Lawrence County 4-H News, February 2023

Welcome to our monthly Newsletter! We have lots of important information to share:

Lawrence 4-H Enrollment Deadline: We are a little over a month away from the Lawrence County 4-H enrollment deadline for Junior Fair participation! Enrollments are coming in quickly & we are so thankful members are not waiting until the last minute! Join them in getting your enrollment in before the March 15th deadline by visiting – remember all 4-H members and volunteers must enroll every year. Need help finding a project, visit We also have copies available at our office! 4-H Volunteers – your enrollment will not be accepted until you have completed your yearly 4-H training!

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Counselor Applications: Last call! Youth interested in counseling at our 4-H Camp this summer, June 5th – 8th, must complete their application by tomorrow, February 1st. Applications can be found at

Lawrence County 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications: We are excited to announce the Lawrence County 4-H Senior Scholarship Application is now available! Please note, the deadline for applications has changed to March 20th! With this deadline change, comes opportunity: by completing this one application – Lawrence County 4-H Seniors will be eligible for 1 of our Lawrence County 4-H Committee Scholarships, as well as be considered for the Ohio Valley Bank Scholarship! For more information and the application, please click: Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship

2023 Lawrence County Livestock Show Schedule: The 2023 Lawrence County Junior Fair Livestock Schedule has been released! Please look it over carefully, as there have been a few changes! For example, the Market Chicken show has been moved to Tuesday morning and the Market Lamb Show has been moved to Monday evening. Please visit to view the Livestock Schedule: 2023 Lawrence County Fair Schedule of Events (

2023 Quality Assurance: All youth exhibiting a Livestock project must complete Quality Assurance.

  • A few county-wide Zoom trainings are still available: 
  • Lawrence County 4-H Club Based Quality Assurance Training – 4-H Club advisors interested in providing quality assurance within their club must become a Quality Assurance Assistant Instructor. Lawrence County QA Assistant Instructor Training date is February 28th at the Volunteer Training.
    • **Youth – if you are planning on this option – please be sure to check with your club advisor to make sure it will be offered in your club! Clubs are not required to provide this option.
  • YQCA Online Training – on your own pace, in your own space by registering through Cost is $12.00 and youth must register for their Quality Assurance Age Option. Exhibitors must be enrolled in the system prior to yearly completion & complete between November 1, 2022 and May 1, 2023; certificates of completion must be sent to For more information on registration, visit YQCA Online Training
  • Quality Assurance Test-Out Option (12 years and older): Lawrence County 4-H Members who would like to take the Quality Assurance Test to test-out of QA training must set up an appointment by calling 740-533-4322 or emailing; test out scheduling begins in January of 4-H year. If you have taken the 12-14 year old test and are now 4-H age – 15, you must re-test or complete the yearly training! Please contact our office to check on your test-out status if you are unsure!

Ohio 4-H Conference: The Ohio 4-H Conference takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on March 11th.

The Ohio 4-H Conference is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States! Nearly 1,200 teen and adult volunteers participate each year. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences, and much more.

In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers. The teens (age 13 and older) have a luncheon where they recognize their peers and often features a keynote speaker.

Click here for additional Conference information and registration materials.

Ohio 4-H Animal Science Learning Opportunity: All About Sheep & Goats – Zoom Webinars beginning this Thursday, February 2nd, 6:00pm. This weeks session will be on Small Ruminant Nutrition, click this connection link to attend: Launch Meeting – Zoom, password: 945126 – Each week, a few days prior to the webinar – connection information will be shared on the Ohio State – 4-H Animal Sciences facebook!

4-H Club and Volunteer Update: Organizational club leaders, don’t forget – today, January 31st is the deadline to submit your financial documents for 2022! Forms can be found: Lawrence County 4-H Club Advisor Resources | Lawrence (

Also continue to hold the date, February 28th, 6:00pm at Collins Career Center for our annual in-person Volunteer Training! Volunteers will receive more information via email closer to date! We will release a recorded training option March 1st to be completed by March 15th!

Check out our website at or our facebook @lawrence4h or more information! Live now on facebook is a vote for our 2023 Theme – please feel free to comment on this blog for your choice:

  • 4-H & Me in 2023
  • Find Your Path in 4-H
  • 4-H: Check Us Out!

Questions? Please feel free to contact our office at 740-533-4322 or email Rachael at

Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunity: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Hello –

We have a unique opportunity to offer a FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to our 4-H volunteers. Training will be offered by OSU Mental Health First Aid Instructors at the OSU Lawrence County Extension Office on Monday, February 20th, starting at 8:30am. This training does require you to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to the in-person training. The in-person training on the 20th, will be approximately 4 ½ hours long with lunch provided.

This training will count toward your yearly required volunteer training. But, we must have 10% of our volunteers registered (12-15 participants) to provide this opportunity.  So, we are asking you complete this interest survey by Tuesday, January 10th to determine if we will move forward with this educational event.

Interest survey:


Lawrence County 4-H News, January 2023

Happy 2023!

When January rolls around, I truly begin to feel the excitement for the 4-H Community Club and Fair Season. In December, 23 Market Steers were tagged for the 2023 Market Beef Show, which is up 10 from last year’s show! We’ve completed our first round of volunteer training with 7 returning volunteers and we already have 28 memberships pending in 4-H online for the new 4-H Year!

4-H Online Enrollment is open!

All 4-H Volunteers and Members must enroll each year by March 15th, to enroll visit:

Lawrence 4-H Volunteer Updates

Next Tuesday, January 10th, we will be hosting a Pop-Up Volunteer Training at 5:30pm in person at the Extension Office. This volunteer training is open to 20 volunteers. To reserve your spot, click: RSVP for Volunteer Training If you attended the ZOOM volunteer training on December 1st, you do not need to attend.

Other Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer Training opportunities include:

  • January 24th, 5:30pm, Virtual Zoom, to register for link visit: RSVP for Virtual Volunteer Training
  • February 28th, 6:00pm, at Collins Career Center
  • Make-Up, Online, Self-Paced Training will be available, March 1-15.

Don’t forget, all returning and new volunteers must complete annual 4-H volunteer training to be an approved volunteer! Training must be complete by March 15th. Special Note: 4-H & Livestock Committee members will receive yearly training at the January/February Committee Meetings.

Also, coming up, is the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference, March 11th, Columbus, OH. More information and registration form can be found here:

End of Year Club Paperwork Due January 31st! The yearly financial summary and club charter checklist was mailed in October to each organizational club leader, but copies can be found here: Lawrence County 4-H Club Advisor Resources If your club was selected for a club audit, your audit forms are also due January 31st. Forms can be emailed to or dropped off to our office.

Club/Volunteer/Member Recruitment Survey Request Around this time of year we get many requests from potential new members looking for information on clubs located near them. We are requesting a volunteer from each club, complete the following survey by January 10th. Please click to complete: 4-H Club Information Survey 

Lawrence 4-H Member Updates

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Counselor Applications are due February 1st. Counselors must be 14 as of January 1, 2023. The application can be found online at 4-H Camp | Lawrence (

Quality Assurance Training: All members planning to exhibit a livestock project at the county fair, must complete Quality Assurance. For a full list of training dates and opportunities, please visit: Lawrence County Fair | Lawrence (

We have recently added a date for a ZOOM Quality Assurance: January 19th, 4:30pm, Click Quality Assurance Registration to register for connection link. For more dates and options, visit the Lawrence County Fair link above.

FAFSA Is For You: Ohio 4-H is partnering with the Ohio Department of High Education to help answer frequently asked questions about the FAFSA! If you are interested in post-secondary education opportunities, join Ohio Department of Higher Education and Ohio 4-H on January 12th, 6-7pm, virtually by registering at

Looking for more information? 

Email Rachael at, give us a call at 740-533-4322 or check out website at

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