2018 NAE4-HA Conference

Ohio 4-H is hosting the 2018 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in Columbus from October 7th through the 12th. We will be welcoming visitors from all 50 states as well as a few international visitors. Lisa and Adrienne will be out of the office starting this Thursday and Friday and will be out all of next week as they help set-up and run the conference. We are all very excited to show off everything that Ohio 4-H has to offer to our colleagues and hope they leave with lots of ideas and inspiration to take back to the 4-H programs in their states. Should you have a question or need that cannot wait until we are back in the office after conference, please email Lisa (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu) or Adrienne (anderson.1410@osu.edu) as we will do our best to check and respond to emails in a timely fashion.

2019 4-H Family Guide

The 2019 4-H Family Guide is now available online for your perusal. The 4-H Family Guide contains information on all of the projects available to our members for 2019. We will have paper copies available in our office at the beginning of the year.

Members can also browse projects at Project Central. Search for projects by title, skill level, or keyword. View sample pages and read reviews and even write reviews of projects your members have taken.

Hartford Junior Fair Board Application

The application for the 2019 Hartford Junior Fair Board is now available. The application can be found here or you may stop in our office during business hours to pick up a copy. Applications are due to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 15, 2018. New applicants must complete an interview. Interviews will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Extension Office. Please call our office at 740.670.5315 to schedule an interview after you have turned in your application.

4-H Camp Ohio 5K Run/Walk

A fun time is to be had by all on November 10, 2018 in the beautiful hills of Camp Ohio 4-H camp in St. Louisville, OH. Wind your way past the wetlands and campfire then along snake trail for a sprint to the top of Vesper’s Hill. Meander past the shooting range and pond where you’ll head back to main camp for the finish.

All proceeds this year to go toward camp updates/improvements. After the race we will hold an awards ceremony in the dining hall with an optional lunch immediately following.

Location: 4-H Camp Ohio, 11461 Camp Ohio Road, St. Louisville, OH 43071

Registration: Pre-register online or fill out this form and mail it to Camp Ohio Adventure, P.O. Box 282, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338. Race day registration will be available in the Camp Ohio rec hall at 9:00 am.

Race Time: Check-in will start at 9:00 am. The race will start at 10:00 am.
Awards: Medals will be awarded to the first 3 overall finishers and the top 3 men and women in 6 age categories.
T-Shirts: Quick dry t-shirts will be guaranteed to all participants registered by October 20, 2018.
Those registered after October 20, 2018 will NOT be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Not interested in running, but still want to support Camp Ohio? Sponsorship opportunities are available.

2018 Carving New Ideas

Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas (CNI) is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. This year’s theme is CSI at CNI. All the fun will center around mystery and investigation while enhancing leadership skills. For information and how to register, go to: http://go.osu.edu/CNI18

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 (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu) or Adrienne (anderson.1410@osu.edu). 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
ohio4h.org > 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 (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu / 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.