Contact Us

Jodi Baumgartner
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007

Johnna B. Jennings
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199

Amy Miller
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007

Ogle County 4-H

Ogle County 4-H

4-H Activities and Events

4-H Camp

A five day resident camp program for youth (ages 8-15) conducted at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll, Illinois with Extension staff, 4-H counselors, Camp staff, and the Camp Director cooperating

4-H Club Of The Year Contest

Sponsored by 4-H Federation, this 4-H club participation contest awards points to 4-H clubs for participation in a variety of activities which occur throughout the 4-H year; rules are provided to club leaders each fall; winning clubs are recognized at the county Achievement Program each fall

4-H Fair

An annual county level event at which 4-Hers exhibit products of their project work, talk with judges about their learning experiences, and gather ideas for future project expansion; a celebration of member learning

Achievement Program

A recognition ceremony held at the county level for clubs and 4-Hers who submitted winning award applications and record books

Beef Weigh-in

An event held each winter during which all market beef animals are weighed and tattooed

Bowling Tournament

Held each winter, this event allows 4-H member teams to bowl at locations throughout the county for individual and team recognition

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Offered annually to teen 4-Hers, this trip to Washington D.C. provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the United States government and the role they can play in it; the Illinois delegation is organized by the State 4-H Office

Conference Judging

A method of judging used to evaluate a majority of project exhibits; during a face-to-face visit, a conference judge talks to 4-Hers to learn about their project experiences, provide feedback about exhibits, answer project-related questions, and challenge them for future project expansion

County Judging Teams

Youth teams that learn about and compete by evaluating show ring animals of various species at specially planned events; teams for non-animal judging areas (meats, horticulture, etc.) are sometimes formed as well

Day of Dabbling

An annual hands-on event featuring a variety of project-related workshops; "Day of Dabbling" is for youth ages 5 years old and older.

International 4-H Youth Exchanges

Travel and hosting opportunities for youth; applications are typically due during late autumn; information is available in the Extension office

Illinois State Fair

Held each August, this state event showcases 4-H exhibits specially selected at the county level for state competition; 4-Hers, ages 10 and older by September 1 of the current 4-H year, are eligible to compete

Illinois Teen Conference

A statewide conference held each summer for teen youth providing participants with theme-related educational and recreational workshop opportunities

Legislative Connection

Coordinated by the State 4-H Office, this annual late winter/early spring event at the Illinois State Capitol puts legislators in direct contact with 4-H members; participants learn about government hands-on while promoting their organization and gaining recognition for project achievements

National 4-H Week

A week devoted to recognizing and promoting 4-H membership; usually the first week in October

Penny Carnival

Held each winter, this Federation-sponsored fun fair event features game booths created and run by clubs; special awards are offered for booths showing outstanding creativity, originality, etc.

Ogle County Fundraiser

This annual winter money-maker is organized by 4-H Federation and allows members to earn money for their clubs while building county 4-H funds used to support U of Extension Youth Development efforts, camp and conference scholarships, county website costs, club insurance, and more

Illini Summer Academies

A statewide conference held each summer for teen youth providing participants with theme-related educational and recreational workshop opportunities.

Junior Leadership Conference

Held each Febfuary, the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference, JLC, is a fun filled overnight weekend event that provides junior high delegates with a look intoleadership development and oppotunities within the 4-H program.

Speaking For Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H)

The SFI4-H program was developed to provide older 4-H teens an advanced leadership opportunity focused on utilizing and enhancing their public presentation skills. It was also designed to assist local Extension staff by providing them with a cadre of trained teens who can provide presentations to elected officials (i.e. county board members and state legislators), civic groups, and potential donors and supporters.