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:
Junior Camp:

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:
    • 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
  • 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 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:

Two references (from someone unrelated to you) must complete this link as well:

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.

Teen/4-H Alumni Opportunity: State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff

2022 State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Applications are now available!! Interested individuals can view a letter with more information at: titled “2022 Potential Leadership Camp Counselor/Staff Information and Application”. A link to the application is included in the letter.

Please forward this information along to anyone who you think might be interested!  Applications are due no later than March 25, 2022.

Here are some highlights about the opportunity:

  • Individuals 18+ prior to June 1, 2022 who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping may apply
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, have current background check, attend training
  • Applications due: March 25, 2022
  • Interviews: Week of April 5th
  • Staff Training Weekend (Camp Ohio): May 13-15, 2022 (this is mandatory for all applicants to attend)

2022 Ohio 4-H Sea Camp Staff and Counselor Recruitment

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp returns for 2022 and we are in need of filling our roster of counselors and adult staff!

Applications Available for Sea Camp Staff and Counselors!

What: Ohio 4-H Sea Camp Staff and Counselor Recruitment

Who: 4-H members or adults ages 18+ at the time of July 15, 2022

When: Applications are available now and due by April 15! Camp is July 15-19, 2022 with staff and counselors arriving on July 14 at Kelleys Island for required training.


Applications available: Cabin Counselor, Adult Camp Staff, Guest Instructor

If you are interested in contributing to Sea Camp this year, please complete either the Counselor Application (to be a cabin counselor) or Staff Application (to be adult staff or instructor). Links are below.

If you are interested in being a counselor, please complete the counselor application and send the reference form link to be completed by two references (not immediate family). If you are interested in being a staff member/instructor, please complete the staff application. Applications and references are due by April 15, 2022.

Counselor Application:

Counselor Reference Form:

Staff Application: 

Apply Now to be a 2022 Camp Counselor!

2022 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 – 2022 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  2022 camp dates are as follows:

  • Cloverbud Day Camp – June 4, 2022, Alley Park
  • Day Camp – June 14-15, 2022; Staff ‘move in’ June 13, Alley Park
  • Intermediate Camp – June 20-23, 2022; Staff move in June 19, Tar Hollow
  • Junior Camp – June 29-July 2, 2022; Staff move in June 28, Tar Hollow

If you have any questions, please contact Aubry (!

4-H Camp Funds New Shelter House

March 1, 2020, Tar Hollow 4-H Camps launched what they hoped to be a successful 31-day fundraising campaign to raise $40,000 for a new shelter house and restroom at Tar Hollow State Park. A short 10 days later they put the campaign on hold as the world came screeching to a halt at the onset of Covid-19.

Although delayed, the group was surprised to find a passion for the project from longstanding 4-H alumni and friends who have managed to fund the project despite the obvious pandemic obstacles. Approaching two years later, the project is funded, plans are drafted, and approval through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is in progress. The hope is to have a new shelter house built next spring to be used by camp residents starting in summer 2022. This ambitious project would not have been possible without heavy lifting from our community of financial supporters.

This 48” x 36” shelter house meets a need for an additional large, covered space to run small and large group programming with campers on the hottest and rainiest days. It will be built in a large open field beyond the existing campfire circle. In addition to the shelter house, a small waterless toilet will be constructed for ease of access despite the more remote location.

Since 1938, Tar Hollow 4-H Camp has been held for six weeks annually in the hills of the resident camp at Tar Hollow State Park, and hosts youth from Athens, Fairfield, Pickaway, and Ross County 4-H programs. The camp is run by the non-profit board Ross-Hocking Extension Camp Association comprised of staff and volunteers from each of the county 4-H programs. Tar Hollow 4-H Camps would not be actively engaging over 1,000 kids each summer without the steadfast support of our community members through service, donations, and trust.

For more information about attending a county 4-H camp, contact your county Extension office. To donate to Tar Hollow 4-H camp programming and continued improvements, donors can send funds to OSU Extension Pickaway County, 110 Island Road, Suite B, Circleville, OH 43113. Checks should be made out to The Ohio State University and include “Tar Hollow Support Fund 316857” in the memo.

By: Katie Wells, 4-H Educator, Ross County