Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2024 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across the State of Ohio. The objective of this event is to learn together and from each other in order to improve our abilities to deliver the Ohio 4-H Program to its members. The educational selections offer something for everyone and have the ability to satisfy every taste and need.

When: March 9, 2024 
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration Deadline: February 1

Ohio 4-H Conference Information Booklet

Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Form

Map of the Greater Columbus Convention Center


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.

Franklin County 4-H members who are at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade are eligible to apply for a position on the Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council. Meetings will mostly be held on the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30.

Tentative Teen Leaders Council Calendar
(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

  • January 23, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • February 27, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • March 26, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • April 23, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • September 24, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • October 22, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm
  • November 26, 2024, 6:30-8:30pm

Interested in applying to serve on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council? (2023 members must reapply.)
Applications are due by December 31.




Teen 4-H members with an interest in clothing and textiles make up this group of talented leaders! The Fashion Board participates in educational programs, leadership opportunities, and fun outings, while also facilitating learning opportunities about clothing, fashion, and textiles for younger members.

Requirements: Open to Franklin County 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience) who are at least 12 years of age (by 1/1/24)! The board is looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers who want to learn more about clothing and textiles.

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


  • 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

Application Deadline: 9/30/2023


Junior Fair Board Applications

Franklin County Junior Fair Board is now accepting applications for the 2025 Junior Fair Board. EVERYONE, new and returning, must fill out an application this year. Applications are due August 11, 2024. Junior Fair Board meets on the first Tuesday of most months and the first meeting will be on September 3, 2024. Meetings may be held in person or via Zoom.


  1. Attend meetings (1st Tuesday, monthly)
  2. Raise financial support to help with awards
  3. Make cookies for the December fundraiser
  4. Participate in all Junior Fair Board fundraisers
  5. Purchase a fair board shirt
  6. Be on committees that will ultimately work/run the junior fair judgings/shows/activities at the 2024 Franklin County Fair

Franklin County Junior Fair Board Eligibility Requirements

  • Board Members: At least 14 years of age as of September 30, or at least a freshman in high school to 18 years old as of the application deadline, and a current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts
  • Interns: In 7th to 8th grade as of the application deadline and current member of 4-H, Boy Scouts, and/or Girl Scouts

Application Deadline: August 11, 2024

New Member Application: go.osu.edu/25new

Returning Member Application: go.osu.edu/25returning


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 on the first Tuesday of every month. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office.
Contact Sue for more info: hogan.239@osu.edu


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. The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: June 20-27, 2024
4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. The program uses our nation’s capital as a classroom to foster youth appreciation, understanding, and involvement in civic responsibility, government operations, and current issues.

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2024 (Ages 15 and older)
The State 4-H Leadership Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime, exciting, fun, challenging, in-depth, learn-by-doing leadership development experience. It is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. Leadership campers plan, conduct, and evaluate the program themselves!

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 9-14, 2024 (Entering Grades 9-12)
Camp Canopy combines educational sessions with instructors from Ohio’s top natural resource organizations (like the Ohio Department of Natural Resources) and industry experts from the state’s top educational institutions with the adventure of the great outdoors. Plus, the traditional summer camp activities.

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp: July 19-23, 2024 (Ages 15-17)
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. 

Senior Shooting Education Camp: July 14-19, 2024 (Ages12-18)
This camp will foster life skills in 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities that will enable boys and girls to reach their fullest potential as capable, caring, and contributing citizens. This camp is held at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp in southern Ohio.

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: April 3-7, 2024 (Ages 15 and older)
Designed as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. Participants are encouraged and empowered to experiment with new activities, develop new abilities, expand their creativity, practice and master new leadership skills, share ideas and personal skills, establish new friendships, and develop networks of human resources.

  • To apply for a Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship, complete the online Trip Award Application.
  • Submit it no later than January 16, 2024.
  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which are beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 13-17, 2024 (Thursday - Monday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 15-21, 2024

2024 Trip Award Application


State 4-H offers a variety of awards and opportunities at the state level.

Ohio 4-H Older Youth Opportunities

Ohio 4-H Achievement 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.

2024 Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application (Word Document)

*Ohio Achievement Record is not compatible with Google Docs. Please use Microsoft Word to fill out the form.

Instructions & Details For Completing State 4-H Achievement Award Applications

Submission Instructions:

  • 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.
  • Submit it no later than January 16, 2024.
  • Submit it via email to Rachel at stoneburner.31@osu.edu
Helpful Resources:

2024 Eligibility Requirements & State 4-H Achievement Criteria
Creating a Winning Achievement Record
Photo Page Helpful Hints
My 4-H Record Book
Sample Action Verbs
Achievement Record Section Suggestions


Information about Other State Awards

National 4-H Dairy Conference 
     Dairy Conference Participant Handbook
Ohio Township Association 4-H Local Government Award
Ohio State Junior Fair Board

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

Ohio 4-H recognizes and rewards individual excellence, whether it is in project work, leadership, citizenship, or community service. Ohio 4-H Scholarships were established in 1976 in order to help young people become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. There are currently 36 statewide 4-H scholarships being offered.

Criteria, Instructions, and Application

In addition to personal information, before beginning this 4-H Scholarship Application please make sure you have the following items available.

  • Academic honors you have received
  • If you are or will be an Ohio State student, your OSU username.# and ID# can be found on your receipt of admission application email
  • Information about your current or anticipated college or university (name, city, state)
  • Intended academic major
  • Detailed information about your major 4-H leadership roles; you should know the names of the roles, the years, level(s), duties, and accomplishments
  • Detailed information about major 4-H honors that you have received
  • Information about your educational, career, or personal goals and what impact 4-H has had on those ambitions
  • Personal statement explaining why a 4-H scholarship would be important to you achieving a college education AND how 4-H has contributed to your personal development, leadership, and other skills and to your likely success in life

Brief Descriptions of Ohio 4-H Scholarships Available

Ohio State Fair Scholarships

For questions and additional information about scholarships contact Allen Auck


Carving New Ideas (CNI) is a statewide camping opportunity that focuses on workforce development, future-forward thinking, and program facilitation for 4-H members in grades 8-12. Campers develop their leadership skills while making new friends from across Ohio. Held at 4-H Camp Ohio, this fall camping experience fosters new ways of thinking as older youth begin to look toward their future careers and education paths. Hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University, Collegiate 4-H members serve as session presenters, camp counselors, advisors, and more.

  • Fee is $80
  • Registration closes 10/25

Registration has closed.


Applications are now available. 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 2023
  • 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 its entirety including set-up and clean-up (June 13-17, 2024)
  • and many more that will be shared and discussed with applicants and their parents

The application period has now closed.
Check back in October 2024 for opportunities in 2025.