Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor Applications Live!

Hello 4-H Camp Counselors!

I would like to invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to be part of a statewide camp counselor team this summer! Ohio Military Kids (OMK) has launched applications for 2023 Camp Kelleys Island! If this is an opportunity you’d like to pursue, please read on and complete the online application links below!

CAMP DATES for 2023:

  • Teen Camp (campers ages 12-15) – July 30-August 3 with mandatory staff training on July 28-30
  • Youth Camp (campers ages 9-11) – August 6-10 with mandatory staff training on August 4-6
  • Optional In-Person Counselor Training: Thursday, June 22, 2023 in Columbus, OH

Keep in mind opportunities for involvement with your local county fairs and the Ohio State Fair this summer. It is possible to be involved as an OMK Camp Counselor and participate in your 4-H activities, but be mindful of your potential involvement in project judging days.

Camp activities include: swimming, archery, crafts, games, snorkeling, kayaking, tie dying, visits from military special guests, large group activities, campfire songs, skits, dances, and so much more! Housing for all staff and campers is traditional cabins with bunks.

If you are interested in applying to be a counselor, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an application as a New or Returning Counselor (to Ohio Military Kids): go.osu.edu/OMKVolunteer
    • This is open to any 4-H members who are returning as a counselor for OMK or are NEW to being a counselor for OMK. Age eligibility is 15 years and older.
  2. Have 2 references completed


Please let me know if you have any questions! I appreciate the continued enthusiasm and partnership of our 4-H teen leaders with military youth!

Yours in 4-H, Justin Bower

Apply Now to be a 2023 Camp Counselor!

2023 Camp Counselor Application is now posted as an online application for youth interested in serving as a new or returning Camp Counselor (must be 14 & older to be a counselor by June 1st).

As you complete the online application, you will be asked to upload the following completed forms:

1. Standards of Behavior form

2. Ohio 4-H Camp Cell Phone Policy and Tar Hollow Electronics Policy/Camp Counselor Code of Conduct form

3. Counselor Permission to Participate – 2023 Fairfield County 4-H Camps form

4. Ohio 4-H Health Statement with picture

Please also have at least 2 references including name and email ready when you are working on your online application. The extension office will contact your references for you.

Remember that  2023 camp dates are as follows:

    • Day Camp (Grades 3-9) – June 13-15 at Alley Park
    • Cloverbud (Grades K-2) – June 17 at Alley Park
    • Junior (Grades 3-5) – June 20-23 at Alley Park, Staff Move In June 19
    • Senior – June 30 (Grades 6-9) – July 3 at Alley Park, Staff Move In June 29

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

4-H Older Youth Opportunities – Applications are open!

Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-H’er?  Scholarship or Award Trip winner? Do you find yourself asking “How do I get to do that?” We suspect that as you have gotten older you have started to look for new and exciting things where you can be involved. Read on… 4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

The purpose of this email today is to inform you of the many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. The opportunities in awards, trips, scholarships and more available to teens in the 4-H program are incredible. Do not miss out on learning more and getting involved! Most of these opportunities are open to 4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st. Some of these activities require completion of special forms, such as applications or the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record, while others just involve asking for more information. Regardless of what you are interested in, be sure to call if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms. The deadline for the Ohio Achievement form and all applications is Friday, January 13th, 2023, so complete this survey soon so that you can get started.

To receive specific information about these opportunities, please select the link below:

2023 Older Youth Opportunities or copy and paste the URL: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NVKQwp7hucroVw. Once you complete the survey, you will receive additional information by email regarding your areas of interest.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any question or need assistance with any applications or forms, feel free to call or email Leslie (740-277-4625) at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry (740-277-4626) at fowler.443@osu.edu.

We encourage you all to broaden your 4-H experience and try something new. We think you will find many new friends and much more fun ahead!

4-H Junior Achievement Form & Youth Opportunities (ages 8-13)

Youth who have completed at least one year of project work through age 13 as of January 1st, 2023 are invited to record their 4-H accomplishments on the 2023 Fairfield County Junior Achievement Form! Achievement Forms are now available on our website under Member Resources. Or access here. Trip Awards are also available to Junior Achievement Form applicants for Carving New Ideas Workshop and the Junior Shooting Sports Education Camp (age/grade requirements and 4-H involvement are considered for trip award selection).

We also invite you to learn more about completion of this 4-H award form by attending the Junior Achievement Form Workshop on Thursday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fairfield County Extension Office/Ag Center. Get ideas on how to fill out this form and WHY 4-H award forms are important! (see attached flyer)

Furthermore, if a 4-H member in your family has reached the age of 13 of January 1st 2023, they might find a few of the older youth opportunities of interest. Please consider age requirements accordingly for joining the following groups:

  • Junior Leaders (join at any time once you reach the age of 13 – contact Aubry Fowler for more info.
  • Junior Fair Board (application is due January 13th) – must be 14 by October 1st of 2023 to apply.
  • Fashion & Nutrition Board (application is due January 13th) – must be 13 to apply.
  • Camp Counselor (application is due January 13th) – must be 14 and older.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any question or need assistance with any applications or forms, feel free to call or email Leslie (740-277-4625) at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry (740-277-4626) at fowler.443@osu.edu.

We encourage you all to broaden your 4-H experience and try something new. We think you will find many new friends and much more fun ahead!

Save the Date: 4-H Camp 2023

In Summer 2023, Fairfield County 4-H will have FOUR summer camp options for youth. Youth will sign up for camp based on the grade of school they are in right now. This will be the same grade you enter when you sign up for 4-H next spring. Registration will be open May 1-15, 2023! We hope you are as excited as we are, so save the date and join us at Alley Park or Tar Hollow next summer!

Camp Photos are Posted!

As our members and families are getting back into the swing of school schedules, we’re reminiscing about warm summer days and camp memories. Photos from Cloverbud, Day, Intermediate, and Junior Camps are posted on our Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page. Click here to access our photo albums!

This year the camp slide shows from Junior and Intermediate camp are available online too. You can find them at the links listed below:
Intermediate Camp: https://youtu.be/11yjTivvFMs
Junior Camp: https://youtu.be/XmVml3YsSQs

Thank you for another amazing summer – We look forward to seeing you at camp in 2023! Camp dates will be shared by the end of September and Camp Counselors can start applying in December.

Congrats to Ohio State Fair Project Winners (non-livestock)

The non-livestock results from the 2022 Ohio State Fair are posted online. Click here to see a complete list.


Rian Raver, Sundresses and Jumpers, Outstanding of the Day

Saige Howard, Sew for Others – Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Hannah Brown, Dress Up Daywear, Clock Trophy Winner

Julia Ribo, Sew Fun – Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Mary Cate Kitsmiller, Clothes for High School and College, Outstanding of the Day

Scarlett R. Sims, Designed By Me, Outstanding of the Day

Rachel Sponseller, Ready, Set, Sew Active, Outstanding of the Day

Creative Arts:

Isabella Byrd, Get Started in Art – Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Jaela Kim, Seeing Through Graphic Design, Outstanding of the Day

Creative Arts – Cake Decorating:

Alexis Kline, Cake Decorating Advanced – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


Gracie Weber, Demonstration – Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Companion Animals:

Hannah Jones, You & Your Dog Interview (Ages 8-10), Outstanding of the Day

Gracie Weber, Reptiles & Amphibians (Age 8+), Honorable Mention

Engineering Excitement:

Kendall Wild, Science Fun with Electricity, Outstanding of the Day

Family Life:

Megan Maloney, Babysitting, Outstanding of the Day

Food and Nutrition:

Charlotte Werner, Yeast Breads on The Rise, Outstanding of the Day

Julia Luallen, Kitchen Boss, Outstanding of the Day

Cece Woods, Sports Nutrition – Senior, Outstanding of the Day


Max Sims, Staying Healthy-Junior, Clock Trophy Winner

Matthew Taylor, First Aid in Action-Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Home Decorating:

Sophia Preston, Makeover My Space-Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


Kate Johnson, Club Leadership, Clock Trophy Winner

Grace Terflinger, Leadership Self-Determined (Camp Counseling), Outstanding of the Day


Daisy D’Amico, Controlling the Image – Level 2, Outstanding of the Day


Gracie Weber, From Airedales to Zebras – Vet Science I, Outstanding of the Day

Shooting Sports:

Alayna Leppert, Shooting Sports-Archery, Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Brendan Logsdon, Shooting Sports-Archery, Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Natural Resources:

Josiah Edwards, Beekeeping – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner

Gracie Weber, Outdoor Adventurer: Beginning Fishing, Outstanding of the Day

Lucille Fish, Explore the Outdoors, Outstanding of the Day

Julia Ribo, Grow Your Own Vegetables, Clock Trophy Winner

Workforce Prep:

Brin-Leigh Hoisington, Workforce Prep – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


4-H Cloverbud Camp – Photos posted!


Thank you to all campers, camp counselors, and adult staff for an AMAZING Cloverbud Camp! It was WARM, SUNNY, and AWESOME to be in-person doing our thing! How blessed are we to have this amazing facility right here in Lancaster! A huge thanks to our friends at Alley Park. Photos from 4-H Cloverbud Camp are now posted on the Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page!

Next up… Day Camp is in progress and Intermediate Camp starts next week!

Camp Registration is OPEN – Spots are Limited!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend 4-H Camp this summer! Camp registrations are coming in since there are limited spots this year make sure you get your registration in today!


  • Cloverbud Day Camp – FULL
  • Day Camp – 21 Spots (Boys or Girls)
  • Intermediate Overnight Camp – 25 Boy Spots, 36 Girl Spots
  • Junior Overnight Camp – 6 Boy Spots, 43 Girl Spots
  • (Available Spots as of 09:30am on 5/17/2022)

What will we do at Camp?

Our camp counselors are hard at work making sure we’re going to have the best summer yet. Tar Hollow activities include swimming and boating at Pine Lake, nature, crafts, recreation, tye dye,
campfires, inspiration, and many other activities. Alley Park activities include archery, canoeing, crafts, games, songs, campfire, tye dye, and more!

Camp Dates: (We are aware that some orange member handbooks have conflicting information, the following are the correct dates and grades)

  • Cloverbud Day Camp (grades K-2, Cloverbud Members) – June 4
  • Day Camp (Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9) – June 14-16 – Alley Park
  • Intermediate Camp (Grades 6,7,8,9) – June 20-23 – Tar Hollow
  • Junior Camp (Grades 3,4,5) – June 29-July 2 – Tar Hollow

Registration Details:

  • Registrations will be done online, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on May 1, 2022. 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/FCCamp
    • 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.
  • Friend Requests can be made during the registration process. We recognize the importance of sharing a camp experience with a friend. To request the same cabin as a friend, friends must be requested by each other to create this group. A maximum of two campers can request to be together. This is the only opportunity to request a cabin assignment with your friend.
    • Please remember, there is no guarantee that the request can be honored, but we will do our best. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Aubry Fowler, Camp Director, at Fowler.443@osu.edu.
  • Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year if registered by June 1st
    • Members will only have to pay  $40 for Day, $75 for Intermediate or Junior, and $20 for Cloverbud
  • Members are welcome to attend both Day Camp and Overnight at Tar Hollow if they wish and spaces are available. However they will only receive a scholarship on the Tar Hollow camp and be required to pay the full amount ($80) to attend Day Camp. If you are interested in attending both camps, please email fairfield4h@osu.edu to receive more information about registration and payment options.
  • Once registration is complete and payment received, additional information will be provided including what to bring, necessary forms, and a map to camp.

OMK Camp Counselors Needed

Ohio 4-H is looking for camp counselors to join us this summer as we host military youth from all over the state. The great success of this camp lies in the awesome experience that camp counselors provide for military youth where they can learn, grow, and build friendships with other military youth in a fun and safe environment. This is an opportunity for those who love camp but have aged out of their county 4-H program and those who are ready for new experiences beyond their county.

Our Youth and Teen camps will operate on SEPARATE dates at the Erie County 4-H Camp  on Kelleys Island:

  • TEEN CAMP (ages 12 to 15): August 1-5 (mandatory on-site camp counselor training July 30 & 31)
  • YOUTH CAMP (ages 9 to 11): August 7-11 (mandatory on-site camp counselor training August 5-7)

Those interested in being a camp counselor with OMK, fill out an application directly from the OMK website or through the following link: go.osu.edu/OMK22counselor

Two references (from someone unrelated to you) must complete this link as well: go.osu.edu/OMK22ref

Don’t delay: Accepting applications until positions are filled. A phone interview will be scheduled as part of the selection process. Attached is a flyer.