Follow the Fairfield County Extension Facebook Page

Please be aware that our existing Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page has been unpublished by Facebook administrators. We are working toward getting the page reactivated rather than recreating the page moving forward.

However we are able to post 4-H updates on the Fairfield County Extension Facebook Page in the meantime. Upcoming countywide activities and events are posted on there now! Find the page here:!

Please keep an eye on weekly 4-H blog posts ( and our county 4-H website ( for important information and updates.  Sorry for the inconvenience – we are not sure what happened, but are working to get it fixed!


Health HEROES Application Live Now!

Application for 2023-2024 Ohio 4-H Health HEROES are open. This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, learn lessons and activities to implement in their local 4-H community, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 through 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out  Application is due Sunday, October 15th, 2023 by 11:59 pm.

Any questions, you may contact Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at or at 614-247-1979.

HealthU Registration is Open!


Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?


What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.


Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, 2023

Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023


Contact: Justin Bower,, with questions.

2024 Camp Dates – Mark Your Calendars

Start planning for Summer 2024, Fairfield County 4-H will have FOUR summer camp options for youth. Youth will sign up for camp based on the grade of school instead of age. This will be the camper’s grade as of May 1, 2024. Registration will be open May 1-15, 2024! We hope you are as excited as we are, so save the date and join us at Alley Park or Tar Hollow next summer!

**Please note, Camp Counselors who are still eligible to attend Senior Camp as a camper will not be slated to counsel at this camp. The Fairfield County 4-H Camp Staff are adding special things to Senior Camp that only our oldest campers will get to experience like paint wars, outdoor cooking, kayaking, and more!**

Dine to Donate: Little Caesars – Sept 8 – Oct 1, 2023


The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a monthly dine to donate fundraiser to raise funds for their club. September’s dine to donate will be a Little Caesars fundraiser for the whole month of September! Read the details below to learn more and support the Fairfield County 4-H Program. We will receive $6 for every item sold.
The Junior Leaders are a countywide teen leadership group that focuses on 4-H community service, leadership, and more! Their big events include planning the Fairfield County 4-H Advisor Recognition, County 4-H Scholarship, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project!
Thank you for the support!


Our Fundraiser Starts Today! It’s pizza time! Starting today and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits and In-Store Meal Deals to raise money for the Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders Club. To reach our goal, we need everyone’s help. It’s easy to join the fun! To get started, follow this link or scan the QR code with your phone to order pizza kits and meal deals! Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to your buyers via FedEx, so send your link to family & friends across the country, too. Hot News! Little Caesars Fundraising now offers In-Store Meal Deals. Buyers can purchase promo codes that can be redeemed for hot pizza at their local Little Caesars. Post your unique link on your social media pages to reach even more people. Every item we sell earns $6 profit and makes an impact. Don’t forget to buy your own! If you need technical help with the fundraiser, contact our support team at Little Caesars Fundraising at M-F 8:30am-6:00pm ET at 888-4LC-KITS.

If you have any questions about our fundraiser, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

How to get started on Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms – a virtual workshop on October 1st

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a virtual Achievement Form Workshop on October 1st, 2023 via Zoom from 6:00-7:30 p.m. An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.

Must register at by September 29 to receive Zoom information for the workshop.

This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend in live-time.

What’s an Ohio 4-H Achievement Form? Check out this flyer: Achievement Record Flyer FINAL

4-Hers Helping Neighbors Fight Hunger – Food Drive Contest in September

4-H’ers Helping Neighbors Fight Hunger – 2023 Food Drive Rules

  • Join Fairfield County 2-1-1 & H3: Hunger Coalition during September for Hunger Action Month to help fight hunger in our communities!
  • Thank you to Farm Credit Mid-America for sponsoring the prize money for our club contest!
  • Each week items will be donated to food pantries, meal sites, and shelters across Fairfield County
    • Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders are working with Fairfield 2-1-1 to identify recipients in every region of our county to reach as many as possible
  • Timeline:
    • Starts Tuesday, Sept 5 at 7:30am
    • Ends Friday, Sept 29 at 4pm
  • Items must be dropped off at the Fairfield County Extension Office (831 College Ave, Lancaster) by Friday, Sept 29th at 4pm.
    • Items can also be dropped off when pre-scheduled county 4-H meetings are taking place at the Extension Office (example: Endowment Board, Junior Leaders, Show Committee Meeting, etc)
  • There are a few ‘off site’ collection times when items can be dropped off
    • Sept 9th from 9am-3pm – Ed Sands Building (During Skillathon)
    • Sept 24th from 11am-4pm – Ed Sands Building (During Skillathon)
  • Members will tell county staff the club name or label their items at drop off in order to receive credit
  • Clubs will be competing by total weight of items and item count in the club contest.
    • In order to receive the top prizes, a club must donate at least 100 pounds or 100 items
  • Awards:
    • $100 – Top Club with the most items by weight
    • $100 – Top Club with the most items by count
    • $50 – 6 Clubs with the most items by weight OR count
  • Items Most Needed:
    • Canned Fruit
    • Soup
    • Cereal
    • Canned Meats
    • Cooking Oil
    • Sugar, Flour, Spices
    • Hygiene Items
    • Paper Products
    • Cleaning Supplies

Teen Opportunity: Virtual Course for Mike Rowe Works Foundation – Work Ethic Certification

OHIO 4-H IS ONE OF THE FIRST. Ohio is one of the first 4-H programs to offer this opportunity to high school students in the nation! However, it didn’t start there. Since 2021, The Ohio State University ATI was among the first 20 colleges in the nation to offer the Work Ethic Certification, and the first in Ohio. For more information, visit:


In 2008, Mike Rowe created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch a national PR campaign for skilled labor. When Mike started the foundation, he wanted to find a way to articulate the qualities he values most. He ended up writing the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, which stands for “Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge consists of 12 statements that outline the importance of four pillars—work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.


The MRW Work Ethic Certification focuses on the 12 statements of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Each statement has a story, and each story comes from Mike’s personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Through this program, we break down the origin of each statement in 12 lessons and explore why we believe every student and worker can benefit from embracing this pledge, regardless of their job or skill set.


Open to all Ohio high school youth.

Dates: Every Monday and Wednesday from September 18 – October 4
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Must be able to attend all sessions. Registration is due September 8. Limited to 20 participants.

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MRW Work Ethic Plan

Congrats to these Fairfield County teens selected for the 2024 Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council!

Congrats to the new members of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, whose term will be September 1, 2023-August 31, 2024!

  • Lily Dennis – Committee Member
  • Aubrey Duke-Ward – Council Member
  • Evelyn Hill – Committee Chair
  • Sophia Preston – Council Member

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction. For more information about the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, click here.

2023 Fairfield County Lamb & Wool Queen Applications due 9/8/2023

The 2023 Fairfield County Lamb & Wool Queen Applications are now available! Please submit entries no later than September 8, 2023, at 4:00 est via the following link:

In addition to this application, please forward a copy of your resume to with Lamb and Wool Queen in the subject line.

The Fairfield County Lamb & Wool Queen competition will be held in conjunction with the Guys and Gals Sheep Lead competition at the Fairfield County Fair on October 11th. The competition is open to girls residing in Fairfield County who are 16-22 years of age, as of the week of the Fairfield County Fair. The Queen must remain unmarried during her reign.

A committee will review the application and the applicants will be invited to interview before a panel of judges. You will receive information regarding in-person or Zoom options for interviews. All queen contestants and the present Lamb and Wool Queen are required to participate in the Guys and Gals Lead competition.

The queen’s duties are to attend the 4-H sheep show, the open class show, the 4-H Livestock sale and any other activities that promote the Lamb and Wool industry. Other opportunities to promote the Lamb and Wool industry would include: participating in area parades, and the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals lead.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS September 8, 2023, at 4:00 est.  Candidates will be contacted for the exact time slot for interviews. Please direct questions to Natalyn Wymer at (740)-407-1420 or