News from BuckeyeNext!

Introducing BuckeyeNext, powered by Suitable – Revolutionizing Youth Development in Ohio’s 4-H Program! 

BuckeyeNext is on a mission to empower students by creating a groundbreaking stackable-credential framework. Through immersive experiential learning opportunities, students can earn industry-accepted credentials and cultivate expertise in occupational competencies. BuckeyeNext is not just an app; it’s the ultimate hub for 4-H youth to track their involvement and proudly showcase their development journey!

  Open to middle- and high school-aged 4-H youth across Ohio!  

  1. Register your email:   
  2. Download the suitable app:  
  3. Log-in using email 
  4. View your dashboard, upcoming, and completed activities & achievements 

Join BuckeyeNext today and embark on a journey of skill development and recognition in Ohio’s 4-H community! 

April 20, DairyPalooza (Canfield)—8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Canfield Fairgrounds will host the 2024 DairyPalooza. The event will feature QA training in the morning and a host of workshops in the afternoon. Registration is $10 and must be submitted by April 5. Late registrations will be accepted until the day of the event, but the registration fee will increase to $15. For additional details and information on how to register, check out the 2024 DairyPalooza Registration form.


DairyPalooza Registration Form (pdf)

Register for Forestry Wildlife Camp!


The 2024 Forestry Wildlife Camp will be held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp from April 19 to 21, and spots will fill up before you know it! This opportunity is open to youth in grades 7-11 and 4-H members in the 12th grade are encouraged to apply as camp counselors. Campers will enjoy wildlife education, fishing, hiking, and tree climbing, and learn about forestry, outdoor survival, and ODNR careers and college opportunities! Registration is due March 28. 

Forestry Wildlife Camp Flyer

4-H Camp Palmer-All Camp Clean Up


Please join us on Saturday, April 6th from 8:30am – 11:30pm as we prepare 4-H Camp Palmer for another season of camping.  Does your club or organization need a service project? Come as an individual or bring a group.  Youth ages 8-15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.  Please bring gloves and rakes. Please contact Bill  Goodson at 419-237-2247 or you can e-mail

General projects include: 

  • Leaf raking
  • Pool work
  • Wood chip trails
  • Flowerbed cleanup



Spark EXPO registration is fast approaching!


From June 12-15, teens at the Spark EXPO will learn about agriculture and related STEAM fields from industry experts, and faculty and staff of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  

Spark EXPO is open to all Ohio students who have completed the eighth grade or ninth grade at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. Participants do not need to be enrolled in the 4-H program.  

As part of Spark EXPO, students visit Ohio State’s Columbus and Wooster campuses and learn from Ohio State students, teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students explore careers, hear from Ohio 4-H alumni who share their career stories, and learn about the college and career-readiness program: Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future.  

The deadline to register is April 17, and details are at 

The event includes on-campus accommodations, meals, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided by adult program staff. 

April 8, Total Solar Eclipse

It’s not too early to get excited about the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! Even if you are not in the path of the total solar eclipse, you will see the moon’s shadow cover at least 90% of the sun!

Our 4-H professionals have worked together with Dr. Wayne Schlingman, Director of Arne Slettebak Planetarium at The Ohio State University main campus, to create teaching tools to help everyone in Ohio understand and enjoy the event. Check out our resources at There are several activities to do both before and during the solar eclipse!

Art to preview the total solar eclipse in the USA, April 8, 2024. This is an illustration that simulates a view of a total eclipse.

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camp Counselors WANTED

Are you looking for a fun summer activity? Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Junior and Senior Camp will be here before you know it and we need Camp Counselor’s! Please consider applying to be a camp counselor for the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camps. These camps provide counselors with a great learning experience and we have tons of fun! Junior Camp Counselors are open for teens with a 4-H age of 14-18. Senior Camp Counselors are open for teens and young adults with a 4-H age of 15-20. Counselor’s will enjoy camp for FREE thanks to a grant from the Division of Wildlife. This teen leadership opportunity will allow the camp counselor’s to provide cabin management, supervise campers, serve in a leadership role throughout camp, lead songs, games and activities, participate in camp activities and so much more! Registration is open now and due May 1. Here is the link to apply:


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. 


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 is now open and is due April 1 at