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Franklin County 4-H News - November 3, 2020

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 2021 projects now! Download the Family Guide at

Congratulations Honor Clubs!

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4-H Enrollment Now Open

You can now re-enroll in 4-H for 2021. This year, the online enrollment system has gotten an upgrade to 4-HOnline 2.0. It will look different as it is now mobile friendly but log in information from last year will continue to be used this year. 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 new enrollment system.

Download the Re-Enrollment Step by Step Guide

Re-Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H

Download the NEW Member Enrollment Step by Step Guide

NEW Member Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

2021 4-H Project Book Options

It's never to early to think about your projects for next summer! Here are some great ways to get your books.

  • Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. This year, a selection of 4‑H Cloverbud activities is available too. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit

  • Order and pick up project books at the Extension Office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. To make an appointment to purchase a book at the office, call (614)866-6900, option 6.

  • Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.

  • Make your own. Self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project.

Give the Gift of Learning and Fun this Holiday!

Need a fun gift idea for the 4-H member in your family? Consider making a 4-H project themed gift basket complete with a project book and supplies to complete the project. Here are some fun ideas!

Explore the Outdoors Gift Basket

  • Project Book #611
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tree/Plant/Insect/Animal Field Guides
  • Water Bottle

Rockets Away! Solid-Fuel Rockets Gift Basket

  • Project Book #503
  • Estes Rocket
  • Rocket Launchpad
  • Engine Packs
  • Wadding

Let's Start Cooking Gift Basket

  • Project Book #459
  • Apron
  • Oven Mitt
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Baking Mat

2020 Ohio 4-H Awards Event

Due to the cancellation of the Ohio 4-H Conference in March, the recipients of state awards were unable to receive in-person recognition. In lieu of the in-person ceremony, a virtual event will be held on December 1, 2020, at 7:00pm.

Franklin County is very excited to share that Brooke Fleshman will be receiving the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame award. Please consider registering for the event to cheer her on and support her.

Register Here:

Camp Counselor Applications - Deadline December 31

Applications are now being accepted for teens interested in serving as new or returning camp counselors at the 2020 Franklin County 4-H Camp, Sunday, June 13, through Thursday, June 17. Individuals thinking of applying should check out the position description and application details found HERE.

Important - New and returning counselors must apply. Note that applicants that were not counselors in 2020 will provide contact information (email) for two references in the application. Prior to completing the application, new applicants MUST contact and receive permission to list them as a reference.


  • Must be a 4-H member in good standing & complete at least one project
  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp (June 13, 2021)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training. The first training meeting will take place on February 8 at 6:30pm. Additional training dates will be released at another time.
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • Member in Good Standing Forms will be sent to club advisors of all applicants
  • Applicants that were not counselors in 2020 must submit contact information for two references (contact the reference prior to listing them in your application).
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 13, 2021, must also submit to a background check


  • All applications are due December 31, 2020


  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill the application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process. All first-time counselors must complete the interview process while returning counselors will complete an interview if requested.

Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council

You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2021. 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 19, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

March 23, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

April 27, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

August 24, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

September 28, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

October 26, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

November 23, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

December 14, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

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

(2020 members must reapply.)

Fashion Board Applicatons

The Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board is accepting applications for members in 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 12 years old or older by 1/1/21
  • Previously completed at least one clothing construction 4-H project
  • Planning to complete at least one clothing project this year (it can be construction or consumer)
  • A bright, motivated 4-H’er willing help organize events for Franklin County clothing participants and to assist with various activities surrounding judging and the fashion review

2021 Fashion Board Application:

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2020

Direct all Fashion Board questions to advisor, Samantha Brill at:

Junior Fair Award Feedback Survey

Ribbons, Trophies, and T-shirts, Oh My! The Franklin County Junior Fair Board is seeking feedback on the awards that participants receive at the Franklin County Fair. Answer the questions below to help them decide on awards for future Franklin County Fairs.

Take the Survey Here

2020 Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth

Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation for this year’s Celebration of Youth event on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00. This year, for the first time, the virtual event is open to everyone free of charge. Participants will enjoy a program featuring many Ohio 4-H members and an online auction. Funds raised from Celebration of Youth support Ohio 4-H programming and operations to help engage youth across Ohio’s 88 counties. Please visit for event details, sponsorship information, and registration for the event.

Event Details:

  • November 5, 2020 at 7:00
  • Virtual and free, but must register at
  • Online auction and opportunities to donate
  • Fun program hearing from National 4-H CEO, our Ohio 4-H members and a few others

Careers in Fashion Videos

Ohio 4-H offered a Careers in Fashion virtual SPIN club over the summer. Many of the sessions were recorded. Anyone interested in watching the sessions can do so at

Club Fundraising & Community Service

Ohio 4-H has developed 4-H Club Fundraising and Community Service Guidance to assist clubs with these activities. The guidance is in addition to the already developed Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings and Events, which provides detailed information on sanitizing, physical distancing, mask wearing, etc. This information can be found

Friends of 4-H Camp Ohio

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Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: FK546
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