Equine Education Competition Teams Forming

Have you ever considered getting involved in Horse Bowl, Hippology or Horse Judging, but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got just what you need! An informational session will be held on January 12th, that will help you in better understanding each event, and allow you to sign up to participate! For those who have competed previously, please know that we want you to attend as well! The 2021 contest schedule looks a little different than years past… The Hippology and Judging Contests will be held on April 10th, and the Horse Bowl contest on June 14th.  All 4-H members enrolling in a Horse project are eligible to participate.

Please join us for an informational meeting, so that we can establish team and plan practice dates and times…

Attendance during this organizational meeting is very important!

When:  Tuesday, January 12th  / 7-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Online – Zoom Meeting

Please send an email to Lisa Kuhn at lakuhn2010@gmail.com so you can  be sent the meeting link. Lisa is also more than happy to answer any questions you may have…


There is also a Virtual Clinic on Saturday, February 20th that you can attend to better understand how the contests will operate in a virtual setting. You can register online at:  https://ohio4h.org/events/virtual-state-4-h-horse-hippologyjudginghorse-bowl-clinic .  If you are planning on participating in the contests, we would strongly suggest signing up for this free clinic.

January is Ohio 4-H Mental Health Month

January is Mental Health Month and we encourage you to check out what Ohio 4-H is offering. The following activities are happening live (virtually) throughout the month. Registration is required to receive the link.

  • January 6th, 6:00pm: Volunteer Training: Mental Health 101
  • January 12th, 5:30pm: Mindful Wellness Activity
  • January 13th, 6:00pm: Volunteer Training: Typical Adolescence vs. Emerging Mental Health Problems
  • January 19th, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#1 in series)
  • January 20th, 6:00pm: Volunteer Training: Trauma Informed Approaches
  • January 26th, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#2 in series)
  • January 27th, 6:00pm: Volunteer Training: Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self Injury
  • February 2nd, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#3 in series)
  • February 9th, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#4 in series)
  • February 16th, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#5 in series)
  • February 23rd, 5:30pm: Youth Special Interest Club: Healthy Body Healthy Mind (#6 in series)

You can also access Mental Health tip sheets, a review of the Your Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health 4-H project book, and an activity card for you to complete during January.

All these dates, links, and resources can be found at go.osu.edu/MentalHealthMonth.


Extension Offices to Remain Closed until January 15

The Licking County Extension Office, as well as all Extension Offices across Ohio, will remain closed to the public through Friday, January 15th. It is planned that offices will re-open for appointments on Monday, January 18th. While offices may be closed, all staff will continue to work from home, and continue to be available to you! Should you need to reach out, please continue to use email, phone and mail…

Healthy Body, Health Mind Virtual SPIN Club

Join 4-Hers from across the state as we learn fun ways to keep our body and mind healthy. Yoga for Kids, games, activities and more all in the comfort of your home and in our virtual SPIN club setting.

When: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm January 19, 26 February 2,9,16 and 23
Location: Zoom Cost: Free to join, some supplies will be suggested for activities.
Details: Open to all 4-H Aged youth 8-18. Register at: http://go.osu.edu/healthymindsSPIN
Register by January 14 to join in!
Presented by: 4-H Professionals: Frances Foos, Lori Now, Amanda Raines, and Cassie Turner

You Gotta Believe Livestock Camp for Sheep and Goats

Chastin Leggett, from You Gotta Believe Livestock Camps, is holding a sheep and goat livestock camp on May 1-2, 2021 at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk, Ohio.

Campers will receive hands on learning and 1 on 1 showmanship coaching with industry leading counselors while working and practicing with your OWN animal.

Things also covered in camp are:

  • Livestock selection and evaluation
  • Livestock basic nutrition
  • How to fit and prepare your animal for show
  • Character strengthening
  • ….and much more!

Camp spots to have a tendency to fill fast, but registration is as simple as going to http://www.ygblivestockcamps.com/campschedule.html and filling out your registration form.

Some FAQs can also be found at his website: http://www.ygblivestockcamps.com/faqs.html.

If you have any general questions about the camp, please reach out to Lauren Ott at ottlauren8@gmail.com


New You, New Year SPIN Club

January starts a new year, let’s make a new you.  We are excited to offer New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better (targeted at youth in 5th-8th Grades).  We will tackle topics that will help you be informed to make the best choices for the best you.  You will receive a fun swag bag in the mail when you sign up that contains items that relate to the weekly topics.  Each week we will have guest speaker(s), activities, and time to talk with other youth when we meet for about an hour.

You are invited to join New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better series being held on Sundays February 7 – March 14. These sessions will be held virtually on ZOOM from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  The flyer below provides a brief description and information on how to register. More information will be given to youth once registered.

Weekly session topics:

  • February 7          New Year, New You, and the Awesome Things You Can Do!
  • February 14        Boys, Girls, Crushes and Feelings…Oh My! What’s Appropriate, Safety & Etiquette.
  • February 21        TikTok, Snapchat, Insta are They Just Fun?   Seriously is Human Trafficking a Thing?
  • February 28        Work’n for a Live’n…jobs, image, and beyond.
  • March 7               What’s up with Vaping, Marijuana, and Alcohol?
  • March 14             New Year, Healthy You! Be Your Best Physically, Mentally and Emotionally

Hurry to register! Spots and swag bags are limited.  Participants will receive up to $40 worth of fun, useful swag items.   To register go to go.osu.edu/spinnyny  Registration deadline is January 15!!

Parent/guardian note: Are you convinced this is a good activity, but your child isn’t sold?  May we suggest a conversation where you express these are important topics for your child to learn more about and you set a family goal with an incentive for him/her to participate.

Resources Available from Help.org

A group of medical professionals at Help.org have found that the vast majority of people who need treatment for substance abuse disorders do not seek it. Though there are many barriers that discourage people from getting the help they need, cost is a significant factor. Several resources were created to provide comprehensive information on topics such as available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available in Ohio.



2021 Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor Application

We’re excited to let you know that the 2021 Counselor Application, and accompanying Reference Form, are now ready for you – and due by Friday, February 12, 2021! Both documents will be completed online, and submitted electronically! No need to mail materials, or make a trip to the Extension Office!  This application can be used for both those interested in Summer Residential Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp opportunities…

As we prepare for our 2021 summer camp programming, please know that while we hope to be back at 4-H Camp Ohio for five fun-filled days of residential camp, we have no idea what the months ahead may hold. We are more than accepting of the fact that we may be offering residential camp, day camps, or even online programming opportunities. We hope that you will come along for the ride, and help to ensure that Licking County 4-H members are able to enjoy an exciting and memorable camp experience – regardless of the format that we must use.

2021 Camp Counselor Application: www.go.osu.edu/2021CampCounselorApp

  • Follow the link above to the application. You’ll complete your responses, read the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Contract, and then both you and parent will electronically sign your application. The application can be completed easily on a computer or mobile device.
  • NEW APPLICANTS: Once you have completed your application, please reach out to me to schedule your interview. Interviews will be held on Monday, February 21, 2021.

2021 Camp Counselor Reference Form:  www.go.osu.edu/2021CCReferenceForm

  • Please note, this link can be shared with your reference contacts. They will then follow the link to a survey, and complete their feedback about your skills and abilities, and submit online.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Please remember that we must receive at least two reference forms on your behalf…


Details… Details… Details…

 4-H EVENT/OPPORTUNITY: Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor

DATE / DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Extension Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021.


The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-15 during the Licking County 4-H Camp (June 17-21, 2021). As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Licking County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.  Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills


  • Must be at least 14 years old by January 1, 2021.
  • Must be a member in good standing within their respective 4-H Club(s).
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training. (6 of these hours must be on-sight for first time counselors).
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • All applicants must provide two references.
  • If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.


  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process.
  • All new applicants are asked to contact Lisa McCutcheon (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu / 740.618.6333) to schedule their interview.
  • Interviews will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
    • If conducted in person, interviews will be held at the Licking County Extension Office.
    • If conducted online, interviews will be held using a Zoom meeting platform.


  • 4-H Camp Counselors meet the following dates (tentatively): These dates are specific to those counselors working with Summer Residential Camp.
    • March 6 (Saturday) / March 16 (Tuesday) / April 13 (Tuesday) / April 28 (Wednesday) / May 5 (Wednesday) / May 26 (Wednesday) / June 8 (Tuesday) / June 15 (Tuesday), and attend Mini-Camp (May 7-8) and Summer Camp (June 17-21).
  • Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.
  • 4-H Camp Counselors will be trained on topics such as the camp counselor core competencies; risk management, including active shooter guidelines, emergency protocols, and child abuse recognition.


  • Complete the application in its entirety, which includes reading and signing the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
  • Submit reference forms from at least two non-family members.
  • Submit all materials to the Licking County Extension Office by Friday, February 12, 2021.