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 8-12. These youth are invited to take part or apply to county, state, and/or national opportunities only available to members in these age groups. Members currently in 8th grade are only eligible to apply for Food and Fashion Board and Counselor-In-Training (CIT) and must be 14 as of January 1, 2024.

Meeting dates for 2024 will be announced on our Facebook page, this page, and in the 4-H Calendar. Teens interested in the many available options are not required to attend these meetings; however, we highly encourage attendance so staff have an opportunity to get to know you. By participating in these meetings, you’ll receive ways to enhance your leadership skills; new activities to share with your club; information of local and state events and opportunities; the opportunity to meet other teens; and have fun!

Applications for the 2024 program year have closed.


The Junior Leader (JL) Club is open to all 4-H members who are in 9th grade and higher! No need to interview, you simply register! Members do not take projects throught the JL Club; it is a separate entity from the community clubs. Meetings/activities are held about once a month. Primary focuses of JL's are to engage in socialization, community service, and career exploration.

A few activities the JL's participated in 2023 included: Ohio 4-H Conference and Plowboy Prom, setting up an Easter egg hunt for Cloverbuds, a tour of Pearl Valley Cheese, putt-putting at Cabin Creek Golf, and a fun day spent at Tall Timbers among others. Next up is our annual Older Youth wiener roast and corn maze which will take place in October. Those who are interested in joining are welcome to attend! New officers will be elected at the November meeting and the new officer team will plan the meetings/outings for 2024.

Junior Leaders is a club that ALL teens currently in 9th grade and above are able to join.

  • No interviews, just a registration!
  • This is a club you join in addition to your current 4-H club.
  • You do not complete a project through this club; projects are taken in your regular 4-H club.
  • The vision and mission of Junior Leaders will be determined by you, the club members.
  • Meetings/activities will be held once a month.
  • Keep in mind this is a club that will teach leadership skills (such as career development), provide community service opportunities, socialization, and FUN!
2024 Junior Leader Club Meeting & activity Dates
  • Kick-off meeting (1st meeting) will be held immediately following the Teen Leadership Retreat on Monday, January 15, 2024, noon - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch is included!)
  • February 19 - Meeting, 4:00 PM, Broadway Global Methodist Church
  • March 18 - Meeting, 5:30 PM, Jerusalem Church
  • April 12 - Junior Leader Square Dance, 7:00 PM, Ragtown Coop, Ragersville
  • May 5 - Camp Piedmont Clean Up Day, 1:00 PM, 4-H Camp Piedmont
  • July 23 - Junior Leader Day at Tall Timbers, 10:00 AM, Wood's Tall Timber Lake & Resort
  • October 26 - Older Youth Cookout and Haunted Corn Maze, 6:00 PM, Boltz Farm Market
  • November 3 - Meeting, 2:00 PM, location TBD
  • December 19 - Older Youth Christmas Party, 6:00 PM, location TBD


Teen Leadership Retreat 2024

Retreat: Sunday, January 14, 5 PM - Monday, January 15, 11:30 AM
Where: Camp Zimmerman, Gnadenhutten
Cost: $30
Junior Leaders Club Organizational Meeting: Monday, January 15, Noon - 1:00 PM (lunch is included!)

Camp Counselors, Junior Fair Board, and Food and Fashion Board members are highly encouraged to attend!

Join us for a weekend of fun and learning at the 2024 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat! If you want to develop leadership skills, have fun with friends (old and new), and learn more about yourself - make plans to attend. This retreat is for ALL youth in 9th grade and above. The organizational meeting of the Tuscarawas County Junior Leaders Club will be held at the end of the retreat on Monday. If you are unable to stay the night, but would like to attend the meeting, you are welcome to join us!

Click here to register for the retreat. Forms will be available to print during online registration or can be picked up at the office. Payment, health, behavior policy, and permission forms will be accepted at the door. NOTE: You will not be permitted to stay if your forms are incomplete!

Contact Michelle or Chris with any questions. Click here for the flyer with more information.


Ohio 4-H opportunities for teens

Ohio 4-H offers numerous opportunities for teen members to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for success. Opportunities begin at the local level and expand to the county, state, national, and international levels through various awards, boards, and more!

Click here for the Ohio 4-H Opportunities for Teens brochure.

Click here for the interactive opportunities graphic.

Click here for the Ohio 4-H Just For Teens page.

More Opportunities and Programming

Click the links below for infomation on specific Older Youth opportunities and programming.