Introducing BuckeyeNext

BuckeyeNext, powered by Suitable, aims to develop and design a stackable-credential framework for students. Through relevant experiential learning opportunities, youth will earn industry-accepted credentials, and gain knowledge in occupational competencies. BuckeyeNext will be students’ one stop shop to track their involvement in 4-H and showcase their development!


– Who can participate in BuckeyeNext? The app is open to all youth participating in 4-H in any County of Ohio. Additionally, all 4-H professionals have an administrative account available to them.

– Do I have to participate? No! This is opt-in for those who are interested in a digital record of their engagement.

– How do students participate? Students can download the Suitable mobile app or go to to complete activities!

Examples of available Credentials:

Fall 2023 TSC Rock, “PAPER”, Scissors CLOVER Campaign

Tractor Supply proudly began their partnership with 4-H in 2010 and has since helped raise over $14 million through the Paper Clover fundraisers. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 69,000 students by providing them with hands-on learning experiences through projects in STEM, agriculture, healthy living, and civic engagement.

100% of funds raised through our two Paper Clover fundraisers directly benefit 4-H and the kids and teens they work with – 90% of donations directly support 4-H youth in the state it was raised, and the remaining 10% supports national 4-H programming.


  • You can work with our local Wauseon store to have 4-H members and clubs in the store for a small bake sale or petting zoo. Contact the store to make arrangements.
  • Promote within your clubs and friends/family to make a $1 donation (or more), as those funds will directly come back to Fulton County to be used toward Camp or leadership opportunities and support.

4th H Club Challenge

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.

Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.


  1. Register and complete pre-survey.
  2. Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
  3. Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
  4. Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.


More information can be found at


Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?

What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:
• Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
• Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
• Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
• Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.

Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.
When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, 2023
Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640
Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)
Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023
Contact: Justin Bower,, with questions.

Ohio 4-H Health HEROES

Application for 2023-2024 Ohio 4-H Health HEROES are open. This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, learn lessons and activities to implement in their local 4-H community, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.


Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!


In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.


Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out  Application is due Sunday, October 15th, 2023 by 11:59 pm.


Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at or at 614-247-1979.

MasterChef Junior Casting Happening NOW

The MasterChef Junior casting team is currently in search of kids nationwide, ages 8-13 years, who have a passion for cooking and would like to compete for the coveted title of MasterChef Junior.  Casting is happening NOW, so anyone interested in applying should do so right away!  All interested candidates must have their parents submit an application through the MasterChef Junior website at

General Tips about the online form:

  • It is best to fill out the form on a laptop or desktop computer
  • It is free to apply
  • Auditions are online
  • Be prepared to upload a photo of your child where they can clearly see their smiling face. 🙂
  • Copy your application before hitting “submit” should there be any error in transmission.

‘Mike Rowe Works’ Work Ethic Certification

REGISTER AT GO.OSU.EDU/MRWREG. Registration is open through September 8.

Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future is partnering with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, and WSU Tech to support the national expansion of a work ethic certification for high school students based on the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s work ethic curriculum.


This program, known as the MRW Work Ethic Certification, is an extension of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and examines the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry-recognized certificate.


Ohio is one of the first 4-H programs to offer this opportunity to high school students in the nation! However, it didn’t start there. Since 2021, The Ohio State University ATI was among the first 20 colleges in the nation to offer the Work Ethic Certification, and the first in Ohio.



The MRW Work Ethic Certification focuses on the 12 statements of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Each statement has a story, and each story comes from Mike’s personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Through this program, we break down the origin of each statement in 12 lessons and explore why we believe every student and worker can benefit from embracing this pledge, regardless of their job or skill set.

Join Us at the 2023 Junior Fair Livestock Sales

We hope you will join us at the 2023 Fulton County Fair Junior Livestock Sale.

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The Fulton County Junior Fair Livestock Sale will be held  on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7.

We invite individuals, groups, and businesses to bid on these locally raised lambs, hogs, goats, poultry, rabbits and cattle. All proceeds go directly to the individual 4-H and FFA exhibitors. The livestock sale is a Buyer Contribution Sale, anyone can participate. We have found this format to be clearer for both the youth and the buyers. In the Buyer Contribution Sale the bidding starts at $0, and the bidding at any time only reflects the contributions of the bidders.  Bidders are not purchasing the animal. All bidding will happen in person, those wanting to support the youth but not able to attend can contribute to the youth via “Add-ons”.

Small Animal Sale: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 6:00 PM –  Sale Arena

Sale Order:

  • Chickens
  • Turkeys
  • Horse Items
  • Rabbits (Fryer/Roaster)

A cull buyer for rabbits will be available immediately following the sale of all rabbits at the Fulton County OSU Extension Office parking lot. The buyer will weigh rabbits and pay per pound on location.

Large Animal Sale: Thursday, September 7, 2023, 9:00 AM – Sale Arena

Sale Order:

  • Steers (Dairy/Beef/Born & Raised)
  • Feeder Calves (Dairy/Beef)
    • Second feeder calf sale to follow first feeder calf sale – Spangler Arena
  • Hogs
  • Gallon of Milk
  • Sheep (Market/Born & Raised), Goats (Boer/Dairy)