Become a Volunteer


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Returning Volunteer Policy          Re-Enrollment for Volunteers

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, 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. Contact the Extension Office for information regarding upcoming orientation meetings.

2024 New Volunteer Training:

November 27, 2023 6:00 pm Government Center Conf. Room
January 18, 2024 6:30 pm Government Center Conf. Room

Volunteer Policy

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 (online with re-enrollment), attend required annual child abuse and neglect training, and complete and submit a BCI background check every four years.

2024 Volunteer Training:

November 21, 2023 6:00 pm OVCTC
January 9, 2024 6:00 pm Fairgrounds Admin. Building
January 27, 2024 8:00 am Government Center Conf. Room

All new and returning 4-H Volunteers are invited to attend our Fall 4-H Volunteer Training on Tuesday, November 21 at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with training sessions and recognition following. Please register at by November 15.


Adams County does online enrollment for returning volunteers.  Click here to access the online enrollment system 4HOnline.  We have included an step by step Enrollment Guide below.

Returning Volunteer PDF Enrollment Guide

Below is a YouTube video that walks through the process of re-enrolling each year.  If you need assistance please call us at 937-544-2339.

Video for RETURNING enrollment

Our 4-H Colleagues in Hardin County have created video tutorials to help volunteers access and create reports to help manage their club.  If you are an Organizaitonal Club Leader and are having trouble accessing your club's profile in 4-H Online, please call the Adams County OSU Extension Office at (937) 544-2339. 

Organizational Club Leader YouTube Trainings