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Franklin County 4-H News - November 2021

4-H Council Meeting Date Change

The November 2021 4-H Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in the Ganyard Building at the Franklin County Fairgrounds at 7:00pm.

We will are looking for nominations for officers. Please consider lending your hands to larger service by serving on the Franklin County 4-H Council. Our Secretary and Treasurer have served the maximum amount of their term and we are looking to welcome new officers.

Note that each club has a vote at 4-H Council meetings. Please make sure your club is represented.

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Recognition Packets Available For Pick-Up

Attention Advisors! If you have not picked up your club's recognition packet from the Picnic in the Park event, they are ready for pick-up at the Extension office. These packets contain end-of-the-year certificates, award pins, and other awards your members may have earned. If you would like to pick up your packet please email Rachel and she will have it ready for you.

4-H Meetings and Health Guidelines

Don't forget that all 4-H clubs are required to follow the Ohio 4-H guidelines for in-person meetings and events. In addition to the Ohio 4-H guidelines, clubs must follow state/local health department COVID guidance, if issued.

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 2022 projects now! Download the Family Guide at

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.
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

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

Teen Opportunities

Learn by Doing

There are many opportunities for the 4-H teens in Franklin County. Some deadlines are coming soon though! So this is a good time to begin discussions about what might be the next step for you!

Franklin County Teen Leaders Council

You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2022. 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 25, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

February 22, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

March 22, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

April 26, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

August 23, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

September 27, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

October 25, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

November 22, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

December 13, 2022 6:30-8:30pm

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

(2021 members must reapply.)

Franklin County Fashion Board

They meet monthly (January - July), often on Sunday afternoons in Hilliard but have also planned other dates/times when attending field trips and exhibits.

Requirements: Open to 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience) who are at least 12 years of age (by 1/1/22)! The board is looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers who want to learn more about clothing and textiles.


  • help with a station at the Winter Project Fair
  • help plan and conduct a county sewing workshop
  • organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants
  • read the fair fashion review narration cards
  • assist with various activities surrounding the judging and the fashion review

Fill out the application today!

Deadline to apply 12/1/2021


They typically meet the first or second Tuesday, monthly, at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Requirements: Youth must have their driver's license or temps with plan to get their license.

Other Information:

  • 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.
  • Items like gift cards and college scholarships are great incentives for CARTEENS members.

No application is required. Contact Sue Hogan for more information at

Franklin County 4-H Camp Counselors

Applications will be available in the fall. The process will also require a club advisor form regarding your club involvement along with an interview.

**There are a limited number of positions**

Due to the success of the program (camp) and the large number of applications, not everyone who completes the application process will receive a position.

Requirements: youth who are 14 years old by camp can apply. Applicants should have:

  • good attendance with their 4-H Club
  • demonstrate their attention to deadlines at the club level
  • completed a 4-H project in 2021
  • if they have attended camp, but aren't a 4-H member, they need to have contacted a club and have plans for club membership


  • to prioritize camp meetings in their schedule
  • new counselors should plan to attend 30-40 hours of training/meetings
  • returning counselors need to have a minimum of 24 hours of training/meetings
  • to fully participate in the activities at meetings and to attend Camp Counselor Workshop (weekend in April)
  • to practice camp songs, games, dances
  • be actively involved in planning one evening recreation at camp and help lead classes
  • plan to attend camp in it's entirety including set-up and clean-up (June 13-17, 2022)
  • and many more that will be shared and discussed with applicants and their parents

Applications and more information can be found here!

2022 Trip Scholarships and State Achievement Award Opportunities for Teens

Trip Scholarships

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 trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. More detailed information about these opportunities can be found on our website. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: June 19-24 (Ages 15 and older)

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2022 (Ages 15 and older)

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 12-17, 2022 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 15-19, 2022 (Ages 15 and older)


  • 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 19, 2022.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)
    *Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which are beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 13-17, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 18-24, 2022

State Achievements Awards

These 27 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Communication, Companion Animals, Creative Arts, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Goats, Health & Safety, Horse, Llama, Leadership, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Veterinary Science, and Woodworking. 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 2022.

  • 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 19, 2022.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)
    *Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Help Available

If you would like to complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form but need help getting started, editing, remembering what you have accomplished, or just want it to be looked over before submission, please contact Rachel at Rachel is happy to host workshops for clubs or help individuals complete their forms.

Other State Awards

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 an Ohio 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 19, 2022.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)

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 a significant impact on the applicant's community, township or county.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 19, 2022.
    (2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210)
    *Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

There are over 36 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 these awards/opportunities. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.

OSU Extension, Franklin

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