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Franklin County 4-H News - October 7, 2022

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 2023 projects now! Download the Family Guide at

Copies of the Family Guide will be mailed to all of last year's 4-H families in the next couple of months. Advisors wishing to have copies for new members can pick some up at the Extension Office beginning in November.

Congratulations, 4-H Members!

The annual 4-H recognition program took place on October 2. What a great turnout! So many of our 4-H youth were recognized for their 2022 achievements in the 4-H program. After the awards ceremony, fun was had by all participating in the carnival games and enjoying ice cream and popcorn. More pictures from the program can be found on our Facebook page at

4-H Council By-Law Update & Meeting

The November 2022 4-H Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2022, at the Franklin County Extension Office at 7:00pm.

During the meeting, members will have the opportunity to review and vote on proposed updates to 4-H Council By-Laws. We will are also looking for nominations for officers. Please consider lending your hands to larger service by serving on the Franklin County 4-H Council.

Note that each club has a vote at 4-H Council meetings. Please make sure your club is represented.

Carving New Ideas Teen Workshop

Carving New Ideas (CNI) is a statewide camping opportunity that focuses on workforce development, future forward thinking, and program facilitation for 4-H members in grades 8-12. Campers develop their leadership skills while making new friends from across Ohio. Held at 4-H Camp Ohio, this fall camping experience fosters new ways of thinking as older youth begin to look toward their future careers and education paths. Hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University, Collegiate 4-H members serve as session presenters, camp counselors, advisors, and more.


  • It's Game Show Mania with activities and opportunities to match
  • The fee is $75
  • Registration closes 10/25
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Franklin County 4-H Camp Counselors

Applications are now available. The process will also require a club advisor form regarding your club involvement along with an interview.

**There are a limited number of positions**

Due to the success of the program (camp) and the large number of applications, not everyone who completes the application process will receive a position.

Requirements: youth who are 14 years old by camp can apply. Applicants should have:

  • good attendance with their 4-H Club
  • demonstrate their attention to deadlines at the club level
  • completed a 4-H project in 2022
  • if they have attended camp, but aren't a 4-H member, they need to have contacted a club and have plans for club membership


  • to prioritize camp meetings in their schedule
  • new counselors should plan to attend 30-40 hours of training/meetings
  • returning counselors need to have a minimum of 24 hours of training/meetings
  • to fully participate in the activities at meetings and to attend Camp Counselor Workshop (weekend in April)
  • to practice camp songs, games, dances
  • be actively involved in planning one evening recreation at camp and help lead classes
  • plan to attend camp in its entirety including set-up and clean-up (June 13-17, 2023)
  • and many more that will be shared and discussed with applicants and their parents

Applications and more information can be found here!

Franklin County Teen Leaders Council

You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2023. 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 on the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30.

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. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service-learning projects.

Tentative Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 24, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

February 28, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

March 28, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

April 25, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

September 26, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

October 24, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

November 28, 2023 6:30-8:30pm

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

(2022 members must reapply.)

Franklin County Fashion Board

They meet monthly (January - July), often on Sunday afternoons in Hilliard but have also planned other dates/times when attending field trips and exhibits.

Requirements: Open to 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience) who are at least 12 years of age (by 1/1/23)! The board is looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers who want to learn more about clothing and textiles.


  • help with a station at the Winter Project Fair
  • help plan and conduct a county sewing workshop
  • organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants
  • read the fair fashion review narration cards
  • assist with various activities surrounding the judging and the fashion review

Fill out the application today!

Deadline to apply 12/1/2022


They typically meet the first or second Tuesday, monthly, at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Requirements: Youth must have their driver's license or temps with 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

National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the fall 2022 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). The fall 2022 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place October 5th-16th. Shoppers at all Franklin County TSC stores will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Franklin County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H and will support Franklin County 4-H camp scholarships and leadership activities.

4-H Volunteer / Club Advisor Orientation

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer and helping a 4-H Club? 4-H Advisors must be screened Ohio 4-H Volunteers. This process takes several steps. One of which is to attend an orientation. Two are currently scheduled for the 2021-2022 4-H year.

October 24, 2022, 6:30pm (Extension Office)
February 13, 2023, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

If you are interested in attending the orientation please contact Rachel Stoneburner at to register.

If you would like to start the process to apply to be a 4-H advisor, click HERE for the application.

4-H Dog Club Open House

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WestFest is an annual public engagement event that highlights STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs at The Ohio State University and beyond. WestFest brings together STEM units from across campus and select community partners to present family-friendly activities. The event is funded by the Ohio State Energy Partners and is organized through the volunteer efforts of the WestFest Planning Committee.

Date: October 15, 2022

Time: 10am - 2pm

Location: West Campus Quad - 1090 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

More Info:

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OSU Extension, Franklin

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