Leadership Opportunities

Jr. Fair Board: Applications due no later than November 1, 2019. Click this link for more details. 

Camp Counselor: Those interested in applying to become a camp counselor for 2020 must attend a mandatory meeting on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:000pm at the OSU Extension Office. 

Click here to download the 2020 Teen Opportunities Table or click this anchor to go to the bottom of this page to check it out. 

Club Officer Book Guidelines and Score Sheet

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Health/Safety

Recreation

 

 

4-H Older Youth Opportunities

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REQUIRES COMPLETION OF THE OHIO ACHIEVEMENT RECORD

 

Description/Responsibilities

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

State 4-H Achievement Awards

These awards recognize achievements in specific 4-H project areas. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Creative Arts, Clothing & Textiles, Communications, Companion Animals, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Goats, Llama Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking, and Veterinary Science.  Award recipients receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on the application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

Check with your county Extension office for deadline.  Due in the State 4-H office early February.

National 4-H Congress is held annually in late November in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships

National 4-H Dairy Conference

The mission of the conference is to: reward delegates for their achievements in the dairy industry, provide delegates an opportunity to practice new dairy related skills, observe new dairy techniques, encourage delegates to conduct educational dairy activities in their local communities, foster an increased understanding and appreciation of the dairy industry, meet new people, and share ideas. 

Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

Check with your county Extension office for deadline. 

Held annually in September/ October.

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships

Ohio State Junior Fair Board

State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast-paced, action-packed 12 days of the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days. Comprised of outstanding individuals from each of the youth organizations represented at the Ohio State Fair, and serves to strengthen and help coordinate State Fair activities each year.

Two applicants are selected yearly, must be currently enrolled in Ohio 4-H and 16 years or older as of January 1st, Complete the State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to their county Extension Office.

Check with your county Extension office for deadline. Applications are due in early February to State Office.  Interviews are conducted during Ohio 4-H Conference in March.

2 year term, during the Ohio State Fair (late July, early August each year)

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships

Ohio Township Association 4-H Local Government Award

Established in an effort to encourage and inspire more 4-H teens to become responsible citizens who are involved in local government. This award is designed to reinforce the importance of having youth become contributing citizens in their communities. Two teens are selected annually to win this $1500 award. 

Complete the State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to their county Extension Office.  Applicants must be seniors, have completed a 4-H local government activity, and plan to attend college after high school. 

Check with your county Extension office for earlier deadline. 

Winners notified after March 20.

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships

STATE LEVEL BOARDS AND COUNCILS         

 

Description/Responsibilities

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

Ohio 4-H Health Heroes

This group is made up of 4-H teens who have the opportunity to promote healthy living and leave a positive impact on family, friends, and communities. Members gain valuable leadership, communication, and teaching skills. Members in high school have the option to take on additional responsibilities and serve at the state level. Members are expected to complete one required training, attend periodic meetings in Columbus, and participate in events and activities determined by the group (e.g. Ohio State Fair, Ohio 4-H Conference)

 

Applicants must be in grades 9-12 as of the current school year.

September 15  

1-year term beginning in the fall with the option to renew each year.

Visit Ohio4h.org/healthheroes

Ohio 4-H Fashion Board

This is a small group of outstanding 4-H youth involved in 4-H textiles and clothing projects.  State Fashion Board members are selected from across the state to:

  1. Assist in conducting Ohio State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue;
  2. Assist with educational programming efforts related to textiles and clothing at county, regional, and state-wide events;

Serve as an advocate for Ohio’s 4-H textiles & clothing projects & programs.

 

Up to 20 older youth applicants selected from across the state, as nominated by the county (1 per county). Must complete a State Fashion Board application and an interview at the Ohio State Fair.

Due at the time of registration the day the applicant competes in the State 4-H Fashion Revue at the Ohio State Fair.

1 year term, meets 4-5 times throughout the year.  Youth may only serve one term.

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens.

4-H Event Youth Assistants

This groups of teens assists with 3 or more state fair events.  Selected individuals must attend a training in July.

13-18 year olds may apply. Must have been a 4-H member for at least 1 year prior to application.

 

May 15

June 1-August 31

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens.

 

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council

TLC is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming.  In the process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.

Applicants must be age 14 to 18 as of January 1 of the year of application. Individuals apply for different levels of involvement.

Friday following the Ohio State Fair – August 14 (Leadership roles have an earlier deadline, but must have previous TLC involvement).

 

1 year term beginning in September. 4-8 face to face meetings/conference calls, self-led group tasks.  

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens.

STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL TRIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

Description/Responsibility

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

Ohio 4-H Conference

Held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, this day-long conference provides teens with educational sessions pertaining to 4-H projects, 4-H opportunities, leadership development, and current events.  Includes buffet lunch and opportunities for networking.

 

All teens!

Register by deadline (February 14, 2020) is $40. 

 

March 14, 2020

Visit Ohio4h.org, click About

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Youth from across the state coming together to learn how to make their voices heard in government and make a difference. Held in 3 phases: 1) March in downtown Columbus and the Capital, 2) Work in teams in local communities, 3) Competitions (May and July/August)

Open to high school youth in 4-H, FFA, or Ohio Farm Bureau. 40 teens selected through the nomination/ application process.

 

Delegate Nominations due October 31, 2019

Delegate Applications due November 30, 2019.

Phase 1: March 2-3

Phase 2: Independent work

Phase 3: May 16 (competition)

Phase 4: July 31, 2020 (competition at Ohio State Fair)

 

Contact Sally McClaskey (mcclaskey.12@osu.edu)

Application: http://ohioffa.org/ohio-youth-capital-challenge/

Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Held at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, OH.  This learning, sharing “workshop” is intended as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities.  It’s powerful learning environment in which anyone who works with people, professionally or informally, can develop

programming for youth or adults.

15 years old or a freshman in High School or older

Early bird registration $350 before 2/25/20
$375 after, space permitting

March 25-29, 2020

http://www.buckeyeleadership.com/

Scholarships available at the above link and are due with your registration.

International Programs & Exchanges

HOSTING:

Annual opportunities for 4-H families with youth ages 10-16 to serve as a host sibling for youth visitors from Japan (ages 12-15), Costa Rica (ages 14-18) and Finland (ages 14-18).

 

TRAVELING:

2020 destinations are Japan, Costa Rica, Norway & Romania. Countries vary annually. See online for additional information.  

Varies depending on program—see online for more information.

HOSTING: Applications are accepted until all youth are placed, usually in April or May.

 

TRAVELING: Applications are due Nov. 15 each year

HOSTING:

Costa Rica and Norway: June 23 to July 18. Japan: July 23 to August 17.

TRAVELING:  Romania and Norway: June 24 - July 24.  Costa Rica: June 18 - July 17.

Japan: June 10 - August 6 (2 months) OR July 8 - August 6 (1 month).

Visit Ohio4h.org, click Ohio 4-H Statewide Programs and then International Program.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Held at the National 4-H Center – Chevy Chase, MD. Gives 4-H youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need to be outstanding leaders in their home communities and at the national level.  Through sightseeing tours in the living classroom of Washington, D.C. and hands-on educational workshops, youth will learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and how they can apply the leadership and citizenship skills they have learned at CWF when they return.

 

Open to 4-H youth in high-school, application process varies by county

County reservations are due February 15, 2020. Full $1375 payment due March 15, 2020

 

June 14-20; June 21-27, 2020 (depending on county)

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF)

Held at the National 4-H Center – Chevy Chase, MD. Serves as the precursor to CWF.  Using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C., youth will build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action, practice effective communication, create and accomplish goals, and develop an understanding of their leadership style. 

Open to youth in 7th-9th grades, application process varies by county.

County reservations due February 15, 2020.  Full payment due March 15, 2020.

 

July 27-31, 2020

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens

STATE CAMP (AND COUNSELOR) OPPORTUNITIES

 

Description/Responsibility

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

 

Ohio 4‐H Shooting Education Camp

 

Teens/Alumni may also apply as counselors for this program.

Held at Canter’s Cave 4‐H Camp – Jackson, OH Select a shooting sports discipline to focus on for the week, and enjoy other traditional 4‐H camp activities.

Ages 9-12 (Junior) or 12-18 (Senior)

 

 

Cost is $225-325.00 registration

*Scholarships available

Counselor applications due March 15

June 26-28, 2020 (Junior) and July 19-24, 2020 (Senior)

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Statewide programs, Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports

 

State 4-H Leadership Camp

 

Teens may also apply as counselors for this program.

The premiere leadership development opportunity available to Ohio 4-H members. The focus of the five-day leadership experience is the development of concrete peer leadership skills that will enable participants to have an immediate impact in their home 4-H club, county, community, or school. 

Application process varies by county.  Open to 4-H youth ages 14+ with significant leadership potential or leadership experience. 

County nomination due March 15, final registrations due April 30.

(Counselor application due April 1, must be 18).

June 1-5, 2020 at 4-H Camp Ohio.

 

Counselors also attend training May 8-10 and May 31-June 1. 

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Camps and then click on Leadership Camp.

 

Scholarships are available in each county in the state.

Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor

Programs are designed for military youth to help them find positive ways to meet others who share the experience of growing up in a military family and to cope with the challenges of their family member’s deployment. Residential camping is one such program; camp is held at Kelleys Island. Counselors are needed for Youth Camp (9-11 year old campers) and Teen Camp (12-15 year campers).

Application and interview required; teens must be 16 and older. 4-H and/or military background is not required, but helpful. Ideal for counselors looking for a new challenge; this should not be the first year of counseling experience.

Applications are available in December and are due by February.

One-day training held in early summer in Columbus. On-site training takes place Aug 3-4; Campers August 5-9, 2019.

Visit go.osu.edu/OMK and contact Kayla Oberstadt at oberstadt.1@osu.edu for more information.  

Sea Camp

 

Counselors can apply who are 18 or older at the time of camp.

Held on Kelleys Island. Campers learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine‐ related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake. Sea Campers will learn about safe boating in Ohio and have the opportunity to earn their Ohio Boater Education Certificate.

 

Teens ages 15 to 17 (as of the first day of camp)

Registration due annually June 1. Estimated cost $500, due with registration.

July 11-15, 2020

Visit go.osu.edu/SeaCamp for more information; contact Kayla Oberstadt at oberstadt.1@osu.edu for information

Carving New Ideas Camp (CNI)

CNI 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.

 

Open to any 4-H member in grades 8-12. Registration is completed electronically.

Registration is due in Mid-October. Cost is $65.

Weekend camp offered in November at 4-H Camp Ohio

Contact Beth Boomershine at boomershine.10@osu.edu for more information

COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES

 

Description/Responsibility

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

CARTEENS

A traffic safety program conducted by 4-H teen leaders and their program partners for juvenile traffic offenders.

 

CARTEENS members help teach traffic safety school to your peers. Scholarships available to those who participate in sessions. CarTeens should be 16 years of age or older. Interested members should contact the Extension Office at (419) 238-1214 for more details on the next meeting.

 

Visit ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens.

4-H County Camp Counselor

Develop advanced leadership abilities by serving as 4‐H camp counselors, as peer helpers, as teen program assistants and in other capacities. A variety of day‐camp and residential‐camps exist in each county.

 

Residential Camp is July 5-9, 2020

Cloverbud Camp is June 12, 2020

In order to receive an application you must attend an interest meeting on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7:00pm.

 

Returning and New Applications must be completed by anyone who is interested.

Returning Counselors App Due: Dec 13

 

New Applicants App Due:  Dec 20

 

Interviews:
Jan 6, 5-8pm.

Training Mtgs

Jan 27, Feb 3

Feb 24, Mar 9

Mar 23,Apr 13

Apr 27,May 18

Jun 8,Jun 22


4-H Camp is July 5-9, 2020

Visit your county’s website or call for information.


 

4-H Endowment Board Youth Representative

Endowment Board is looking for youth representatives to help guide 4-H fundraising and support dollars for 4-H Clubs and youth.

 

No Application Required

 

4-6 Annual Meetings, Mondays at 5:30pm.

 

4-H Exchange Club

An Interstate Exchange program is an exciting opportunity for teen age youth. Exchange programs are a series of learning experiences in which individuals from a club, community or county visit in the homes of 4-H members in another geographical area, and are visited by them in return. Counties usually host a group one year and return to visit the homes of their guests the following year. 

No Application Required. Must follow and complete membership guidelines to participate.

 

Those interested in joining should be ages 13-18 with an interested in learning more about others states and have a willingness to work hard to make it happen. For more information members should contact Cindy Harting at (419) 203-1413

 

Fashion Board

Fashion Board plans and facilitates the 4-H sewing fashion show and judging. Members interested should be 13 years of age and have two years of prior sewing experience.

 

No Application Required

Those interested should contact Jill McCoy at (419) 749-2740

 

 

County Junior Fair Board Member

JFB is designed for youth who have proven leadership abilities and are willing to take on major responsibilities before and during the county fair.

 

Basic membership attendance requires Monthly Business Meetings, Weigh Ins, Quality Assurance, Still Judging, Livestock Clinics, Livestock Judging and Skillathons.

 

Application required for new and returning Jr. Fair Board members.

 

1 year members will be required to interview to return to the board for their 2nd year.

Returning Application and New Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2019

Jr. Fair is September 1-7 with the Jr. Fair Sale on Wednesday, September 8, 2020

Visit your county’s website or call for information.

County Junior Fair Royalty Member

Jr. Fair Royalty represents specific project areas as well as the overall Jr. Fair program. These opportunities include: Jr. Fair King and Queen, Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Swine, and Horse.

 

Application required

Deadline in beginning of July.

Coronation Event (TBD)

 

Jr. Fair is September 1-7 with the Jr. Fair Sale on Wednesday, September 8, 2020

 

Buckeye Ambassadors

Learn how to promote 4-H to others through helping run promotional events, school activities, and leadership night!

No Application Required

Meetings begin in January.

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Description/Responsibility

Application

Deadline

Term & Time

Resources

Senior Scholarships

County Level

Speak with your county 4-H professional for more information.

Visit your county’s website for information.

 

 

 

 

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

Scholarships currently exist for Ohio 4‐H members – majority for graduates attending OSU, but several exist for members attending any accredited post‐secondary institution. Scholarship amounts and requirements vary, but application focus is on 4‐H participation and leadership.

Application ONLY available online. Encourage working with your county 4‐H professional to complete this process!

MUST complete online application by Feb. 15

 

Visit Ohio4h.org, click on Families, and then Just for Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships