4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico

The best way to understand a different culture is to immerse yourself in it. Apply to be part of the  Cultural Immersion project experience in Puerto Rico.  You will build multicultural skills and understanding, as well as an increased ability to communicate in the increasingly diverse society that we live in.  You will experience both the Old San Juan urban area as well as life in the remote mountain town of Castañer.  We will also be working with 4-H youth from Puerto Rico in joint service projects.

Teens ages 15-19 (as of date of trip) are eligible for this 8-day service-learning experience.  The cost of the experience is $500 plus airfare (est. $600).  Limited scholarship funds are also available.

Who: Teens ages 15-19 (by the date of the trip)

Where: Puerto Rico (San Juan and mountain village of Castañer)

When: November 23 – December 1, 2021           

Application Deadline: August 10th, 2021

Cost:  $500 plus airfare — (Approximately $600) – Includes most meals, program fees, overnight lodging and transportation

To apply, please complete the application and return it to the address on the application: 2021 Cross Cultural Immersion Application – Puerto Rico

State Shooting Sports Clinics at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports will be offering four, 1-day clinics for youth interested in expanding their shootings sports skills. Interested members can sign up for one or more days depending on their interest and skill level. Sessions will take place Sunday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 21 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The cost is $30 per day for each participant and includes lunch and all materials. No overnight accommodations will be available. Information, schedule, class details, and registration link can all be found here: 2021 Shooting Sports Clinics.

4-H Young Alumni Positions Available on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board

The Ohio 4-H Foundation has decided to expand their board to include three young alumni positions beginning January 1, 2022. The Ohio 4-H Foundation meets throughout the year to offer support for Ohio 4-H and distributes endowment interest income to support Ohio 4-H programming and works to recognize 4-H members through scholarships, awards, and positive youth development experiences. The 4-H Young Alumni positions on the boards are geared toward 4-H alumni ages 21 through 30. If you are interested in applying, the application can be found here and is due by August 1, 2021.

If you have questions, please contact the Ohio 4-H Foundation Manager, Crystal Ott at ott.109@osu.edu.

2021 Health & Safety Speaking Contests

Ohio 4-H will host the Area Health and Safety Speaking Contests in June and July. Individuals who would like the chance to compete at the state contest must enter the Area Contest. Finalists at the Area Contest will then compete at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on July 28th.

Area contests will be held:

  • June 29, 2021 – Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio
  • July 12, 2021 – Buckeye Agricultural Museum in Wooster, Ohio

Information and guidelines can be found in the 2021 Area Health and Safety Speaking Participant Letter. To register, please complete the 2021 Area Health and Safety Speaking Registration and return to the email or mailing address listed at the bottom of the form.

2021 Cloverbot Challenge

It’s time for the 2021 4-H Cloverbot Challenge! All clubs with Cloverbuds are encouraged to participate!

This year we’re going to space and the challenge happens on Mars! Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The 4-H Cloverbot Challenge will be virtual via Zoom on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. All teams must register by June 30 and new teams can order a kit to help them get started at a reduced rate thanks to support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Find all the details here and blast-off for your Cloverbot Challenge!

Ohio 4-H Virtual Horse Communication Contest

Attention 4-H horse project members! Please consider participating in the Ohio 4-H Virtual Horse Communication Contest. Winners selected at this contest will represent Ohio 4-H at the national contest. For rules and registration, please visit the Ohio 4-H Horse page here. Deadline to register is March 1, 2021 and the contest will be held by Zoom on March 13, 2021.

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Application Due

Ohio 4-H recognizes and rewards individual excellence, whether it is in project work, leadership, citizenship or community service. Ohio 4-H Scholarships were established in 1976 in order to help young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. There are currently 36 statewide 4-H scholarships being offered. The application is due by February 15, 2021. You can review criteria as well as complete the application here.