2018 4-H Advisor News

Important Information for Franklin County 4-H Club Advisors


Please take note of all of the information in this newsletter that we are sharing with Franklin County 4-H Advisors. THERE ARE MANY DEADLINES APPROACHING and we don't want you to miss anything.

2018 4-H Enrollment

We are now starting to enroll members for the 2018 4-H year! Again this year, each family will do their own online enrollment. Since there are no changes to the enrollment process this year, families may begin enrolling online immediately if you want. Or you can wait until you get your refresher at the 4-H Advisor Appreciation & Enrichment Night on January 22.



Monday, Jan. 22nd 2018 at 6pm

530 West Spring Street

Columbus, OH

PICK UP YOUR 2018 ENROLLMENT PACKETS AT THIS EVENT! All advisors should attend including: seasoned advisors (those with more than 5, 10, 20, even 30 years or more), advisors who’ve served several years, and all of those individuals “in the process” or planning to become advisors in 2018.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner served at 6:00pm.
  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2018
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

All advisors who register and attend will receive a useful token of appreciation for your service as an advisor along with enjoying a tasty dinner and a time of fellowship following the planned activities. Mark your calendar now and register in the box below by January 17!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Ohio 4-H Dog Advisor Training

Event date: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00am-3:45pm
Registration deadline: Postmark by Friday, January 19
LOCATION: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

Click here to download the registration form from the state 4-H dog event calendar.

  • YOU CAN ATTEND FREE! The first ten 4-H advisors to email their registration form to Beth will have their registration paid by the Franklin County 4-H program. (This is only possible if the form is received by her by January 17 so she has time to register you before the deadline.)


Ohio 4-H Horse Advisor Training

4-H Advisors of clubs with horses are encouraged to participate in the Ohio 4-H Horse Advisor Training to be held January 27, 9am-5pm. Sessions will include updates for the 2018 4-H Horse Program in addition to various presentations on horse management topics that will be useful to 4-H advisors, volunteers, educators, and horse owners.

Registration is due to the state office by January 15.

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor 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 2016-2017 4-H season will be held Feb. 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. If you know someone planning to attend, please have them register by emailing Christina Byrd at byrd.282@osu.edu.

Ohio 4-H Conference

The Ohio 4-H Conference is a dynamic conference for club advisors and teen 4-H members. Literally hundreds of sessions are geared toward enhancing 4-H programs in clubs, building leadership skills, and so much more.

The registration booklet and form are available on the state website at:

Registration forms and payments are due to the Franklin County Extension Office by February 5.
  • Current Franklin County teen 4-H members and club advisors will be able to attend for FREE if their registration is postmarked by February 5. As long as attendance at the conference is verified, your check will be shredded and not cashed. Those that don't show up to the conference will have their check cashed.
  • Parents and other non-4-H members are welcome to attend but should submit a separate check and expect it to be cashed.
  • Note that the deadline on the state's registration form is not for you. Get your registrations in the county office by February 5 so county staff has time to get your registrations to the state office via their registration system.
  • The sooner we get your registration, the sooner we can register you. Many of the popular sessions fill up quickly.

Ohio 4-H Winter Shooting Sports Workshop

4-H Advisors interested in becoming certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors may participate in this training. For more information, visit the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports website.

  • Registration Form

  • Winter Workshop

  • February 23 - 25, 2018

  • Registration is due on or before January 15, 2018


Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 10th 2018 at 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as 4-H members display their projects and lead hands-on activities.

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 10th 2018 at 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

4-H members who are currently club officers or who wish to become an officer should attend. This is an informative workshop with activities that will strengthen skills and knowledge in parliamentary procedure, officer duties, and club leadership.

4-H Council Meetings

Mark your calendars now to participate in the Franklin County 4-H Council meetings. Every club should be sending a representative because each club gets a vote on important issues. Meetings are held at 7:00pm at the OSU Extension, Franklin County Office, 530 W Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

2018 Meeting Schedule
February 28
June 6
September 19
November 14

Franklin County 4-H Poultry Clinic

An Introduction to Raising Backyard Chickens

Franklin County 4-H is pleased to announce a new clinic for 4-H families interested in taking 4-H chicken projects or just raising a flock of backyard chickens. This informative session will cover topics such as selection, housing, nutrition, health, as well as other subjects. The clinic is taught by OSU Extension, Franklin County's newest addition to the staff, Dr. Tim McDermott, Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator.

The clinic is free and open to the first 60 registrants. Each family will receive a free color copy of the Chicken Resource Book (143 pages) that Franklin County 4-H will be using this year to accompany record books.

Clinic Details:
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30pm
Where: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office
530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
Registration Link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_894l5ikZogi3U0Z

4-H Walk & Serve and Clover 5K

Please save the date of Saturday, April 7, 2018 for these 2 county wide events held at the Franklin County Fair Grounds in Hilliard.

  • Clubs who coordinated a non-profit station in 2017 have been contacted directly about their 2018 involvement.

  • Do you know a non-profit organization who has their 501(3)(c) status that would like to apply for adoption by a 4-H Club? They need to provide information about their organization and what type of hands-on project would benefit them on the Contact Us link on the 4-H Council website, https://4hcouncil.org/contact-us/

For those who aren't familiar with these events:

4-H Walk & Serve

We have at least 15 4-H Clubs who have each "adopted" a non-profit organization. The club learns about the organization's purpose and how we can help support them with a hands-on service project. The 4-H Council has received grant money that can help clubs purchase supplies. The club members prepare the supplies and work together on a plan of how to create a station at the event where the public is invited to attend to complete the service projects.

  • Example: The K-9 Wonderdogs 4-H Club discusses an organization to adopt. They agree to reach out to CHA Animal Shelter. The shelter shares with them what they do and what needs they may have. The club decides they would like to help with the need of dog blankets for the dog's comfort while they are at the shelter. The club has a fleece drive within the club membership and then supplements what is needed with the grant money and some from the club treasury to purchase additional fleece. They then prepare the fleece at an afternoon "Fleece Cutting Party" for the club members and their families. A couple of the members set up their station the night before the event. On the day of the event, they have enough members that they have created 2 shifts for their members to facilitate their club station. Someone from CHA Animal Shelter attends the event along with 2 dogs that are up for adoption. At the end of the event, the CHA representative takes the blankets for the shelter.

Clover 5K

This is the 3rd run/walk that we have held the same day as the 4-H Walk & Serve. Pre-registration will be available on January 22. Something new for 2018 will be that the entire course will be on the Franklin County Fairgrounds. It is open to the public and 4-H clubs will be asked to help promote the event.

Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

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 team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities, and are recognized at a closing celebration.

This year's theme is the Cloverbot Astro Challenge and is scheduled for June 9, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. For more information about how your club can participate in the Challenge, click HERE.

Cloverbud Connections Newsletter

Cloverbud Advisors! Be sure to check out the newest edition of "Cloverbud Connections" for some great activities and news to kick-off the new year! https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/ohio-4-h-cloverbud-connections


New! Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council Opportunities

4-H teens are invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2018. 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 the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30. The location will usually be at the Franklin County Extension Office located at, 530 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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. In 2018, TLC members will explore many different forms of government and meet local, county and state government officials. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service learning projects.

Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 30, 2018 6:30-8:30 Planning for officer training and Winter Fair.

February 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Fun Outing

March 27, 2018 TBD Explore a City Council Meeting

April 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Explore County Government

Assist with Walk and Serve

May 22, 2018 6:30-8:30 Visit the State House

June 26, 2018 6:00-9:00 Project Help Night

July 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 Post Fair Party

August 11, 2018 6:30-8:30 Adventure Outing

September 25, 2018 6:30-8:30 Meeting

October 23, 2018 6:30-8:30 Real Money, Real World

Assist with National 4-H Educators Conference

November 27, 2018 6:30-8:30 Service at the Ronald McDonald House

December 19, 2018 6:00-8:00 Holiday Celebration - Canvas and Cocoa

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

Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board Accepting Applications Now

Calling all 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience)! We are looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers hoping to help organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants and to assist with various activities surrounding judging and the fashion review.

All 2018 clothing project members who are at least 12 years of age by 1/1/18, and have at least one year of 4-H clothing construction experience are welcome to apply. Please complete the following application no later than January 17, 2018. Fashion Board advisors, Samantha Brill and Kim Cross, will notify individuals about selections soon after that. Fill out the application HERE.


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 a trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: July 1-7, 2018

4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. The program uses our nation’s capital as a classroom to foster youth appreciation, understanding and involvement in civic responsibility, government operations and current issues.

Leadership Washington Focus: July 16-20, 2018 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2018)

LWF is a 4-H leadership program for middle school youth. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. Participants build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action; practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking; work with others to create and accomplish goals; develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style, exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H'ers from across the nation; and experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 2-6, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

The State 4-H Leadership Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime, exciting, fun, challenging, in-depth, learn-by-doing leadership development experience. It is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. Leadership campers plan, conduct, and evaluate the program themselves!

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 7-11, 2018 (Ages 13 and older)

Experience marine biology first-hand at Kelley’s Island 4-H Camp on Lake Erie. Fishing ecology, marine navigation, snorkeling, sailing and much more.

Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 10-15, 2018 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Ever wonder what types of trees are in Ohio’s forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? This camp is for the nature lover and is held at Camp Muskingum in eastern Ohio.

Shooting Education Camp: July 8-13, 2018 (Ages13-18)

This camp will foster life skills in 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities that will enable boys and girls to reach their fullest potential as capable, caring and contributing citizens. This camp is held at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp in southern Ohio.

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: April 4-8, 2018 (Ages 15 and older)

Designed as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. Participants are encouraged and empowered to experiment with new activities, develop new abilities, expand their creativity, practice and master new leadership skills, share ideas and personal skills, establish new friendships, and develop networks of human resources.


  • 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 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 18-22, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 14-21, 2018


These 25 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Companion Animals, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Meat Goat, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking and Veterinary Science. 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, 2018.

  • 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 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)



State Junior Fair Board: SJFB is comprised of representatives from several different youth organizations in Ohio including 4-H Youth Development. State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast-paced, action-packed month at the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

OTA Local Government Award: Two $1,500 awards are available to any 4-H high school senior who has completed a local government-type activity that has had significant impact on the applicant's community, township or county.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2018.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)


There are over 20 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 this award/opportunity. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.


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 and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next couple CARTEENS will be held January 9 and February 13. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office at 530 W Spring Street.

Contact Sue for more info: hogan.239@osu.edu

4-H Farm Animal Special Interest Club Presenters Needed

A 4-H SPIN Club is a special interest, short term club where five or more young people learn about a topic of interest in an already existing program such as an afterschool program, a recreation center, etc. SPIN Clubs are designed to be educational, but in a fun way. A SPIN Club provides an opportunity for youth to experience some of the things that the 4-H program has to offer, but in a short time frame. The SPIN Club is held one time a week for one hour a day, generally in the summer, and is scheduled the same time each week.

The Farm Animal SPIN Club will be five weeks in duration, from June to August. There will be about 15-25 children attending the SPIN Club. Five 4-H older youth and/or adult 4-H volunteers are needed to teach individual sessions. You must enjoy working with children and be able to express yourself clearly in front of a group. The location has not yet been designated, but the program will be during the day. You must also be willing to transport at least one of the following animals, and discuss general information about the animal, their care, general use, etc. These are the presentations and the animals needed:

  • General Introductory Session
  • Piglet
  • Small goat
  • Chicken
  • Rabbit

If this is of interest to you, please contact Sue Hogan at hogan.239@osu.edu for additional information.

OSU Extension, Franklin County

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