Caring adult volunteers are key to the success of the 4-H program! Adults who work directly with 4-H’ers two or more times during the year are considered volunteers.

As such, they must complete the required OSU Extension volunteer approval process, which begins with the completion of a volunteer application and the signing of the Standards of Behavior, and includes reference checks, a BCI background background check conducted by the Sheriff’s office, participation in a face-to-face interview with staff, and participation in a two-hour orientation session with other new volunteers.

Anyone interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer may get the necessary forms and instructions by viewing the following links or by contacting the Extension Office at 937-544-2339.

If you have had a BCI Background Check within the past twelve months for the purpose of working with children, working with the elderly, or certain types of licensing, you can request a copy be sent to our background coordinator.  Please click here for more information. 


Within their first year as a 4-H advisor, volunteers must attend an orientation session. These are usually held on the first Tuesday in February. Contact the Extension Office for information regarding upcoming orientation meetings.

To Remain Active as a Volunteer:

According to OSU Policy 1.50, volunteers will be required to  re-enroll and sign the uniform Standards of Behavior each year by February 15, attend required annual child abuse and neglect training, and complete and submit a BCI background check every four years.

Occasional Quantity Cooks Food Safety Training:

All volunteers who supervise food preparation or work with club activities such as bake sales, a shift in the food booth at the fair, or even club picnics should complete the "Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training." This is offered periodically at locations around the area, or it can be completed online. Refresher courses may be required periodically.

The online training may be completed by following the directions, linked here. Upon completing the training, please provide the Extension Office with a copy of your certificate.