Who are "Older Youth"?

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 are not just Camp Counselors or Junior Fair Board members!

Why are we starting this process earlier than you may have heard? We are updating our older youth programming to be more in line with state-level older youth opportunities. Many of these opportunities are available in December/January and our members were mising out due to our county's later application process.

We will be announcing 2020 meeting dates and times in the near future. (Check back to this page for details.) Teens interested in the many available options are not required to attend these meetings; however, we highly encourage attendance so the 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!

We would like to invite eligible older youth to a wiener roast on Sunday, October 13, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to kick off the new year and get to know one another before Older Youth apps are due. Please call the Extension office with your reservation no later than October 9. You will receive information as to where the event will be held.

The Older Youth Applications are available at the Junior Fair Board office (during fair only), at the Extension office, and on this page (below, as a fillable PDF document), and will be due by 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2019. The deadline is final! Applicants are required to schedule an appointment when returning the application to the Extension office.

Our advisors look forward to meeting you, and are excited for this "new" level of county 4-H programming. Mark your calendars and plan to join your peers for a great evening on October 13!


Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Informational Meeting


Are you interested in being recognized for your accomplishments
in the Tuscarawas County 4-H program but are unsure where to begin?

If you answered “YES” to this question, I may have just the thing for you. On Monday, October 28, 2019, I will be hosting an informational meeting at the Tuscarawas County Extension office beginning at 6:00 p.m. During this session, I 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 applications?
  • 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 I’ll have samples for you!

If this sounds like a meeting that may help you, be sure to attend. As you prepare materials to bring, be sure to invite your parent(s) and your club advisors, if you like; they may be assisting you as you complete your application. Bring with you to the meeting 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.

Please call the office or email me by October 23, 2019, if you’ll be attending so that I have adequate materials prepared. I’ll look forward to seeing you on the 28th! ~Kiersten

  • 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.

State 4-H Older Youth Opportunities

4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities for teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for adult success. Click here to see all the opportunities available to older youth.


Food and Fashion Board

All Tuscarawas County older youth in 8th grade and older with an interest in food, fashion, or FCS Relelated projects are welcome to join! The Food and Fashion Board provides opportunities to lead, serve, and learn in our county 4-H program. You do not have to be currently enrolled in an FCS project to participate. There is no interview process for Food and Fashion Board; however, please check the interest area section on the Older Youth Opportunities Coversheet (below) so you can be added to the mailing list. Please contact Chris Kendle with any questions.

Document is a fillable PDF format. Complete on your computer, print, and return to the Extension office.

Food and Fashion Board Application Form


Junior Fair Board - Returning Members

Document is a fillable PDF format. You may need to select "Open With Different Viewer" (top of screen, right) on your computer in order to complete and print.

Junior Fair Board - Returning Member Application Forms


Junior Fair Board - New Members

Document is a fillable PDF format. You may need to select "Open With Different Viewer" (top of screen, right) on your computer in order to complete and print.

Junior Fair Board - New Member Application Forms


Camp Counselors

Document is a fillable PDF format. You may need to select "Open With Different Viewer" (top of screen, right) on your computer in order to complete and print.

Camp Counselor - Application Forms


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.