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Franklin County 4-H News - October 2017

Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program - RSVP by 10/18/17

Monday, Oct. 23rd 2017 at 6pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

We encourage all members and families to attend. All 4-H members that register to attend will have their name, club, and years in 4-H displayed on the screen above the stage as their name is read and the member goes up on stage to be recognized. Because the program is personalized like that, it is very important to RSVP by the deadline.

4-H members who filled out the following forms will receive special recognition at this event:
  • Cloverbud Pin
  • Clover Award Pins (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Leadership Pin
  • Community Service Pin
  • Public Speaking Pin

RSVP at this link: Register Here

Refreshments: 6:00pm-6:30pm (Program begins promptly at 6:30)

RSVP Deadline: October 18, 2017

Camp Opportunity for Teens! - Register by Oct. 20

NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

Carving New Ideas is a statewide teen leadership camping opportunity for any 4-H members in grades 8-12. The focus is on improving skills in critical thinking and program facilitation. This unique event is planned and facilitated by the Collegiate 4-H Club at The Ohio State University. The weekend begins on Friday night at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio, with check-in between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

This year, campers will "Go for the Gold" at CNI. The theme dives into Health – the fourth H! Sessions and speakers, along with other fun, will focus on making us all healthier, one gold medal at a time. You'll have a ton of fun meeting other teens from around Ohio, learning more about yourself and exploring how you can grow into an amazing leader. Campers will pack up and head home on Sunday at 10:30am, ready to move forward refreshed and to lead their communities in healthy initiatives. Don’t miss out on this incredible event - bunks sell out fast! Register today at

Camp Counselor Applications - DEADLINE NOVember 1

Applications are now being accepted for teens interested in serving as new or returning camp counselors at the 2018 Franklin County 4-H Camp, Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. Individuals thinking of applying should check out the position description and application details found HERE.

New and returning counselors must apply. Note that applicants that were not counselors in 2017, need to be collect references prior to the deadline of November 1, so don't wait until the last minute!


  • 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 18, 2018)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • Applicants that were not counselors in 2017 must submit two completed reference forms. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 18, 2018 must also submit to a background check

* There will be more applicants than positions so selections will have to be made.


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 November 7, and December 12. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office at 530 W Spring Street.

Contact Sue for more info:

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

Ohio 4-H is offering an amazing opportunity to jump start your Ohio 4-H Achievement Form this year. If you are interested in applying for trip awards to Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, or Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, please consider this workshop!

When: November 19, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus
RSVP: Your attendance and option preference is preferred by 11/15/17,
but not required. RSVP by emailing Hannah Epley at

This comprehensive workshop will help you:
• Learn about opportunities that can arise from successful achievement form completion.
• Improve record keeping skills.
• Enhance forms to make them even stronger.

There will be two options for attendees:
• Option 1: Basic Overview-Ideal for first time achievement form completion or general information. This session will cover basic information about completing the form.
• Option 2: More In-Depth Session-Ideal for 2+ year completion of the form. It will offer work stations and coaches available to help attendees with already started or completed achievement forms.

Workshop attendees will be equipped with:
• Samples of achievement forms
• Verb lists to help enhance descriptions to use on form
• Items to include on achievement forms that may have been overlooked
• Experts who have either been successful or helped successful youth

Attendees are encouraged to bring their previous or already started achievement form with them!
Parents and advisors also welcome!

Advisor Appreciation & Enrichment Night

Club Advisors please save the date for the annual Advisor Appreciation and Enrichment Night on January 22, 2018. Come enjoy dinner, fellowship, new resources, and a small token of our appreciation for your hard work all year. Each club will also receive their enrollment packet for 2018.

2018 Family Guide Now Available Online

Thinking about projects for 2018? The newest edition of the Ohio 4-H Family Guide is now available at

Print copies will be available at the Franklin County Extension office in November.

2018 Project Book Changes


359 Your Thoughts Matter (A) - December 2017

384R Parliamentary Procedure Pocket Guide - Dec. 2017

481 Everyday Food and Fitness (B) - December 2017

644R Insect Collection Guide - December 2017 In print and online at


179R Uniform Rules for 4-H Horse Shows - October 2017

410 Designed by Me (B) - October 2017 Revised Fun with Clothes.

442 Family History Treasure Hunt (X) - December 2017

463 Sports Nutrition: Ready, Set, Go (I) - November 2017 Revised Sports Nutrition 2

491 It’s My Home (B) - December 2017. Revised Adventures in Home Living.

623 Outdoor Adventurer: Beginning Fishing (B) - November 2017 Revised Fishing for the

630 Safe Use of Guns (B) - November 2017

644 Insect Adventures 1 (B) - November 2017 Revised Teaming with Insects, Level 1

645 Insect Adventures 2 (I) - December 2017 Revised Teaming with Insects, Level 2

646 Insect Adventures 3 (A) - December 2017 Revised Teaming with Insects, Level 3


125R Learning About Dairy

434 Growing on My Own, Step 1 (B)

435 Growing with Others, Step 2 (I)

436 Growing in Communities, Step 3 (A)

483 Sports Nutrition 1: On Your Mark (B)

548 Lawn Care (X)

597 Becoming a Puppeteer (I)


495 Your First Home Away From Home (A) Now available online only.


B = A beginning-level project for members with no experience in a project area

I = An intermediate-level project for members with some experience in a project area

A = An advanced-level project for members experienced in a project area

X = A project appropriate for all skill and age levels

Change in 4-H Age Policy

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age AND grade as of January 1 of the current calendar year.

Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is age 5 and enrolled in kindergarten.

Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in third grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.

Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s
4-H eligibility ends December 31 the year he or she turns 19.


(Subject to Change)

October 20, 2017, Deadline to submit registration for Carving New Ideas Camp
October 23, 2017, 6pm - 4-H Recognition Program (Ohio 4-H Center)
November 1, 2017 - Deadline to submit Camp Counselor Applications
November 6, 2017, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)
November 7, 2017 - Camp Counselor Interviews (Franklin County Fairgrounds)
November 8, 2017, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council Officer Elections (Extension Office)

January 1, 2018 - Market Steer/Heifer Possession Deadline for Franklin Co Fair
January 22, 2018 - Advisor Appreciation & Enrichment Night
January 22, 2018 - Ohio 4-H Achievement Records Due to Franklin Co. Extension Office
February 10, 2018, 10am - Winter Project Fair
February 10, 2018, 12:30pm - Officer Training
February 12, 2018 - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation
April 7, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Walk & Serve
June 2, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp
June 9, 2018 - Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge
June 18-22, 2018 - Franklin County 4-H Camp
July 14-21, 2018 - Franklin County Fair

More dates coming soon...

4-H Clubs with Horses

ATTENTION: 4-H Advisors of Clubs with Horses

If your club has horse project members (not Horseless Horse), you are required to send a club advisor to the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings. These usually take place the first Monday of each month at the fairgrounds and begin at 7pm.

The many shows, clinics, and activities for horse members cannot take place without your clubs support and help. Please make an effort to participate.

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer and helping a 4-H Club? 4-H Advisors must be screened Ohio 4-H Volunteers. This process takes several steps. One of which is to attend an orientation. The next orientation will be held:

February 12, 2018, 6:30pm (Extension Office - 530 W Spring St.)

If you are interested in attending the orientation and becoming a 4-H volunteer please contact Christina Byrd at to register.

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: 84945
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