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Ohio 4-H update regarding COVID Guidelines

We are pleased to announce the size limitations of our groups can now be larger than 50 people. Group sizes may be up to 300, as long as physical distancing can be maintained, and other items outlined in the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events are followed. We continue to follow local health department guidelines and group size may need to be reduced, based on their directives.

Although we recognize that the Governor has made recent announcements going into the month of June, please note that we take our guidance also from The Ohio State University and the Ohio 4-H Program. We will share updates as we learn more from university leadership.

Join us at Summer Camp!

Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend 4-H Camp this summer! Intermediate camp is 75% full, Junior camp is 60% full, and Cloverbud camp is 70% full…. since there are limited spots this year make sure you get your registration in today!

Camp Dates:

  • Cloverbud Day Camp (Ages 5-8, Cloverbud Members) – June 5
    • Theme: I love camp here, I love camp there, I love camp everywhere!
  • Intermediate Camp (Ages 11-14) – June 15-17
  • Junior Camp (Ages 8-10) – June 29-July 1

What will we do at Camp?

Our camp counselors are hard at working making sure we’re able to bring our Tar Hollow traditions home to camp this summer. Activities will include archery, canoeing, crafts, games, songs, campfire, tie dye, and more! Campers can even request up to 7 friends this year to make their own groups for camp.

Registration Reminders:

  • Registrations will be done online, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on May 3, 2021. Families will have the option to join a waitlist if all spots fill up for the camp they want to attend.
  • Registration can be found here: go.osu.edu/2021FCCampApp
    • Payment by credit card will be available this year. If you will be paying by check or cash, please select appropriate payment type in the registration process and send or drop off your payment (check or cash) to the OSUE office (OSU Extension, 831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130). Registration will be complete upon receipt of application and payment. Make checks payable to: OSU EXTENSION. There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned checks.
  • Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year if registered by June 1stMembers will only have to pay $40 for Intermediate or Junior, and $20 for Cloverbud
  • Once registration is complete, additional information will be provided including what to bring, necessary forms, and a map to camp.

Next Bottle Cap Weigh In: May 18th

4-H Clubs do you have bottle caps to weigh in?

Thank you to those who dropped off bottle caps on May 8th! The countywide collection is currently 75% toward its goal of 1,000 lbs.

If you still have bottle caps to drop off, please join the Junior Leaders on Tuesday, May 18th from 5-7pm in the Beef Barn.

Please bring all clean plastic bottle caps in a trash bag and/or box to the May Weigh-Ins at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds!

If you have questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu). If this date doesn’t work for you, a time can be arranged to drop them off at the Extension Office. Collection will continue until 1,000 lbs are collected.

Community Service Grants for ServeOhio Day – 4-H Club Opportunity

Funding Available for ServeOhio Day Volunteer Projects

ServeOhio – along with partners American Electric Power Foundation and AmeriCorps – is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for ServeOhio Day on June 19, 2021. ServeOhio Day coincides with the summer solstice – the day with the longest period of daylight in the year – providing the most ample opportunity to volunteer annually. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000.

How can the funding be used?

The grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for supplies, materials and volunteer support.

Who is eligible to apply?

Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.

Ready to apply?

For the application and instructions, visit the ServeOhio website. The application deadline is May 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM. We look forward to receiving your application.

Bottle Cap Weigh In: May 8th and/or May 18th

4-H Clubs do you have bottle caps to weigh in?

Please bring all clean plastic bottle caps in a trash bag and/or box to the May Weigh-Ins at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds!

Weigh Ins will take place in the #4 Beef Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on:

  • Saturday, May 8th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

If you have questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu)

 

Reminder on the rules:

  • Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids.
  • Collect only caps that are approved – they must be ALL plastic and clean (no food residue please)
  • Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box – they will get heavy
  • Bring them to the Extension Office for the Club Weigh-In 
  • Fundraise to purchase a bench for your club Contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details (optional)
  • The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a bench sponsored by the Junior Leaders and a personalized plaque for their bench.

Acceptable Plastic Caps:

  • Empty and Clean K-Cups are now accepted as well!

Teen Tip Video: What to Wear – Dress Code Guidelines for Teen Girls

April’s Tip for Teen video is on “What to Wear – Dress Code Guidelines for Teen Girls”.  It features Belmont County Family and Consumer Educator, Lorrissa Dunfee and her daughter Lydia. Knowing what to wear for certain occasions or events can be challenging. If you would you like to learn more about dress code guidelines for teen girls and suggestions for acceptable attire check out this video.  You can view and share this video at https://go.osu.edu/whattowear or on the OSU Extension Professionals YouTube page under the Tips for Teens Playlist.

Taking Ohio Birds? Here’s an opportunity for you!

The Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be presenting Ohio Birds for 4-H Virtually Saturday May 22 from 10-11 a.m. This program will help those 4-H members who are completing project 621 Ohio Birds or be a beginning for any youth wanting to learn about the birds they may see in their back yard. They will cover attracting and feeding birds, ways to view birds and record sightings along spots to see new birds along the Lake Erie Birding Trail. This presentation will assist with a plan your own learning activity or the Leadership/Citizenship activity of inviting a speaker to a 4-H club.

Please share this opportunity with your Volunteers and members as you see fit.

More information may be found at https://www.friendsofottawanwr.org/seek-refuge-days.html and pre-registration is required.

 

Leigh Miller of Amanda Work & Win 4-H Club receives Milestone 4-H Award: 50 Years of Service

Leigh Miller, of Amanda, was recently honored for 50 years of volunteer service to the Ohio 4-H Youth Development program. This award is sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Leigh says, ”I continue to volunteer for 4H because I want to keep giving back for what I got.”  The 2021 awards presentation was held on March 11 and can be viewed online at https://ohio4h.org/about/ohio-4-h-conference/2021-award-winners.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In 2020, over 83,000 Ohio youth participated in clubs, school programs, and camps. Ohio has more than 18,000 active 4-H volunteers.  Learn more at ohio4h.org. OHIO 4-H GROWS TRUE LEADERS IN 2020

For more information about 4-H in Fairfield County, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or visit fairfield.osu.edu.

Kris Doyle of the Blue Ribbon Showmen receives Milestone 4-H Award: 40 Years of Service

Kris Doyle, of Lancaster, was recently honored for 40 years of volunteer service to the Ohio 4-H Youth Development program. This award is sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Kris says, ”I continue to volunteer because I have seen over the years how 4-H has impacted the youth in so many ways. I want to be a part of that experience, to see them grow into outstanding adults who contribute in their own ways to their community.”  The 2021 awards presentation was held on March 11 and can be viewed online at https://ohio4h.org/about/ohio-4-h-conference/2021-award-winners.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In 2020, over 83,000 Ohio youth participated in clubs, school programs, and camps. Ohio has more than 18,000 active 4-H volunteers.  Learn more at ohio4h.org. OHIO 4-H GROWS TRUE LEADERS IN 2020

For more information about 4-H in Fairfield County, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or visit fairfield.osu.edu.