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Youth in Gardening

Active programs across the province.

The involvement of young people is crucial to furthering horticulture in our province. Just as we nurture our gardens and protect our natural areas, so too must we encourage the involvement of today's youth in all areas of horticulture.

Shortly, this province will be theirs to care for. Our responsibility as an organization is to demonstrate to youth the value of horticulture to the province, the community and the individual. Tending our responsibilities supports health and growth at all levels: the self, the garden and the society as a whole.

There are approximately 70 Youth Programs in Ontario and OHA is actively promoting more. Consequently, many Societies without Youth programs are planning to begin such a program in the near future. For these Societies, OHA provides the Youth Leader Manual - one of our most popular publications. 

Why launch a Youth Program?

  • foster pride in the community
  • teach conservation measures
  • teach gardening skills
  • instill an awareness and concern for the environment
  • promote involvement in an healthful and rewarding hobby

The OHA Youth newsletter is published 3 times per year.  The OHA has competitions for youth members at its convention each year as well.

Youth Club Requirements


A fee ($1.00 or more) per child, per year, is mandatory in order to remain in Good Standing with OHA.

(For insurance proposes all members must be in Good Standing).

A list of paid up members is required.

(A copy should be held by the Parent Society Secretary).

Children must be 6 years of age or older in order to be covered by OHA insurance, compete in OHA competitions, attend youth camps, etc.

(The Insurance states children must be 6 years of age, and preferably 8 years of age to hold membership).

It is compulsory that each Youth Club summit an Activity Report to the OHA Youth Chairperson each year.

(The reports will be used to inform the OHA board on the numbers of youth members, activities, programs, Clubs and Youth Leaders).

It may be required that leaders and assistants have police checks in your community.

Please check with your local police department.

(Or work within the local school or school board, with a teacher or school personnel in attendance {some school board may also require police checks}).

Youth Clubs may have elected officers, depending on the ages of members.

Should have a minimum number of children (5).

Club size:

  • A - 5 to 20 members.

  • B - 21 to 35 members.

  • C - 36 to 50 members.

  • D - 51 members and over.

Should have a minimum number of meetings per year (3).

Club status:

  • Occasional - 3 to 5 meetings per year.

  • Seasonal - 6 to 8 meetings per year.

  • Regular - 9 to 12 or more per year.

  • Outreach Programs - May be run by the Parent Society members where required for single or one time project.

Please send a report on the project to the Youth Chair by June 1st. 

Youth Forms

2013 Youth Club Activity Report Form (.pdf) (.doc)
Youth Leaders Report
2013 Youth Entry Form  (.pdf)  (.doc)
Competition entry form for a Society  
Youth Club Permission Form  (.pdf)  (.doc)
The OHA youth club permission form
Youth Club Requirements
Youth club requirements

Youth Club Grant Form (.pdf) (.doc)
Apply for funds for programming, seeds, special events, supplies, etc. for your Society Youth Club/Group.
2013 Youth Competition Schedule (.pdf) (.doc)
Competition Schedule


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