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 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 Leadership Washington Focus.

Meeting dates for 2021 will be announced on our Facebook page and on this page. 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!

The Older Youth Application Packet is due by 4:00 p.m. on November 6, 2020. The deadline is final! Applicants are required to schedule an interview appointment when returning the application packet to the Extension office; click here to schedule your interview appointment time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49AAAD29A2FBC61-older. If we do not receive your packet by November 6, your interview time will be released and you will not be eligible to apply. (Youth only interested in Food and Fashion Board, Leadership Camp, Citizen Washington Focus, or Leadership Washington Focus do not need an interview.)

Our advisors look forward to meeting you and are excited for this “new” level of county 4-H programming. Mark your calendars with all the important dates!

More state, national, and international 4-H Older Youth opportuntities can be found at: https://ohio4h.org/families/just-teens. Please list any additional areas of interest on the Coversheet under the "Other" option under Interest Areas.



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:

Ohio 4-H Youth Development Achievement Award Submission Categories


We will be hosting a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, October 22 beginning at 6:00 p.m. During this session, Kiersten will work with participants to better understand the following:

  • What is the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Form?
  • What criteria are used in judging award applicatons?
  • How do I keep track of all my activities and projects?
  • What can I do to catch the judge's attention?
  • Is the way in which I word my activities really all that important?
  • When I'm all done, what do I need to hand in?
  • What are the different awards levels and how do I advance?
  • ...and samples will be available!

If this sounds like a meeting that may help you, be sure to mark October 22 on your calendar. As you prepare materials, be sure to invite your parent(s) and your club advisors, if you like; they may be assisting you as you complete your application. Have with you any records that you have compiled or past applications that have been submitted. We'll see what we can do to get you started in the right direction.

Although this meeting is geared toward older youth, it's never too early to start keeping track of your 4-H achievements! Members of any age and their parent/guardian are welcome!

Email Kiersten by October 20 if you plan to attend so the Zoom link can be provided to you.

Click here for the My 4-H Career Record Book. This is one of the many items 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. State scholarships are due by February 15, 2021.
  • 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. Applications are available in the spring and are due by June 15, 2021.
  • Junior Fair Dairy Committee Scholarship - Open to Tuscarawas County youth residents enrolled in a 4-H dairy project.
  • 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.

Older Youth

Survey for Teen Members

Ohio 4-H is seeking input from you to help us design virtual programming that would be specific to ages 13-19. We know that during a time of distance learning and modified 4-H programs, that there are many new opportunities to explore! With your feedback to a short survey, Ohio 4-H intends to use your thoughts and ideas in offering more teen-specific programs that can be accessed virtually!

Please visit www.go.osu.edu/ohio4hteeninterest and respond to the survey questions by October 16 to have your feedback shared! If you received this survey from another source, you are only asked to complete it once. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete this survey!

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, Events, Clinics and Workshops, Interview Judging, and Service Projects

2021 Dates to be announced.

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.


Tuscarawas County Fair September 20-26, 2021




2021 Dates to be announced.

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.

2021 4-H Camp dates: TBA


Residential and Non-Residential Trainings

2021 Dates to be announced.

Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)

Older youth who previously served as Camp Counselors will want to consider attending Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) March 6-7, 2021. This will be VIRTUAL in 2021. 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.