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!
Per the health order from Gov. DeWine, effective July 23, 2020 at 6 p.m., masks are required to be worn in Ohio. This applies to all 4-H activities.
In-person 4-H Meetings and Activities - September 1, 2020
As we move into fall 4-H club meetings and activities, 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. Please remember:
- 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.
- Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
- Potlucks and buffets are not permitted
Find details and updated guidelines at
effective September 1, 2020
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
Here's a great sign with important reminders for 4-H activities - post it or send out as needed. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
In-person 4-H Meetings - June 29, 2020
We’re happy to share we’ve received approval from Ohio State University leadership to resume in-person 4-H club meetings and activities starting immediately. This is welcome news for our 3,039 Ohio 4-H clubs across the state. Ohio 4-H clubs that choose to begin meeting in-person must follow the guidelines listed below to promote the health and safety of our 4-H community, as we face the challenge of COVID-19.
Clubs choosing to meet in-person should provide virtual connection options for members who have that preference. Please note that in-person 4-H club meetings, activities and other events may be suspended at any time if local, state, federal, and/or university authorities issue new restrictions. 4-H meetings and activities can only be held in person if Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines can be followed.
The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines provide expectations for all members, volunteers, and their families while participating in 4-H club meetings and activities. County and Independent Fairs work closely with Ohio 4-H / The Ohio State University, but are separate entities and follow different guidance. When 4-H members and volunteers participate in Junior Fair animal activities, they follow guidance from these local partners, as Ag Societies have the responsibility for the Junior Fair. 4-H non-livestock project judging that takes place during the fair is conducted by OSU Extension and must follow Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidance.
*7-22-20: Updated per the health order from Gov. DeWine. Updated signage on p.9
7-17-20: Updated to include Shooting Sports Guidelines on p. 8
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.
Frequently Asked Questions - 4-H Volunteers and Members (effective April 10, 2020, updated June 5, 2020) Responses to questions regarding the Ohio State Fair, camps, national 4-H programs, club activities and project books can be found here.
Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming thru July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. In addition, all 4-H camps through August 31 are cancelled. Virtual programming will continue.(4/7/20)
Ohio State University Extension has implemented a teleworking plan effective immediately, and all OSU Extension offices statewide are closed until further notice. You can reach your 4-H professionals via email. A list of county offices and contacts is at https://extension.osu.edu/lao (3/19/20)
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
Here are 50 great activities that are just the right size for Cloverbuds - Click it, Print it, Do it
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
- 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
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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