The dedication and commitment of our volunteers make 4-H Youth Development possible. Volunteers generously offer their time, expertise and provide support for hundreds of 4-H programs all over Ohio.

There is no specific age requirement to be a 4-H Volunteer.  Youth Volunteers, with the emotional maturity and leadership ability necessary to function in a volunteer role, are important partners in Ohio 4-H programs.

Ohio 4-H works with a variety of individuals, with differing interests, skills and abilities, as 4-H volunteers.

All volunteer applicants who will work directly with youth must:

  • Complete the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Application Form (Fillable / Printable).
  • Read the Ohio State University Extension Youth Protection Policy.
  • Read and sign the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Standards of Behavior (found on the back of the 4-H Volunteer Enrollment Form).
  • Recieve and review a Volunteer Job Description explaining volunteer rights and responsibilities.
  • Attend a mandatory Volunteer Training (dates are below).
  • Complete a fingerprint background screening (must attend Volunteer Training before getting a background check).  If you have had a background screening within 12 months of your Volunteer application, you may be able to use it.  In order to use a previous background screening, the reason must be for the "care and custody of minors".  You may send a letter to BCI requesting a copy of your screening be sent to the State 4-H Office.

For more information on becoming a 4-H Volunteer you can contact the Scioto County Extension Office at 740-354-7879.


New Advisor/Volunteer Trainings

All trainings will be held in the OSU Scioto County Extension Office

located at 602 Seventh Street, Courthouse Room #7

Portsmouth, OH  45662

(we are locate in the basement of the courthosue)


If you are planning to attend a training, you MUST call to register by 4:30 pm the day before the training is scheduled.


2019-2020 Training Dates

12/19/2019  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1/21/2020  9:30 AM - Noon

2/17/2020  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

2/17/2020  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

3/12/2020  9:30 AM - Noon

3/12/2020  5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

*4/4/2019  9:30 AM - Noon

*Training will be held at the New Boston Community Center