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!

Camp Registration is Open!

Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

The Camp Information sheet has been updated for your reference. This sheet contains important information about pick up & drop off times, friend requests, activities that will take place at camp, and more. Be sure to check it out for any camp questions you may have.

Camp Dates:

  • Cloverbud Day Camp (Ages 5-8, Cloverbud Members) – June 5
  • Intermediate Camp (Ages 11-14) – June 15-17
  • Junior Camp (Ages 8-10) – June 29-July 1

Registration Details:

  • 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 1st
    • Members 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.

Lancaster Greenhouse Sale April 30 – May 2

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, April 30, May 1, & May 2, 2021.  This year you have the option to shop online or in store!

Read on for More Details….

  • In-Store Sales
    • Distribute the coupon below to all family and friends. A whole page of coupons can be found Greenhouse Fundraiser PDF.
    • Group supporters will shop as a “normal customer” on the above dates listed.  If we happen to have any current in-store sales and promotions taking place, they will be able to take advantage of those just like a typical customer.
    • At time of checkout, customers will give a copy of the attached coupon to our cashier so we know they are associated with your group and 15% of their transaction will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Absolutely no coupons can be distributed at our store location

  • Online/eCommerce Sales
    • Distribute the following coupon code to all family and friends: 4HSPRING  (valid online only).
    • Family and friends will visit and shop from our website:  https://lancastergreenhouse.com
    • Your group’s unique coupon code will be entered in the checkout portion of the online store (Click the blue text that says “Redeem Your Code” and then enter code.  This code will only be active on your sale dates: Fri April 30th, Sat May 1st & Sun May 2nd
    • This coupon will give all online customers a BONUS 10% off all plants and fertilizers!
    • In addition, we offer in-store pick up AND delivery of all online orders.  The cost and timing of this delivery service is based on the actual shipping destination and total amount of purchase.  All available options will be calculated and viewed at time of checkout.  Many times, free delivery is available if a minimum purchase amount is met.
    • 15% of all online transactions associated with your group’s coupon code will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Only one coupon code can be entered at time of checkout an cannot be combined with any additional offer.

 

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: Awards and banquets, trips and scholarships, printing costs, special programming costs, and more!

Please share this post with family members and friends!

Bottle Cap Challenge: Battle of the 4-H Clubs!!

The Junior Leaders are starting a new community service for 2021 and need your help collecting plastic caps to turn into benches. Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids. Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box as they can get heavy. The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a personalized plaque for a bench. If your club would like to fundraise to purchase a bench for your club, contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details about this optional opportunity. Countywide Weigh In Information will be coming out soon – Save the date for May 8th or 18th to drop off your caps!

Fairfield County 4-H Camp is in PERSON!!

We’re excited to announce Fairfield County 4-H will be going to camp in person!!

Fairfield County 4-H’ers will camp locally, via Day Camps, at Alley Park in 2021. This applies to Cloverbud, Junior and Intermediate Camps. This decision was made based on communication with Fairfield County 4-H families, Advisors, camp counselors, and adult camp staff with camping preference, safety, and logistics in mind with regards to the current situation.

We recognize that other counties are moving forward with planning overnight camps, and we want our families to know that each county is making its own decision on how to proceed this year given the circumstances and approval from OSU. The decision for day camps was not made lightly and many conversations with stakeholders and clientele took place which led to this decision. We are excited to host 4-H members at our day camps this year as there was a lot of interest from our recent survey of 4-H families. We are looking forward to overnight camping in 2022.

The Camp Information sheet has been updated for your reference.

Camp Dates:

  • Cloverbud Day Camp (Ages 5-8, Cloverbud Members) – June 5
  • Intermediate Camp (Ages 11-14) – June 15-17
  • Junior Camp (Ages 8-10) – June 29-July 1

Registration:

  • Registration will go live on May 3, 2021, and can be found here: go.osu.edu/2021FCCampApp
  • Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year if registered by June 1st
    • Members will only have to pay $40 for Intermediate or Junior, and $20 for Cloverbud

Health & Safety Information:

  • All campers, counselors, and staff will need to wear a mask at all times unless they are actively eating, boating, or participating in archery.
  • Campers will remain with their group and remain physically distanced from other groups. Groups will consist of 8 campers and 2 counselors
  • Health checks will be conducted for all campers, counselors, and staff each day of camp

Horse Exhibitors – EquiSTEP due May 1st!!

Hello Fairfield County Horse Exhibitors,

Just a reminder that EquiSTEP (Equine Safety Training and Educational Program) is required this year in order to satisfy your helmet/horse safety requirement. Please make sure to complete the videos and quiz by May 1st. This is required for all 4-H and FFA members who want to show horses this year. READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE BECAUSE THERE ARE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TO COUNT IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY!

Currently EquiSTEP is housed on an OSU ScarletCanvas online course that is run by the state office. You can enroll in the online course here: https://cfaesosu.catalog.instructure.com/courses/equine-safety-training-and-education-program-09-mz2-e41. If you did EquiSTEP online last year, you will need to re-enroll in this online course because the platform has changed.

If you are using the online course, remember to do the following:

  • If each member of the family has their own email:
    • Each member should sign up for the course
    • Select ‘Modules’ to see the 5 steps.
    • Watch the video(s) that corresponds with each step.
    • Complete the quiz associated with the training. You will need to score at least a 7 out of 10 in order to pass the training.
    • After scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on the quiz, complete the Certificate of Completion/Course Evaluation Survey. Both you and your county 4-H professional will be emailed a certificate that notes you have completed the EquiSTEP training.
    • This certificate of completion is how the Fairfield County 4-H Program knows you have completed the EquiSTEP
  • There is only ONE email with multiple families using it:
    • The family should sign up for the course
    • Select ‘Modules’ to see the 5 steps.
    • All horse exhibitors in the family, Watch the video(s) that corresponds with each step.
    • Complete the quiz on paper in the attached Horse Member Packet. You will need to score at least a 7 out of 10 in order to pass the training. Each member should turn in their quiz & signature form on the paper packet to their Advisor.
    • Complete the Certificate of Completion/Course Evaluation Survey. Both you and your county 4-H professional will be emailed a certificate that notes you have completed the EquiSTEP training.
      • This survey can be completed multiple times updating which family member is completing it
    • Make sure each member turns in their own hard copy (paper) Horse Member Packet to their Advisor. Advisors will submit all paper packets to the office by May 1st!

 

If you are having difficulty accessing the online course, we have found another way to complete the requirement. Below are direct links to all 4 videos. If you have NOT completed EquiSTEP, please watch these videos, complete the horse packet attached, and submit the 2021 Horse Member packet to your advisors. Advisors please turn in all paper copies of the Horse Member Packet to the office by May 1st.

Here are the links to the EquiSTEP Safety Program Videos:

  • Section 1: Head (Helmet Safety)

https://youtu.be/mi8Cov-ydL4

  • Section 2: Hands (Equine Safety & Handling)

Leading a Horse Safely: https://youtu.be/Xi9_pr6ZCg8

Grooming a Horse Safely: https://youtu.be/Q-g5wzk-W8o

Picking Hooves Safely: https://youtu.be/ye7xshZjTXM

How to Safely Hard Tie Your Horse: https://youtu.be/0HHxzWE4sCE

  • Section 3: Health (Equine Health & Nutrition)

Equine Preventative Health Care: https://youtu.be/sg8P86JYiZI

  • Section 4: Heart (Sportsmanship)

Dealing with Adversity: https://youtu.be/6a_NBfcMkpg

 

Make sure to complete the videos and quiz by May 1st. If you have any question, please let Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu or 740-653-5419) know.

4-H Enrollment Due May 1st!

Remember in 2020-2021, all 4-H families will again enroll themselves in the Fairfield County 4-H program. If you were a member in 2014-2020, you will be able to enroll your family with your current profile. We have gone to a new version of 4-H Online, version 2, so you may notice some differences. Please read this letter from the State 4-H Online Coordinator.

The link to 4-H Online is https://oh.4honline.com

New 4-H Families: Here are directions to help you with online enrollment – 4-H Online Instructions

Returning 4-H Families: Here are directions to help you with online enrollment – 4-H Online Instructions

Need additional resources to help with Enrollment?

  • Project Selection Resources: 2021 4-H Family Guide and Project Central  can help you look at books and determine projects to take this year
    • Please note these are state publications and do not include our county only projects such as pies, candy making, alfalfa, hay, etc).
  • The 2021 Fairfield County Member Handbook 
  • If the youth is new to Fairfield County 4-H and does not live in Fairfield County, please have them complete an Across County Lines form as soon as possible.
    • Across County Line Membership Policy and Request Form – to be completed once in the lifetime of 4-H Club Membership unless the child moves
    • All forms are pending approval by 4-H Educators in the county of residence and the county they wish to join.
    • Please email these forms to us NOW rather than waiting until May 1st if at all possible considering the approval process. Send forms to Leslie at Cooksey.25@osu.edu as soon as you have them. Do not assume all requests will be approved.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Missy Koenig (Koenig.398@osu.edu or 740-277-4631)

Support 4-H while shopping on Amazon!

Help the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee raise money while shopping at no additional cost to you!

1. Start at Smile.Amazon.com
2. Sign in with your current Amazon account or create a new one
3. Search for “Fairfield County OH 4-H Advisory Committee” as the charitable organization you want to support under choose a charity (located under the search bar)
4. Shop Amazon as you normally would and 0.5% of your eligible purchase is donated to the county 4-H program!
5. Once you select your charity, it will be saved so just start at smile.amazon.com each time you shop!

Support the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board – Kroger Rewards

Help the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board raise money while shopping at no additional cost to you! 

Kroger Community Rewards

1. Start at Kroger.com
2. Sign in with your current Kroger account or create a new one. Note: You must have a registered Kroger Rewards card in order to participate in the Community Rewards program
3. Click the Community Rewards tab and search for “Fairfield Co 4H Advisory Committee”, then click Enroll
4. Once you select your charity, it will be saved and you will support 4-H each time you shop!
5. The 4-H Advisory Committee will allocate these funds to the JFB upon receipt