June 1-5: Camp Spirit Week – Join us Each Day for a New Challenge

Join us June 1-5 as we get ready to be Quarantined in Space this summer…. Fairfield County 4-H Camp is going VIRTUAL!

Each day of the week we will have a new theme to get you in the camp spirit, so send us your pictures (Fairfield4H@osu.edu) or add your picture to our daily camp spirit post on Facebook. Don’t forget to participate because you never know when you might get bonus points for your camp group!

Monday, June 1st – Favorite Camp Shirt

We all have a favorite camp shirt and we may love it because of the color, design, or theme. We have had many camp shirts over the years and would love to see which is your favorite. Have multiple favorites in your family? Share a family photo in your favorite shirts!

Tuesday, June 2nd – Camping with your Pet

Why should the 4-H campers have all the fun? Do you have a pet that would like to go to camp with you? Now is their chance to join in on the fun. Send us your photos of dogs going creeking, cats napping in a tent, or other animals doing their favorite camp thing. Be as creative as you and your pet would like, please make sure you and your pet are safe during the photo shoot.

Wednesday, June 3rd – Best Decorated Cabin (Space Day)

We all LOVE bragging rights over the best decorated cabin at camp. Our campers and counselors work hard for this award every year, and now you can get your family involved in the fun. Decorate your bedroom or other space with your favorite space gear so you can be ready for a week in outer space! Please make sure your parents and/or guardians approve of any decorations you add to your room or house.

Thursday, June 4th – Favorite Camp Memory (Happy 100 Years Fairfield 4-H)

Happy 100th Birthday Fairfield County 4-H! Today is the day to make a poster or collage of your favorite camp memories. Maybe you have pictures from camp over the years, crafts you have made, or plate awards you have won. We want to see and hear about those treasured traditions and memories you have. Fairfield County 4-H has camped at Tar Hollow for many years, so some families may want to make a collage of all their favorite memories. We would love to see moms/dads, grandmas/grandpas and aunts/uncles share their 4-H friendly memories too!

Friday, June 5th – Backyard Camping

While we may not be able to go to camp together at Tar Hollow or Alley Park, that doesn’t mean we can’t all “camp together”. Pitch a tent in your backyard or set up a blanket fort inside. Share your backyard or indoor camp set up to get you ready for summer camp.

We hope Camp Spirit Week gets you excited and ready for Virtual 4-H Camp. Make sure to register for camp: go.osu.edu/FCCampApp. Registration is open NOW through June 8th. Only those 4-H members who register will receive a group assignment, directions for activities, and connection information, so don’t miss out!

Attention Cloverbud Horse Volunteers: Cloverbud Horse Curriculum

Horse Curriculum Instructional Materials

Designed to promote life skills for children participating in the 4-H Cloverbud program, these materials can be accessed and printed from this link: Horse Curriculum Instructional Materials

Topics Include:

  • Making Sense of Horse Senses and Language
  • Hungry Horses
  • Backyard Safety
  • Hoof Beats
  • Horse Breeds and Uses

Junior Leader and Fashion & Nutrition Board Meeting – June 1st

Join the Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders and Fashion & Nutrition Board members for a Virtual Ice Cream Social on Monday, June 1st at 6pm. We will have a guest speaker and spend time hanging out with our friends. Bring your favorite ice cream and join us on zoom.

Here is the connection information: https://osu.zoom.us/j/94219731679

Fairfield County 4-H Camp is going VIRTUAL: Register NOW through June 8th!

Get ready to be Quarantined in Space this summer… Fairfield County 4-H Camp is going VIRTUAL! Register today through June 8 at 4:00pm for Virtual 4-H Camp, taking place June 15-26, at www.go.osu.edu/FCCampApp.

This Virtual 4-H Camp is for any 4-H youth age 5 to age 18, as of January 1 of the current year. There is NO COST to attend! Camping activities will include nature, crafts, line dancing, songs, campfire, and more. Join us starting June 1st for Camp Spirit Week to get excited for summer camp and share your camp spirit.

Virtual camp will be an activity-based format this year that is accessible for all 4-H youth and their families. Campers have the option to participate in as many or as few activities as they wish. Campers will receive a camp t-shirt for completing their Space Log and will be eligible for other prizes based on involvement. Campers should be prepared to log onto Zoom on June 17 & 24 to check in with their camp group. A detailed schedule with times, program, and Zoom information will be sent to registered campers.

We hope you will join us for #Virtual4HCamp as we are #QuarantinedInSpace!


Scholarship Opportunity: National Association of Farm Broadcasters Foundation – Due 6/10/2020

2020 NAFB Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Since 1977, the NAFB Foundation has provided financial support and educational opportunities in the form of college scholarships to assist students in pursuit of careers in agricultural communications. More than $415,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

The NAFB Foundation offers several $5,000 college scholarships.The NAFB Foundation will recognize its 2020 scholarship award winners at the 2020 NAFB Convention in Kansas City this November, and recipients also will receive an expense-paid trip to attend the convention as part of the award.

Applicants must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student for the fall 2020 semester and enrolled in or transferring to an agricultural communications curriculum. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with concentration and/or application in broadcast media (this may include internet/online media distribution). Applications for these 2020 scholarships are due Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

2020 Ohio State Fair has been Cancelled

Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development respects the decision made by the Ohio Expositions Commission. We recognize this was incredibly difficult. Ohio 4-H youth remain resilient and will have the ability to complete their 4-H project work, although their experiences will be different this year due to COVID-19. We remain committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to elevate the important role played by Ohio’s agricultural community and that commitment to Ohio’s youth. We look forward to continuing our collective work and a brighter 2021. Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of OSU Extension, which is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).


May 21, 2020 Ohio Expositions Commission Press Release:

Today, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 – August 9 in Columbus. Members of the Commission expressed concern for public health, as well as the financial feasibility of hosting a socially distant fair that would adhere to social distancing protocols and its impact on the long-term viability of the Ohio State Fair.

“After careful thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Ohio State Fair. Knowing how easily the virus spreads in large groups, we believe it is the safest path forward for the health and safety of all Ohioans.” said Andy Doehrel, chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission. “The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity Fair would be too great, and we need to protect the great Ohio State Fair for future generations.”

“Our first priority is the safety of the hundreds of thousands of people involved in the Ohio State Fair each year. While this is a difficult decision, we feel it is necessary to protect the fairgoers, exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, partners, performers, concessionaires, youth leaders, employees and sponsors,” said Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair. “I look forward to seeing my fellow Ohioans at the 2021 Ohio State Fair, when it is safer for us to enjoy our favorite traditions together.”

Last year, 934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run. These attendees came from each of Ohio’s 88 counties, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Mexico.

The Ohio Expositions Commission is focused on developing a strategy to responsibly reopen its year-round facilities when appropriate, and to welcome guests back for the 2021 Ohio State Fair, scheduled for July 28 through August 8 of next year.

Source: Ohio State Fair website.

Teen Tip: Go Out There and Fail!

Today’s Teen Tip video is called “Go Out There and Fail!” and can be found on YouTube using this link https://youtu.be/MeODeaDcbMo. Sometimes our irrational thoughts about awful outcomes or needs for perfection may keep us from trying new activities. As we can tell ourselves rational statements—of our possible failures as we get better at new activities—those might help free us up simply to do our best.

Pictures needed of 4-H over the Years!

While we’re all spending time at home, have you found 4-H memorabilia from over the years? The Fairfield County Junior Leaders and 4-H Advisory Committee will be building a picture quilt that will be on display at county events throughout the year. Please send any pictures with a short description to Fowler.443@osu.edu. We will also use these pictures to highlight 4-H over the years on our social media channels!

There will also be a display in the Display Barn during the Fairfield County Fair, so if you have physical items or pictures of items you would like to display there will be a call for those closer to fair time. If you have any questions or more ideas for celebration, let Aubry or Leslie know!