Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - April 2019 v.2

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.

Register Now for 4-H Camp!

Guarantee your spot at 4-H camp by April 14. Registration opens to non-4-H members on April 15. We have had camp fill up in the past and some 4-H members have missed out - so don't delay - sign up today!

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, zip line, campfires, crafts, and so much more!

Date: June 17-21, 2019
More Information:
Priority Registration for 4-H Members: March 15 - April 14
Open Registration: April 15-May 15 (or until camp is full)


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.

Cloverbud Day

4-H Cloverbud Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

4-H Cloverbuds, mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of activities and crafts for our kindergarten through second grade members. Participants will turn into Padawans, construct their very own light saber, create galactic slime, make and eat an out-of-this-world snack, engage in super fun activities, and make some new Cloverbud friends.

Trained and screened Franklin County 4-H staff, camp counselors, and volunteers will be on site to supervise and facilitate the event.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 9:30am-noon

Address: 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration: Required but FREE


4-H Meets the Metro Parks

Franklin County 4-H is partnering with the Metro Parks! On Saturday, June 8, 4-H members and friends are invited to 4-H Meets the Metro Parks. This fun interactive two hour workshop will highlight several of the 4-H natural resources projects taught by Metro Park naturalists and 4-H professionals. If you are taking a natural resources project this year, this event would be an excellent opportunity for you to add some entries to your project book's learning experience log! Topics covered will include birds, trees, and creeking (bring some shoes that can get wet). This event is open to the public so bring your friends and the whole family.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10am-noon

Where: Blendon Woods Metro Park (Check in at the Natural Play Area Shelter)

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43081

Cost: FREE

Click Here to Register

4-H Woodworking Projects

Are you taking a 4-H woodworking project? Please pay close attention to the Ohio 4-H Woodworking Requirements. These requirements put limitations on the kinds of projects you can make and the tools that can be used. You don't want to invest a lot of time into your project only to have it disqualified! Please read the requirements before starting your project.

Horse Project Information

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

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

NEW! 2019 Horse Vaccination Requirements

This year, 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.

All 4-H members taking a horse project 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

* This is not a requirement for Horseless Horse projects.

Show Volunteers Needed

This is a great community service opportunity!

The Franklin County Horse Advisory Committee holds five horse shows each year. Three shows are fundraisers for the Franklin County 4-H Horse program. Two shows are Performance Against Standards (PAS) Shows where 4-H members attempt to qualify to attend the Ohio State Jr Fair Horse Show.

We run all shows with volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities for people with little or no horse show experience. Training assistance will be available at the show. Volunteers should be 16 or older. Click here for more information and to volunteer.


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.

Other approved LQA’s are shared below. We will continue to update the list as we receive dates.

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4-H Computer Coding Week

Would you like to create imaginary worlds while learning valuable computer coding skills? In this 4-H Special Interest week-long activity, you will learn computer programming concepts using Scratch and apply them to create your own interactive story or game. Two great opportunities to learn valuable computer coding skills are available. Pick one of the weeks and register at one of the links below.

Location: 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $50.00 (All materials and snack provided each day.)

Questions: Contact Sue Hogan at

Registration: Choose one of the weeks below.

June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register online at:

July 22-26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register online at:

Clover Confidence: Building Fearless Females

This program is open to ALL young ladies currently in grades 5-8. The Clover Confidence: Building Fearless Females program began in Darke County, Ohio and the Franklin County Junior Fair Royalty Committee is excited to bring this opportunity to girls in Central Ohio. The program utilizes hands-on activities focused on building confidence, female empowerment, positive body image, and self-esteem.

When: April 29, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ganyard Building

How to Register: Email youth name, grade, and t-shirt size to

Deadline to Register: April 20, 2019

Cost: $10 due at time of event

Franklin County Fair Book

All 4-H projects that you are planning to complete at a Franklin County Fair event require a fair entry. Your 4-H advisor will be telling you how to complete your fair entries during your club's May meeting. In the meantime, you can check out the fair book and the details of all the fair contests on their new website.
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Your Opinion Matters

Ohio 4-H wants your opinion on the future of project books. They are asking 4-H families to fill out the survey below. The responses will inform the program leadership on the future format of 4-H project books. Click here for the survey.



Play ball! Bring your family and join your 4-H friends as the OSU Buckeye baseball team takes on Penn State. Just $5 includes a general admission game ticket and a 4-H button that lets everyone know you support Ohio 4-H! Come early for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bucks' locker room at 12:45 p.m. and youth can be "Anthem Buddies" and stand on the field by their favorite player during the National Anthem. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. and parking is free!

Event Registration Form

Questions? Contact Sally McClaskey at or 614-247-8141

Bring the World Home through Ohio 4-H!

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 24 – Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and 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 Ohio 4-H International or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at or 614-247-8162.

State 4-H Event Youth Assistants

The 4-H Event Youth Assistants are a brand-new group of teens aged 13-18 that assist with Ohio State Fair events. It’s a great way to get involved with Ohio 4-H, meet other teens from around the state, and learn more about the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. Here’s a link where you can view the application Applications are due May 15.

Camps for High School Students

ExploreAg introduces students to the various careers in science, engineering and technology in agricultural industries. 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. The camps are FREE and additional spots have recently opened up. Apply soon!

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 4-H Dog Expo

The Ohio 4-H Dog Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members (AND their dogs) to learn skills to help them be more successful with their 4-H dog projects. Teamwork between the 4-H member and their dog is emphasized throughout the sessions. Dog Expo is open to all 4-H dog project members and their dogs, whether this is their first year or they have been taking dogs for several years. Experienced 4-H dog volunteers and resource people will be present to help 4-H members. Dog project members are welcome to attend at no cost if they are not bringing a dog. Dog advisors are welcome to attend without dogs at no cost.

When: Saturday, April 27, 9:00am-2:30pm.

Registration deadline is April 15.

Two State 4-H Camp Opportunities

4-H Camp Tech is from June 5-7 for youth entering grades 6, 7 and 8. You'll explore all things tech-y from programming with Google to virtual reality to robotics and more! Details at

And you can learn about life in another culture and learn about making a difference at 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp, from June 10-14. Youth entering grades 8, 9 and 10 will spend three days at OSU discovering how agriculture can impact global food issues, then travel to Howell, Michigan for an over experience at the Heifer Global Village. Find out more at

Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps

Piedmont Shooting Sports Camp

  • Ages 9-13
  • Hosted By: 4-H Camp Piedmont
  • Camp dates are June 8-10, 2019
  • Cost: $150

Junior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 9 - 12

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are June 28-30, 2019
  • Cost: $225.00

Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 14-19, 2019
  • Cost: $325.00

For more information visit

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