Now more than ever it's time for 4-H'ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!
Announcements - January 16, 2021
As we begin the new year, the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated to reflect current guidance from Ohio State University and health officials. Beginning SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, the following is in effect:
- Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred
- If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused
- Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
- This directive is dependent on local health department guidelines.
- The group size may need to be reduced to 10 (or other amount), based on directives from your local health department.
- Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
- Potlucks and buffets are not permitted
Find details and updated guidelines at Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events
As part of an academic institution, we follow science and model what the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and other experts stress is important in addressing this virus. All 4-H volunteers are expected to follow these guidelines regarding 4-H meetings and events. Volunteers who are not in compliance will receive a first warning. A second incident disregarding our effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of members, families and communities will result in immediate termination of volunteer status.
OSU Extension offices will be open based on the current Ohio Public Health Advisory System. If a county is purple or approaching purple, OSU Extension offices will be closed and employees will be working virtually. If a county is red, OSU Extension offices will be staffed by appointment only. You will need to call in advance to schedule a time to go to the office. Please note there may be additional guidelines from county health departments.
Frequently Asked Questions for 4-H Volunteers and Members - Effective January 20, 2021
The FAQ with information for 4-H families and club advisors has been updated for 2021.
Includes posters for: 4-H Event Guidelines, Proper Hand Washing, Sanitizing Stations, Watch Your Step Poster, Where to Stand template
- How to Zoom: a great help sheet about connecting with and using Zoom for virtual meetings
- Tips & Tricks for Meeting with Your Club When You Can't Meet (in-person)
- Communicating Online with Your Club
- 4HOnline - Club Leader Options
4-H Club Fund Raising and Community Service Guidance
Please review the document below for guidance when planning 4-H club fund raisers or service project. The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide listed above is still in effect.
Meeting Guidelines Video
Here's a quick video to share with your club demonstrating ways to safely host in-person meeting and events, following the information in the Planning Guide.
The Seneca County 4-H Food and Fashion Board created two presentations to help members with their projects. The Sewing and Textile Clinic offers tips for getting started in sewing and the Food and Nutrition Virtual Clinic covers food project judging basics.
If you viewed the Senec County Sewing and Textile Clinic and/or the Food and Nutrition VIrtual Clinic, please take a few minutes to offer your feedback and evaluate the presentation. You'll help make a difference for future projects.
Project Central is a great place for you to rate the projects you took last year and learn more about projects you'd like to take.
The Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Team has compiled a great list of resources for parents and volunteers - Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Resources
New activities have just been added to the Click it, Print it, Do it section of the Cloverbud Connections Blog. Help your Cloverbuds make a kazoo, go on a treasure hunt, learn about nature, healthy lifestyles and how to create a pet!
Find out about the Ohio Youth Skillathons and how you can put your livestock knowledge to the test. Details at https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-state-fair-skillathon-information.
Updates regarding horse activities can be found at https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-state-fair-junior-horse-show
Quick videos from Pickaway County 4-H
Create a Family Time Capsule!
A time capsule is a great way to capture this time and how it impacted your family. Here are some great ideas about creating your time capsule and ideas to capture what 2020 was all about.
Help Wanted: 4-H Members with Sewing Skills
OSU's American with Disabilities Act (ADA) office needs our help in sewing maskes for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read on for details.
There are roughly 48 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, and lip reading is one of many ways to communicate. Face coverings to curb the spread of the coronavirus are making it hard for people who read lips to fully participate in society. Read more about this experience in the following articles:
- Keeping people safe from COVID-19 limits deaf people's access
- For the deaf or hard of hearing, face masks pose new challenge
The ADA Coordinator’s Office will address this issue at The Ohio State University by creating a stock of communicator-style masks. We are looking to volunteers to assemble these masks from pre-made kits. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and we will contact you with additional details. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm new at sewing. Can I do this?
- Basic machine sewing skills are needed. Here are the instructions, included in each kit. Review them to make sure you can complete the project.
Who will receive the completed masks?
- The masks will be for OSU employees who work with students or other employees that lip read.
How many masks are in a kit?
- Each kit includes supplies to make five masks. You can request one kit (5 masks), two kits (10 masks) or three kits (15 masks).
How do I return the masks to you?
- In the kit we ship to the volunteer, we will include a pre-paid UPS shipping label. They would just need to tape it onto the package and drop it off at a UPS location (or call UPS to have it picked up).
What is the deadline?
- We would like completed masks returned by August 7, but can discuss extensions with volunteers.
Here's a great new 4-H SPIN Club for youth interested in poultry. We'll meet Every Monday and Friday this month, beginning June 8 and learn about all things poultry from the experts. No fee, but registration is limited. Sign up at go.osu.edu/poultrySPINreg
Make a difference and be a 4-H World Changer! This virtual 4-H club is designed for middle and high school girls and is inspired by Girls Who Code. They'll meet every Wednesday beginning July 1-August 5, from 2-3 p.m. Everyone who has an interest in STEM, coding and making a positive impact in their community is invited to join. No fee to join - register here.
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