2020 News for 4-H and Ohio Military Kids

Here’s to the start of new decade for Ohio Military Kids! This will be a year of appreciation as we embrace 2020 with open minds and big hearts. We extend our appreciation to those past, present, and future who contribute time and efforts to support the increasing number of military-affiliated youth served by OMK.

Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Ohio National Guard Family Readiness. This partnership allows us to put on numerous events around the state of Ohio. From overnights, daylong programs, weekend camps, and even a weeklong camp, these events are open to youth of military families. 4-H older youth and adults can volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

 With our event season approaching, we are all excited to embrace the new year of 2020! Ohio Military Kids just launched their first wave of events for March and April. These events include two daylong horse camps, a zoo overnight, and a weekend farm visit. Visit our website at go.osu.edu/OMKevents to learn more about the 2020 adventures of Ohio Military Kids!

Ohio Youth Institute

High school age youth are invited to part of the Ohio Youth Institute, hosted by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants research and write a short paper on a global challenge facing a country, then come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 20. Students from throughout Ohio meet with OSU experts, speakers and participate in hands-on experiences focused on global food concerns. OYI Scholars may be eligible for USDA summer internships and international opportunities. Visit the OYI website for details.

2020 Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Cloverbuds, team advisors and families come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the spring, for the Challenge event. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration.

It’s time to register for the 2020 Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge and this year Cloverbuds will be On the Move! Teams will explore transportation and how people and goods get where they are going. The challenge happens on June 13 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau Center. Find registration details and information about ordering kits here. Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their support of this program.

2020 Plowboy Prom

It’s time for the annual Plowboy Prom, hosted by OSU’s Collegiate 4-H chapter! Join us on March 14 at the Nationwide & Ohio 4-H Farm Bureau Center for an evening of square dancing, food and fun with music from The Pleasant Valley Boys. Admission is just $5 and doors open at 6 p.m. See you there for the “Captivating Carnival!”

OSU Junior Swine Day

The OSU Junior Swine Day will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at both OSU Columbus and Wooster. Both programs will run from 8:00am to 3:00pm that day. Cost is $15 per person and all participants must be registered online by March 20, 2020 in order to attend. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Space is limited, so please register early. There will be a Quality Assurance training as part of this program. For more information, or to register, please visit: go.osu.edu/OSUJRSDay.

4-H Filmmakers Wanted!

If you’re a teen interested in videos and film-making, you’ll want to apply to be part of the 4-H Film Crew! The crew will develop their skills in video production, editing, sound and writing to film 4-H youth from all over Ohio, and share their stories. The first meeting is February 8 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and the group will get together throughout the year, both virtually and in-person. Find the details at go.osu.edu/4hfilmcrew and apply by January 30.

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2020 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference brings together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational session that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn  from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. Registration opens at 8:00 am and Session I starts at 9:00 am. Information on the sessions and events can be found here. Registration form can be found here.

Making Extreme Counselors (MXC) Registration Materials Available

Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)–an interactive and quick-paced training that offers innovative camp ideas to new and veteran camp counselors ages 14 to 18 who plan to serve as 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 once in 2020, during the weekend of February 22-23. MXC will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Counselors will earn camp counselor training hours while attending this event (number of hours is determined by county).  All participants will receive a take-home kit of supplies. They also will be able to share and gain ideas with teens from other counties all across the state.  County Extension Professionals and Camp Directors are NOT required to attend with their counselors. More information about MXC 2020 can be found at http://go.osu.edu/mxc.

Advanced Achievement Form Workshop

On November 24, 2019, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting their second Achievement Form Workshop at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 6:00-8:00 PM!

This second workshop is specifically for those teens who have already started/previously completed their Achievement Record Form and would like feedback. Teens who RSVP will receive 1 on 1 coaching from individuals who are experienced and have had success in submitting their Achievement Record at the state level.

This is a great opportunity for those who will be submitting their forms to the state or for those who hope to improve their forms for future selection.