Congratulations Darlene & Uncle Dan’s!

Congratulations Darlene Burke Ogletree and Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream! We are ecstatic to announce Darlene was selected as a 2024 recipient of the Ohio 4-H Meritorious Service Award! This award is given annually to 4-H adult volunteers for a lifetime of meritorious service.
Uncle Dan’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, LLC is owned and operated by Dan & Cathy Lang. They will be honored as a 2024 Ohio Friend of 4-H for their tremendous support of the Washington County 4-H Program.
These awards will be presented at the Ohio 4-H Conference on March 9 in Columbus.

Ohio 4-H Conference – Teen Incentive

Hey Teens!  When you recruit a friend to attend the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on Saturday, March 11, the conference planning committee wants to THANK YOU!  All you have to do is stop by the “Teen Recruit” sign when you check in at the conference to get your Ohio 4-H Conference Swag!  We can’t wait to see you and your friends at the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference!  Find registration info at

Project Highlight of the Week: Tractors

The series of Tractor projects are very practical and interesting to 4-H members because they cover more than just safety. Each of these links will take you to Ohio 4-H Project Central where you can explore more about each project.

Starting Up: Getting to Know Your Tractor, Level A Beginner
Tractor Operations: Gearing Up for Safety, Level B Intermediate
Moving Out: Learning About Your Tractor and Farm Machinery, Level C Intermediate
Learning More: Learning About Agricultural Tractors & Equipment, Level D Advanced

2023 Plowboy Prom

The Plowboy Prom is set for March 11 at the Nationwide & Ohio 4-H Center. For those of you unfamiliar with Plowboy, it is an evening of games, dancing, food and fun. It’s a long-standing tradition hosted by Collegiate 4-H for all ages, current 4-H members, alumni and students. Join us and help celebrate our birthday!

Here’s the link to their Facebook page

Virtual FAFSA Preparation Event

Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Higher Education will be hosting a virtual FAFSA event for young people and their parents/guardians to answer the most asked questions about the FAFSA.

The event will highlight the benefits of the FAFSA for individuals seeking post-secondary education opportunities beyond the two- and four-year college pathways.

The virtual event is scheduled for January 12, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. Registration available here:

Carving New Ideas Camp for 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 preparing all of the fun activities for the weekend of November 18-20 at 4-H Camp Ohio.

The registration website is at or share the attached poster. The online registration allows credit cards or checks.

Deadline to register is October 25 or until cabins are full.

The 4-H Advisory Committee has $150 in the budget to  share with 4-H members that register. Just email a copy of your paid registration to for reimbursement.

Ohio State Fair 4-H Food Drive

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council’s Community Service Committee (chaired by Melina Matics) has developed a plan for a non-perishable food drive that will support multiple counties in Ohio! Please help the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council reach their community service goals by contributing to the canned food drive at Ohio State Fair! All 4-H families are welcome to contribute by bringing in non-perishable foods to the Lausche Building (where 4-H projects are judged) each day of the State Fair. Ongoing counts of the top-contributing counties will be tallied throughout the Ohio State Fair from July 27-August 7! Thank you for supporting our communities!

Food items collected will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective. The Mid-Ohio Food Collective is Ohio’s largest food bank and it serves 20 counties covering nearly 10,000 square miles! Will your 4-H families help us contribute to the 170,000 meals provided each day in central and eastern Ohio?  – Kayla Oberstadt, 4-H Program Specialist

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day – ages 13 to 18

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, Ohio 4-H  will again be hosting “Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day” on Saturday, April 2, 2022 (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center! This event is open to any 4-H member – ages 13 to 18 – and is completely FREE! Several Teen Leadership Council members have been planning this event and are excited to facilitate this opportunity for their peers.

This day is jam-packed full of opportunities for participants with some highlights listed here:

  • Learn about 4-H opportunities at the state level
  • Rotate through career preparation workshops covering topics such as resume writing, interview skills, entrepreneurship, goal setting, and more
  • Network with peers who are also interested in preparing for their future

Attached is a flyer/registration form. Participants can register at Registration is due by March 19. 

Take the Leap Flyer

Have questions? Contact: Frances (, Kayla (, or Sarah (

Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Now Open – due Feb 11

A conference for volunteers and teens is being planned for Saturday, March 12.  The Conference and Luncheon will be held at the Columbus Convention Center.  This conference offers a wide variety of sessions to attend.  The luncheon is attended by all participants and will recognize volunteers for years of volunteer service.  Registrations are due as soon as possible.  The actual deadline is February 11th, however if you want to get your first choice of sessions it is important to register early.  The registration form and conference booklet are attached.  The 4-H Advisory Committee provides funds to cover the registration fee, however a $10 commitment fee is required.

Registration form: O4C Registration Form

Registration booklet to choose classes: 2022 O4HC Reg Book_0

Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth – Bidding is Now Open!

Since 1998, 4-H Celebration of Youth has been the annual statewide fundraiser supporting Ohio 4-H youth development in each of Ohio’s counties.

Did you know that you can participate in the Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth auction, even if you’re not going to the event? The auction is now open and can be found at Items include everything from homemade jewelry to beach vacations.

Please register to bid at If you need any assistance, you can find directions at or call the Ohio 4-H Foundation at 614-292-6943.

The auction will close on Saturday evening, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Bid early and bid often to support Ohio 4-H!

Thank you in advance for your support!