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2023 NEW Volunteer Applications Available NOW

Adult volunteers are the backbone and are key to the success of the 4-H program! We are always looking for new caring adults who have time and expertise they would like to volunteer to the 4-H program. Adults who work directly with 4-H'ers two or more times during the year are considered volunteers.
All volunteers must complete the required OSU Extension volunteer approval process. Are YOU interested in being a 4-H Volunteer in Brown County?
Complete the online volunteer application at

All application materials must be received by the OSU Extension Office by April 1, 2023.
This includes references and background checks.

All new volunteers must also complete a BCI background check, interview, and orientation. Specific information on this will be sent to volunteers after their application is received. Training will be held on TBD at the Extension Office.

New volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation. Please note, attending a returning volunteer update does not meet the requirement for a new volunteer. Please check back here or contact the Extension Office for more information. 

2023 Volunteer Training - For returning volunteers only!

Returning volunteers who were active volunteers in 2022 have two options to complete their required training in 2023. Training must be completed by April 1st. 

Option One: In-Person - Carpeted Room 

February 20th @ 2pm

February 22nd @ 6pm

February 28th @ 6pm

Resources from 2023 Training:

Slides from Training

Useful Links Document

Project Starter Kits

Commercial Swine Division - housed on the Project Letter page.

Winning 4-H Plan (link to state website - see the bottom of the page)

Option Three: Virtual Training – on your own prior to April 1st
To receive credit for the self-paced training for returning volunteers follow these steps - ALL steps must be completed: For this year, volunteers may complete the Ohio 4-H annual activities and programs with minor participants (policy 1.50) AND our Brown County training virtually on their own. You will be responsible for completing the training by April 1st and asking any clarifying questions you may have on updates etc., as well as making sure you are reading all provided emails and updates.

1. Go to this link, register (name & email), and then watch the video. We must see that you logged in and watched to receive credit. Alternative link: 

2. Complete the survey at the link provided at the end of the video. It can be seen in the chatbox and on-screen, you will need to copy this link and type it into your browser. Please note the link on screen is not highlighted correctly, it is explained in the video and provided in chat. 

3. Follow the instructions in this PDF to complete the annual required training Activities and Programs with Minors (formerly policy 1.50) training. 

4. Pick up your Volunteer packet at the office. - Returning volunteers are all receiving a file box from the Brown County 4-H Committee that has useful resources included.

 If a volunteer fails to attend one of the trainings or complete the online training, they WILL NOT be recognized as a volunteer in 2023. To return as a volunteer in 2024 they would be required to complete the new volunteer process. The 2023 new volunteer application is available on our website. This DOES NOT meet the requirements for new volunteers. Please remember that failure to read and understand information is not an acceptable reason for unmet requirements or missed deadlines. If you do not understand, please ask clarifying questions. We are happy to help clarify information and help you complete the process in advance of deadlines. 

Background Check  Information: Please take this information with you when you go to get your background check! CLICK HERE FOR FORM TO TAKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR FINGERPRINTS TAKEN.
If you are going to the Brown County Educational Service Center, please take this completed form with you! This will expedite the process! CLICK HERE FOR FORM!