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

October 11 Deadline for County 4-H Awards

Even though it will be Columbus Day, the Extension Office will be open! However, the building at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta will be closed, but the Extension Office will be open. When you arrive at the building please call the Extension Office 740-376-7431 and an Extension employee will come down to the front door and let you in or receive your application.

Refer to last week’s post for details about the application, trips, pins and all the club awards!

Timeline for County 4-H Awards & Trips – Due Oct 11

Trip Award Clarification for 2022 Trips – since some trips were held and others cancelled in 2020 and 2021, we will be starting with a blank slate for 2022. So if you are interested in applying for a trip in 2022, YOU MUST complete an application.

2022 Trip Details (as of 10/1/21)

  • Buckeye Leadership Workshop – Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, OH. March. Age 16 or high school sophomore.
  • State 4-H Leadership Camp – 4-H Camp Ohio, June 1-5, 2022. Must be age 14 as of Jan 1st.
  • 4-H Citizenship-Washington Focus – National 4-H Center, Washington DC. June 19-24, 2022. Must be age 14 as of Jan 1st.
  • 4-H Leadership-Washington Focus – Will NOT be held in 2022
  • Ohio 4-H Sea Camp – Kelley’s Island 4-H Camp, July. Youth must be ages 15-17
  • Ohio 4-H Sr. Shooting Education Camp – Canters Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson, OH. July. Must be ages 12 – 18.
  • Ohio 4-H Jr. Shooting Education Camp – Canters Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson, OH. July. Must be age 9 – 12.
  • Space Adventure Camp – Marietta College. June. Youth ages 11-13 and/or grades 7 – 9.

Award Applications for Members to Complete:

Club Award Forms & Year End Recognition

Charlotte Wagner 4-H Club Community Service Award – due October 11, 2021

2021 Honor Club Application (completed by club)

2021 Scrapbook Application/Score Sheet (completed by club)

2021 4-H Member Completion Report for member pins & certificates (completed by club advisors)

October 11                   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 25                      Awards Selection Committee reviews applications and selects Project Pin and Special Pin Award Winners.

October 25                      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 18                 4-H Year Celebration – Ice Cream Bar at 6:30 PM and program at 7:00 PM. at the Washington County Junior Fair Building. Award Applications are returned to applicants.

4-H College Scholarship Applications Due – March 1

Washington County 4-H College Scholarship for 2021!!

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must have been enrolled and in good standing (completed projects) in Washington County 4-H Program at least three years.
  2. Applicants must attach a letter of acceptance (if available) from the college you are planning to attend Fall 2021. Can be any accredited associates or bachelors program.
  3. Applicants must be a high school senior or college freshman at the time of application.
  4. Include a current photo with the application. (Senior picture preferred)
  5. The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee will award two $500 college scholarships.
  6. Scholarships are not renewable and will be a one-time recipient.
  7. Awardees will be notified by April 1st.

Application: 2021 College Scholarship Application

4-H Personal Development Scholarship Applications Due – March 1

Thinking about continuing your education or attending a certification program? Then you might want to apply for a personal development scholarship!

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be at least a high school senior, high school graduate, Washington County 4-H Alumni OR current Washington County 4-H Volunteer.
  2. Applicants must have been involved in the Washington County 4-H Program a minimum of three years as a member or volunteer.
  3. The purpose of this scholarship is to reimburse applicants for expenses incurred for further training or technical education. Reimbursable expenses include: books, tools, supplies, tuition, school fees, continuing education fees, room & board, etc.
  4. Scholarship winners will be required to provide a copy of receipts to be reimbursed. Funds must be claimed by July 1, 2022.
  5. The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee will award four $250 scholarships.
  6. Awardees will be notified by April 1st.

Application: 2021 Personal Development Scholarship Application

Camp Counselor Applications – Due March 5


The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 6-15 during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Washington County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.  Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills


  • Teens (age 14 by camp time) are invited to apply for 4-H Camp Counselor positions
  • Teens are needed for all of these camps. You can help with one or all three (based on age)
  • Cloverbud Day Camp at Camp Hervida       June 28                    No Charge
  • Beginner Camp at Camp Hervida                 June 29-30              $20 registration fee
  • Junior Camp at Camp Hervida                     July 5-9                     $40 registration fee
  • Senior Camp at Camp Hervida                     July 19-23                 $40 registration fee
  • Space Adventure Camp at Marietta College      TBD                     No Charge


  • Complete the application in its entirety, including the video (2 mins maximum)
  • Provide reference link to two non-family members. (First Time Applicants Only)
  • Read and sign the Standards of Behavior, Camp Cell Phone Policy, and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
  • Submit application, sign up for an interview (1st and 1 Year Experience Counselors) by Friday, March 5

Online Application:

Reference Link:

Interview Signups:

The online application includes questions about your interest to be a camp counselor, which camps you want to help with, activities you want to help with, etc. The online application requires you and a parent/guardian to sign a code of conduct/policies and requires you to upload a photo of yourself and a short video (2 minutes max.) about why you want to be a camp counselor, describe your experience working with kids at camp or elsewhere, and a fun fact about yourself!

2021 Dates:

  • March 5 4:30 PM Online Application & References Due
  • March 16 & 18 4:30-8:00 PM Interviews Only first year counselors and counselors with 1 year experience
  • Su    April 11         2:00-5:00 PM        Counselor Training  Location TBD
  • Su    May 16        2:00-5:00 PM        Counselor Training            Location TBD
  • Thur/Fri June 3-4         Time TBD  Counselor’s Camp             Camp Hervida
  • Su    June 13         2:00-5:00 PM        Counselor Training            Location TBD

Have questions? Contact Camp Director, Martha Webster at, 740-350-7585 or the Extension Office at 740-376-7431


4-H Year-end Celebration – Sunday, November 15

We normally have an ice cream social and celebration to recognize our 4-H members that have won project pins, special pins and trip awards as well as special community awards and volunteer tenure awards.

This year we are planning a 4-H Drive Thru Celebration on Sunday, November 15 from 1 – 2 pm in the OSU Extension parking lot.

Recognition will include:

  • Cloverbud Graduation
  • Volunteer Tenure Recognition (1, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 74)
  • Club Awards – honor clubs, club scrapbook Awards, C. Wagner Community Service Awards (Club’s should send a representative)
  • Project Pins Awards
  • Special Pin Awards
  • Trip Award Scholarships
  • Margaret Meredith Leadership Award

Members and clubs receiving awards will receive a postcard invite prior to the November 15 event. Pictures will be taken of the award winners!

All videos and pictures will be posted by Thursday, November 19 for viewing.

State Achievement Form Workshop – Nov 14

On November 14, 2020, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting their second Achievement Form Workshop on Zoom from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This 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 individualized coaching from individuals who are experienced and have had success in submitting their Achievement Record at the state level.

Those interested in attending should RSVP at