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Franklin County 4-H News - March 2017 - Edition 2.0

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2017. 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.


NEW THIS YEAR! Each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment, preferably at a club meeting where your advisor can help you. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used to make your fair entries last summer!

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 2017 before submitting your enrollment.

Changes can be made to your project selections until the 4-H enrollment deadline on April 3, 2017. Email Beth Boomershine 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 this year 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.

Franklin County 4-H Camp Registration Now Open

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to “sail away” and attend 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, geo-cache treasure hunting, and so much more!

Date: June 13-17, 2017
More Information:

Cloverbud Day Camp

Cloverbud Camp is an annual day-long event open to all youth who have completed kindergarten through second grade, including those who are non-Cloverbud members. Kids will enjoy crafts, games, and other science-based activities. An adult must be present throughout the program and can chaperone up to six children. Participants must bring their own lunch and water.

Registration Coming Soon!


When visiting the new Extension Office, please note that there is parking in front and behind the building but please use the rear parking lot for meetings and events that happen in the evening. The front doors lock after business hours. The Extension Office is on the second floor of the building.

  • 530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
  • The phone number will stay the same: (614) 866-6900
  • We will no longer have faxing capabilities.


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 from 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 scholarship towards the purchase of books, etc. in late fall of 2017.
  • 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:

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!


Help with promotion to your school, co-workers, family, friends, 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
  • Share the event Facebook post!
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Time to hit the road for the second annual Franklin County Clover 5K in Hilliard on April 8th! The Clover 5K is a fundraiser to support the Walk & Serve community service event. Our fun run takes you around the fairgrounds, to the Heritage Rail Trail, and back to the start. Post-race activities include line dances, camp songs, and create your own omelets. Sign up today for our early bird pricing - $25. Registration includes a t-shirt, post race snacks, and the satisfaction that you made a difference in the community. For more info, visit

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 25, 2017, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 11, 2017, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH


REQUIRED Horse Forms Due April 3, 2017 (May be turned in at Extension Office or at the Horse Advisory Committee Meeting on April 3)
Horse Royalty Applications - Due April 1 (not postmarked)

Spring Equine Youth Clinic
- May 6, 2017

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 3, 7:00pm
    - May 1, 7:00pm
    - June 5, 7:00pm


  • The Horse Advisory Committee is still raising funds to complete the installation of new stalls at the fairgrounds. This is needed for the safety of the horses!
  • Only 12 more stalls are needed. Let's get them in place before fair!
  • Become a sponsor. Purchase a stall for $1,500 and get your name on the stall!
  • Other sponsorship levels also available.
  • Click here for more information.

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

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 19, 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 19, 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Where: New Extension Office

530 W. Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Parking: Free Parking in Rear Lot


2017 Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship Winners
Sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Council

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Sarah Coon

Citizenship Washington Focus: Carson Fulks

Citizenship Washington Focus: Sara Deakin

Leadership Washington Focus: Katherine Douglass

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Rachel Berk

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Carlie Caoua

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Lauren Hitt

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Jacob Mishne

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Callie Caoua

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: Amanda Morgan


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 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! and the Challenge event will take place on June 3.

Deadline to Order LEGO Kit: March 20, 2017
Deadline to Register Team:
April 15, 2017


On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production were implemented. The agency’s effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production and bringing therapeutic use in feed and water – to treat, control or prevent spe­cific disease – under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers will all face new requirements. This affects everyone (including 4-H members as youth producers) keeping, owning, and/or raising food-producing animals.

Ohio 4-H members (parents/guardians) are the owners/caretakers of their livestock projects and will need to obtain any VFD they might need to properly care for their food-producing animals. To write a VFD, veterinarians must personally see the 4-H members’ animals, become acquainted with their care, and have done so recently enough (within the last six months) that they can make medical judgements.

It is very important that 4-H members and their families establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Click on this link to download the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families. It contains important information to read and understand when taking Ohio 4-H food-producing animal projects, even if they are not intended for food production.


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 June 1. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

  • Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 26, 6:30pm at the new Extension Office. 530 W Spring St. Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Other approved LQA’s are shared below.
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4-H Alumni: Raise Your Hand

National 4-H is asking you, and the millions of 4‑H alumni across the nation to Raise Your Hand and Pay It Forward to empower the next generation of True Leaders.

Joining is easy:

  1. Raise Your Hand – Complete the form below to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
  2. Compete for Ohio – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised. Ohio is currently in first place by only 100 votes. Help us win!
  3. Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at 4‑


Ohio 4-H Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp invites teens age 13- 18 (as of January 1, 2017) from across Ohio to “get your feet wet” as you learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine-related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake.

For more information visit:

4-H Film Project Day

Lights! Camera! Action! If you want to know more about making films, joins us for 4-H Film Project Day on April 8 at the Nationwide & Ohio 4-H Farm Bureau Center in Columbus. Cinematographer, Scott Spears, will teach film basics and you’ll help make a short film. Limited to just 16 participants; find the details at

Engaging with Insects Day Camp

Engaging with Insects – Summer Day Camp is back! Young entomologists interested in learning about the little creatures that really rule the world are invited for a week of hands-on experiences with experts from OSU’s Triplehorn Insect Collection and the Department of Entomology. The camp runs June 26-30 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Details at

STEM Teen Bioscience Summer Camp

High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the STEM Biosciences Summer Camp, hosted by OSU’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center. Participants will explore technology and career opportunities through activities and field trips. The application is at and the deadline to apply is March 31.

4-H Camp Tech

Registration for 4-H Camp Tech is open! Camp Tech is a three-day, overnight camp held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the OSU campus in Columbus. Campers participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities including, robotics, engineering design and coding. 4-H Camp Tech is for all youth entering grades 6, 7 and 8 in fall 2017. Find all the details here:

4-H Space Adventure Camp

4-H Space Adventure Camp at Marietta College is for boys and girls ages 11 to 13 and/or students who were 5th to 7th graders during this school year. You will have the opportunity to explore the world of flight and science as you build and test flying machines, conduct computer flight simulations, learn about the principles of aerodynamics and gain an overview of the development of the space flight program.

The three action-packed days will take you through an exciting adventure in 'hands-on' learning including:

  • building and flying hot air balloons, model rockets and other 'things that fly'
  • touring the universe within a planetarium
  • exploring the stars and planets
  • learning about an astronaut's life on a mission
  • computer flight simulation and space exploration
  • launching your model rocket
  • participating in a special graduation ceremony

This camp fills up quickly!


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 30 - July 2, 2017
  • 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 23 - 28, 2017
  • Cost of Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp is $325.00

For more information visit

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What is the difference between 4-H Enrollment and Fair Entries?

  • When you enroll in 4-H you are becoming a member of the world's largest youth serving organization! This year, Franklin County's enrollment deadline is April 3, 2017. By submitting your enrollment online, the county Extension and 4-H office receives the member's information. With your contact information, the county office is able to communicate important information about county and statewide opportunities through a monthly newsletter or news updates. Your club's advisor also receives that information so they can communicate with you too. A member who enrolls in a 4-H project by April 3, also has the opportunity to participate in 4-H project evaluations, shows and contests that are hosted by the Franklin County Fair.

  • The Franklin County Fair, a separate organization, has been offering fun and educational opportunities for Franklin County residents including youth organizations such as 4-H and Scouts for over a century. In order for the fair to prepare for all of those, they need members of those youth organizations to make fair entries. A fair entry will be made for 4-H project evaluations that take place at fair events, as well as the many contests that take place at fair events such as the Creative Baking Contest and the Interlocking Block Contest. With these entries, the fair is able to organize the events along with all of the ribbons and awards that go along with them. This year, fair entries are due on June 10, 2017.

  • Thankfully, the fair utilizes a "sister" online entry system that communicates with our 4-H enrollment system. That way, entries are a bit easier and you can use the same email and password to log into both systems. You will receive information about fair entries in future newsletters from this newsletter and your 4-H club advisor.

  • FAIR FACT: The Franklin County Fair is run by very dedicated volunteers who serve on the Junior and Senior Fair Boards. The Junior Fair Board is made up of approximately 40 teens from the youth organizations that participate in fair activities. The deadline to apply to be on the fair board is in August. The Senior Fair Board is made up approximately 20 volunteer adults who are elected to three year terms during an election held each year on the last Saturday of the fair. Any county resident can vote for these board members that purchases a Franklin County Agricultural Society membership prior to the fair. You can purchase a membership by contacting the fair.

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