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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 - Updated June 1, 2021

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 JUNE 1, 2021, the following is in effect:

  • Club meetings and events - including fundraisers, community service activities, local holiday parades and other community celebrations - can take place.
    • Follow state/local health department COVID guidance, if issued.
  • Food booths, food-based fundraisers, buffets, and potlucks are permitted.
    • Follow state/local health department guidance regarding food service, COVID, etc.
    • Social distance while actively eating - at least 3-feet when possible.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated.
    • “Strongly recommended” means the individual chooses to wear a mask or not.
    • Masks should fit snuggly around the mouth and nose and be worn appropriately to be effective.
  • Send the following notice in advance of the meeting/event:
    • Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or has been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask; however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Take attendance at the meeting or event. It is preferred to check-off names on a roster.
    • Keep attendance records for at least six months beyond the date of the meeting/event. Attendance records will be needed in case someone attending the meeting/event contracts COVID-19 and information is needed for contact tracing.

In addition to the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, county and city health departments may release local health advisories limiting activities or encouraging additional caution. When a local health advisory is in effect, 4-H club meetings and activities must follow that guidance when it is more restrictive than these guidelines.

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.

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.

Signage for In-person Meetings

Includes posters for: 4-H Event Guidelines, Proper Hand Washing, Sanitizing Stations, Watch Your Step Poster, Where to Stand template

Volunteer Resources

Here are two new resources for virtual club meetings: Virtual Meeting Agenda and Meeting Considerations and Recreation Resources that work virtually.

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.

4-H Club Fund Raising and Community Service Guidance - effective October 8, 2020

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.

Sewing and Textiles Evaluation      Food and Nutrition Evaluation                 

Let's Start Cooking project book cover

Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects  A selection of Ohio 4-H projects books designed for all skill levels, available for you to download.

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.

Measuring up video about My Plate

Why Trees Matter project starter video

Selecting colors for your quilt project starter video


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!

Hunt for sounds around your home with this sound scavenger hunt

Craft  to get you up and moving

Animal Science

Graphic illustration of cow, pig, chicken

Find out about the Ohio Youth Skillathons and how you can put your livestock knowledge to the test. Details at

Updates regarding horse activities can be found at

Quick videos from Pickaway County 4-HGirl and pig



Youth Activities

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.

time capsule ideas

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.

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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:

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


I'm new at sewing. Can I do this?

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.

Poultry SPIN Club

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

4-H World Changers flyer

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.

Here's the latest Tips for Teens:"How to Use Mindfulness to Settle Your Body (and Feel Good!)"

Tips for Teens - July 21: "How to Sew a Button"

Tips for Teens: July 14: "How to Measure Ingredients"

Tips for Teens - July 7:  "Developing Cultural Intelligence"

Tips for Teens - June 30: "How to Make Guacamole"

Tips for Teens - June 23: "Budgeting"

Tips for Teens - June 16: "How to Write a Check"

Tips for Teens - June 9: "Basic Banking"

Tips for Teens - June 2: "How to Make a Smoothie"

Tips for Teens - May 26: "Go out there and fail!"

Tips for Teens - May 19: "How to Change a Tire"

Tips for Teens - May 12: "Basic First Aid"

Tips for Teens - May 5: "How to Check the Oil in Your Car"

Tips for Teens - April 28: "Good Impressions and Interview Skills"

Tips for Teens-April 21: "Don't let 'em drive you crazy!"

Tips for Teens is here! Here's the first life skills video created by OSU Extension Extension educators: "Laundry Basics"

Ten-minute Science Activities

Hunt the Good Stuff 4-H BINGO