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Franklin County 4-H News - March 2018

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2018. Please pay close attention to the information in this newsletter as it contains a lot of information that is important to Franklin County 4-H members.


Again this year, each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used to make your fair entries last summer! Enroll at

After you have attended a club meeting this year, you may enroll online. There is a very helpful Family Online Enrollment Help Guide on the Franklin County 4-H website. Before enrolling make sure the youth in your family know which projects they are planning on taking this year. You must enter your projects for 2018 before submitting enrollment. Please remove last year's projects if you aren't taking them again!

Changes can be made to your project selections until the 4-H enrollment deadline on April 2, 2018. Email Kathy Bohanan by April 2 if you need to make changes to your enrollment after you've submitted it.

NOTE: Simply enrolling online does not complete the requirements for club enrollment. You must attend 4-H meetings (make sure your club advisor knows who you are), complete your project(s), and participate as an active member of your club!

Also note that this year all members will pay a $20 county activity fee. This is in addition to any fees that your club may possibly have. Turn your county activity fee into your club advisor or club treasurer.

Families Welcome at Plowboy Prom

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4-H Project Requirement Guide - Now Available!

Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? Make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE.

2018 Franklin County Fair Book Online Now!

The 2018 Franklin County Fair Book can be found on the fair's new website!

Franklin County 4-H Camp Registration Opening March 15

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to join the adventure at Franklin County 4-H Camp. Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like canoeing, disc golf, bottle rockets, creeking, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, high ropes, a climbing wall, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Financial aid is available in the form of partial camperships for 4-H families with financial need. Campership applications are due April 5.

Date: June 18-22, 2018
More Information:

Cloverbud Day Camp

4-H Cloverbud Camp: Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cloverbud Camp is an annual day-camp event open to all youth who have completed kindergarten through second grade, including those who are non-Cloverbud members. Kids will enjoy crafts, games, and other activities. This year's camp theme is Clovers in the City. The camp will be held at OSU Extension, Franklin County Office at 530 West Spring Street, Suite 275. Parents are not required to attend. Space is limited!

The registration deadline is May 1.

Click here for more details.

Click here to register online.

If you have specific questions, please contact Sue Hogan at


4-H CARTEENS is a program taught to teens by teens to help reduce the number of second time traffic offenders in Ohio. All participants that you will be teaching have been mandated by the courts to attend. The program is held one Tuesday a month, 6-9 p.m.

We are currently looking for 4-H'ers and other youth who have at least a learner’s permit to present at CARTEENS. Benefits of becoming involved in CARTEENS are:

  • You can receive service credits which can be used for graduation
  • At least one senior CARTEENS member who graduated and attended nine CARTEENS events in that school year, and has been accepted into an institution of higher education will receive a $250 to $500 college scholarship.
  • Fun! Friends! A chance to brush up on your public speaking skills!

If you are interested contact Sue Hogan at:

Franklin County 4-H Unites for Community Service & Healthy Living

Walk and Serve - WEBSITE:

Everyone is welcome to participate in Walk and Serve! If your club is not hosting a non-profit organization that day, don't worry! You can still participate! The 4-H Walk & Serve will showcase 15 non-profit organizations that serve Central Ohio. There will be a station for each organization where you can learn about their cause. Then you can complete a hands-on community service project that will benefit them!


You can help promote Walk & Serve with your school, co-workers, family, friends, and community.

  • If you are able to pass out Walk and Serve Flyers in your school or community, please contact the event chair, Amy Fleshman, at
  • If you are a business owner or know of one who would like to be a sponsor of this community focused event, click here.
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Time to hit the road for the third annual Franklin County Clover 5K in Hilliard on April 7th! The Clover 5K is a fundraiser to support the Walk & Serve community service event.

After the run, enjoy a made to order omelet, muffin, fruit, and more! The Chick-fil-a cow will high five you as you cross the finish line AND you will have a photo op with a Tea Cup Pig!

Sign up today for only $30. Register before March 27 in order to receive a Clover 5K soft t-shirt with your registration fee. Registration includes post race snacks and the satisfaction that you made a difference in the community. For more info, visit

Franklin County 4-H Sewing Clinic

Want to learn more about how to properly finish your sewing project? The Franklin County Fashion Board is here to help! This workshop will focus on seam finishes, hand sewing a hem, and attaching a button. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Samantha Brill at with any questions.

When: Friday, April 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215

Franklin County 4-H Rabbit Clinic

Save the date for the Franklin County 4-H Rabbit Clinic.
More information coming soon.

Date: May 14, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Franklin County Extension Office, 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH

All 4-H members taking a horse project (this does not include horseless horse) for the first time this year are REQUIRED to participate in a Horse Safety & Ethics session prior to participating in any 4-H activities with a horse. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the member. The member must also purchase and read the book Horse Safety & You prior to attending.

Two sessions are held. Members may choose which one they want to attend.

April 24, 2018, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 10, 2018, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH


REQUIRED Horse Forms Due April 2, 2018 (May be turned in at Extension Office or at the Horse Advisory Committee Meeting on April 2.)

Permission to Participate in Horse Projects
Equine Activities Disclosure
Horse ID Form
Horse Lease Guidelines

Horse Royalty Applications - Due April 1 (not postmarked)

Spring Equine Youth Clinic
- May 5, 2018

4-H Clubs with Horse Projects
At least one advisor should be representing your club at 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
- April 2, 7:00pm
- May 7, 7:00pm
- June 4, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

Advisors: Save the Date! Required Attendance

All 4-H Clubs are required to send at least one representative to the annual 4-H Club Advisor Fair Update, April 19, 7:00pm.

Why is attendance required for this event? All clubs need to send at least one representative so that they are informed about the fair entry process. The representative is then responsible for sharing the information with their club. All advisors are encouraged to attend so they can hear the info first hand.

Date: April 18, 2018

Time: 7:00pm
(The update will start after a short 4-H Council meeting.)

Where: New Extension Office

530 W. Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Parking: Free Parking in Rear Lot


2018 Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship Winners
Sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Council

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Stephanie Caple

Citizenship Washington Focus: Sarah Coon

Citizenship Washington Focus: Rachel Berk

Leadership Washington Focus: Charlotte Emigh

Leadership Washington Focus: Caroline Mocharski

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Lindsey Bair

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Brooke Fleshman

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Micah Emigh

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Lauren Hitt

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Elijah Voorees

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp: Stephen Ma


The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Cloverbuds, team advisors and families come to the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the spring, for the Challenge event. Teams present their models and findings to a group of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ LEGO projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration.

This is an excellent opportunity for clubs that want their Cloverbuds to get engaged in 4-H. See details of how your club can participate in the Cloverbot Challenge HERE. This year's theme is an outerspace Astro Challenge! and the Challenge event will take place on June 9.

More Information:
Deadline to Order LEGO Kit: March 20, 2018
Deadline to Register Team:
May 1, 2018


Are you taking any of the following 4-H projects to the Franklin County Fair this year?

  • Lactating Dairy Cows
  • Market Rabbits
  • Market Poultry
  • Market Lambs
  • Market Goats
  • Lactating Dairy Goats
  • Market Beef (including beef & dairy feeders)
  • Market Swine

If you answered yes to the question above, YOU MUST ATTEND a livestock quality assurance session by June 1. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

  • Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 25, 6:30pm at the Extension Office. 530 W Spring St. Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
    No registration required.

  • ASE Feed & Supply holds a Free LQA program at Tolles Career & Technical Center on March 22, 6:30pm. Register at

  • A session for LQA will be offered on March 10, at the Ohio 4-H Conference. This option is only for members who registered for the conference already.

Other approved LQA’s are shared below.

Livestock Possession Dates & Requirements

All 4-H members taking livestock projects to the Franklin County Fair should download the LIVESTOCK REQUIRMENT SUMMARY which has information regarding deadlines for possession and other requirements.

Shooting Sports Projects

The Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports program teaches young people the safe and responsible use of archery equipment, including the fundamentals of firing air guns, .22 caliber and muzzle loading rifles, pistols, and shotguns; the basic principles of hunting; and the value of studying historic lifestyles and heritage crafts. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is only administered through certified shooting sports instructors, and members may only take shooting sports projects if their instructor has been certified in that specific discipline. Franklin County 4-H members interested in taking a shooting sport project have three options:

  • Belong to a club with a certified shooting sports instructor.

  • Join the Franklin County Shooting Sports 4-H Club by contacting Sharla at

  • If you already belong to a Franklin County 4-H club that does not have an instructor and would like to take a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or archery project, contact Dave at for dates and details. Dave and several other advisors offer shooting sports instruction from April through June at locations in Galloway and Plain City, Ohio.


4-H Night with the Blue Jackets

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Rabbit & Cavy Clinic

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, July 7-11, invites teens age 13- 18 (as of January 1) from across Ohio to “get your feet wet” as you learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine-related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake.

For more information visit:

4-H Camp Tech

4-H Camp Tech is a three-day, two-night camp, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, that introduces youth in grades six-eight to a variety of activities that include: coding, robotics, engineering design, electricity and more. Camp Tech is based at the Ohio 4-H Center with overnight accommodations in an OSU dorm.

4-H Camp Tech is set for June 13-14-15, 2018.

Click here for more information.

4-H Space Adventure Camp

4-H Space Adventure Camp is for boys and girls, ages 11 to 13 and/or students who were 5th to 7th graders during the past school year. They will have the opportunity to explore the world of flight and science as they build and test flying machines, conduct computer flight simulations, learn about the principles of aerodynamics and gain an overview of the development of the space flight program.
The three action-packed days will take girls and boys through an exciting adventure in “hands-on” learning including:

  • Building and flying hot air balloons, model rockets and other “things that fly”
  • Touring the universe within a planetarium
  • Exploring the stars and planets
  • Computer flight simulations and space exploration
  • Enjoying the closest experience to weightlessness possible on earth (swimming)
  • Conducting a model rocket launch
  • Participation in a special graduation ceremony

This camp fills up quickly!


Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are June 29 - July 1, 2018
  • Cost for Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp is $225.00

Ohio 4-H Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 8 - 13, 2018
  • Cost of Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp is $325.00

For more information visit

4-H International Opportunties

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 23 – Aug. 17) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state. Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit or contact

Camp Canopy

Camp Canopy (Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp)

Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 15, 2018, 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered what types of trees are in Ohio's forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? If so, Camp Canopy is the place to be! Camp is held at FFA Camp Muskingum, located on Leesville Lake in the beautiful rolling hills of Carroll County, Ohio. Any student who has completed 8th grade through seniors graduating the year of camp are welcome to participate. Be prepared to obtain valuable forestry information, make many new friends and HAVE FUN!!!

Ohio State College of Pharmacy Day Camp

Pills, Potions, and Poisons is a summer day camp, July 9-14, allowing high school students to discover the science behind drugs and learn about careers in the biomedical sciences.

For more information, visit their website.

Check out the Franklin County 4-H members in this video!

OSU Extension, Franklin

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