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.

REMINDER: Teen Interest Inventory Survey Due

REMINDER: Teen Interest Inventory Survey due October 1, 2020!

4-H members who will be 14 years old or older next year should have received an email about completing the Teen Interest Inventory. In case you missed it, here is the information:

We have many exciting opportunities available specifically for teens for the 2021 4-H year. Since most clubs don’t meet much, if at all, during the fall and winter, it can be easy to miss deadlines. To help you keep up on these opportunities, we ask that you please complete the Teen Interest Inventory. By completing the Teen Interest Inventory, it let’s us know which opportunities that you are interested in so that we can send you the information specific to those opportunities when it becomes available. For instance, if you mark that you are interested in becoming a camp counselor, we will send you a link to the application along with other information once it becomes available so that you don’t miss the chance to apply! This interest inventory is not a commitment to applying for the opportunities you select, it is just a way to let us know to send you more information J.

The teen opportunities are listed below. Once you have reviewed them and know which ones you are interested in, please follow this link to complete the survey: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78IpkZ8jHY2pC17Please complete the survey before it closes on Thursday, October 1, 2020.



Food & Fashion Board – Must be 14 years old as of 01/01/21. Serve as a member of the county Food & Fashion Board and actively participate in planning, organizing, and implementing nutrition/fashion related activities. These may include club visits, planning & implementing the Style Revue and assisting with additional food or fashion-related workshops. Deadline for application is September 18th. Applications will be posted at http://licking.osu.edu (4-H Youth Development / Member Resources).  Interviews will be held Thursday, October 1st.

Junior Fair Board – Must be at least 15 years old as of 01/01/21. Serve as member of Hartford Junior Fair Board while planning, organizing, and implementing the Junior Fair program. A minimum of seven trainings will be held in addition to other training opportunities. Deadline for application is November 15th. Interviews will be held on Saturday, December 5th, with all members required to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, December 14th (tentative).

4-H Summer Camp Counselor – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. These teens will serve in a leadership capacity during June 17-21, 2021 camp for youth ages 9-15. A minimum of 9 training sessions will be held with counselors also attending Camp Counselors Workshop. Camp counselor applications are due February 12, 2021. Interviews will be held February 22, 2021.

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp Counselor – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. These teens will assist in planning and facilitating day camp program on Saturday, June 18th for children who are five to eight years old. Cloverbud Day Camp counselor applications are due February 12, 2021. Interviews will be held February 22, 2021.

4-H CARTEENS Facilitator – Must be at least 15 years of age as of 01/01/21. Peer-led traffic safety program conducted the first Thursday of every month in conjunction with the county Juvenile Court. Teens prepare for and present driver education program and assist with various special projects related to driver safety.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Records – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. Apply for county and state achievement awards, scholarships, camps and conferences using the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record. The Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship is also part of this process. Forms are available in September and are due October 16, 2020.

Achievement Awards Training Recording

If you were unable to join Lisa for the Achievement Awards training session she held on September 15th, you can view a recording of the training here. Achievement Awards Forms are due to the Extension Office by Friday, October 16, 2020. The forms, as well as help sheets can be found on the Teen Opportunities page.


Fall 2020 Achievement Awards Forms and Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship Application Available

4-H members in Licking County who will be age fourteen (as of 01|01|2021), are eligible for numerous opportunities, awards, and other forms of recognition…but they have to apply for them! The Achievement Awards Forms are now available for members to complete. They can be completed either through a Fillable PDF or Word documents and must be turned in to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by October 16, 2020. If you have questions about how to complete the forms, or if you would like resources, please contact Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu.

Members who are at least a high school senior or higher during the 2020-21 school year may be eligible to apply for the Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship. The application can be found here as a Fillable PDF and Word documents and must be completed and turned in to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by October 16, 2020.

Achievement Awards Forms and Scholarship Applications will be reviewed and selected in late October. Those selected for the scholarships, awards, and trips will be announced during our Annual Fall Recognition Event (date and format to be announced).

Please Help Support 4-H Camp Ohio!

The 4-H Camp Ohio Buckeye Funder campaign will end on Thursday, June 18th. At the time of posting this update, 58% of our goal of $20,000 has been raised to support 4-H Camp Ohio through these unprecedented events. If you have not had the chance to do so, please visit go.osu.edu/CampOhio to help ensure camp will be able to welcome campers back in years to come. While the campaign ends on June 18th, donations to camp are welcome at anytime by sending funds directly to 4-H Camp Ohio.

Also, if you haven’t watched the video of camp counselors speaking about what camp means to them, I would encourage you to do so. Several of our camp counselors spoke about what camp means to them and you will see several photos from Licking County 4-H camps in the video.

Camp Canopy’s Virtual Week of Learning – June 7-12, 2020

Were we upset about cancelling Camp Canopy 2020. Heartbroken. Were we going to leave you hanging that week with nothing to do but wish you were at camp? No way. We’ve put together a week of virtual learning to take your mind off of challenging times and bring it back to the good ol’ outdoors…and the forests and wildlife in it!

Starting Sunday, June 7, at 2 pm and ending at 2 pm on Friday, June 12, we will be posting videos created by Camp Canopy’s directors, instructors, and a few special guests to our Facebook page (@CampCanopy). Videos will be posted at 10 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm. We will be teaching about tree ID, mammal pelts and skulls, silviculture, bats, turning trees into logs, birds, frogs, invasive species, and MORE! Check out the full schedule here. We’ve even thrown in a few Camp Canopy traditions!

Be sure to join us LIVE on Facebook at 10 am each day, starting Monday, for a preview of the day’s content. We can’t wait to see you all in a few weeks!

Camp may be cancelled…but you can still get your camp SWAG!

The Discovery Goes On! Even if we can’t be together for forestry and wildlife brain-time at camp this year, you can still LOOK like you’re at camp. Get your 2020 ‘Discovery Goes On’ camp shirt here. We also have hooded sweatshirts! Orders will be accepted until June 15, 2020. Shirts and hoodies will ship by the end of June.

Support 4-H Camp Ohio!

Do you love 4-H Camp Ohio? Are you missing camp? This is a great way to help: 4-H Camp Ohio Buckeye Funder
The 4-H Camp Ohio Buckeye Funder was created as an emergency response to unprecedented COVID-19 needs. How are you giving back in honor of your own camp experience? Share and inspire others to give together, even when we’re apart.
  • Now more than ever, 4-H Camp Ohio needs your support. As a result of these challenging times, the income loss from camp closures may be more than we can withstand. Your gift today helps us to make it through this storm to welcome campers back next summer.
  • For nearly a century, 4-H Camp Ohio has helped to grow leaders and make the best better. Show your camp love by supporting our camp to ensure we are still here next year to welcome our 4-H youth and continue the tradition of excellence.

Ohio 4-H Presents Statewide “Camp…ish” Opportunity!

Calling all stay-at-home campers! Ohio 4-H staff miss summer camp as much as you do, and we want to do what we can to bring elements of camp to your home! On June 9-11, you are invited to join us for Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! It is open to any youth ages 8-18 across the state of Ohio. Friends who are not in 4-H are welcome to register, too! There is no cost for attending, although some activities will require the use of basic art supplies, household items, or things found outdoors. Please visit go.osu.edu/campish to register by June 7! Activities will be hosted at the following times each day: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, 4-5 PM. Campers are not required to attend all sessions, so sign up and come for the times you can enjoy Camp…ish activities brought to you by Ohio 4-H Camp…ish Directors!