4-H Youth Development
Preparing youth for success
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development
program off ered to individuals age 5 and in kindergar-
ten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more
than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by
doing” through hands-on activities.
All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and
quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of
values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons
in leadership, communication and collaboration while
increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology
and a variety of other topics.
4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways.
Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs,
camps, in-school and after-school activities, and sum-
mer programs. Th ey increase their self-confi dence and
personal life skills while learning about specifi c subjects
- anything from animals or computers to public speak-
ing, cooking, art, gardening and environmental scienc-
es, just to name a few project topics.
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Camp counselor trainings March – July: Th irty-four
camp counselors will begin training in April to be able
to serve at 4-H Camp from July 25-29. Counselors are
required to have a minimum of 12 hours of training but
more are off ered. Training topics include recognizing
child abuse and neglect, communication, cultural aware-
ness, child and adolescent development knowledge,
health, wellness, and risk management, personal com-
mitment, professional development, professionalism,
program planning, role model, self-direction, supportive
relationship, teaching and facilitating, teamwork and
leadership, thinking and problem solving, and under-
standing organization and camp environment. Coun-
selors are responsible for choosing the camp theme,
marketing camp, designing the t-shirts, planning the
programs at camp, and delivering the lessons.
Quality assurance is off ered two more times, once
in April and once in May. Youth quality assurance is a
pledge or promise to: Provide a food animal product pre-
ferred by consumers and provide a safe, wholesome food
animal product. Food animals are those whose products
(meat, milk, and eggs) have the potential to become part
of the food chain. Knowledge and mastery of the science
of genetics, nutrition, management, handling, and envi-
ronment in relation to the youth’s food animal projects
play a critical role in the success of producing safe and
wholesome food products for consumers. Th erefore, the
Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) mandates that
all youth exhibiting food animal projects participate
annually in quality assurance programming. OSU Ex-
tension provides the leadership for implementing quality
assurance programs in partnership with the Coshocton
County Agricultural Society.
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APRIL 17, 2019