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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. 


2022 Volunteer Training - For returning volunteers only!

Returning volunteers who were active volunteers in 2021 have three options to complete their required training in 2022. Training must be completed by April 1st. 

Slides from the In-Person/Live training *update to the slide on leasing; leases must be submitted by ownership deadline unless otherwise stated in the leasing guidelines that were sent to members. 

Resource One: Pick-a-Project

Resource Two: Ohio 4-H Project Quiz
(bottom of the page)

Option One: Live Virtual Training – January 26th @ 6:30 - register at 

Option Two: In-Person @ 6:30pm in the Carpeted Room

February 2nd

February 22nd

Option Three: Virtual Training – on your own prior to April 1st

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 at their leisure. 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.

To receive credit for the self-paced training for returning volunteers follow these 3 steps - ALL 3 steps must be completed:

1. Go to this link, register (name & email), and then watch the video. (The two resources referenced in the video are linked above the slides for the in-person training). Alternative link: 

2. Complete the survey at the link provided at the end of the video (can be seen in the chatbox and on-screen). 

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

 If a volunteer fails to attend one of the trainings or complete the online training, they WILL NOT be recognized as a volunteer in 2022. To return as a volunteer in 2023 they would be required to complete the new volunteer process. The 2022 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!