4-H's Response to COVID-19

To our 4-H Families:

It has been a quite a week with changes coming quickly. Thank you for your patience with our county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office, and OSU Extension. I know you have many questions:

  • When can we have club meetings?
  • Will there be summer camp?
  • Should we invest in projects?
  • What about fair?

The answer is at this point, we just don’t know. It is all changing rapidly. But what we do know for sure is that we’re committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19. We also know that when we choose to act together, we can have incredible positive impacts.

The actions we’ve taken so far are in alignment with necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health. These are in place to help keep us all from getting or unintentionally spreading this virus.

To help clarify, we are asking that ALL 4-H events, programs, and activities scheduled between now and April 20 be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.

For our livestock project members and families, Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Agriculture discussed some changes for this year that will help mitigate the effects that COVID-19 is having on holding in-person programming. For livestock quality assurance (LQA) for the 2020 year only:

  • LQA must still be completed before the opening day of exhibition, however the 45-day prior to the opening of the exhibition requirement will not be enforced.
  • Youth livestock exhibitors (8-18) may take the online YQCA certification.
  • As of right now, Franklin County 4-H is still offering two LQA session on April 25, and May 26. These are of course subject to an new developments that may come in the future.

In the coming days, we’ll post updates on our Facebook page, in the app, and on our website. We’ll also include links to resources that you and your children can use during their time at home. And we’ll do what we can to keep you updated as we learn new information.

Extension Office Hours

In order to comply with social distancing recommendations, the Franklin County Extension Office Is operating on an appointment only basis; however, all personnel are actively working. We ask that you please call or email to schedule an appointment if you need to come to the Extension Office.

Project Books: We understand that with school out, there may be more time to work on 4-H projects. If your club plans to pick up project books, Advisors need to email their book order to us ahead of time and schedule a time to pick them up. Please send all project book requests to Rachel at

We will stay in touch with everyone through multiple means of communication (email, website, and Facebook) as we do our best to move forward through this.

Franklin County 4-H Schedule Changes

This information is subject to change based on updates the 4-H program is receiving daily.

  • Club Meetings - All club meetings must be canceled or held virtually until April 20.

    - Advisors that would like help holding a virtual meeting should contact Beth or Rachel to make arrangements.

  • Ohio 4-H Conference, March 14 - CANCELLED

  • Camp Registration, Opening March 15 - DELAYED (It should open soon though!)

  • Camp Counselor Meeting, March 16 - VIRTUAL MEETING (Details will be sent to counselors)

  • Franklin County 4-H Council Meeting, March 18 - CANCELLED

  • Franklin County Teen Leaders Council, March 24 - CANCELLED

  • New Volunteer Orientation, March 25 - VIRTUAL (Details coming soon.)

  • Fashion Board, March 29 - POSSIBLY POSTPONED (TBD)

  • Camp Counselor Meeting, April 2 - VIRTUAL (Details coming soon.)

  • Walk & Serve, April 4 - POSTPONED to September 26 (More info coming soon)

  • Clover 5K, April 4 - POSTPONED to September 26 (More info coming soon)

  • Horse Committee, April 6 - POSSIBLY VIRTUAL

  • Backyard Poultry Production Vet Science Clinic, April 8 - CANCELLED

  • Horse Safety & Ethics, April 14 - TO BE DETERMINED

  • Franklin County 4-H Advisor Fair Update, April 15 - POSSIBLY VIRTUAL


With the cancellation of all 4-H club meetings until at least April 20, we realize that gathering enrollment information may be challenging for some clubs. For this reason, we are extending the deadline until April 15. Online enrollment will be active until April 15. Advisors can mail their club paperwork to the Extension Office or scan and email it to by the deadline. If the April 15 deadline is a hardship for you, please contact us so we can help your club make a plan.

IMPORTANT! - Horse possession and lease deadlines are still April 1, but the paperwork does not have to be in until April 15.

Ohio 4-H RE-Enrolling in 4-HOnline


We know that this disruption from school, events, and activities is frustrating. There are still ways to stay involved in 4-H though!

  • Consider doing your club project demonstrations by video and posting them on a club YouTube channel.

  • Consider using Google Hangout for club meetings or committee work.

  • Start working on your 4-H project or researching information about topics in your 4-H project.

  • Club safety, health, environmental, and community service officers can plan activities for when 4-H meetings resume.

Thank you for understanding

We know that these disruptions in our daily lives are difficult to understand and process but please know that the health and welfare of our 4-H members and their families is important to us. We all need to play a part in protecting each other. We will share further updates with you as they become available.

OSU Extension, Franklin

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