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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


State 4-H Leadership Camp

The Ohio 4-H State Leadership Camp is 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. The camp is active and engaged—there’s very little sitting and listening, and much opportunity for group interaction. Participants leave the camp ready to take on new challenges—after they take an afternoon nap.

The camp program targets 4-H members with significant leadership potential or leadership experience within their home county’s 4-H program. Leadership Camp participants are selected by county 4-H professionals, or by the committees designated by the 4-H professionals. The camp is open to young men and young women age 15 to 18 years old and mature (as deemed by county 4-H professional) 14 year olds.  Accommodations for campers with special needs will be made to the extent possible.  The camp program offers a balance of mental and physical challenges, allowing participants of all backgrounds to have fun and learn new skills and about the variety of their peers’ perspectives.  The camp is intended to be a one-time experience, but campers who would like to re-attend may be considered depending on availability with approval of Leadership Camp Director (Hannah Epley,  (Returning campers are not eligible for scholarship funds). 

If interested in attending, contact your local county 4-H professional. 


The partial participant scholarships for the 2018 Ohio 4-H State Leadership Camp have been graciously funded by our sponsors Nationwide and Farm Credit Mid-America.