LAST CALL: Speaking Event Contest Sign-ups due June 1st

Speak out and get involved! Improve your public speaking skills. The Fairfield County Speaking Event will be Thursday, June 8th, 2023 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H or Cloverbud member can participate. The following events will take place:

  • Individual and Team Demonstrations
  • 4-H Creed Speaking Event
  • 4-H Pledge Speaking Event (Cloverbuds Only)

Earn a chance to also participate in the Ohio State Fair with the Demonstration events!

Registration is due June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

To review Ohio 4-H Demonstration Contest information and rules, click here.

 

Bottle Cap Weigh In – Sunday, May 21

The Junior Leaders will be continuing with their Bottle Cap Project for 2023 and need your help collecting plastic caps to turn into benches. Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids. All plastic lids are accepted including cleaned out k-cups, no plastic with metal parts or paper linings please!

The next weight in will be May 21 from 11am-1pm in the #4 Beef Barn.

The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a cash prize for your club to use for end of the year activities. 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.

Youth Opportunity: Ohio Military Kids Summer Camps and Fall Family Camps

Ohio Military Kids SUMMER CampsOur Ohio Military Kids Camps for this summer are opening in April! Feel free to advertise as ANY military connected youth may attend these camps.

Teen Kelleys Island CampA 5-day and 4-night adventure on Kelleys Island. Activities include sailing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, soccer, archery, lined dances, crafts, campfire, and more!

Dates: Sunday, July 30 to Thursday, August 3

Location: Kelleys Island

Age: 12 – 15 years of age by the time of camp

Cost: $125 per youth

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

 

Youth Kelleys Island CampA 5-day and 4-night adventure on Kelleys Island. Activities include sailing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, volleyball, soccer, archery, lined dances, crafts, campfire, and more!

Dates: Sunday, August 6 to Thursday, August 10

Location: Kelleys Island

Age: 9 – 11 years of age by the time of camp

Cost: $125 per youth

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

 

Registration and our other events can be found at https://go.osu.edu/OMKEvents. Attached is our 2023 OMK Event Guide as well.

 

Ohio Military Kids FALL FAMILY CAMPS: Our Ohio Military Kids Family Camps for this fall are ! Feel free to advertise as ANY military connected families may attend these camps.

Northeastern Ohio Family Camp: Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. Nestled between a hollow and historical orchards, this camp has a beautiful lodge, cabins, a lake, and a wooded campfire area available for camp use. Hiking trails and canoeing may be available.

Dates: Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27

Location: Northeastern Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

 

Northern Ohio Family Camp: Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. This camp is located in a unique island setting, has cabins, a sand beach, craft hall, recreation hall, and campfire areas. This small island location offers historic parks, a scenic ferry ride, and a beautiful coastline.

Dates: Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10

Location: Northern Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

 

Central Ohio Family Camp: Join us for a fun-filled Troop & Family Camp this fall! Any military family is eligible to participate. This camp has more than 500 acres to explore, high & low ropes courses, cabins, climbing, ziplining, and recreational areas. Activities may include creeking, tie-dye, leather crafts, and more!

Dates: Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24

Location: Central Ohio

Cost: $125 for 4, $10 per person after

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023

Youth Opportunity: STEM Camp at Canter’s Cave (Jackson, OH)

Youth in grades 5-7 are invited to join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp June 19th-21st for STEM Camp 2023! 4-H STEM Camp is an overnight camping opportunity for youth interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We are excited to be able to offer STEM Camp at a reduced rate thanks to a 4-H Foundation Grant, lowering the cost of camp for youth to just $100.00.

Register by June 1st at go.osu.edu/4HSTEMCamp

Questions? Email allman.68@osu.edu or call (740) 286-5044

Additionally, we need camp counselors!! We are asking for male camp counselors to join us at STEM Camp if they are available. As of right now, we do not have enough male counselors to feel comfortable so if you have any teens interested in helping with camp, we’d greatly appreciate you sharing our message. If you have a camp counselor interested in helping, please have them email me at allman.68@osu.edu and we will get them connected. No STEM background or strengths required!!

2023 STEM Camp Flyer

Youth Opportunity: 4-H Creed Speaking Contest

Speak out and get involved! Improve your public speaking skills and learn the 4-H Creed. The Fairfield County Creed Speaking Event will be Thursday, June 8th, 2023 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H member can participate.

Registration is due June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Cloverbud Opportunity: 4-H Pledge Speaking Event

The Fairfield County Cloverbud Pledge Speaking Event will be Wednesday, June 8th, 2023 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H Cloverbud member can participate. This is a great way to practice public speaking at an early age! We can’t wait to cheer our Cloverbuds on!

Registration is due June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Youth Opportunity: 4-H Demonstration Contest – Signup by June 1st

Sign-up NOW through Thursday, June 1st to participate in the Fairfield County 4-H Demonstration Contest by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419.

When: Thursday, June 8th, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Who: Any 4-H member (project age)

What: A contest designed to demonstrate your ability to teach how to do something. There are Junior and Senior Divisions! For more information contact the Extension Office

Where: Ag Center, 831 College Avenue, Lancaster Why: To share your talents or skills with others and improve your teaching abilities.

Need tips on how to plan for a great demonstration? Click here!

Participants in the county demonstration contest have the opportunity to advance to the Ohio State Fair! For more information on guidelines and rules, review the Ohio State Fair Guidebook for Communication Days.

Camp Registration Opens May 1st

Fairfield County 4-H Camp Registration opens May 1st! Registration is completed entirely online and spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Read on to learn more about 4-H camp this summer.

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: 

  • Day Camp (Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,9) – June 13-15 – Alley Park
  • Cloverbud Day Camp (grades K-2, Cloverbud Members) – June 17 – Alley Park
  • Junior Camp (Grades 3,4,5) – June 20-23 – Tar Hollow
  • Senior Camp (Grades 6,7,8,9) – June 30-July 3– Tar Hollow

 Registration Details:

  • Registrations will be completed online and are on a first-come-first-serve basis starting on May 1, 2023 through May 15, 2023. 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 Info:
    • Payment by credit card will be available this year (online only).
    • If you will be paying by check or cash, please select appropriate payment type in the registration process and mail or drop off your payment (check or cash) to the OSUE office (OSU Extension, 831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130). Make checks payable to: OSU EXTENSION. There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned checks.
    • Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of application and payment.
  • Once registration is complete and payment received, additional information will be provided electronically via email or can be printed upon request at the Fairfield County Extension Office including what to bring, necessary forms, and a map to camp.

 Registering Multiple Campers?

  • Each camper must complete an online registration form.
  • Families with multiple children attending camp(s) who want to pay with a credit card can:
    • process payment with each registration, or
    • wait until the last registration is complete and finish the credit card processing after submitting registration on the last camper.
  • Please add all fees together and list ALL members names /camps in the description to ensure payment is applied correctly.

 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, both campers must name each other in the registration process. 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 midnight on Monday, May 15th.

  • Members will only have to pay $50 for Day Camp, $100 for Intermediate or Junior Camp, and $25 for Cloverbud Camp.
  • Members are welcome to attend both Day Camp and Overnight at Tar Hollow if they wish and if spaces are available. However, they will only receive a campership for the Tar Hollow camp and will be required to pay the full amount ($100) 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.

Community Service Challenge for 4-H Clubs

Calling all 4-H Clubs! The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council has a community service challenge for you in honor of Earth Day this month! We challenge you to complete one or more of these community service projects related to environmental stewardship listed on the attached flyer. If your club completes one of these activities, follow the link/ QR code listed to add your club’s name (go.osu.edu/4HClubEarthDay). You might be featured on our social media, AND you are automatically entered into a drawing to win a prize from the 4-H mall for your club! Entries are due by June 1st, 2023. Happy Earth Day, from The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council!