Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day

Come join Ohio 4-H for Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day on Saturday April 1, 2023. All 4-H members ages 13-18 are welcome to attend this event. There will be activities and speakers to help them take their next step toward success.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities such as:

  • Social media and networking
  • Dealing with comfort zones
  • Handling stress
  • Goal setting
  • Interview skills
  • and much more!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 9:30am to 4:00pm

WHERE: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

COST: $10.00

Register by March 15, 2022 at: go.osu.edu/taketheleap

If you have questions about this event, please reach out to Francis Foos (foos.61@osu.edu) or Sarah Longo (longo.79@osu.edu).

Youth Dairy Judging Clinic

Are you looking for a warm place to practice Dairy judging before the Spring Dairy Expo contest? Come to the 2023 Ohio 4-H Dairy Judging Clinic on Saturday, March 11, 2023. The event will take place from 10:00am through 1:00pm at the OSU Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210).

  • 9:45-10:00am: Sign in
  • 10:00- 10:30am: Parts of the cow and team reasons games with Buckeye Bessy
  • 10:30- 11:00am: Hands on live cow comparison and team reasons
  • 11:00 -12:00am: 2 Live Jersey cow classes with questions and discussion
  • 12:00 -1:00pm: Try your hand – reasons practice for those that would like to give a set of reasons

PLEASE Note:  There will be no Registration fee for this clinic but there will also be no lunch.  Please plan to eat before or after the clinic on your own this year.  There is a parking fee to park in the Animal Science parking lot, please be sure you find the parking meter at the northwest corner of the lot and enter through the back door on the northwest side of the building.

REMINDER: Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

 

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

The eighth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be March 24th at the Shisler Event Center in Wooster.  Over the years hundreds of women from across Ohio have attended.  This year’s program will feature 15 break-out sessions in 4 tracks presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies including: Business & Finance, Plants & Animals, Home & Family and Special Interest. Farm and Dairy editor-in-chief, Rebecca Miller will deliver this year’s keynote presentation, Clinging to context in a noisy world: don’t lose sight of your “why.”

New this year is a Youth Symposium opportunity for high school and college students to present their research, SEA, capstone, thesis, or other study projects. To submit your proposal, visit: http://go.osu.edu/EOWIATeenPresenter.

Registration information for the entire conference can be found at: go.osu.edu/eowia2023.

ExploreAg Camps for High School Students

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.

ExploreAg offers FREE weeklong camps and one-day experiences for high school students. Students are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences, and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off-campus at the Ohio State University, University of Findlay, and Wilmington College. Students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields.

ExploreAg is designed for students currently in traditional agriculture education programs and for students who might never have considered studying agriculture as a career.

Weeklong immersive sessions will be held:

  • The Ohio State University Columbus Campus – June 11-16
  • The Ohio State University  ATI Wooster Campus – June 18-23
  • University of Findlay- July 9-14

Mini-Camp immersive sessions will be held:

  • Wilmington College – June 4-7
  • Hocking College – July 31- Aug. 2

One-Day scheduled immersive sessions will be held:

  • COLT Electric Lineman Training – June 9
  • Rio Grande College – June 30
  • John Deere Training Facility – July 7

Note: More one-day sessions are being planned.

The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students and includes on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is April 10 and details can be found at exploreag.org. Applicants will be asked to submit the email of one reference along with a short application. Students selected will be notified in April of their selection.

Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) Registrations Due

Older youth age 14 to 18 who plan to serve as camp counselors or are interested in improving their camp counseling skills are invited to Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)–an interactive and quick-paced training that offers innovative camp ideas to new and veteran camp counselors. MXC participants will leave with skills that will enable them to assist in their county’s camp program planning and delivery, and prepare them to deliver a great camp program to their campers.

MXC is a national award-winning workshop that will be useful for all potential camp counselors. Don’t miss your chance to participate—the event will be offered in person again in 2023, on FEBRUARY 25 to 26 (Arrival 2/25 around 1:00 p.m.; departure 2/26 around 3:00 p.m.). Counselors will earn camp counselor training hours while attending this event (number of hours is determined by county).  All participants will be able to share and gain ideas with teens from other counties all across the state.

Registrations are due by noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Details and registration information can be found HERE.

2023 Ohio 4-H Virtual Club Officer Training

Ohio 4-H is hosting a virtual 4-H Club Officer Training On Monday, February 27, 2023 from 7:00-8:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about holding a 4-H club office. There will also be a session for 4-H Club Advisors! Register online by Friday, February 24, 2023 by visiting http://go.osu.edu/officer. Once you register, an email confirmation with the Zoom link will be sent to the email address with which you registered.

4-H Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp

The Ohio 4-H Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp is a fun-filled weekend learning experiences for campers in grades 7-11. The camp is held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp located just outside of Jackson, Ohio. This camp offers opportunities for campers to meet and learn from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Hocking College and OSU Extension professionals.

Campers participate in hands on educational sessions on invasive species, wildlife and tree I.D., tree climbing, operating a portable wood mill, outdoor survival, hunting & trapping and much more! Campers will also have time for fun traditional camping activities such as crafts, boating, fishing, hiking and campfire. All activities are conducted under the direct supervision of our trained counselors and 4-H staff. To register please visit: https://ohio4h.org/camp/forestry-and-wildlife-conservation-camp. Registration deadline is April 1, 2023, however, space is limited and in the past, the camp has filled within a matter of days, so please don’t wait to register. Cost is $110 to attend. There are a limited number of $60 scholarships available if needed. Scholarship deadline is March 1, 2023.

2023 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

 

2023 Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO

SAVE THE DATE: Current 8th Grade students…

The 4-H Spark EXPO (Exploring Pathway Opportunities) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have completed the eighth grade at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. There will be four days of fun and learning with activities to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities. Attendees will develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth; and they will get the chance to tour Ohio State’s campus. To learn more about the event or to pre-registration visit: go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo