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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

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Ohio 4-H Conference

The Ohio 4-H Conference takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the second Saturday in March.

The Ohio 4-H Conference is the largest gathering of 4-H volunteers in the United States! Nearly 1,100 teen and adult volunteers participate each year. The Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to equip participants with resources, information, and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of youth. Attendees have the opportunity to receive training in more than 125 different topics such as career exploration, risk management, camping, leadership, cake decorating, dancing, animal sciences, and much more.

In addition to the educational sessions, the day features the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of volunteers. The teens (age 13 and older) have a luncheon where they recognize their peers and often features a keynote speaker.

Click here for additional Conference information and registration materials.

Come join the fun at the 2024 Ohio 4-H Conference!

Below are the awards that will be presented at the Ohio 4-H Recognition Event March 9, 2024. Click here for a printable description of the awards available.

Applications are due December 1st.



Paper Application

Online Application

Friend of
4-H Award
An individual, family, business or corporation that supports the Ohio 4-H Program, in a charitable manner at the county, state, or national level. Friend of 4-H
Community Service
Recognizes adults and youth 4-H volunteers whom have collaborated with community groups, or undertaken them with their own 4-H club or unit, community service projects or activites. Community Service
4-H Hall of Fame
Recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the Ohio 4-H program and who have also made an important positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program. 4-H Hall of Fame
Innovator Award Recognizes adult and/or youth volunteers who have developed new programs, county projects, or activities. Innovator
Meritorious Service Award Recognizes adult 4-H volunteers for a lifetime of meritorious service. Meritorious Service
4-H Alumni
4-H Grows True Leaders!  Nominate a 4-H alumnus who has demonstrated distinctive achievement in career or service and can attribute part of their success to participating in 4-H. 4-H Alumni
Ohio 4-H Teen Awards These can be found on another part of our webpage.