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Franklin County 4-H News - January 2022

4-H Meetings and Health Guidelines

Don't forget that all 4-H clubs are required to follow the Ohio 4-H guidelines for in-person meetings and events. In addition to the Ohio 4-H guidelines, clubs must follow state/local health department COVID guidance, if issued.

Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2022 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across the State of Ohio. The objective of this event is to learn together and from each other in order to improve our abilities to deliver the Ohio 4-H Program to its members. The educational selections offer something for everyone and have the ability to satisfy every taste and need.

When: March 12, 2022

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Franklin County 4-H Council graciously pays the registration fee for current Franklin County 4-H Advisors and teen members who register by the deadline.

Registration materials can be found here:

Annual Club Financial Summaries

Attention 4-H Club Leaders: Every club must submit the annual financial summary by January 31. You can find the summary in two different versions:

1. From the state website

2. From the county website (download, save, and email)

Winter Project Fair & Officer Training

The annual Winter Project Fair is back to an in-person event this year! This event is a great opportunity for members to explore projects opportunities or for new families that are interested in joining 4-H. Lots of project displays and activities will keep participants engaged.

Officer training will be incorporated into the Winter Project Fair this year. There will be stations for each officer position. Members who participate in one of the officer stations will receive an officer pin as well as a certificate of participation.

What: Winter Project Fair & Officer Training Day

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds Edwards Building

Food concessions will be available as a fundraiser for the Teen Leaders Council.


The 4-H CARTEENS program typically meets the first or second Tuesday, monthly, at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Requirements: Youth must have their driver's license or temps with a plan to get their license.

Other Information:

  • Teen drivers interested in leadership/community service opportunities should join CARTEENS!
  • Use your skills to teach court-mandated teens with driving offenses once a month.
  • Items like gift cards and college scholarships are great incentives for CARTEENS members.

No application is required. Contact Sue Hogan for more information at

NEW! Mandatory Training for Club Advisors

Ohio 4-H now requires ALL official 4-H volunteers to participate in at least one hour of training facilitated by county 4-H professionals. This mandate has been put into place by the state 4-H office. For reference, the requirements to maintain official Ohio 4-H volunteer status include:

  1. Re-enroll in the 4-HOnline database EVERY YEAR
  2. Complete the Ohio 4-H Protecting Minors From Abuse Training EVERY YEAR
    1. The online module will be available soon.
  3. NEW! Complete one hour of mandatory training for 4-H volunteers EVERY YEAR
  4. Complete a fingerprint background check every four years

In light of this new requirement and the current public health concerns, an assortment of opportunities and ways to complete the training will be offered. These many options should help you find a training that will meet your comfort level as well as provide you with valuable resources to help you manage your club. Remember, every volunteer is required to attend one of the following options to maintain their official volunteer status.

Tuesday, February 1, 6:00 p.m.

Franklin County Fairgrounds

4100 Columbia Street, Hilliard, OH 43026

Edwards Building

Wednesday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Thursday, March 3, 12:00 noon

Zoom: See volunteer email for link.

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Zoom: See volunteer email for link.

Save the Date: Walk & Serve and Clover 5K

4-H Walk & Serve

The 2022 Franklin County 4-H Walk & Serve will be held on Saturday, April 2. Mark your calendars and invite all of your family and friends!

  • Area 4-H clubs adopt a local non-profit organization.
  • The club members learn about that organization, how it serves the community, and how they can help meet some of those needs.
  • The clubs purchase and prepare all of the supplies needed to make/assemble a cool project to be completed at the event by the public that comes to the event.
  • Example: Great Expectations and the FC Shooting Sports Club adopt Mash Pantry. They purchase supplies to make dinner kits for veterans. Then at the event, the club members help the public assemble the dinner kits.
  • Grant funds are available to help clubs purchase supplies.

All Franklin County 4-H Clubs are encouraged to consider working with a non-profit organization and participating in the Walk & Serve this year. Contact Amy Fleshman with questions at

Clover 5K

Get your walking shoes ready. The annual walk/run has been a valuable fundraiser for the Franklin County 4-H program and we're excited to announce its return for 2022! The Clover 5K will be held the morning of the Walk & Serve on April 2. Look for registration materials soon.

Information will be available soon for both events at (site currently under construction).

Selecting Your 4-H Project

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 2022 projects now! Family guides will soon be mailed to all families who participated in 4-H last year or download the Family Guide now at

4-H Project Requirement Guide

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. The project requirement guides explain what is required to complete each project.

4-H Enrollment Now Open

Once you know what project(s) you're taking, you should re-enroll in 4-H for 2022. 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 enrollment system.
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

Trip Scholarships

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: June 19-24, 2022 (Ages 15 and older)

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2022 (Ages 15 and older)

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 12-17, 2022 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 15-19, 2022 (Ages 15 and older)


  • 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 21, 2022 (deadline extension).
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)
    *Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which are beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 13-17, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 18-24, 2022

State Achievement Awards

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 2022.

  • 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 21, 2022 (deadline extension).
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)
    *Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

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.

New 4-H Volunteer Orientation

Volunteers help make 4-H possible and are an essential part of the overall program. More than 300,000 youth and adult volunteers participate in the Ohio 4-H program each year. 4-H volunteers have the opportunity to contribute their time, energies, talents, and knowledge to help develop youth in a positive, educational way. The Franklin County 4-H program is dependent on its incredible adult volunteers to reach the youth of our county. Each time a new volunteer gets involved with the 4-H program, the number of children that benefit from 4-H programs increases!

Is someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer advisor? All 4-H volunteers must complete the Ohio 4-H volunteer screening process, which includes an application, a completed background check, and a volunteer orientation. The orientation session for new 4-H volunteers for the upcoming 2022 4-H season will be held on February 8, 2022. If you know someone planning to attend, please have them register by emailing Rachel Stoneburner at

Other Opportunities

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