Final Reminders

Franklin County 4-H Deadlines TODAY and THIS WEEK!

New! Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders


4-H teens are invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2018. We are looking for Franklin County 4-H members who are at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade. Our meetings will mostly be held the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30. The location will usually be at the Franklin County Extension Office located at, 530 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Teen Leaders Council is a Franklin County 4-H club that focuses on preparing teens to be caring and contributing leaders through educational and leadership opportunities. In 2018, TLC members might explore many different forms of government and meet local, county and state government officials if they vote to go in that direction. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service learning projects.

Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 30, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Planning for Officer Training and Winter Fair

February 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Fun Outing

March 27, 2018 TBD - Explore a City Council Meeting

April 7 - Assist with Walk and Serve

April 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Explore County Government

May 22, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Visit the State House

June 26, 2018 6:00-9:00 - Project Help Night

July 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Post Fair Party

August 11, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Adventure Outing

September 25, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Meeting

October 7-12, 2018 - Possibly Help with National 4-H Professionals Conference

October 23, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Real Money, Real World

November 27, 2018 6:30-8:30 - Service at the Ronald McDonald House

December 19, 2018 6:00-8:00 - Holiday Celebration - Canvas and Cocoa

Interested in applying to serve on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council?

Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board Accepting Applications Now


Calling all 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience)! We are looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers hoping to help organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants and to assist with various activities surrounding judging and the fashion review.

All 2018 clothing project members who are at least 12 years of age by 1/1/18, and have at least one year of 4-H clothing construction experience are welcome to apply. Please complete the following application no later than January 17, 2018. Fashion Board advisors, Samantha Brill and Kim Cross, will notify individuals about selections soon after that. Fill out the application HERE.


Monday, Jan. 22nd 2018 at 6pm

530 West Spring Street

Columbus, OH



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 2018.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner served at 6:00pm.
  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2018
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

All advisors who register and attend will receive a useful token of appreciation for your service as an advisor along with enjoying a tasty dinner and a time of fellowship following the planned activities. Mark your calendar now and register in the box below by January 18!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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 a trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: July 1-7, 2018

4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. The program uses our nation’s capital as a classroom to foster youth appreciation, understanding and involvement in civic responsibility, government operations and current issues.

Leadership Washington Focus: July 16-20, 2018 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2018)

LWF is a 4-H leadership program for middle school youth. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. Participants build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action; practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking; work with others to create and accomplish goals; develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style, exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H'ers from across the nation; and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 2-6, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

The State 4-H Leadership Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime, exciting, fun, challenging, in-depth, learn-by-doing leadership development experience. It is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. Leadership campers plan, conduct, and evaluate the program themselves!

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 7-11, 2018 (Ages 13 and older)

Experience marine biology first-hand at Kelley’s Island 4-H Camp on Lake Erie. Fishing ecology, marine navigation, snorkeling, sailing and much more.

Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 10-15, 2018 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Ever wonder what types of trees are in Ohio’s forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? This camp is for the nature lover and is held at Camp Muskingum in eastern Ohio.

Shooting Education Camp: July 8-13, 2018 (Ages 12-18)

This camp will foster life skills in 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities that will enable boys and girls to reach their fullest potential as capable, caring and contributing citizens. This camp is held at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp in southern Ohio.

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: April 4-8, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

Designed as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. Participants are encouraged and empowered to experiment with new activities, develop new abilities, expand their creativity, practice and master new leadership skills, share ideas and personal skills, establish new friendships, and develop networks of human resources.


  • 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 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

  • Advisors may bring them to the advisor event the evening of January 22.

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 18-22, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 14-21, 2018



These 25 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Companion Animals, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Meat Goat, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking and Veterinary Science. 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, 2018.

  • 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 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)



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 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

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 a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

Madelyn Smith from Lucky Clovers 4-H club is holding Hazel's Tea Time, a book drive that will support Hazel's Story Time. Hazel's Story Time is the Smith family's charity to benefit Central Ohio NICUs, in honor of their daughter Hazel who they lost in a car accident in 2010.

You can support Madelyn and her mission by donating books through the link on Hazel's Story Time Facebook page or attending Hazel's Tea Time.

Hazel's Tea Time, a book drive born out of love

Lifeway Christian Bookstore (Reynoldburg location)

January 20th, 1-4pm

Join us for tea, coffee, desserts, and a story time. Sponsored by: a Disney Be Inspired Grant, Lifeway Christian Bookstore, Gigi's Cupcakes, 5 Bean Coffee, and Sunnystreet Cafe

This event is part of Madelyn's My Hands to Larger Service 4-H project which she has been awarded a Disney Be Inspired Grant for the planning portion.

OSU Extension, Franklin County

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