RESCHEDULED Camp Counselor and Junior Fair Board Interviews & Selection Day CANCELLED for 1/19/2019

All first time applicants for Junior Fair Board and all counselors (applying for their 1st and 2nd year of counseling) must participate in their interview and selection day which was RE-scheduled for Saturday, January 19th.

Due to the incoming weather forecast, we have decided to CANCEL once again this for Saturday, January 19th and it will be rescheduled for Monday, January 21st. Camp Counselors will report from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Junior Fair Board applicants will report from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Be safe and stay warm!

Questions? Call Aubry or Leslie 740-652-7260

Deadline to Join Tractor Maintenance – Jan 25th!

The 4-H Tractor Maintenance Club started their first meeting of 2019 by electing officers, introducing the advisors, and deciding on dues. The first meeting was held at the Ag Center at the OSU Fairfield County Extension. The second meeting was held at ASK Powersports in Lancaster. The club constitution was reviewed and adopted and Roger Seitz talked about the banquet. The group split into groups by year for Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines and had refreshments after the meeting.   There is still time to join until January 25th! The next meeting will be at Millersport Agri Service on January 21st at 7pm. 

Congratulations to the 2019 officers:

President: Drew Morris

Vice-President: Zach Ayers

Secretary: Rachel Sponseller

Treasurer: Charlie Sponseller

News Reporter: William McCreery


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Attention Camp Counselors: MXC (Making eXtreme Counselors) Registration is due 1/25/2019!

New and returning 4-H camp counselors are invited to attend the 2019 Ohio 4-H Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) state camp counselor workshop!

This is an EXCELLENT opportunity to gather ideas outside of Fairfield County (just ask your peers who have attended in the past! Additionally, we are fortunate to have a sponsor to help cover the cost of the $50 registration fee for Fairfield County 4-H Camp Counselors to go at a low cost of $10! However, if you do sign up and then do not attend, you will be responsible for paying back our sponsor for that $40 portion of your registration fee (total cost $50).

The 2019 Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC) workshop will be held February 23rd-24th in Columbus at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Please contact Leslie or Aubry for a registration form if needed. Your registration form and $10.00 is due to the Fairfield County Extension Office by Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Take a look at the preliminary schedule here:

In 2019, MXC participants can attend competency sessions about the following topics:

  • Understanding Organizational and Camp Environment
  • Program Planning (campfire, camp songs, signature/vespers, mixer dance, flags)
  • Teaching & Facilitating
  • Professional Development
  • Communication

2019 Keynote Presenter- Jim Cain, Ph.D., Teamwork and Teamplay, Brockport, NY

More Information about MXC: Older youth age 14 to 18 who plan to serve as camp counselors are invited to participate in Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)–an interactive and quick-paced training that offers innovative camp ideas to new and veteran camp counselors. MXC participants will leave with skills that will enable them to assist in their county’s camp program planning and delivery, and prepare them to deliver a great camp program to their campers. MXC is a national award-winning workshop that will be useful for all potential camp counselors. Don’t miss your chance to participate—the event will be offered once in 2019, during the weekend of February 23-24. MXC will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Counselors will earn camp counselor training hours while attending this event (number of hours is determined by county and does not take the place of county training requirements). Participants will be able to share and gain ideas with teens from other counties all across the state.

Questions? Feel free to email or call 740-652-7260!

4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 1/31/2019

The next 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at Donatos on West Fair Avenue in Lancaster. We will be ordering pizza at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

New members starting their term in 2019 have been invited to attend and those wrapping up their term at the end of 2018 should also attend. Officer elections will take place. For more information about the 4-H Advisory Committee, contact Leslie or Aubry. We are always looking for new members to fill terms in the future! You must be a current 4-H advisor in Fairfield County to be a member of this committee. Thanks!

4-H Horse Advisory Meeting 1/22/2019

The next 4-H Horse Advisory Meeting will be Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Ag Center. At least one horse advisor per club should strive to attend these meetings throughout the year to stay on top of important updates and requirements regarding the Fairfield County 4-H Horse Program and Fairfield County Junior Fair Horse Program.

OSU Extension Office – Closed 1/21/2019 for MLK Holiday

The OSU Extension Office will be closed on Monday, January 21st for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

However, we will be holding our Camp Counselor and Junior Fair Board selection day on that day though….please refer to a later blog post for details! All youth affected by this selection day should have received an email from Leslie on Thursday, January 17th with futher details.

2019 OSU Junior Swine Day

The 2019 OSU Junior Swine Day will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at OSU Columbus and OSU ATI – Wooster. There will be a $10.00/person registration fee with lunch included. Registration is required and is due March 22, 2019. Be aware that last year this event filled up quickly! For more information: 2019 Junior Swine Day Brochure and 2019 Junior Swine Day Flyer.

Camp Counselor and Junior Fair Board Interviews & Selection Day CANCELLED for 1/12/2019

All first time applicants for Junior Fair Board and all counselors (applying for their 1st and 2nd year of counseling) must participate in their interview and selection day which was scheduled for Saturday, January 12th.

Due to the incoming forecast of snow, we have decided to CANCEL this for Saturday, January 12th and it will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 19th. Camp Counselors will report from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and Junior Fair Board applicants will report from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Be safe and stay warm!

Questions? Call Aubry or Leslie 740-652-7260

2019 Tar Hollow Camp Staff Applications are Available! due 2/1/2019

Interested in sharing the 2019 camp experience with youth and volunteers from Athens, Fairfield, Pickaway, and Ross counties?

Consider joining our camp staff! Application links with deadlines are posted here:

2019 Ross Hocking Extension Camp Association Staff Application due February 1st, 2019. Staff positions available for Camp Manager, Assistant Camp Manager, Canteen Director/Activity Assistant, Recreation Director, Waterfront Director/Canteen Helper, Lifeguards/Canteen Helpers, Craft Director/Canteen Helper, Naturalist/Canteen Helper.

All positions are subject to changes and modifications after interviews. All positions will be responsible for helping with other camp duties as directed by the Camp Manager/Camp Director and may include basic health checks and cleaning duties.

Junior Leader Meeting – Jan. 14th

We would like to invite you to attend our 1st Junior Leadership Club meeting for 2019!!  This club is a County-wide group that meets once a month and is designed for older youth BY older youth. In addition to the meetings, you will participate in numerous activities throughout the county including social outings, community service, fundraising, leadership opportunities, and assisting with county events.

Have questions? Email or call Aubry (, 740-652-7271) for more information!