October 2021 4-H Newsletter

In this issue:

  • 4-H Calendar 2022
  • End of Year Feedback Survey
  • 4-H Honor Member Awards – Due September 30
  • Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1
  • Camp Counselor Applications – Due November
  • 4-H Trick or Treat – October 24
  • Jr. Fair Sale Checks Update
  • 4-H Online Profile
  • Trip Scholarships
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities


2022 4-H Calendar Available NOW!

The 2022 4-H calendar is available here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-calendar

Please mark down important dates with your families NOW! (Rally Night, Judging days, SKILLATHON, etc.) – Livestock Quality Assurance dates will be added by January

    • January 26 – Rally Night
    • March 15 – 4-H Enrollment deadline
    • May 1 – Animal Ownership deadline
    • June 1 – Jr. Fair Entries due
    • June 4-8 – 4-H Camp
    • June 21 and 29 – Livestock Skillathons (REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
    • July 9-16 – Madison County Fair (pending ODA approval)

We provide this calendar so that you can plan ahead. RARELY are big dates changed so that you can plan around family vacations, sporting events, etc. Please make these a priority as a lot of planning and volunteer time goes into these events. Make up options and extensions are few and far between for required things when we sent the schedule out several months in advance 🙂

*Note that these dates are subject to change, and some may be added (Quality Assurance dates, etc.). Check back regularly for updates.

End of Year Survey – Give Us Your Feedback!

We know this year has been difficult and you’ve had to modify in many ways to complete the 4-H year. We appreciate your support and dedication to the Madison County 4-H Program. As we find ways to make the best better, please complete this survey to help us do that. Remember this is your opportunity to voice opinions and make recommendations – Any feedback provided will remain confidential but may be used to improve the 4-H program.

To complete the survey by November 1, visit www.go.osu.edu/MadCo4HEval or click this link directly: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mdFEbc3QzkeQyq  

Thank you for helping us continue to make the best better in Madison County! As always, if you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help make a program better, contact our office!

4-H Honor Awards – Due September 30th

Honor member awards and other volunteer/club awards are due September 30. It is easy to complete! It is a simple points system for activities they have done as 4-H members!

You can find all the applications here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-and-applications

Please complete the forms and return to your club advisors before the 30th so they can turn them in and confirm for you. Awards are announced at the 4-H Banquet in December

Volunteers: be sure to fill out your honor award too! Same thing – points system for the work you have already done as a volunteer!

We are also looking for Outstanding Member nominations and Friend of 4-H Nominations. Check out the above link for more information or contact our office!

Junior Fair Board Applications – Due November 1

Applications for the 2021 Junior Fair Board will be due November 1. Check www.go.osu.edu/madcoJFB for the application and more information to come soon! Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

JFB is open to all high school 4-H/FFA members – not just for those enrolled in livestock projects! We need all project areas represented and all clubs! Our goal this year is to have at least one from each club apply!

JFB members meet about 5-7 times a year and plan various Jr. Fair activities, select awards, organize and work the livestock shows and misc. events, etc.

4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due November 5

Applications are due November 5 and are available at www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcampcounselor. Contact the Extension Office if you have questions!

We are in need of several counselors! More counselors = more kids we can take to camp! We especially need MALE counselors! 20 counselors is our goal!

You do not have to have gone to camp before to be a counselor – just need to like kids! Counselors meet around 8-10 times a year starting in January and plan the entire camp week in June!

Please share and encourage your high school members to apply (must be 14 by January 1, 2022 to apply – mature 8th graders are also welcome!). You do not have to be in 4-H currently to apply – camp counselors can take camp counseling as their project for the year!

4-H Trick or Treat – October 24

Join us October 24 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Madison County Fairgrounds for some fun trick or treating, costume contest, games, activities, and free food and drinks, plus a haunted hayride! EVERYONE is invited to come!

*CLOVERBUD OPTION: At 4:30pm, right before the event starts, there will be a special activity for Cloverbuds (5-8 years) to make and take PUMPKIN SLIME! No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun!

Costume contest will being at 6pm. There are prizes! The categories are:

  • Infant to 4 years
  • 5-8 years
  • 9-11 years
  • 12-14 years
  • 15-18 years
  • Group/Adult

*If your club or organization would like to have a table to pass out candy, please contact our office by October 20th!

Jr. Fair Sale Check Info

  • All sales checks from the Junior Fair livestock sale have been mailed out. If you do not receive your check by October 5, please email madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com or call 614-778-9318.
  • Don’t forget to thank you buyers and boosts! Attached is a list of all buyers and addresses in alphabetical order, and it is also available here. Be sure to send thorough and thoughtful thank you notes (at least 3 sentences thanking them, an example of how you plan to use the funds – future plans, projects, etc.)

4-H Online Records

While enrollment is not due until March 15 for 2022 4-H year, it is a good idea to double check your profile now and make sure you are still getting emails, that your email and mailing address is correct, etc.

You can log into your 4-H Online profile at oh.4honline.com using the email and password you used to enroll in 4-H (and possibly fair entry). If you recently moved or changed your email, please make that correction so you can continue to receive information in a timely manner!

Trip Scholarships – Due December 1 or ASAP

What: For any youth in 4-H to submit to attend 4-H related trips or opportunities, such as statewide camps, 4-H conference, CWF and LWF, and more! Trips are funded by the county 4-H committee or endowment funds, either partial or fully funded depending on the opportunity and cost.

Deadline: Due December 1 OR with proper notice before the event to allow time to committee review and registration (6 weeks before registration is due)

Application: Can be found at www.go.osu.edu/madcoteenopportunities  and are turned into the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu

The following opportunities must have a trip scholarship filled out: Carving New Ideas, State Shooting Sports Camp, State Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Conference, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Sea Camp, and any other paid/selection type opportunity.

Upcoming Events – August: View the full calendar here

*2022 Calendar Available at the link above!

October 2 – Celebration of Youth Event, Leeds Farm

October 3-9 – National 4-H Week

October 4 – 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

October 24 – 4-H Trick or Treat

November 1 – Junior Fair Board Applications Due

November 5 – Camp Counselor Applications Due

December 5 – 4-H Banquet (RSVP required – forms available soon)


Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!

Carving New Ideas

Check out this great opportunity for 4-Hers grades 8-12! Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University and the college students, who are also 4-H alumni, are prepared all of the fun activities for the weekend of October 29-31.

Registration is available at go.osu.edu/CNI. Deadline to register is October 6 or until cabins are full! Contact our office for a partial scholarship option!




4-H Celebration of Youth Auction

It isn’t too late to support Ohio 4-H and bid on some fun auction items. This year you can bid virtually in the Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth auction even if you are not attending our event. Register now at https://4HCOY.givesmart.com to bid on an adorable OSU cookie jar, Jeni’s ice cream 3-month pint club, a delicious coffee basket and so much more!

The Ohio 4-H Foundation helps support many of our county 4-H programs and supports youth in statewide opportunities. This is a great chance to give to 4-H and support our youth!

Achievement Awards for Project Areas

These awards recognize achievements in specific 4-H project areas.

Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Creative Arts, Clothing & Textiles, Communications, Companion Animals, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Goats, Llama Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking, and Veterinary Science.

Award recipients receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on the application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

This application is also required for those interested in Ohio State Junior Fair Board and the Township Association scholarship.

Please contact Frances if you are interested in applying for these awards.

Deadline: December 1st to Madison County Extension Office

Website: go.osu.edu/OH4HAwards

Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!