Saying “Thank You” is Important

Have you had a great 4-H experience this year, or maybe you were able  to put some money in to your college fund after the livestock sales.  Now is a great time to say thank you to our local businesses, volunteers, and project helpers.  A great way to say thanks is to write a quick thank you note and drop it in the mail or even stop by the business personally to offer a thank you.  Saying Thank you is easy and lets other’s know you appreciate their support.  Who will you thank this year??

  • Livestock Buyer
  • Fair board members
  • Trophy / Award Sponsor
  • 4-H Advisor
  • Project Helper
  • Parents

Farmer Youth Initiative

Each year, the Washington Soil & Water Conservation District holds a youth program called Farmer Youth Initiative (FYI). This program is designed to get youth interested in hunting during Ohio’s two day youth gun season. The FYI program allows youth, coming primarily from urban are-as, single parent or limited in-come homes, to hunt private property, assisting landowners by controlling deer population through the harvesting of does.

Youth enrolled in the pro-gram attend a mandatory and busy orientation day, where they meet their guides and receive their assigned hunting property. Participants will also review hunter ethics, gun safety, proper game care, and what it means to be a good marksman. At the end of orientation, the enrolled will be allowed to gain shooting experience to achieve good marksmanship for an ethical harvest.
Each child receives their apprentice hunting license & permit, ammunition for orientation day and the youth season, field dressing gloves, a knife to dress game out with, basic survival kit, and a free deer processing certificate to use, if they harvest a deer. We also provide anything else they may need to have a positive day in the woods such as firearms, clothing, and foot wear.

After a day of hunting, on the Saturday evening of youth season, we give the young hunters a chance to get a warm meal made from venison and share their hunting stories at our hunter dinner.

Not only does this program give youth an opportunity to experience the outdoors and hunting, but it also will give them a hands on learning experience and an appreciation of the work and patience it takes to be a successful hunter.

fyi brochure

Application for Participation in FYI program

Assumption of Risk Form

Interested in learning more about this opportunity as a participant or as an adult wanting to assist, contact Hannah Swope at:

Washington SWCD
21330 SR 676 Suite E
Phone: 740-885-3318

Ohio 4-H Foundation Facebook Page 

We look forward to connecting with 4-H friends, alumni, and supporters.  The Ohio 4-H Foundation invites you to join in and “like” the new page.  Please share it with your circles! This is National 4-H Week and Thursday is 4-H spirit day.  A great day to share the new page with others!  If you have Facebook, please invite others to join at:

New 2021 Family Guide

The new family guide is now posted to the Ohio 4-H page.  Plan for your 2021 special interest and livestock projects today.  Family guides will be mailed to each family this year who is a current member.  New members will be able to pick up a family guide at OSU Extension in Washington County or by contacting your 4-H Club Advisor.  Here is a sneak peek for you to get a jump start….

Timeline for County 4-H Awards & Trips – Due Oct 12

Trip Award Clarification for 2020 winners: since the winners of these trips were not able to attend due to Covid and the cancellation of all state & national camps, 2020 trip winners will have first choice to attend the camp in 2021 as long as they still meet the age requirements for the camp. 2020 winners DO NOT NEED to complete another awards application unless you want to be eligible for a different trip or apply for Pin Awards.

2021 CWF & LWF Announcement: Both of these events will be virtual for 2021

Award Applications for Members to Complete:

2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – pdf
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – fillable pdf
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – Google Docs
2020 Washington County 4-H Awards Application – in Word

Club Award Forms & Year End Recognition:

Charlotte Wagner 4-H Club Community Service Award – due October 12, 2020

2020 Honor Club Application (completed by club)

2020 Scrapbook Application/Score Sheet (completed by club)

4-H Member Completion Report for member pins & certificates (completed by club advisors)


October 12                   Member’s application due to Extension Office.  Extension Office removes names and adds numbers to applications to provide an anonymous packet for the Awards Selection Committee to review.

October 26                      Awards Selection Committee reviews applications and selects Project Pin and Special Pin Award Winners.

October 26                      Trip Committee interviews applicants and selects winners for 4-H Trips and Margaret Meredith award.

Early November          Award winners invited to attend the 4-H Year Celebration.

November 19                 4-H Year Celebration – Plans are still underway for this event and how it will be conducted. It will not be an in-person event for 2020

County 4-H Awards – Due Oct 12

It's time to complete the county 4-H awards application. All members must use the current application (do not use an old application). Project Pin Awards, Special Pins Awards, Margaret Meredith Award, & Trip Awards.

Posted by Ohio State – Washington County 4-H on Thursday, October 1, 2020