Who are "Older Youth"?

Older Youth are not just Camp Counselors or Junior Fair Board members!


Older Youth are current 4-H members in grades 9-12. These youth are invited to take part or apply to county, state, and national opportunities only available to members in these age groups.


Older Youth applications for the 2020 program year are now closed. Applicants were mailed notification of their status on November 27.


Photo Gallery

Check out the Gallery to see pictures from the Older Youth Programs.


Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Informational Meeting

Do you want to be recognized for your accomplishments in the Tuscarawas County 4-H program? If you answered “YES” to this question, consider completing the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Form. Submission categories include:


  • Beef
  • 4-H CARTEENs
  • Citizenship & Community Service
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Communications
  • Companion Animals
  • Creative Arts
  • Dairy
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life & Child Development
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Goats
  • Health & Safety
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Llama
  • Mechanical & Engineering Science
  • Personal Development
  • Photography
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Shooting Sports
  • Swine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Woodworking


Click here for the flyer and more information about the categories.

Click here for the My 4-H Career Record Book. This was one of the many items made available at the Achievement Award Informational Meeting. Members (and parents!) can use this fillable pdf form to keep a record of your 4-H career, and keeping records in this book will make application for awards and scholarships easy! No handwriting necessary!


  • State 4-H Older Youth Awards and Scholarships - 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities for teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for adult success.
  • Tuscarawas County 4-H Committee Scholarship - This scholarship was established by the Tuscarawas County 4-H Committee to aid current 4-H members to continue their efforts towards obtaining a Certificate/Associate or Bachelor's Degree. This is a one-time only scholarship.
  • Junior Fair Dairy Committee Scholarship - Open to Tuscarawas County youth residents enrolled in a 4-H dairy project. DUE NOVEMBER 1. Applications available at the Extension office only.
  • Tuscarawas County Dairy Farmers Scholarship - Preference given to applicants who have been actively involved in 4-H or FFA in Tuscarawas County, have taken dairy projects, and demonstrate community involvement. Applicants must pursue a degree in agriculture or a related field. DUE FEBRUARY 7, 2020. Applications available at the Extension office only.

Older Youth

Teen Leadership Retreat

True leaders aren't born...they're grown! Join us for the first-ever overnight Leadership Retreat January 19-20 at Elkhorn Valley (elkhornvalley.com)! (School is not in session the 19th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.) Older Youth currently in 9th grade or above who want to develop leadership skills, have fun with friends (old and new), and learn more about yourself will want to attend! Camp Counselors, Junior Fair Board, and Food and Fashion Board members (9th grade or above only) are highly encouraged to attend. The retreat can count towards required training hours.

Activities include:

  • Team building
  • Sled riding/tubing
  • Campfire fun
  • Games
  • Brainstorming
  • Round table sessions

Cost is $10. Cash or check payable to OSU Extension.

Deadline to register is Friday, January 10, 2020, before 4 PM.

Call the office or email Kiersten to register, have additional questions, or for more information.

Click here for the retreat flyer.

Click here for the required packet/forms for attending (forms accepted at the door). NOTE: Photo must be included on health form!.


Food and Fashion Board

Members are required to attend at least 4 meetings. As many members as possible are expected to assist with clinics, workshops, Interview Judging and Style Review, and service projects.

If you are unable to attend a meeting for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact Chris K. to find out what was missed, what needs to be made up, and if additional meetings were scheduled.


Meetings will be held on Sundays beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Extension Office unless otherwise specified. Members are required to attend at least 4 meetings.

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • July 19

More details will be provided to members as they become available.

  • March 14 - Ohio 4-H Conference, Columbus Convention Center
  • June 15 - Food and Fashion Board Day Trip
  • October 11 - Older Youth Cookout, 6:30 p.m., Kendle's
  • December 16 - Older Youth Christmas Party, 6:30 p.m., Salem Fellowship Hall
Clinics and Workshops
  • February 22 - Youth Quilt Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Newcomerstown Masonic Lodge
  • March 7 - Create with 4-H Day, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Broadway United Methodist Church
  • April 25 - Kids in the Kitchen, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Broadway United Methodist Church
  • June 17 - Kids in the Kitchen, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • August 29 - Kids in the Kitchen, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • October 31 - Kids in the Kitchen, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • December 5 - Kids in the Kitchen, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
4-H Interview Judging and Style Review
  • July 14, 9 a.m., Midvale Elementary - Food, Cake Decorating, Scrapbooking, and FCS Related
  • July 23, 9 a.m., Broadway United Methodist Church - Clothing Judging and Style Review set up
  • July 23, 7 p.m., Broadway United Methodist Church - Style Review (line up at 6:30 p.m.)
Service Projects
  • Prom Showcase
    • February 14, 6-8 p.m., Dress drop-off
    • February 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dress drop-off
    • February 16, 2-6 p.m., Shopping Day
  • Quilts of Valor Project Presentation - September 20, 6:30 p.m., Main Show Arena, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds
  • NJC Santa's Workshop - November 7, 9 a.m. - Noon, Brandywine Center at the Norma Johnson Center
  • Warther's Tree Festival Children's Tree Workshop - November 21, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Warther's Museum
Junior Fair Board

If you are unable to attend a meeting for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact Kiersten or Chris K. to find out what was missed, what needs to be made up, and if additional meetings were scheduled.

New for 2020: As we are starting programming earlier this year, your help at Livestock Quality Assurances (QA) will be expected. QA dates will be released as soon as possible and will be discussed at the orientation meeting.

Tuscarawas County Fair September 21 - 27

Fair check-in dates: September 19-20
Post-fair clean up and wrap up meeting: September 30


An orientation meeting will be held on Monday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. It is very important to attend this meeting. Members will receive Jr. Fair Board T-shirts, have pictures taken for the Fair Book, and review early summer shows, tag-ins, and work days.

Regular meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Jr. Fair Board Office located on the fairgrounds unless otherwise specified.

  • April 22
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 2, 9, and 16
  • Thursday, September 17 (work day as we move into fair)
  • Friday, September 18 (work day as we move into fair)
Camp Counselors

If you are unable to attend a meeting for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact Kiersten or Chris K. to find out what was missed, what needs to be made up, and if additional meetings were scheduled.

2020 4-H Camp dates: Sunday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 1


Counselors will be permitted to stay until the morning of July 2 to relax and spend some time together winding down from camp.

New Counselors must complete a minimun of 24 hours of counselor preparation training as recommended by the Ohio 4-H Program. Of this, 12 hours must be residential and 12 hours non-residential.

Returning Counselors must complete a minimum of 12 hours of counselor preparation training as recommended by the Ohio 4-H Program. These will be non-residential hours.

Non-residential Trainings

Trainings will be held on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Extension office unless otherwise specified.

  • February 3
  • February 17 (1-4 p.m., no school - Presidents' Day)
  • March 2, 16, and 30
  • April 20
  • May 4, 18
  • June 1, 8, and additional meetings as needed for final preparations
Residential Training

Training will be held at Camp Piedmont on May 29-30. New counselors need to attend this training unless prior arrangements have been made to attend an alternate training. Residential training is optional (but highly encouraged!) for returning counselors.

Any counselor not meeting required amounts of documented training prior to leaving for camp will not be permitted to serve as a counselor.


Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)

Older youth who previously served as Camp Counselors will want to consider attending Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) February 22-23, 2020. This is an interactive and quick-paced training. Specific information will be availalbe on the State 4-H web site. Contact Kiersten if interested in attending. Registration is due the end of January. Cost is to be determined.

Camp Canopy

Camp Canopy LogoFounded in 1950 and formerly known as Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp, Camp Canopy is the place where high schoolers go to discover forestry, discover wildlife and discover adventure. Taking place at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake the second week of June every year, the camp is open to incoming freshmen through graduating seniors and is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association. For more information, visit ohioforest.org/page/forestrycamp.