Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Now Available!

The 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. Teen leaders and volunteers learn together and from each other in order to become better at delivering the Ohio 4-H Program to our members. A variety of educational sessions ensures that there is something for everyone! I am looking forward to teaching two sessions – one with my 4-H colleague Jessica Rockey from Perry County titled “Community Service During Camp” and another called “Inside Out: Understanding a Camper’s Headquarters.”

Who: Teens and Volunteers

What: Ohio 4-H Conference

When: Saturday, March 9

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration fees for the conference are $40. $20 scholarships are offered through the TSC Paper Clover Campaign (teens) and Muskingum County 4-H Committee (adults).
 Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders will cover the additional $20 for enrolled members.

Final Cost:

Teen: Junior Leaders 
- NO COST

Teen/Adult: Not Junior Leaders $20 fee

Registration Form

Registration Booklet (with session list)

Deadline to submit registrations to the Extension Office is Friday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m.

 

2019 Muskingum County 4-H Week: February 10-16

Let 4-H Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge, Adventure & Fun!

Club Display Contest

4-H Clubs are encouraged to help us promote 4-H across Muskingum County! Put a display in a school, library, church, local business or other location. For displays to be considered in the contest, they must be in place by       Saturday, February 9th and a photo of the display must be e-mailed to mcconnell.210@osu.edu by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 11th.

Displays must include information about the 4-H Kick-Off and provide contact information for the Extension Office. Clubs are encouraged to include their club name and contact information.

All entries submitted by the deadline will be on display at the 4-H Kick-Off on February 13. All Kick-Off attendees will receive one ticket to vote for their favorite display and winners will be announced that evening. Prizes will be     awarded to clubs as follows: One Outstanding Display ($20), Four Honorable Mention Displays ($10 each).

Facebook Photo Challenge

4-H Clubs can help promote Muskingum County 4-H on Facebook! Clubs can submit one photo per club that includes members demonstrating this year’s theme, “Let 4-H Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge, Adventure & Fun!”   Photos must be e-mailed to mcconnell.210@osu.edu by February 8 at 4:30 p.m. to be included in the contest. Please mention the name of the club when photos are submitted.

Photos will be posted in an album on the Muskingum County 4-H Facebook Page. A prize of $20 will be awarded to the club photo that receives the most likes during 4-H Week!

4-H Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 13

Rolling Plains United Methodist Church, 3350 Moxahala Park Rd., Zanesville

Project & Opportunity Fair 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

County Awards presented at 7:00 p.m.

The first 250 attendees will receive a 4-H cup! Youth who bring a friend who is not a current 4-H member will receive a reward, and so will their friend!

Learn more about 4-H, Earn Club Participation Points, View Award Winning Project Displays, Enter 1/2 Camp Scholarship Drawing, Preview 200+ Project Books, check out the photo booth and much more!

All 4-H Week activities sponsored by the Muskingum County 4-H Committee.

What’s Happening Next in 4-H: January Monthly Highlights

Happy New Year! – January 1

The Extension Office is closed for business.

Camp First-Time Counselor Meeting – January 3, 6-8:30 p.m.

First-time camp counselors will meet at the Extension Office.

Ohio Fair Managers Association Junior Fair Day – January 5

Registered Junior Fair Board members will travel to the Ohio Fair Managers Conference at the Columbus Convention Center.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 9, 6-8 p.m.

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This training is not for new volunteer applicants. This includes committee and camp volunteers. We will be offering three opportunities for you to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church (note new location). Please RSVP online at least two days in advance so we can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

4-H CARTEENS Program – January 10

4-H CARTEENS takes place at the Muskingum County Juvenile Court. Youth interested in becoming 4-H CARTEENS volunteer presenters should contact the Extension Office for details.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This training is not for new volunteer applicants. This includes committee and camp volunteers. We will be offering three opportunities for you to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church (note new location). Please RSVP online at least two days in advance so we can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

State Fair Steer Registration Deadline – January 15

Submissions must be RECEIVED at the Ohio State Fair by January 15.

New Volunteer Applications Due – January 15, 4:30 p.m.

Applications can be picked up in our office or downloaded from our website at:  4-H Youth Development>Volunteer Resources.

The new volunteer selection process requires successful completion of an application, background check, interview and orientation session. All parts of the process must be completed before an applicant receives approval.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 16, 6-8 p.m.

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This training is not for new volunteer applicants. This includes committee and camp volunteers. We will be offering three opportunities for you to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church (note new location). Please RSVP online at least two days in advance so we can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

Camp Team Meeting #1 – January 17, 6-8 p.m.

Junior Camp counselors and staff will meet at the Extension Office. Campbassadors will meet at 5:15 p.m.

Junior Leaders Officer Installation & Family/Advisor Potluck – January 21, 6-8:30 p.m.

Club Volunteers are invited to join Junior Leader members and their families as they kick off the 2019 year at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

State 4-H Horse Volunteer Training Session – January 26, 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Kimberly Cole will host an update for 4-H Horse Volunteers at the Ohio 4-H Center. Registration is due January 15.

Junior Fair Board – January 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Junior Fair Board will meet at the Extension Office.

Extension Advisory Committee – January 30, 6:30 p.m.

Extension Advisory Committee will meet at the Extension Office.

Club Paperwork Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Each 4-H Club must submit the following in order to receive their 2019 enrollment information (Organizational Club Packet, Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbooks, 4HOnline Family Email List), which will be available January 15. Family Guides can be picked up earlier than that date if needed.

Club Participation Form
Ohio 4-H Club Financial Summary Form 

You will need to download the form and save it to your computer. Open the file from the saved location using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Visit the Adobe website to download Adobe Reader for free. Failure to follow this steps may result in an error message when opening the document. 

Year-End Bank Statement (must include December 31 in statement date)

Muskingum County 4-H Scholarship Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Since 2015, the Muskingum County 4-H Committee has awarded scholarships to recognize 4-H members and alumni for their achievements. In 2019, six $500 scholarships will be awarded at the 4-H Kick-Off. The application can be downloaded from our website.

Purebred Steer Registration Papers Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Youth who did not submit a copy of their purebred steer’s registration paper at weigh-in in December must submit this paperwork by January 31 or the steer will be placed in Crossbred class. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Livestock Sale Committee Scholarship Application Available

Any 4-H or FFA member who graduated from high school in the spring of 2018 or will graduate in the spring of 2019; exhibited a market hog, market lamb or market steer at the 2018 Muskingum County Fair; and will be enrolled in an accredited, post-secondary institution in fall 2019 may apply for a Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee Scholarship. Applications are available online under 4-H Youth Development>Member Resources>Older Youth Opportunities. Application, including supporting documents, are due to the Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. on February 28.  

 

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

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 scholarship application can be completed online. Applications are must be completed and submitted online by February 15.

 

Updates to Ohio 4-H Cross County Lines Policy

Youth are expected to affiliate with the 4-H program in their county of residence or receive approval for membership outside their county of residence. Request forms are available online or in our office. New for 2019: Requests must be submitted by February 15, which will ensure that we are in compliance with the Ohio 4-H guideline to have requests in no later than 30 days prior to our enrollment deadline. 

Please review the 4-H Membership Across County Lines form for details about procedures for submitting a request.

The new guidelines detail both acceptable and unacceptable reasons to request a transfer of membership. Please review these guidelines before submitting a request.

 

Ohio Military Kids Update

On behalf of Ohio Military Kids, we hope you have enjoyed your holiday season and will have a Happy New Year! Now that 2019 is here, the Ohio Military Kids Program has some major updates. On our website, we have posted our 2018 Year in Review video. This video highlights some of our biggest memories and experiences from the last year. Our 2019 scheduled events are also updated on our website! 

 

Do you have camp counselors who are looking for another opportunity to serve? The OMK Program is looking for qualified candidates for Camp Kelleys Island in August of 2019. Applications are linked here to our website and are due by February 15, 2019. 

 

We also have several opportunities for people to volunteer and support our program. There are events starting in April and goes throughout the entire summer and most of the fall. Please visit our website to see these opportunities.  

 

Please check out our website at: go.osu.edu/OMK to see all of the updates and share with military families.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kayla Oberstadt, OMK Program Manager, at oberstadt.1@osu.edu.  

Be a Champion for 4-H Camp Ohio!

Join the 4-H Camp Ohio Champions by connecting with us!

Individuals who have a passion for 4-H Camp Ohio can complete a survey to provide us with how you want to stay connected with camp.   Do you want to receive our newsletter? Volunteer? Come to events at camp? Share your camp stories or photos? Make a donation? Something else?

Tell us by completing the survey! The link to the survey is here: 4-H Camp Ohio Champions.

Please share this survey with other individuals who may be interested in connecting with 4-H Camp Ohio and joining other 4-H Camp Ohio Champions!

Thank You Reverse Raffle Committee!

The Muskingum County Reverse Raffle Committee recently hosted their 5th annual event to benefit the Muskingum County 4-H Program on November 7. This year’s event was the most successful yet and we are so thankful for everyone’s support!

The 4-H Committee received $10,630.60 to support our 4-H program and $450 for camp scholarshipsThe Muskingum County 4-H Endowment received $4,555.97.