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Franklin County 4-H News - September 2017

Camp Opportunity for Teens!

NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

Carving New Ideas is a statewide teen leadership camping opportunity for any 4-H members in grades 8-12. The focus is on improving skills in critical thinking and program facilitation. This unique event is planned and facilitated by the Collegiate 4-H Club at The Ohio State University. The weekend begins on Friday night at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio, with check-in between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

This year, campers will "Go for the Gold" at CNI. The theme dives into Health – the fourth H! Sessions and speakers, along with other fun, will focus on making us all healthier, one gold medal at a time. You'll have a ton of fun meeting other teens from around Ohio, learning more about yourself and exploring how you can grow into an amazing leader. Campers will pack up and head home on Sunday at 10:30am, ready to move forward refreshed and to lead their communities in healthy initiatives. Don’t miss out on this incredible event - bunks sell out fast! Register today at

2017 Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program

Monday, Oct. 23rd 2017 at 6pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

We encourage all members and families to attend. All 4-H members that register to attend will have their name, club, and years in 4-H displayed on the screen above the stage as their name is read and the member goes up on stage to be recognized.

4-H members who filled out the following forms will receive special recognition at this event:
  • Cloverbud Pin
  • Clover Award Pins (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Leadership Pin
  • Community Service Pin
  • Public Speaking Pin

RSVP at this link: Register Here

Refreshments: 6:00pm-6:30pm (Program begins promptly at 6:30)

RSVP Deadline: October 18, 2017

Interested in helping with the Recognition Program? There are speaking roles and hospitality opportunities to help at the event. You can indicate your interest in helping with the program through the RSVP link. If you are interested in a speaking role, please RSVP no later than October 11.

Camp Counselor Applications - DEADLINE NOVember 1

Applications are now being accepted for teens interested in serving as new or returning camp counselors at the 2018 Franklin County 4-H Camp, Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. Individuals thinking of applying should check out the position description and application details found HERE.

New and returning counselors must apply. Note that applicants that were not counselors in 2017, need to be collect references prior to the deadline of November 1, so don't wait until the last minute!


  • Must be a 4-H member in good standing & complete at least one project
  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp (June 18, 2018)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • Applicants that were not counselors in 2017 must submit two completed reference forms
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 18, 2018 must also submit to a background check


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next few CARTEENS will be held October 10, November 7, and December 12. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office at 530 W Spring Street.

Contact Sue for more info:

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer and helping a 4-H Club? 4-H Advisors must be screened Ohio 4-H Volunteers. This process takes several steps. One of which is to attend an orientation. Two are currently scheduled for the 2018 4-H year.

September 26, 2017, 6:30pm (Extension Office - 530 W Spring St.)
February 12, 2018, 6:30pm (Extension Office - 530 W Spring St.)

If you are interested in attending the orientation and becoming a 4-H volunteer please contact Christina Byrd at to register.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

Ohio 4-H is offering an amazing opportunity to jump start your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form this year. If you are interested in applying for trip awards to Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, or Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, please consider this workshop!

When: November 19, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus
RSVP: Your attendance and option preference is preferred by 11/15/17,
but not required. RSVP by emailing Hannah Epley at

This comprehensive workshop will help you:
• Learn about opportunities that can arise from successful achievement form completion.
• Improve record keeping skills.
• Enhance forms to make them even stronger.

There will be two options for attendees:
• Option 1: Basic Overview-Ideal for first time achievement form completion or general information. This session will cover basic information about completing the form.
• Option 2: More In-Depth Session-Ideal for 2+ year completion of the form. It will offer work stations and coaches available to help attendees with already started or completed achievement forms.

Workshop attendees will be equipped with:
• Samples of achievement forms
• Verb lists to help enhance descriptions to use on form
• Items to include on achievement forms that may have been overlooked
• Experts who have either been successful or helped successful youth

Attendees are encouraged to bring their previous or already started achievement form with them!
Parents and advisors also welcome!


(Subject to Change)

September 26, 2017, 6:30pm - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation (Extension Office)
October 2, 2017, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)
October 10-11, 2017 - THE BIG GIVE
October 20, 2017, Deadline to submit registration for Carving New Ideas Camp
October 23, 2017, 6pm - 4-H Recognition Program (Ohio 4-H Center)
November 1, 2017 - Deadline to submit Camp Counselor Applications
November 6, 2017, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)
November 8, 2017, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council

January 1, 2018 - Market Steer/Heifer Possession Deadline for Franklin Co Fair
January 22, 2018 - Volunteer Appreciation & Enrichment Night
February 10, 2018, 10am - Winter Project Fair
February 10, 2018, 12:30pm - Officer Training
February 12, 2018 - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation
April 7, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Walk & Serve
June 2, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp
June 9, 2018 - Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge
June 18-22, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Camp
July 14-21, 2018 - Franklin County Fair

More dates coming soon...

4-H Clubs with Horses

ATTENTION: 4-H Advisors of Clubs with Horses

If your club has horse project members (not Horseless Horse), you are required to send a club advisor to the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings. These usually take place the first Monday of each month at the fairgrounds and begin at 7pm.

The many shows, clinics, and activities for horse members cannot take place without your clubs support and help. Please make an effort to participate.

2018 4-H Club Enrollment

Please note that the online member enrollment process for the 2018 4-H program year cannot begin until October 1. The 4-HOnline enrollment system will not be ready for member enrollments until October. Thank you for your patience.


Demand for new clubs and new 4-H advisors is growing! If you are interested in starting a 4-H club, please contact Beth at for more information.

To start a new club, you must be an official Ohio 4-H Volunteer that has been through the six step screening process. You can find an application HERE and please save the date for the required new volunteer orientation on September 26, 6:30pm, or February 12, 6:30pm at the Extension Office.

4-H Club Health Challenge

Have your club take the 4th H for Health Challenge!

Let’s take a leap toward healthier meetings by:

  1. Serving water as the main beverage at four meetings
  2. Offering fruit and/or vegetables for a snack at four meetings
  3. Doing 15 minutes of physical activity at four meetings
  4. Doing an activity to enhance social and emotional health at four meetings

You will find the tracking sheet and other resources in the Ohio Leader's Packet and Curriculum.

4-H clubs that complete their tracking sheet by March 1st, 2018 and send it into the state 4-H office will receive a certificate of achievement. They will also be entered in a drawing to win prizes to promote health at meetings.

Ohio counties that have the highest percentage of clubs turning in their tracking sheet will be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference in 2018.

Health Hero Applications

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Any 4-H teen in grades 9-12 interested in becoming an Ohio 4-H Health Hero should apply online by Sunday, October 1.

The 4-H Health Heroes program provides youth with the opportunity to represent the state 4-H program and promote healthy living in their communities. Teens who serve as Health Heroes will gain valuable leadership experience, be able to teach a variety of health-related topics to people of all ages, and have a chance to travel to Washington D.C. for the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living (if selected). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 6th. A required training will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Additional information, requirements to serve, and the application can be found on our website:

The Big Give!

Mark your calendars now for October 10-11, 2017!


A dynamic, 26-hour online event to support more than 700 nonprofit organizations working to strengthen and improve our communities, The Big Give is your opportunity to support Franklin County 4-H listed in The Giving Store, the Foundation’s new digital marketplace.


The Columbus Foundation, its family of donors, and corporate partners are providing a $1.3 MILLION+ BONUS POOL for The Big Give. Donations received during the 26-hour rally will be eligible for bonus pool funds based on a pro rata basis. Everyone who gives will have their donation(s) amplified!

100% to Nonprofits

100% of your donation goes to the Franklin County 4-H. All credit card fees will be covered by The Columbus Foundation, so 100 percent of donations go to participating Giving Store nonprofits.

Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: 84945
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