Gallia County Teen Opportunities in 4H 

2020 Program Information for Teen 14 years and over

What can 4H Offer You?

Teens, Advisors and Parents… 4-H has so much to offer members between the ages of 14 and 18! We know you are busy. We know you want to have fun with friends. We know you are trying to figure out your future goals.  We know you need guidance and advice when it comes to college, scholarships, and career choices. We know you want to be included in peer groups, make your own decisions, and become independent.  We know you need to build leadership skills, personal confidence and be challenged. We know you like meeting new friends.  We know you like to travel. We know you want to share your talents with others… AND PARENTS we know they need to do this in a safe welcoming environment!  So please check out this addition of our 4-H newsletter, because in 4-H we do all of this and so much more!       Please check out the Gallia County Teen Opportunities Newsletter and 2020 Teen Opportunities Application.

Gallia County Teen Leaders

The 2020 Gallia County Teen Leaders will be accepting new members until Jan 1, 2020.  What is a Teen Leader’s Club?? This is a select group of teens ages 14 –18 (by January 1 of the current year), who meet throughout the year at the Gallia County Extension office to plan and implement county 4-H events!  As a member you will have access to first hand information regarding 4-H scholarships, camp counseling information, opportunities to build your leadership skills, like teaching at quality assurance, assisting with fair activities, helping with school enrichment and after school 4-H promotions and more!  You will also meet teens from around the county and have the opportunity to participate in special club activities.  Anyone interested in becoming a member complete the enclosed enrollment form and return it To the Extension Office to receive more information and keep up with upcoming events.

Tentative dates for Teen Leaders Meetings: Carteens 1-14-20, Carteens 3-3-20, Ohio Volunteer Conf. 3-14-20, Carteens 4-28-20,  Carteens 8-25-20, Carteens 10-27-2020.   

Teen Leaders Program

The County Teen Leaders program was established in 2009 as a way to recognize all the leadership teens provide to our local 4-H programming.  Teens who participate in County 4-H events earn hours towards these awards.  Activities such as camp counseling, CARTEENS, Teen Leaders, Fair, QA training, etc. count toward hours.  Award winners are invited to the Volunteer Banquet where they received a Leadership Certificates and gift cards sponsored by the 4-H Advisory Association.  These awards were given based on class rank.  

Keeping in Touch by Text Message and Facebook

Communication with Teens can be a tricky thing! Last year we found that some of the best means of communications with our Teens was through text messaging and Face Book.  If you would like to hear about 4-H events by either of these methods please be sure to indicate this on your Teen Leader or Camp Counselor forms and include a cell number that can be texted as well as an e-mail for your Face Book account. We also have closed groups which you can be added to on Face Book once you have joined CARTEENS or Teen Leaders. Follow our Website at

If your e-mail or cell has changed since you submitted enrollment forms please contact our office and make sure we have the correct contact information for you!  We will only send out a limited number of newsletters and we don’t want you to miss out!  

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Gallia County Camp Counselor

Do you have what it takes to become a camp counselor?  Come and find out at the 2020 Canter’s Cave Counselor College.  Camp counseling is open to any teen between the ages of 14 and 18, by Jan. 1, 2020.   The American Camping Association requires that all teen counselors have a minimum of 24 training hours for new counselors and 20 for returning counselors.  Anyone wishing to be a camp counselor for Gallia County must complete the enclosed counselor application and return it to the Extension office by Jan 1, 2020. Selected candidates will then be invited to a short interview held February 20th interviews will be set up between between 8 am-4:30 pm, (no school this day), and successful interviewees will be invited to attend Counselor College training.

2020 Gallia County Counselor Application

2020 Camp Counselor College

The 2020 Counselor College will be held at Canter’s Cave 4-H camp April 4th - 5th.  This is an overnight training at camp, please be sure to mark these dates on your calendar! The fee for Counselor College is $55 and due March 1st (after March 1st there is an additional late fee of $10).  T-shirts will again be offered this year for $10.  There will also be a $25 counselor fee due at the time of camp registrations in May.  To help cover the cost of camp for counselors and campers we will be offering the Little Caesars frozen pizza fund raiser again this year.  Please watch for details in our early spring newsletter. 

2020 Counselor College Application

2020 STEM Camp Counselor Application Due April , 2020

2020 Camp dates

Teen Winter Retreat! “It’s a CAMP THING!”

Have you ever been to camp as a camper, counselor or for a special weekend retreat?  If you have then you understand what we mean by “It’s a CAMP THING!”  If you have not had the chance, then why not join us for the 2020 Teen Winter Retreat! This is an overnight held just for Teens ages 14-18, who want to beat the winter blues and cabin fever of February and have some fun with others their own age! Camp is beautiful when it snows and if you have never went sledding or had a camp snowball fight, then you just don’t know what you are missing! So come out enjoy a winter hike, a of night line dancing, group games and lots of outdoor and indoor fun!  You can even bring a friend!!! You don’t have to be a 4-H members to enjoy Teen Winter Retreat (but it helps!). Hold the date for Feb 1-2, 2020. The cost is only $35.00 and include all meals and activities! Watch for registration forms to be posted on our web page, and sent out by e-mail, or you can pick them up here in the office in the near future! 

2020 Camp Dates
Cloverbud Overnight June 6-7,STEM Camp June 4-6,Junior High Camp June 15-18,Special Needs Camp May 29-31,Beginner Camp June 8-11,Teen camp June 22-25.

Teens we have a special TEEN CAMP just for you!

Teen Camp – June 22-25, 2020

This camp is only open to teens in grades 9-12 and is specially planned to be packed full of the special activities you want to do at camp! So plan to a week to relax this summer, see old friends, meet new friends, swim in the pool, go hiking, canoeing, tryout the high ropes, go cliff repelling, take up line dancing, make some crafts, or just join in on all the fun and games this camp has to offer!  Registration information will be available in late May early. 

Carteens 2020

CARTEENS is a great program for teens to become involved!  As a peer mentor for safe driving, teens can earn leadership hours, community service hours and build leadership and teaching skills!  The CARTEEN program meets five times per year and presents a 90 minute hands on interactive driver’s safety program to other teens that have had a traffic violation.Becoming a CARTEEN facilitator looks great on scholarship applications, college applications and job resumes!  Past presenters have won local and state 4-H scholarships as well as local teen leadership awards.  In addition to looking good for other scholarship application opportunities our local CARTEEN program presents one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior CARTEEN facilitator each year in March. To be eligible for the scholarship you must serve as an ACTIVE member of CARTEEN for at least two years including your senior year. All facilitators must be at least 14 years old as of Jan. 1 of the current year. To participate please contact Tracy Winters at the Extension office at 740-446-7007 or by e-mail at

2020 CARTEENs Dates

Janurary 14 from 6pm-8pm, March 3 from 6pm - 8 pm, April 28 from 6pm – 8pm, Aug 25 from 6pm-8pm ,October 27 from 6pm-8pm

More Teen Opportunities at our STATE 4-H Level!

Want to become involved in 4-H at another level?  Try getting involved with some 4-H State events. 

2020 State Ohio Volunteer Conference  

Travel with us to Columbus on March 9th to attend the 2020 State Volunteer Conference.  You will have a chance to meet teens from all over Ohio and attend fun exciting session on over 75 different topics related to Teens, 4-H and leadership!  The Gallia County 4-H Advisors Association provides a limited number of scholarships to attend this event. Interested teens should complete the 2020 Gallia County Achievement Record and mark the conference as a preferred event. 

 International 4-H Programs
  •  4-H International Programs– you and your family could apply to be a host family to students from other countries.  Long and short term hosting options are available.
  • Travel Abroad Opportunities-
  • Opportunities also exist for Ohio 4-Hers to travel and live with host families in Australia, Costa Rica, Norway, Finland and Japan.  Applications and more information can be found on the State 4-H Web site at International-program
4-H State Fashion Board

This is a small group of outstanding 4-H teen clothing members selected from across Ohio.  They assist with conducting the State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue, 4-H clothing workshops and they promote 4-H clothing projects.  Each county may nominate 1 nominee.  Approx. 20 members will be selected statewide.  For more information and applications go to the state 4-H Website at

 4-H State Ambassador

This program recognizes 4-H teens with high leadership, citizenship and community service skills.  Teens must be 9-12 grades, nominated by their 4-H Educator and have exceptional skills in leadership, citizenship and community service.  If selected teens serve a one year term on the State Ambassador team.  Ambassadors serve at many state functions; they also serve as youth representatives for the state 4-H program and also as 4-H spokespersons to government officials, media, civic and donor groups. State Ambassador Experience is a great advantage on state awards and scholarships.  Applications and more detailed information can be found on the state 4-H website at Older 4H Teen Opportunities  2020 Deadline is Feb 2020.

Teen Leadership Council

This is the highest youth decision making and advisement body in the state 4-H program. Members work together to improve Ohio 4-H, working with state 4-H leaders on youth issues. Must be 15-18 yrs. old and a member of 4-H for two years prior to applying, terms are two years with monthly conference calls and face to face meetings. Visit to find the application and more details. 

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Open to high school youth in 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau. 40 teen selected through application process.

Delegate Nominations must be received by November 11, 2019.
Delegate Applications must be received by December 15, 2019.

Find all the details at

Buckeye Leadership Workshop
BLW is being held March 25-29, 2020.
Registration for the 2020 workshop will be done online.
If you have a question please
To attend Buckeye you need to be 15 years old or a freshman in High School or older.
Registration Fee:

Registration for the 2020 workshop is now open. Early bird registration fee of $350 ends February 20, 2020. Workshop fee is $375 after that. Partial scholarships are available.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION   Early-bird registration fee (on or before Feb 20, 2020) for the workshop is $350.  Registration after Feb 20, 2020 is $375.  This includes meals, lodging, and a resource notebook download.  Some sessions have additional fees, (determined by and paid to class instructors) for materials or equipment which you may use and/or take home.  We require a $100.00 deposit with every registration form.  The deposit provides money for BLW start-up expenses and provides a commitment for individuals attending workshop.

Cancellations and Refunds:
BLW will refund half of the deposit ($50) if a person cancels their registration on or before Feb 20, 2019.  BLW will not refund deposits for cancellations within 1 month of the workshop.  Our refund policy is an attempt to balance BLW interests and financial obligations while recognizing that your schedule may change due to unforeseen reasons.
Leadership Washington Focus
Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. Serves as the precursor to Citizenship Washington Focus. Using the historical backdrop of Washington D.C. youth will build confidence in meaningful action, practice effective communication, create and accomplish goals, and develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style. Open to youth in 7th to 9th grades by application process. Reservations are due March 1 with a full payment of $1375 due April 1st. The trip takes place June 21-27. Visit Leadership-washington-focus.
Ohio State Junior Fair Board

State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast paced action packed month at the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days. Comprised of outstanding individuals from each of the youth organizations represented at the Ohio State Fair, and serves to strengthen and help coordinated State Fair Activities.  Two applications selected yearly, must be currently enrolled in Ohio 4-H and at least 16 years old or older as of Jan. 1. Must complete the State Achievement record and submit it to their county Extension office by county deadline. This is a two year term. Visit for more information.  

Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor
Programs are designed for military youth to help them find a positive way to cope with the stress of their family member’s deployment. Residential camping is one such program; camp is held at Kelley’s Island. Application is required for teens 16 and older. 4-H and or military background is not required but helpful. Counselors should have previous counseling experience in a camp setting. Applications are due in May, camp is held in August. Contact Candie Glover for more information   4-H Older Youth Opportunities 
Ohio Township Association 4-H Local Government Award
Established in an effort to encourage and inspire more 4-H Teens to become responsible citizens who are involved in local government.  This award is designed to reinforce the importance of having youth become contributing citizens in their communities. Two teens are selected annually to win this $1500 award. Must complete the State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to their county by county deadline. Applicants must be seniors, have completed a 4-H local government activity and plan to attend college after high school.  
Ohio 4-H Forestry Competition and
Team of 4 youth compete to represent Ohio at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational July 26-19, 2020 at Jackson’s Mill, WV. Ohio’s competition is held at Ohio FFA Muskingum More information on forming a team can be found at also see

Scholarship & Achievement Award Deadlines

  • January 30, 2020 is the DEADLINE State and County Achievement forms to be turned in!!
  • February 15, 2020 is the State 4-H Scholarship Deadline.
  • March 2, 2020 is the County 4-H Scholarship Deadline!
  • If you need help or have questions regarding the forms please contact Tracy at or call 740-446-7007.