Age 14 and older by January 1st? It’s time to explore older youth 4-H opportunities!

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! Many exciting opportunities 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 4-H Achievement Form and all applications is Friday, January 8, 2021, so complete this interest survey soon.

To receive specific information about these opportunities, please select the link below or respond the email that was personally sent to 4-H members (ages 13-17 as of 1/1/2020).

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 or Aubry (740-277-4626) at 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!

**Completing the interest survey above is not required to complete any award forms or applications. This merely allows us to help get the information to you and follow-up with those who have expressed interest!**

Quarantined In Space Wrap Up & Save the Dates

Thank you to the 103 campers who signed up for Virtual 4-H Camp! We hope you have had a great time being Quarantined in Space this summer. All campers should have received an email with final reminders as we wrap up camp. Make sure your Space Logs are submitted by end of the day on Friday, July 3rd!

We will be sending details out soon to campers about how to pick up your Prize Packs that include camp t-shirts, gifts from your counselors, and more! Thank you again for joining us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We could not have had a successful Virtual 4-H Camp without you. We hope you had as much fun participating in the activities as our counselors did making them.

Save the date for Fairfield County 4-H Camp in Summer 2021:

Not sure about attending camp? Check out the videos below for a virtual tour of each facility and learn about why campers love to camp there!

Tar Hollow 4-H Camp – Camp Tour:

  • Intermediate Camp, ages 11-14: June 14 – 17
  • Junior Camp, ages 8-10: June 29 – July 2nd
  • Teen Camp, ages 14-18: July 5-6

Alley Park 4-H Camp – Camp Tour:

  • Cloverbud Camp, ages 5-8: June 5th

Virtual 4-H Camp begins Monday, June 15th for our registered campers!

Due to COVID-19, things are continually changing in our lives and the 4-H program is no exception to that. As 4-H Educators, we wanted to provide an update with details that we know as of right now:

  • Summer Camp – While we can’t host our traditional camp in person this year, Fairfield County Camp Counselors have worked hard to create an online option. Our main goal is to keep the traditions and activities we have at Tar Hollow and Alley Park but adapt them to be done at home with family and friends. All activities are meant to get 4-Hers up, outside and moving – No need to sit and stare at the computer longer than necessary! Virtual Camp began on June 15th for those families who registered. If you have questions or missed the deadline and would like to participate, please call our office 740-653-5419!

What is a Virtual Camp Anyways?

Our camp counselors have been hard at work designing a virtual camp for our 4-H members. This is new for all of us, so the camp counselors recorded some messages to share with our campers about what to expect this summer. Our main goal is to keep the traditions and activities we have at Tar Hollow and Alley Park, but adapt them to be done at home with family and friends. All activities are meant to get 4-Hers up, outside and moving – No need to sit and stare at the computer longer than necessary!

Click on the links below to learn more:

Anna – Crafts

Ellie – Prizes

Gabriella – Bonus Activities


Don’t forget to register for this once in a lifetime camp experience! Visit: to register now!

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

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!


Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair!

3 Classes for 2020. Top in each class gets a clock trophy and $250 cash. The Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair will be Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. Pre-registration is due July 14th.

You do not need to be enrolled in a particular project to participate in Workforce Prep Day – just let Leslie know that you are interested! All current 4-H members can participate! This experience is great for any one who has taken 4-H projects such as Teen Leadership on the Job, Am I Ready for Work, Get in the Act OR participated as a Camp Counselor, Junior Fair Board Member, OR have completed ANY 4-H Leadership Project.

During the State Fair event, those who enter will complete a  “mock interview” for a job – such as a day camp counselor, summer internship, part-time job at a retail store or grocery store. Participants will have to prepare a digital display in advance and discuss their display with the judges.

This is truly a great experience for youth of all ages to start to learn what it takes to demonstrate their workforce skills that they are developing as participants in the 4-H program! Contact Leslie for more information: Click here for further details about Workforce Prep Day at the 2020 Ohio State Fair.

Counselors Needed: Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camps

The application for camp counselors for the 2020 Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camps is now live! Please help recruit great counselors to serve in these leadership roles. Youth must be 14 as of January 1st to counsel at Junior Shooting Sports Camp. Counselors who are at least 16 may be considered for Senior Shooting Sports camp, but we really need great alumni to serve as counselors for senior camp!

NO Shooting Sports experience required!

All youth interested in this opportunity will be required to complete training at the county level. For alumni, they will need to become approved screened volunteers. With your young alumni, this is a great opportunity to get and keep them engaged as volunteers.

For all applicants, Christy Clary (state coordinator) will reach out to the 4-H professionals in Fairfield County for a reference and to confirm training is complete.

For more information, visit:

Shooting Sports Camp Counselor Letter

Shooting Sports Camp Counselor Position Description

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp – Looking for Camp Counselors and Staff!

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp is recruiting positive role models to serve as camp counselors and staff for this summer! Sea Camp is held from July 11-15, 2020 at Erie County 4-H Camp Kelleys Island. Mandatory on-site training for volunteers and counselors begins on July 10.

All camp counselors MUST be age 18 or older at the start of camp (July 11). Because of this age requirement, recent graduates of the 4-H program including past camp counselors would be excellent candidates!

Click here for: 2020 Sea Camp Counselor Application Packet

Interested in Ag Careers? Checkout FREE ExploreAg Camps next summer!

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the dates for the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture. Please see the attached 2020 ExploreAg Flyer and below information, and share with any students, parents, teachers, and community members who may be interested.

ExploreAg will be offering four camp sessions in 2020!

  • Session 1 : June 14-19 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 2 : June 21-26 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 3 : July 5-10 – Central State University 
  • Session 4 : July 12-17 – Ohio State University – ATI campus

The ExploreAg camps are FREE to attend.  Program costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020 and applicants will be notified of admittance by March 20, 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit an application with one reference and a 1-3 minute video with the prompt: “please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.” The application can be found at Please share this information with students, parents, teachers, and community members. If you have any further questions, contact Marissa Mulligan at

Making eXtreme Counselor Training Workshop – Registration due 1/24/2020

Making eXtreme Counselors Training Workshop – Statewide Camp Counselor Training Workshop (February 22-23, 2020). The completed registration form is due to the Fairfield County Extension Office by January 24, 2020, along with a payment of $10 (reduced fee due to sponsorship for Fairfield County 4-H Camp Counselors).  Please note: If you register and DO NOT attend the entire workshop, you must pay the sponsor back the entire workshop fee!

Contact Aubry Fowler for more information ( Limited spots are available for Fairfield County Camp Counselors to attend – therefore, get your registration in NOW!