4-H is Family

If you haven’t already heard, Facebook is removing news stories from your news feed, making it harder to keep in touch with Muskingum County 4-H. But don’t worry, with just a few clicks you’ll still be able to see everything happening with our 4-H’ers and volunteers in the county:

If you’re reading this on a computer (desktop or laptop):

Go to The Muskingum County 4-H page and look at the upper left part of the page:

  • First, make sure you “Like” Muskingum County 4-H’s page. Then, next to the “Like” button, you’ll see the word “Following.”
    • Hold your cursor over the “Following” button – options will appear for you to “See First” and “On (Events, Suggested Live Videos).” You have selected them correctly when the check mark appears next to your selections. These options will keep our posts, events, and live videos appearing in your news feed.
  • If you want to control how you’re notified when Muskingum County 4-H posts something new, click the small pencil icon next to the word “Notification” and make your selections.

From your phone or tablet:

Click here to go to Muskingum County 4-H’s Facebook page. Under the photo at the top, find the word “Follow” or “Following.

  • Click on it, then click “See First.”
    • Selecting this option will keep our posts, events, and live videos appearing in your news feed.
  • You will also have an option “Get Notifications” every time we post.
    • Select edit notifications to choose what notifications you receive from our page.

Thanks for choosing to keep in touch. To us, you’re family.


4-H Kick-Off – February 13

This year’s 4-H Kick-Off will take place on Tuesday, February 13 at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. We are so thankful the church allows us to use their facility at no cost for this event!

Families have the opportunity to learn about everything 4-H has to offer! The first 250 youth through the doors will receive a pair of Muskingum County 4-H sunglasses to help us celebrate the theme “Our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!” Please help us spread the word about this great event!

Project & Opportunity Fair: 6-7 p.m.

Families can learn more about joining 4-H, view award winning project displays to learn more about projects they might be interested in, enter a 1/2 camp scholarship drawing, preview 200+ project books, check out the photo booth and much more.

Participation in the event’s scavenger hunt will earn them a coupon for a free Frosty. Thanks to Wendy’s for donating the coupons!

There will also be fabulous cookies baked by friend of 4-H Troy Ball!

County Awards presented at 7 p.m.

Several award winners will be recognized and we hope you will join us to recognize them!


Muskingum County 4-H Scholarship Winners

TBA, as the Deadline is January 31

County 4-H Ambassadors

Head – Treva Hampp, Heart – Cheyenne Frank, Hands – Rachel Hampp, Health – Samantha Mozena

County Medal Winners

Cheyenne Frank, Rachel Hampp, Treva Hampp, Leah Jordan, Samantha Mozena, Caroline Sowers, Jillian Sowers & Chris Tooms

State Achievement Award Nominees

Rachel Hampp, Samantha Mozena, Chris Tooms

State Leadership Camp Delegates

Treva Hampp & Caroline Sowers

Citizenship Washington Focus Delegates

Cheyenne Frank & Samantha Mozena


The 4-H Kick-Off is sponsored by the Muskingum County 4-H Committee. 


Muskingum County 4-H Week: Opportunities for Clubs to Promote 4-H

We are excited to celebrate another Muskingum County 4-H Week, February 11-17. This year’s theme is “Our Future is so Bright, We Have to Wear Shades!”

We have a couple club contests to help us promote 4-H in Muskingum County! Talk to your 4-H Club advisor if you are interested in your club doing one of these!

Club Display Contest

4-H Clubs are encouraged to help us promote 4-H across Muskingum County! Put a display in a school, library, church, local business or other location. For displays to be considered in the contest, they must be in place by Saturday, February 10th and a photo of the display must be e-mailed to mcconnell.210@osu.edu by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 12th. In order to help promote the 4-H Kick-Off, we hope clubs will make an effort to have displays up by the beginning of February.

Displays must include information about the 4-H Kick-Off and provide contact information for the Extension office. Clubs are encouraged to include their club name and contact information.

All entries submitted by the deadline will be on display at the 4-H Kick-Off on February 13. All Kick-Off attendees will receive one ticket to vote for their favorite display and winners will be announced that evening. Prizes will be awarded to clubs as follows: One Outstanding Display ($20), Four Honorable Mention Displays ($10 each).

Facebook Photo Challenge

New this year! 4-H Clubs can help promote Muskingum County 4-H on Facebook! Clubs can submit one photo per club that includes members demonstrating this year’s theme, “Our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!”   Photos must be e-mailed to mcconnell.210@osu.edu by February 8 at 4:30 p.m. to be included in the contest. Please mention the name of the club when photos are submitted.

Photos will be posted in an album on the Muskingum County 4-H Facebook Page. A prize of $20 will be awarded to the club photo that receives the most likes during 4-H Week!

Both contests are sponsored by the Muskingum County 4-H Committee.

New/Revised 4-H Projects Available

Some new and revised projects books have been making their way across my desk recently. The flashy colors and inviting graphics look nothing like the books I completed when I was in 4-H. Long story short, I’m in love! But, we all know it’s what inside that counts.

Today I’m exploring It’s My Home (previously Adventures in Home Living).

Here are some quick stats about the project:

Project Number 491
Topic Area
Skill Level Beginner
State Fair Eligibility Yes
Project Type Individual
Copyright Date 2018

A quick glance through the project and you’ll find it teaches youth about use of color, texture, lines, and style for interior design. My favorite activity (because I could use a little more of it myself) is one that guides youth through organizing (a closet, dresser, desk, bookshelf) any space frequently used that needs some extra love and attention – teaching them to keep, donate, throw away, or upcycle! Members are challenged to explore ways to keep their home clean and donate time or gently used items to local organizations in need.

I highly recommend this project for beginning 4-H members. To view sample project pages of It’s My Home and other Ohio 4-H project books online, please visit 4-H Project Central. To view the entire project book, please stop by the 4-H Office.

Mrs. Stefanie


Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Now Available!

The 2018 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. Teen leaders and volunteers learn together and from each other in order to become better at delivering the Ohio 4-H Program to our members. A variety of educational sessions ensures that there is something for everyone! I am looking forward to teaching two sessions – one with my 4-H colleague Jessica Rockey from Perry County titled “Grow 4-H in Your County!” and another with some of our Camp Counselors titled “Campbassadors – Counselors Empowered to Promote Camp.”

Who: Teens and Volunteers

What: Ohio 4-H Conference

When: Saturday, March 10

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration fees for the conference are $35. $20 scholarships are offered through the TSC Paper Clover Campaign (teens) and Muskingum County 4-H Committee (adults).
 Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders will cover the additional $15 for enrolled members.

Final Cost:

Teen: Junior Leaders 

Teen/Adult: Not Junior Leaders $15 fee

Registration Form

Registration Booklet (with session list)

Deadline to submit registrations to the Extension Office is Friday, February 2 at 4:30 p.m.


Have a Camp Counselor Visit Your Club!

A couple of years ago, we started a new effort to market our 4-H Junior Camp. Now called the Campbassadors, we have a group of very enthusiastic camp counselors who are willing to visit 4-H Clubs to promote our camping opportunity! They will contact a club volunteer to find the date that works best for the counselor and the club – and when they come they will bring enthusiasm and perhaps a fun activity to do with your members!

If you have members who are camp counselors, I hope you will welcome them to do a presentation in the club setting to help promote camp!

If you are interested in having a counselor visit your club meeting this spring, please e-mail me at mcconnell.210@osu.edu with a Contact Name, Phone Number and Meeting Location and we will assign someone to your club!

First-Time Camp Counselors Learn New Skills

I just finished observing our first year camp counselors put their creativity and artistic skills to work while discussing the qualities of a great camp counselor. For the third year, I had a meeting with just first-timers to give them the opportunity to get to know each other better while learning about the roles and responsibilities of being a camp counselor. I’m excited to have eight new counselors on board this year!

We talked about why we have camp (FOR THE CAMPERS), what campers gain from coming to camp, providing customer service to parents, transitioning from the camper to counselor role and much more!

One of my favorite parts of this meeting is having parents of campers and current counselors come to the meeting to give the new counselors advice. Parents have the opportunity to share how they feel sending their child to camp, what their child might be nervous about and what they expect from their camp counselor. Counselors share challenges in transitioning to the counselor role, ways to prepare for camp and much more! Thanks to Sarah Dosch and Melissa Lynn (parents) as well as counselors Kailey Lindsley and Jesse Vernon for joining us this evening!

2018 Junior Camp Season Kicks off with Camp Team Workshop

It might be cold outside, but I’m already thinking about summer as I started meeting with our Junior Camp Team this week. This year, our team includes myself as camp director, eight adult 4-H volunteers with backgrounds in education and health care, and 43 teen camp counselors. You can check out our Team Directory on our website.

For the third year in a row, we started our training with a 6 hour workshop at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. We are so thankful for the church’s support of our local 4-H program by allowing us to utilize their facilities at no cost.

We kicked off the morning with introductions, as we welcomed a new adult volunteer, Kevin Wagner (club volunteer for Norwich Stovetop Stitchers & Critters), and eight new teens to the mix. This year, I’m working to find ways to get some of our veteran counselors more involved in teaching and mentoring the younger counselors. I asked Lane Heil, a 5th year counselor and Freshman attending OSU-Newark and is also serving as a State FFA Officer to lead the group in team building activities. During the next hour and a half, Lane incorporated a variety of fun activities into teaching the counselors that professionalism is important in their role and it’s all about how they ACT. They discussed the importance of Accountability, Communication and Teamwork as a part of our 2018 Camp Team.

Next I taught them about the Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development and how we can ensure that these elements are present in our camping program. After some down time at lunch, we held our counselor orientation. We spent much of the afternoon brainstorming camp theme ideas. After developing three separate themes – we finally voted on our 2018 camp theme. Stay tuned for an announcement, hopefully in late January!