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Franklin County 4-H News - January 5, 2021

4-H Meeting Update

Given the rise of COVID-19 in Ohio and in an effort to keep our 4-H families, volunteers and communities safe, all 4-H meetings and events are to be canceled, postponed, or held virtually until January 23, 2021. Any additional updates from Ohio 4-H will be communicated with families as the need arises.

OSU Extension offices will be open based on the current Ohio Public Health Advisory System. In order to comply with the Franklin County Health Advisory, the Franklin County Extension Office is closed. Beth and Rachel are working from home and can be reached via email and phone.

January Countywide Meeting

You're invited! With clubs not able to meet in-person, Franklin County 4-H is offering optional countywide 4-H virtual meetings on the second Sunday of each month. These are supplemental opportunities for members as clubs are still expected to meet (either virtually or in-person depending on the changing health advisories). ANYONE IS WELCOME - individuals, families, or clubs!

These meetings will include:

  • Pledges
  • Educational speakers/virtual tours
  • Fun games
  • Time for questions/dialogue

January Meeting Topic: The Buzz around Beekeeping

Option for Club Advisors: Clubs that have had difficulty meeting virtually (or any club) can request a breakout room for their club to meet directly following the county meeting activities. Clubs interested in this opportunity should contact Rachel at to reserve a breakout room. (It is the responsibility of the club advisor to notify members that the club will be meeting at that time.)

Meeting Details

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2020

Project and Cloverbud Member Meeting: 4:00-5:00pm

Club Breakout Meeting: 5:00-6:00pm

Click Here To Register for the January 10 Meeting

Future Countywide Meeting Dates:

February 14, 2021

March 14, 2021

April 11, 2021

May 9, 2021


This year's advisor enrichment night will be virtual. All advisors should attend including seasoned advisors (those with more than 5, 10, 20, even 30 years or more), advisors who’ve served several years, and all of those individuals “in the process” or planning to become advisors in 2021.

The evening will include:

  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2021
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

Event Details

This event will take place via Zoom

When: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 7:00PM

Register Now!

Ohio 4-H Family Guides Now Available

This is your place to connect to the entire collection of Ohio 4-H project books for the year. When choosing a project, consider your interests, background, what is necessary to start the project, and the resources available to help you complete it. Start looking for your 2021 projects now! Download the Family Guide at

4-H Enrollment Now Open

You can now re-enroll in 4-H for 2021. This year, the online enrollment system has gotten an upgrade to 4-HOnline 2.0. It will look different as it is now mobile friendly but log in information from last year will continue to be used this year. Remember to log in with your family's email and password to find your family profile. Watch the videos below for a guide to the new enrollment system.

Download the Re-Enrollment Step by Step Guide

Re-Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H

Download the NEW Member Enrollment Step by Step Guide

NEW Member Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

2021 4-H Project Book Options

It's never to early to think about your projects for summer! Here are some great ways to get your books.

  • Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. This year, a selection of 4‑H Cloverbud activities is available too. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit

  • Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.

  • Make your own. Self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project.

2021 Trip Scholarships and State Achievement Award Opportunities for Teens



Each year, the Franklin County 4-H Council raises money to support our local 4-H program. Part of the money they raise goes to providing 4-H teens with amazing opportunities to take part in trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. More detailed information about these opportunities can be found on our website. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus (Virtual in 2021): Date Coming Soon (Ages 15 and older)
Leadership Washington Focus (Virtual in 2021): Date Coming Soon (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2021)

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2021 (Ages 15 and older)

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 15-19, 2021 (Ages 15-17)

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 13-18, 2020 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Senior Shooting Education Camp: Date Coming Soon (Ages12-18)


  • To apply for a Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 20, 2021.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which are beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 13-17, 2021 (Sunday - Thursday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 19-25, 2021


These 27 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Communication, Companion Animals, Creative Arts, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Goats, Health & Safety, Horse, Llama, Leadership, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Veterinary Science, and Woodworking. Each achievement award winner will receive a trip to the National 4-H Congress and which is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in late November 2021.

  • To apply to be selected as the county nominee for a State Achievement Award and compete for the statewide award, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 20, 2021.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)



State Junior Fair Board: SJFB is comprised of representatives from several different youth organizations in Ohio including 4-H Youth Development. State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast-paced, action-packed month at the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 21, 2021.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

OTA Local Government Award: Two $1,500 awards are available to any 4-H high school senior who has completed a local government-type activity that has had significant impact on the applicant's community, township or county.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 20, 2021.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)


There are over 36 state 4-H scholarships available and each has its own description and its own list of eligibility requirements. Completion of an Ohio 4-H Achievement Record is not necessary to be eligible for these awards/opportunities. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.

OSU Junior Swine Day

SPIN Club Opportunities

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: FK546
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