Changes to Our Office Staff

If you have called into our office or stopped in to pick something up or turn in a form, you most likely had the pleasure of speaking with our friend and colleague, Melissa Swearingen. Melissa has worked in the Licking County OSU Extension Office for 14 years and has been the main 4-H support staff member since 2010. She has been the one to keep our website up-to-date, ensures we have the 4-H books we need and most recently, spearheaded Licking County 4-H’s move to family online enrollment.  It is with bittersweet feelings that we share that Melissa has taken a position at the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities. While we are sad to see her go, we are happy that she has this new opportunity to share her expertise and we wish her only the best on her new adventure.  Melissa’s final day with OSU Extension will be Thursday, September 20th.

As you have 4-H related questions and needs, please be sure to email Lisa ( or Adrienne ( We ask that you are patient with us as our office adjusts to this change.

Junior Shooting Sports Camp

The Licking County 4-H Committee will be choosing two 4-H members, who will be between the ages of nine and twelve as of January 1st, 2019, to participate in State 4-H Junior Shooting Sports Camp. State 4-H Junior Shooting Sports Camp is a residential camp, and will be held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio during June 28-30, 2019

Licking County 4-H members interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Active 4-H member during 2018 4-H project years
  • Be between the ages of nine and twelve as of January 1, 2019
  • Submit completed Achievement Award Form by the deadline (October 19, 2018)
  • Be available to participate in June 28-30, 2019 camp, and provide travel to camp event in Jackson, Ohio

Additional details about the 2018 (as an example) camping program can be found online at > Statewide Programs > Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports >
Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Cost: The total cost of the trip is $225. The Licking County 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, in cooperation with the Licking County 4-H Committee, will cover 50% of registration costs for two delegates. The delegate will be responsible for $112.50.

Licking County 4-H delegates will be chosen based upon their involvement in the Licking County 4-H program (as noted in their application). All applications must be received in the Licking County Extension Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018 in order to be considered for selection. The application can be found here: Junior Shooting Sports Camp Application

Questions can be directed to Lisa McCutcheon ( / 740.670.5315)

4-H Achievement Award Forms and Scholarships

The 4-H Achievement Awards Forms are now available for youth to complete. The 4-H Achievement Awards Forms are a compilation of a youth’s involvement in 4-H. The information on these forms is used to select county representatives to compete in project areas at the state level, select youth to attend state/national camps and trips as well as scholarships and other opportunities. All forms must be completed and turned into the Extension Office by 4:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.

A workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00 pm at the Licking County OSU Extension Office. Please call our office at 740.670.5315 to RSVP for the workshop. For more information on the workshop, please click here.

The Achievement Awards Forms and information on how to fill out the forms can be found through the following links:

2019 Achievement Award Letter / Award Packet / Forms A & B (forms A & B to be inserted as pages 2 & 3 of Award Packet when turned in) – Word Document Format

2019 Achievement Award Form Packet – PDF Document Format

2019 4-H Committee Scholarship Application Packet – Word Document Format

2019 4-H Committee Scholarship Application Packet – PDF Document Format

4-H Teen Interest Inventory

4-H teens (ages 14+ as of 1/1/19) in Licking County should have received an interest inventory of 4-H teen opportunities by email. If you did not receive an email, the Interest Inventory can be found here: Interest Inventory

Please have your teen fill out the inventory and return it to our office by Friday, September 21, 2018 so that we can ensure your teen gets the information they need.

Licking County 4-H Tractor Clubs

The Licking County 4-H Tractor Clubs will soon start meeting again. If your youth is interested in learning more about large equipment, engines, petroleum power and ATVs in a hands-on setting or if your youth would like to complete the Tractor Operators Certification Program (ages 14+), please check out this opportunity. More information can be found at:

Teen Safe Driving Billboard Contest

The Licking County Health Department and Licking County Safe Communities Coalition, through support from State Farm®, is challenging Licking County high school students to create a public service announcement (PSA) billboard to educate their peers about teen driver safety. The winning design will be displayed on a local billboard and the creator will be awarded $500.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness leading up to National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15 through 21.

The contest requires students to create their own billboard design with a PSA for teen driver safety and includes the following areas of teen driver safety: seat belts, distracted driving, speed, and peer pressure. The billboard design can be created using whatever media they are most comfortable with, including graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, etc. When using facts and statistics, students should use credible sources (i.e.,, or through their own research.

A panel of judges will select the winning entry based on the following criteria: relevance, originality, creativity, aesthetic quality, and how well the message of teen driver safety is communicated through the design. A winner will be selected and announced through a press release to the community and their artwork will be displayed on billboards in Licking County for one month in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15 through 21.

The winning design will receive a prize of $500. The student will be presented with the prize from the Licking County Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm at their high school. The referring teacher or school will receive $500 for promoting the contest. Homeschooled students are invited to participate.

For questions or more information, please contact Ashley See, Health Education Manager at (740) 349-6514 or

See last year’s winning design here.


  • Any high school student may enter (grades 9 through 12).
  • All participants MUST complete an entry form to participate in the contest. Applicants must have permission from a parent or guardian if they are under 18 years of age. Find entry from here.
  • Winning entry must be presented in the required design specifications.
  • Winning entry will be awarded a $500 prize and presented to the student at their high school. The referring teacher or school will receive $500 for promoting the contest.
  • The school may have the opportunity to have a teen driver safety event or assembly to present the prize provided by the Licking County Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm if the school wishes to do so.

Deadline to submit designs is September 27.

4-H Project Achievement Award Forms

Achievement Award Forms can be filled out by older youth. These form encapsulate information on the youth’s 4-H career and are used to select members for county/state awards, trips and scholarships.

Licking County will be hosting an Achievement Award training on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00pm at the Licking County Extension Office. This training will help new members learn about achievement forms and how to fill them out and can also help veteran members better their forms from previous years. Please call our office at 740.670.5315 to RSVP for this event.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) will also be hosting two Achievement Award Forms workshops at the state level. The first workshop is designed for those new to achievement records and the second is for those who have completed achievement records in the past but would like help to spruce up their forms. More In-Depth Session-Ideal for 2+ year completion of the form (or those who have worked quite a bit on their form for the first year). It will offer work stations and coaches available to help attendees with already started or completed achievement forms.

Beginner’s Workshop: Saturday, September 15th, 5:00-7:00pm at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Please RSVP by September 10th to Hannah Epley, or 614-247-8144.

Advanced Workshop: Saturday, November 10th, 1:00-2:30pm at the Ag Admin Auditorium on the OSU Columbus Campus. Please RSVP by November 5th to Hannah Epley, or 614-247-8144. Please realize that this advanced workshop occurs after Licking County’s deadline for Achievement Award Forms. We would still encourage members to attend in order to learn how to better their forms for if they are selected to send their forms to the state level or for upcoming years.

A flier for both state workshops can be found here:

National 4-H Council Needs You!


Calling all do’ers! National 4-H Council is looking for 4-H youth of all ages who have ideas (original or adapted from other sources) for fun, educational and/or service-oriented hands-on activities to be featured in Council’s brand campaign later this fall. Do you have a step-by-step guide for growing a bean in a bottle to teach kids about agriculture? Or instructions for organizing a trash pickup day in your community? Or a favorite healthy recipe you make for friends and family? We’d love to hear those ideas, and have the opportunity to feature the great ideas, kids and 4-H clubs bringing them to life. Submit your ideas today!


30 Days of Doing Contest

30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids to do with purpose through hands-on learning. You can win a $10,000 scholarship and $10K for Ohio 4-H when you submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Visit to before September 30th.

Ohio 4-H Health Heroes

The Ohio 4-H Health Heroes Program is looking for 4-H youth who have a passion for health and who wish to share their knowledge and experiences with other members. The Ohio 4-H Healthy Living program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. 4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change. Additionally, 4-H Health Heroes help Ohio 4-H accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.

  • The Health Heroes Program is open to all youth in grades 7-12. Youth in grades 9-12 have the option to take on additional responsibilities and serve at the state level.
  • Applications are due September 15th.
  • Youth must attend one of the regional trainings held throughout the state

For more information and to find the application, please visit: