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Today's 4-H experiences are filled with much more than 4-H projects and club meetings. There are a multitude of experiences that can make "4-H is More Than You Ever Imagined." Please contact the Extension Office if you have questions about any of these opportunities! Don't miss out!

County and State Opportunities - 2022 dates will be updated as they are set

CARTEENS is a traffic safety education program for first time teen traffic offenders.  A unique aspect of the program is that teens serve as the instructors and curriculum planners for the CARTEENS sessions which are held approximately 6 times a year.  Program topics include excessive speed, driving under the influence, seat belt use, consequences of unsafe decisions, dealing with peer pressure, and traffic laws, signs, and signals.   To be a CARTEENS instructor, individuals must be a freshman in high school as of January 1, 2022.  Contact the Extension office if you are interested.  Click HERE for and informational flyer about CARTEENS.

4-H Marketing Team - Help present an educational program to local third grade classrooms and promote the 4-H program during Erie County 4-H Awareness weeks during late February/early March. If you are interested, please contact the Extension Office.

4-H Fashion Board - Open to 4-H members 14 years & older as of 1/1/22. Members will serve in an advisory role to clothing key leaders and Extension professionals. Members will have the opportunity to plan and implement local clothing clinics, assist with the style revue, and help with the general promotion of 4-H clothing projects. Potential travel opportunities include the Ohio 4-H Teen and Volunteer Conference in March and a trip to Haberman's in Detroit.

Ohio 4-H Conference – Saturday, March, 12, 2022 –  This one day event brings together hundreds of Ohio's older 4-H youth and volunteers in a spirit of celebration, exploration, personal development and community service. Registration deadline is February 11, 2022 Click HERE to open a new website to print the registration booklet. Click HERE for the registration form. If you are interested in going, please contact the Extension Office at 419-627-7631.  The Erie County 4-H Committee will pay a portion of your registration fee. Call for more details.

4-H Leadership Camp – June 1-5, 2022 - A five-day camp for teens 14 & older held at Camp Ohio, Utica. This program focuses on helping youth develop leadership by actually planning, conducting, and evaluating major parts of the camp program.

4-H Citizen Washington Focus - June 14-20 - For high school youth ages 15-19 you may choose which dates to attend. In this experience, the nation's capital becomes a classroom for fostering understanding and involvement in civic responsibility, governement operations, and current issues. Visit government officals, historic sites, musems, and monuments and meet other 4-H members from across the nation.

4-H Leadership Washington Focus - NOT OFFERED IN 2022  Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and now we are happy to introduce its precursor for middle school 4-H'ers, LWF. Middle school 4-H delegates will:

                 Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action

                 Practice effective communication through group discussion and public speaking

                 Work with others to create and accomplish goals

                 Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style

                 Exchange ideas and form friendships with other 4-H'ers from across the nation

                 Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC

         4-H Camp Counselor – The 2021 Erie County 4-H Camp will be held June 10-13, 2022 at Kelleys Island. To be a counselor, individuals must be a freshman in high school as of January 1, 2022.  If you are interested in being a camp counselor contact Mary Beth Albright as soon as possible at  You will then receive more information about the counselor selection process on January 17th Training, for those selected, will begin in March and continue until camp. 

Erie County Junior Fair Board – Youth must be at least a 6th grader, entering 7th grade in the fall of 2022. The 2022 application will be posted on the 'Jr. Fair Board' page of this website - coming soon. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2022.

State and National Opportunities

State Junior Fair Board – This group is comprised of representatives from several different youth organizations including 4-H. The State Fairgrounds is worksite for a month of fast-paced, action-packed State Fair coordination.

National Dairy Conference – Learn more about the dairy industry and observe new dairy industry developments. This event is held in October in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ohio Dairy Goat Conference – This conference provides delegates with the opportunity to learn more about the dairy goat industry and observe new dairy goat industry practices.  Conference is held in Columbus in September.

OTA Local Government Award – Two $1,500 awards are available to any 4-H high school senior who has completed a local government-type activity that has had significant impact.

State Achievement Awards – Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were established to highlight overall 4-H achievement in a particular program area. There are currently 21 program areas which include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Companion Animals/Dogs, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Environmental Sciences, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Personal Development, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine, and Veterinary Science.  Each achievement award winner will receive a trip to National 4-H Congress which is tentatively scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Call the Extension Office for more information about 4-H Achievement Awards.

Ohio State 4-H Scholarships -  Scholarships currently exist for Ohio 4-H members – the majority for graduating seniors attending The Ohio State University, but there are a few for members attending any accredited post-secondary institution.  Online applications due February 15th.  Visit, click on Families, and then Just of Teens, click on Awards & Scholarships.  

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) - TLC is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provide a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming.  In the process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.