2021 4-H Family Guide

Family Guide

The 2021 Family Guide is now available online at:  https://ohio4h.org/familyguide This is your place to connect to the entire collection of Ohio 4-H project books for 2021. We have hard copies in the office that can be picked up at anytime.

Highland County Jr. Leaders Challenge you in this Family Guide Search

1)Where can I find the changes to 2020 projects for 2021?

2)How do you know if a project is Ohio State Fair eligible?

3)What are the ages for these levels:  Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced?

4)This is my first year in 4-H (age 9), can I take “Nailing it Together”?

5)I like to collect toy tractors.  What is a good project for me to take as a beginner?

6)I have a donkey, is there a project that I can take?

7)What are the three activities that make up a 4-H project?

8)I have been in 4-H for 3 years now.  Each year I have taken a Dog project.  Can I take the “All About Dogs” project this year?

9)I would like to take a project in the Clothing and Textile Science section, but I am not able to sew.  What would be a good project for me to take?

10)I am an older teen, and we have a lot of new younger members in our 4-H club.  What would be a good project for me to take to help mentor them?

11)What is a project where I would learn on how to grow edible plants?  It would also teach me how to add these to the current landscapes.

12)I am interested in hunting and trapping, what would be a good project for me to take?

13)If I have looked through the Family Guide and I do not find a specific project that I like what else could I do?

14)Can a school project be used as a 4-H project?

15)What is the 4-H Motto?

We’ve got SPIRIT, how about you?

Highland County and Ohio 4-H Weeks

March 1-6, 2021 Highland County will be celebrating County 4-H week. As part of our celebration in Highland County, there will be contests and activities occurring all week. Fliers can be found in February Highland Happenings.

Facebook photo contest and Yard decorating

March 7-13, 2021 Ohio 4-H will be celebrating State 4-H week.

Staying up to date!

Highland Happenings (Highland County 4-H Newsletter)

Looking to stay up on 4-H events through the Highland County 4-H program, check out the latest newsletter at https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/highland-happenings.

Highland County Extension Blog

Looking to get weekly updates of blog posts?  Visit our blog site https://u.osu.edu/osuextensionhighlandcounty/and subscribe at the bottom of the page.

Ohio 4-H Foundation Newsletter

Looking to stay up on state events through the Ohio 4-H Foundation, check out the latest newsletter at https://ohio4h.org/newsletter/ohio-4-h-highlights/october-2020.

 

4-H Meeting guidelines

Announcements – January 13, 2021

As we begin the new year, the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated to reflect current guidance from Ohio State University and health officials. Beginning SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, the following is in effect:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
    • This directive is dependent on local health department guidelines.
    • The group size may need to be reduced to 10 (or other amount), based on directives from your local health department.
  • Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted

Find details and updated guidelines at  Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events

As part of an academic institution, we follow science and model what the CDCOhio Department of Health and other experts stress is important in addressing this virus. All 4-H volunteers are expected to follow these guidelines regarding 4-H meetings and events. Volunteers who are not in compliance will receive a first warning. A second incident disregarding our effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of members, families and communities will result in immediate termination of volunteer status.

OSU Extension offices will be open based on the current Ohio Public Health Advisory System. If a county is purple or approaching purple, OSU Extension offices will be closed and employees will be working virtually. If a county is red, OSU Extension offices will be staffed by appointment only. You will need to call in advance to schedule a time to go to the office. Please note there may be additional guidelines from county health departments.

Teen Opportunities

Jr. Fair Board  Applications – Due November 9, 2020

Encourage your teens to apply for this leadership opportunity, to be eligible for Junior Fair Board, teens must be 15 as of January 1, 2021 or a sophomore in high school. 4-H and At-Large Junior Fair Board applications are available at the Extension Office and online at:

https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-applications-resources#Jr.%20Fair%20Board%20Applications

Applications are due by Monday, November 9, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. to the Extension Office.

 

Highland County Junior Leadership

Junior Leaders is open to any youth 13 and in the 8th grade.  Come join this leadership opportunity. Please contact Kathy Bruynis or email Bruynis.5@osu.edu.

 

4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due January 7, 2021

The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Highland County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.

Applications are available  in the Extension office or online at: https://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/camp

The deadline to apply for 2021 is before January 7, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. in the Extension Office.

 

Highland County 4-H members are eligible for several county and state 4-H scholarships and opportunities. The individual requirements are different. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Visit the website for scholarship eligibility requirements and applications:

County: http://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-applications-resources

State: https://ohio4h.org/awardsandscholarships

Many applications are coming due, please check the websites for complete information.

Ohio 4-H Project Showcase

Let’s represent Highland County during the The Ohio 4-H Project Showcase.

This summer we invite 4-H members in good standing to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project for display in an online project showcase. You’ll be asked to share what you liked about the project and one new thing you learned. Parents will also need to sign their approval for youth to participate.

Here’s more:

  • Select your favorite project – one per person
  • Send a great photo – at least 2 MB
  • Photos will be display after September 8 at ohio4h.org

Submit your photos by August 15 at go.osu.edu/4H2020Showcase. Questions? Contact Sarah Longo at longo.79@osu.edu.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC)

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2020-2021 year are now available!  Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply!  Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

  • Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC.  Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 14, 2020.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! 😊 The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

    • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
    • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
      • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
    • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2020-2021 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
    • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.