Franklin County 4-H News


The 2015 Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program was a huge success and so many of our deserving 4-H members received awards that night. Check out our Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year recipients...
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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 scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: July 3 – July 9, 2016

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: June 13-17, 2016 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2016)

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 1 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: July 5-9, 2016 (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 9-13, 2016 (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 12-17, 2016 (Ages 15 and older)

(Ages 15 and older)

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 Sports Camp: July 1-3, 2016 (Ages 9-12) / July 17-22, 2016 (Ages12-18)

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: March 30-April 3, 2016 (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 19, 2016.
    (2105 S. Hamilton Rd. Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 13-17, 2016
    Franklin County Fair: July 16-23, 2016


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 is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in late November, 2016.

  • 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 19, 2016.
    (2105 S. Hamilton Rd. Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232)



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 19, 2016.
    (2105 S. Hamilton Rd. Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232)

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 19, 2016.
    (2105 S. Hamilton Rd. Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232)


There are 24 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 this award/opportunity. Instead, a separate, specialized application online form is required.

Franklin County 4-H Award Form Workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 10am-2pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Bring your achievement application for personalized help in completing it. Award key leaders will be on hand throughout the open house style workshop to answer any of your questions and to give you constructive feedback. For more information, contact Jean Price at


Monday, Jan. 25th 2016 at 6pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

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 2016.

The evening will include:

o Dinner served at 6:00pm.

o Need to Know Club Management Info

o A Splash of Fun

o Enrollment Packets for 2016

o Some inspiration for the coming year

All Advisors who register and attend will receive several useful token of appreciation for your service as an advisor along with enjoying a tasty buffet dinner and a time of fellowship following the planned activities. Sign up below to RSVP now!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

New 4-H Advisor Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm

2105 South Hamilton Road

Columbus, OH

Any adult interested in becoming a 4-H club advisor/volunteer is required to attend this orientation. For complete information about becoming a volunteer, click here.
Register below!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Beef Steer & Heifer Project Possession Deadline

Friday, Jan. 1st 2016 at 12am

Franklin County Junior Fair, PO BOX 288, HILLIARD, OHIO 43026

ID forms due to the Junior Fair Office by January 11, 2016

4-H Cabin Fever Fun Day

Saturday, Jan. 30th 2016 at 9:30am-12pm

3200 Indian Village Road

Columbus, OH

Save the date for some 4-H fun! Members and families are invited to have some fun at the first ever Cabin Fever Fun Day. This event will feature activities, games, and crafts for some winter time fun. Registration information coming soon.

Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016 at 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Come and learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as 4-H members display their projects and lead hands-on activities.

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016 at 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH


Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County
Beth Boomershine, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Sue Hogan, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development