery.

The club meets every Monday in January through Mid-March. The first meeting will be Monday, January 9, 2023 at 7:00p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Ave, Lancaster. All interested members are welcome to attend this first meeting to learn more and get registered! For more information, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application – due 1/13/2023

2023 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application –  for High School Seniors and those in College. 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 for the interactive pdf to work.

Priority will be given to those who are current seniors and/or have not received this scholarship previously. Scholarship recipients must complete at least ONE 4-H project in 2023 to receive this award. Fairfield County 4-H Scholarships are due in paper copy to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023.

Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on our Fairfield County Extension website under Older Youth Opportunities or visit previous Fairfield County 4-H blog posts.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Forms (ages 14-18) due 1/13/2023

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (2023 Form- Word document- Please download to complete

2023 Achievement Form Instructions – PLEASE READ! For youth 14-18 as of January 1, 2023 interested in applying for state & county achievement/merit awards (Beef, Clothing, Leadership, etc.), county trips (Sea Camp, Leadership Camp, etc.), State Junior Fair Board, 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 in Google Docs!

Paper copies of your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, 2023.

Teen Opportunity: Apply now for the 2023 Fashion & Nutrition Board

2023 Fashion and Nutrition Board Application (online application)  For youth 13+ with at least 3 years of experience in clothing and/or food & nutrition related projects.  Current or previous Fashion/Nutrition Board members do not need to re-apply. Please send Shannon Carter an email that you would like to be on the 2022 board. Online applications are due Friday, January 13th, 2023.

Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarships – due 2/28/2023

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has more than $60,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture. Through 12 scholarship funds, approximately 50 awards will be made to deserving students.

The deadline to apply online at https://ofbf.org/foundation/scholarships/ is Feb. 28.

All applications require letters of recommendation, an essay, school transcripts and photos. Interactive OFBF website allows for filtering options to help determine eligibility on various scholarships.