Looking for new ways to "Make the Best Better?"

Check out some of the opportunities available to you as a teen in the Warren County 4-H program.

County Level Opportunities

CARTEENS

4-H CARTEENS is a traffic safety program conducted for juvenile traffic offenders by 4-H teen leaders and their program partners.  Goals include: reducing the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders; decreasing the number of teen traffic offenders; and increasing teen awareness of traffic/vehicular safety.  Collaborative partners in this program include adult volunteers in the  Warren County 4-H Program along with the  Warren County Juvenile Court and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Interested teens should contact 4-H Educator, Kara Colvin for more information. 

Food & Fashion Board

More to come...

Junior Fair Board

2019 JFB has been selected. 2019 JFB Member list. 

The Junior Fair Board oversees the Junior Fair portion of the Warren County Fair.  JFB members solicit award sponsorship, organize the awards and supplies for all youth fair related events (pre-fair week and during), assist in the execution of the various junior fair events and activities, and assist in planning before the fair for facilities, judges, rules, etc.  They work in a cooperative effort with the Senior Fair Board, Senior Superintendents, and Advisors.

A Junior Fair Board member must be willing and available to dedicate a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort.  There are monthly meetings October through June, pre-fair workdays and judging events, and fair week itself.  The rewards are that Warren County Junior Fair Board is an excellent opportunity for 4-H youth to develop strong leadership and organizational skills.

The 2020 Application Packet is available
Job Description 2020 Junior Fair Board Application

 

 

Camp Counselors

Being a camp counselor is one of the most valuable experiences available in the 4-H Program.  Where else can you gain valuable life skills, meet new friends, be a leader and role model for younger campers, and gain valuable skills for your future. Many counselor alumni have reported that their experience at camp was one of the most, if not the most, rewarding of their teenage years.  Being a 4-H Camp Counselor takes a lot of time, commitment, and responsibility.  New Counselors are selected based on their fulfillment and completion of the selection process, their performance at the assessment station training, advisor recommendations, and a personal interview.  

2020 Counselor applications will be availble for new applicants at this website  with the deadline for application being Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Note:  Counselors from last year interested in re-applying will receive their application directly from Steve Brady, during their post-camp interview.

2020 New Counselor Application Packet  Reference Form  (2 required)

All applicants, new and returning, are expected to attend the orientation meeting on November 14 at 6:00pm. 

NEW counselor applicants are also required to participate in counselor assessment training from 6:45-9:00pm that same evening, Thursday, November 14.

 

Local Scholarships

Scholarship applications will be available in December and must be returned in late January.  Specific dates as well as selection procedures and criteria will be available at that time.

2019 Warren County Scholarship Application HERE 
Deadline for submission: January 28, 2019
  • 4-H CARTEENS Scholarship - Up to two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants must have participated in the CARTEENS for at least one full year.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study. 
  • 4-H Horse Committee Scholarship - One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study.  Preference is given to applicants who have been involved with the horse program.
  • Furnas Scholarship - One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in an agricultural field.
  • Junior Fair Board Scholarship - One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicants must have participated on the Warren County Junior Fair Board for a minimum of two years of service.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study.
  • Charles and Mabel Stiles Scholarship - Up to two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study.
  • Smith Family Scholarship - One $750.00 scholarship will be awarded.  Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study.
  • **NEW in 2018** Livestock Sale Committee Scholarship- Up to two scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be high school seniors and current members of the Warren County 4-H program planning to enroll in the fall at any accredited post-secondary institution in any course of study. Applicant must have exhibited a market livestock 4-H project.

 

Livestock Judging Program

Open to any Warren County 4-H member. The teams are divided into divisions by 4-H age, with seniors ages 14 and up, and juniors ages 13 & under. Experience with livestock and/or livestock judging is not required to participate in this program - we will teach you what you need to know to compete in livestock judging contests! Our teams have won state competitions and have competed well at national contests. For more information, contact Greg Meyer at meyer.213@osu.edu, or call the Extension Office (513)695-1311 to ask how you can get involved for the 2020 season. Check out our Facebook page to see our 2019 Judging Team's progress at upcoming competitions. 

 

State Opportunities

Ohio 4-H Achievement Record

The Ohio Achievement Record is used as the selection tool for several local and state opportunities. The OAR is available in December and must be returned to the Warren County Extension office by January 28, 2019 for local trips and camps, as well as to represent Warren County for state opportunities.

2019 Ohio Achievement Record
Warren County edittable version 

Instruction Packet

  • State Achievement Awards - National 4-H Congress - These 25 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area.  A complete list of achievement areas is available on the Ohio 4-H website: ohio4h.org/families/just-teens/awards-scholarships.  Award recipients receive a paid trip to  the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.  Applicants must be at least 14 years old, currently enrolled in 4-H, and complete a Ohio 4-H Achievement Record.
  • Ohio Township Association 4-H Local Government Award - Sponsored by the Ohio Township Assciation, this $1500 award was established in an effort to encourage and inspire more 4-H teens to become responsible citizens who are involved in local government. Two teens are selected annually to receive this award. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to attend college, have completed a 4-H local government activity and complete a the Ohio Achievement Record.
  • State Junior Fair Board - Membership is comprised of individuals from each of the youth organizations represented at the Ohio State Fair.  Members attend meetings during the year and are expected to stay at the fair for the entire 12 days of activities. A fast-paced and action-packed opportunity!  Applicants must be at least 16 years old and complete the Ohio Achievement Record.

Trips, Camps and Workshops

Eligible teens must complete an Ohio Achievement Record (available below), and attend an interview to be considered for these opportunities. 

  • Citizenship Washington Focus - Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD.  Selected youth have 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 hands-on workshops and sightseeing tours in the living classroom of Washington, DC, youth learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it and how they can apply what they have learned.
  • Camp Canopy - Founded in 1950 as Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Camp, Camp Canopy is the place where high schoolers go to discover forestry, wildlife and adventure along with a variety of traditional camp experiences like night hikes and campfires.  Camp is held at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County, Ohio.
  • State 4-H Leadership Camp - 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. The camp is active and engaging.  There is very little sitting and listening, and much opportunity for group interaction.  Camp is held at Camp Ohio in Licking County.

Ohio 4-H Conference

The Warren County 4-H Committee supports local participation in this annual event by paying a portion of the registration fee for all eligible volunteers and teens.

Spend a Saturday in March at the Greater Columbus Convention Center attending innovative and exciting sessions pertaining to 4-H projects, opportunities, leadership development and current events.  Includes buffet luncheon and opportunities for networking with teens (ages 13 and older) from around the state. Registration materials will be available here.  

Ohio 4-H Fashion Board

The State 4-H Fashion Board is a small group of outstanding 4-H youth involved in 4-H textiles and clothing projects. State 4-H Fashion Board members are selected from across the state to assist in conducting the Ohio State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue; provide educational programming efforts related to textiles and clothing at county, regional and state-wide events; and serve as an advocate for Ohio’s 4-H textiles and clothing projects and programs.  Application materials are included in the State Fair Handbook, and should be submitted at registration for your class. Interviews will be conducted during the 4-H Fashion Revuew at State Fair.

More information is posted at ohio4h.org/families/just-teens/state-4-h-fashion-board

Teen Leadership Council 

The Teen Leadership Council is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni who can provide a youth stakeholder perspective on the planning, implementation and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming.  Council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations with 4-H professionals in order to improve, strnegthen and expand the 4-H program and specifically opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.  

In addition to Council meetings in Columbus, members will be involved with other statewide 4-H events, the Ohio State Fair and the Ohio 4-H Conference in March. 

For more information, download this short information packet and visit the Ohio 4-H website at ohio4h.org/families/just-teens/teen-leadership-council

Ohio 4-H Scholarships

Thirty-six scholarship funds currently exist for Ohio 4-H members.  While the majority of them are for graduates planning to attend the Ohio State University, several exist for members attending any accredited post-secondary institution.  The application is ONLY available online.  More information is posted at ohio4h.org/families/just-teens/awards-scholarships/ohio-4-h-scholarships

International Opportunities

4-H Exchange Programs allow 4-H'ers ages 10-15 to serve as a host to a youth from another country.  Outbound travel opportunities are available for youth ages 15-19.  Locations vary annually.  Past trips have included locations in more than 30 countries.  Information is posted at ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/international-program.