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Franklin County 4-H News - March 2019

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2019. 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.

If you are no longer in Franklin County 4-H, please feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.


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 last year (for both 4-H enrollment and fair entries)! 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 2019 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 1, 2019. Email Kathy Bohanan by April 1 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 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.

Franklin County Dog Project Workshop

This workshop aims to help 4-H members learn more about dog project requirements and improve their 4-H dog training and showing skills.

  • Guest speaker, Dr. Timothy McDermott, DVM, will speak on the topic of dog behavior.
  • 4-H members who have previously taken dog projects will share their experiences
  • Youth will have an opportunity to review the dog skillathon stations

Date: Sunday April 28, 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: OSU Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Second Floor, Columbus, OH 43215


Parents must remain on-site during the workshop.

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 17-21, 2019
More Information:


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 6th! 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 $35. Register before March 24 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 Workshop

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, reading patterns, taking measurements, hand stitching, and proper fabric selection. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Samantha Brill at with any questions.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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

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, 2019, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 13, 2019, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH


REQUIRED Horse Forms Due April 1, 2019 (May be turned in at Extension Office or at the Horse Advisory Committee Meeting on April 1.)

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 4, 2019

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 1, 7:00pm
- May 6, 7:00pm
- June 3, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

NEW! 2019 Horse Vaccination Requirements

In 2019, the Franklin County Fair is requiring all horses exhibiting at the fair to have documentation that their horse has received the following core horse vaccines. All of the vaccinations must be done in 2019.

  • Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile Virus

All horses must also have documentation of a negative Coggins test within a year of the Franklin County Fair dates.

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 17, 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 17, 2019

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

NEW! Officer Book Contest

New this year, Franklin County 4-H will be having an officer book contest. Watch the upcoming newsletters for more information on how to get involved.


2019 Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship Winners
Sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Council

Citizenship Washington Focus: Brooke Fleshman

Citizenship Washington Focus: Lindsey Bair

Leadership Washington Focus: Stephen Ma

Leadership Washington Focus: Matthew Gavorcik

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Kathrine Douglass

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Madelyn Smith

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Elijah Voorhees

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Stephanie Caple


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 When I Grow Up and the Challenge event will take place on June 29.

More Information:
Deadline to Order LEGO Kit: March 20, 2019
Deadline to Register Team:
May 1, 2019


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 May 29th. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

  • Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 30, 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 28, 6:30pm. Register at

  • A session for LQA will be offered on March 9, 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. We will continue to update the list as we receive dates.
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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.

Attention: High School Students

ExploreAg introduces students to the various careers in science, engineering and technology in the food and fiber industry and engages them in actively pursuing career paths that can help them become a part of the sustainable future of agriculture. ExploreAg is open to students from varied backgrounds, with diverse skills and interests, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and understand available career paths in the agriculture and food industries.
Our goal is that your student's time at ExploreAg will lead them to discover a passion they may not have considered yet.

ExploreAg will offer four camp sessions in 2019!

Session 1- June 9-14 at OSU Main Campus
Session 2-June 16-21 at OSU Main Campus
Session 3-June 23-28 at the OSU ATI Campus
Session 4- July 7-12 at Central State University

Click here for more information.

Ohio State Fair Scholarships

In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program.The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.

Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Click here for the application.


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 5-9, 2019.

Click here for more information.

4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp

The 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp is a new statewide camp designed to help teens (entering grades 8, 9 and 10 in fall 2019) decipher the daunting issues of hunger and poverty, and create commitments to local actions. The camp will commence with expert presentations and activities to help youth understand the complexities of food insecurity. Activities include exercises from a new global 4-H project book and hunger and poverty simulations. Youth will visit laboratories and demonstration plots around Ohio State University's Columbus campus to examine multi-disciplinary ideas, along with volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The event will culminate with a trip to the Heifer Global Village in Michigan for an overnight stay to better understand global perspectives of food insecurity and poverty. Campers will leave with a community service plan and the opportunity to extend their learning by participating in the Ohio Youth Institute of the World Food Prize.

4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp is set for June 10-14, 2019

Click here for more information.

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 28 - June 30, 2019
  • 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 14- 19, 2019
  • 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? 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 9, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

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 15-20, allowing high school students to discover the science behind drugs and learn about careers in the biomedical sciences.

For more information, visit their website.

OSU Extension, Franklin

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit

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