2021 Ohio 4-H Awards Recognition

Ohio 4-H will be recognizing special award winners and tenure volunteers during a virtual presentation on March 11, 2021 at 7:00pm. Licking County 4-H will have two volunteers recognized during the event. Terry Bland of the Commancheros 4-H Club will be recognized for 40 years of service and Cora Lee Powelson of the Licking County Jersey Club will be recognized for 45 years of service. All are welcomed to register for the link to view the event which will be streamed live on YouTube. To register for the event and to see a list of those being recognized, please visit go.osu.edu/Ohio4-HAwards.

REMINDER: 2021 Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications are Due Soon!

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.

2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is once again sponsoring the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.
The essay competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.
2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats
Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H state office is March 29, 2021. Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, jinks.2@osu.edu by midnight. Each submitted essay will be reviewed by a panel of writing professionals and the top essay selected will be submitted for national competition. Be sure to see important requirements and guidelines on the Foundation’s website. Click here for rules and overview.

Teamwork from Home Event for 4-H Teens

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council would like to invite you to join us during our statewide Teamwork from Home event on Friday, February 19! You can register here: go.osu.edu/4hteamwork.

The first session will begin at 4:00pm with a break from 5:30pm-6:30pm. At 6:30pm, we will begin our second session. When you register, you can choose to join us for one or both sessions!

During these sessions you will have an opportunity to learn about older youth 4-H opportunities, meet others from around the state and country, and participate in several interactive activities! This program is being offered by the Teen Leadership Council committee who would traditionally be planning a luncheon during Ohio 4-H Conference. Since we aren’t meeting for our conference in-person, we are bringing the fun to you!

Licking County Pest Management Committee Scholarship Available

The Licking County Pest Management Committee is providing a scholarship opportunity. The application is due to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by April 1, 2021. The scholarship application can be found here.

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following guidelines:

● Sophomore or above in trade school or college (including Graduate Level) and enrolled for the next term.
● GPA Level: 3.0 or above
● Passionate intent to have a career path related to agriculture
● Past or present involvement with 4-H and/or FFA (or equivalent)
● Resident of Licking County
● Recipients are eligible to re-apply in following years

2021 Licking County 4-H Enrollment Information

It is time to start 4-H enrollment for 2021! We are excited to share that 4-HOnline has received a major facelift. The function of the database is the same, but it has a new look and there are many improvements that I think you will appreciate.

Your login credentials are the same as last year. If you have forgotten your password, please use the I Forgot My Password option to reset your password. If you no longer have access to the email account you used last year, please email me so I can update your family profile.

Instructions on how to log in and enroll can be found on the How to Join 4-H page here: https://licking.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/how-join-4-h.  Scroll down to the instructions for RETURNING Families. There are step-by-step instructions that you can view and print, a tip sheet, and a video.

Once you have reviewed the instructions, visit oh.4honline.com to login and enroll. The new site is mobile friendly. It works best in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Please note that the system is new and we are finding some bugs and glitches as we use it. We ask for your patience as we work through some of these issues.

A few things to note:

  • If anyone in your family has been enrolled in 4-H anywhere in Ohio since 2014, you will have a family profile. If you have trouble accessing your family profile, please DO NOT create a new one. Contact me and I will help you get access to your existing profile.
  • If you have a family member who has “skipped” a year or two of 4-H, their profile may have been archived. You can reinstate a member within your family profile by selecting the “archived members” option. If you have trouble doing this contact me. Please DO NOT create a new profile. We want to utilize the existing profile for each member.
  • Most of your contact information should have transferred over to the new system. Please take the time to review each member’s profile as you enroll them to ensure ALL the information is there and correct.
  • Please be sure that all projects are included and correct BEFORE you submit an enrollment. You will NOT be able to make changes to club/project enrollment once you click the Submit button. If you are not able to complete the enrollment in one sitting or are trying to decide on projects, the system will save each page of progress. You can leave that enrollment and come back to it later. Once you have submitted your enrollment, any changes regarding club and project enrollment will need to be made through me.
  • Once you submit an enrollment, it will be listed as “awaiting review” until it is reviewed at the county level. It will either be approved or will be sent back to you if there is something that needs fixed.
  • If you select a horse, dog, or shooting sports project the system will ask you to electronically sign the consent for those projects. This will replace the paper consent forms that were required for those project areas in the past.
  • If you have a member who is 18 years old, the system will ask whether to enroll them as a youth or adult. Be sure to select YOUTH for their enrollment. Selecting adult will make the system think they are applying to be an advisor, not completing their final year in 4-H.
  • Cloverbud members should select either project #710GPM Cloverbud Activities or #715 My 4-H Cloverbud year for their enrollment. It doesn’t matter which one is selected.
  • Those joining the Licking County 4-H Band should select “COP-Arts 1900 Performing Arts – 4-H Band” for their project. It will be listed towards the end of the project list.

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

There’s still time for youth interested in government and public policy to apply to be part of the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge. High School students from 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau work in teams to research local issues, create a policy and learn more about state and local government. Find the details and apply by Feb. 1 at https://ohio4h.org/…/just…/ohio-youth-capital-challenge

2021 Ohio 4-H Family Guide

Now’s the time to think about 4-H projects for 2021! If you were enrolled in Licking County 4-H last year, a 2021 4-H Family Guide should be arriving to your mailbox over the weekend – compliments of the Ohio 4-H Foundation! If you’re just getting started and aren’t already a member, you can access the Family Guide online at https://ohio4h.org/familyguide.