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Franklin County 4-H News - February 2020

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You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2020. 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.

- ADVISORS: Forward this newsletters to new members that may not be enrolled online yet.

- If you are no longer in Franklin County 4-H, please feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.


Again this year, each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used last year (for both 4-H enrollment and fair entries)! Enroll at

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 2020 before submitting enrollment. Please remove last year's projects if you aren't taking them again!

Changes can be made to your project selections until the 4-H enrollment deadline on April 1, 2019. Email Kathy Bohanan by April 1 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 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 or club treasurer.
Ohio 4-H RE-Enrolling in 4-HOnline
Ohio 4-H Enrolling in 4-HOnline

New 4-H Family Orientation

If you are brand new to 4-H we are inviting you to attend the 4-H New Family Orientation on April 30! Come and join us for several hands-on learning stations that will teach and answer questions on projects, 4-H books, fair, camp, judging, Cloverbuds, Quality Assurance, and more. This day is just for new 4-H members (0-2 years) and families! There will be giveaways! We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

Address: 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

4-H Project Requirement Guide - Available Now!

Are you investigating projects for this year? Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? Make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE.

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building Open House

Join us to celebrate 150 years of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

You will have the opportunity to visit the new Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, explore through hands-on and interactive displays, and enjoy a wagon ride around the property at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.

Parking and shuttles to/from the Waterman property are available on West Campus at Carmack Parking Lot 5, 1091 Carmack Rd.

The CFAES Open House is being held in conjunction with the University Sesquicentennial Open House with various locations/events across campus. Learn more at

DATE: Saturday, March 21, 2020

TIME: 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory

Parking/Shuttle from West Campus at Lot 5, 1091 Carmack Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210


Franklin County 4-H Camp Registration Opening March 15

All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through 13, are invited to join the adventure at 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, and so much more!

Financial aid is available in the form of partial camperships for 4-H families with financial need. Campership applications are due April 5.

Date: June 17-21, 2020
More Information:


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, 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
  • College scholarships are available for active CARTEENS presenters
  • Fun! Friends! A chance to brush up on your public speaking skills!

If you are interested, contact Sue Hogan at:

All Families Welcome at Plowboy Prom

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Franklin County 4-H Unites for Community Service & Healthy Living

4-H Walk & Serve - More information found at this WEBSITE:

Everyone is welcome to participate in the 4-H Walk & Serve! If your club is not hosting a non-profit organization that day, don't worry! You can still participate! The Walk & Serve will showcase 15 non-profit organizations that serve Central Ohio and beyond. 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!


You can help promote Walk & Serve with your school, co-workers, family, friends, and community. Please share with your teachers and school administrators!


Time to hit the road for the fourth annual Franklin County Clover 5K in Hilliard on April 4th! The Clover 5K is a fundraiser to support the Walk & Serve community service event.

Both events are back-to back at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Sign up today for only $25 (price increases on February 26). Registration includes t-shirt, post race made-to-order omelet and the satisfaction that you made a difference in the community. For more info, visit

Please promote this event on social media. You can also use the below flyer to print and hang, or to post on your school's online calendar. Your help with publicity can also be mentioned on your county award forms!

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Please consider donating items for the Clover 5K and Walk & Serve. This is a great way for clubs that aren't facilitating a service station at the event to get involved.

  • Items that can be used for runner awards or door prizes:
    (Drop off at the Kunz-Brundige Extension Building prior to April 1.)
    - themed baskets
    - gift cards

  • Items for the runner goodie bags: like restaurant coupons, lip balm, granola bars

  • Other items needed for some of the Walk & Serve service projects:
    (Bring to the Walk & Serve event.)
    - sour cream & cottage cheese plastic containers (empty and clean)
    - newspapers, comics or the black print, no ads please

If you have questions, contact Amy.

Look at newsletter devoted to Walk & Serve and Clover 5K.

Franklin County 4-H Sewing Clinic

SAVE THE DATE! The Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board is offering a clinic for 4-H members that want to take the Sew Fun project this year. The clinic offers participants to complete most of the Sew Fun project book as well as make the required skirt - all in two days! No prior sewing experience is needed. For questions, contact Sam Brill at

When: June 5 (4-8pm) and June 6 (8am-noon)

Registration: Coming Soon!

Bottle Cap Drive Deadline Approaching

Last year the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council challenged 4-H families to collect bottle caps to be made into benches for the new Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building and/or the Franklin County Fairgrounds. We are pleased with the amount of lids that have been donated and are excited to continue the bench making process.

Our deadline for cap collection is April 1. You can drop off your caps at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building; 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Brundige Legacy Foundation Grant Opportunities

We are pleased to announce the creation of a wonderful opportunity for Franklin County 4-H members, volunteers, and clubs. The Brundige Legacy Foundation has been established at The Columbus Foundation. The Fund seeks to provide grant opportunities to Franklin County 4-H members and clubs in Franklin County. It is intended to allow the creation of new opportunities for 4-H youth in Franklin County. The program guidelines are as follows:

Amount: Up to $1,000 per proposal

Applicant Eligibility: Any 4-H members and/or clubs in Franklin County 4-H

Requirements: Any 4-H club applying must have a current Ohio 4-H club charter, an active checking account, and follow all Ohio 4-H requirements and guidelines for club finance management. Checks will be made out in the club's name.

Application: Submit up to a two-page letter summarizing the following:

- The project

- The financial plan (including other funding that has been raised/secured)

- The dates and locations of the planned activities

Deadline: The application is a rolling process with no deadline. However, the Foundation desires to be a lead partner and requests that projects be submitted at least three-six months before the anticipated activities.

Click here to download the complete application

Grant Requests should be sent to:

The Brundige Legacy Foundation

Attention: Steven Moore

The Columbus Foundation

1234 E. Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43205

All 4-H members taking a horse project (this does not include horseless horse) 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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 6:30pm, Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH

Monday, May 11, 2020 6:30pm, Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH


REQUIRED Horse Forms Due April 1, 2020

Permission to Participate in Horse Projects
Equine Activities Disclosure
Horse ID Form
Horse Lease Guidelines

Horse Royalty Applications - Due April 1 (not postmarked)

Spring Equine Youth Clinic
- May 2, 2020

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 1, 7:00pm
- May 6, 7:00pm
- June 1, 7:00pm

Franklin County 4-H Horse Website -

Horse Vaccination Requirements

The Franklin County Fair is requiring all horses exhibiting at the fair to have documentation that their horse has received the following core horse vaccines. All of the vaccinations must be done in 2020.

  • Eastern/Western Equine encephalomyelitis
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • West Nile
  • Flu/Rhino
  • A negative coggins will also need to be provided for 2020.

4-H members will provide the proof of vaccinations/negative coggins on the 2020 Vaccine and Coggins Requirements form. The form is due to the club advisor by June 6th to include with the Stall Request form.

Protocol standards are:

  • Unvaccinated animals need an initial vaccine followed by a booster in 3 weeks.
  • All previously vaccinated horses need only the booster vaccine.
  • Rabies is the only exception - only need the yearly dose, no booster in previously unvaccinated.
  • It is recommended that Booster vaccines occur within 2 months of fair for adequate protection. Especially since the respiratory viruses have shorter protection periods.

NEW! Horse Member Grading

There are some new changes and requirements to pre-fair horse project evaluations and grading. Get all of the important information here:

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 15, 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 15, 2020

Time: 7:00pm
(The update will start after a brief 4-H Council meeting.)

Where: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

2548 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

Parking: Free Parking


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 Transportation and the Challenge event will take place on June 13.

More Information:
Deadline to Order LEGO Kit: March 20, 2020
Deadline to Register Club for Event:
May 1, 2020


2020 Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship Winners
Sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Council

Citizenship Washington Focus: Elijah Voorhees

Citizenship Washington Focus: Kathrine Douglass

Leadership Washington Focus: Kristina Ma

Leadership Washington Focus: Jack Boomershine

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Piper Brill

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Ivy Smith

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: Alexia Pennington

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Brooke Fleshman

Livestock Possession Deadlines

All 4-H members taking livestock projects to the Franklin County Fair should download the LIVESTOCK REQUIRMENT SUMMARY which has information regarding deadlines for possession and other requirements.

Poultry Project Update

Due to an antigen shortage this year, there will not be a requirement for Pullorum testing for poultry this year as there has been previously.


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

Franklin County 4-H will be holding two sessions (pick one):

  • April 25, 2020, 9:00am - Kunz Brundige Franklin County Extension Building; 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210; No registration required.

  • May 26, 2020, 6:30pm - Kunz Brundige Franklin County Extension Building; 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210; No registration required.

Another Option Available

  • ASE Feed & Supply holds a free LQA program at Tolles Career & Technical Center on March 19, 6:15pm. Register at

Other approved LQA’s throughout central Ohio will be shared as the Extension Office receives them.

Important Swine Project Information

IMPORTANT! The Franklin County Fair will be ractopamine-free in 2020. If you are taking a swine project in 2020, you MUST read the resources found at this link prior to purchasing your pig.

Attention: High School Students

The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at the Ohio State University and Central State University and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business.

In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

ExploreAg will offer four FREE camp sessions in 2020!

Session 1- June 14-19 - The Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 2-June 21-26 - The Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 3-July 5-10 - Central State University
Session 4- July 12-17 - The Ohio State University ATI Campus


Survey Takers Wanted

4-H Member, Kristina Ma, is collecting survey data for her 4-H Self Determined Government project. Please consider taking her survey to help.

For Adults:

For Students:


Ohio 4-H Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp at Kelleys Island has offered hundreds of young people the opportunity to learn about aquatic science and experience a variety of recreational watersports on Lake Erie. Sea Camp is offered to youth ages 15-17 (age as of July 11, first day of camp).

The mission of Ohio 4-H Sea Camp is to offer teenage youth an introduction to the Great Lakes through hands-on experiences in a variety of aquatic-based programs. Sea Camp will enable participants to experience Lake Erie-based activities and culture such as aquatic science, water recreation, and fishing. The program is a supervised, educational environment fostered by Ohio 4-H and The Ohio State University.

Get more information here!

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 26-28, 2020
  • Cost for Ohio 4-H Junior Shooting Education Camp is $230.00

Ohio 4-H Senior Shooting Education Camp

  • Ages 12 - 18

  • Hosted by: Canter's Cave 4-H Camp Inc.
  • Camp dates are: July 19-24, 2020
  • Cost of Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp is $330.00

For more information visit

Camp Canopy

Jun 7-12, 2020

Have you ever wondered what types of trees are in Ohio's forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? If so, Camp Canopy is the place to be! Camp is held at FFA Camp Muskingum, located on Leesville Lake in the beautiful rolling hills of Carroll County, Ohio. Any student who has completed 8th grade through seniors graduating the year of camp are welcome to participate. Be prepared to obtain valuable forestry information, make many new friends and HAVE FUN!!!

OSU Extension, Franklin

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit

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