Get Outdoors, There Are Benefits For All!

Sometimes during this stay at home order, I find it easy to be a stagnant, couch potato. As I balance the at home mom, full time 4-H Educator and 1st grade teacher, planting us in front of the tv is an easy out for entertainment.

When our Lawrence County 4-H Health Hero, Brea Belville, issued her 4th H: Get Outside and Move Challenge, I began thinking. Thinking of all the many challenges we are faced with as we deal with our “new normal”, feeling a little stuck but safe at home. Although, I’ve heard of all reasons to be outdoors, I still felt like because I had to work, I had to be inside… but what if I moved it outdoors?

Suddenly, I move my office and kids outside and it’s like magic. My daughter is entertained, running and playing in the yard, jumping rope, and doing tug of war with the dog. My 8-month old son is enjoying watching it all and I am getting work accomplished. Win-Win for all involved in my family today.

As I sit outside researching and reminding myself of the benefits, we are all getting fresh air and Vitamin D. So, how is it beneficial you may ask? It improves mood, focus, and even sleep habits. Just being outside also increases the likelihood of being physically active. The minute we stepped out, Leighton’s creative, active play began.

So what can you do outside?

Home Work: for youth it may be school work or adults it may be work, work. Whatever it is, can your job be done sitting on your porch? The outdoor air and sunshine helps get those creative thoughts flowing.

Picnic: Move your breakfast, lunch, or dinner outdoors. Set up a blanket in the yard, sit on the porch, on the playset, whatever works for your family. Maybe it’s even cooking around an outdoor fire.

Play: Move your body; walk, run, jump, ride your bike. Whatever it is your body likes to do. For youth, 60 minutes a day is encouraged, for adults it’s 150 minutes a week. It’s easily attainable by just moving outdoors; play duck, duck, goose, simon says, red light, green light, the list goes on.

Read: Read a new book, have your kids read to you, or to each other.

Yoga: Practice some of your favorite yoga moves to stretch and clear your mind. 4-H Yoga For Kids is on youtube and a great resource for kids and adults.

These are just a few ideas, but did you know outdoor play encourages cognitive, social, emotional development? Allowing for unstructured, free play allows for self-direction and lengthens attention spans. So, I challenge you to allow yourself, your kids, your family to be creative and dream up some outdoor fun.

Starting now, while we are at-home, and getting outside daily will help to establish new habits that will keep you healthy throughout your life.

Keeping active not only will improve your physical health and well-being but all aspects of life.


Authored By: Rachael Fraley, OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Reviewed By: Paige Matney, OSU Extension, Lawrence County Office Associate



“The 4-H Pledge, Motto, and Clover”, Lawrence County 4-H Friday Fun

The Lawrence County 4-H Friday Fun for Friday, April 3rd, is all about the 4-H Pledge, Motto, and Clover.

Check out our Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbud, Leighton Fraley, from Gingham and Denim 4-H Club introduce our activity for this week. This activity teaches the 4-H Pledge and Motto, as well as gives an opportunity to get creative making a clover to show off your 4-H Spirit!

Already know the pledge and motto? We encourage you to take a minute to recite the pledge and motto and challenge yourself to reflect on the meaning. What does 4-H look like to you in this time of change? We are all being challenged to adapt and find new and creative ways to engage. How can we, Lawrence County 4-H, have “clearer thinking”, “greater loyalty”, “larger service”, and “healthier living” for our clubs, our community, our country, and our world?

Because although we may be adapting our way’s, A.B. Graham’s intention from the beginning remains the same, that we, 4-H, be responsible, productive members of society. Interested in learning more about the Start of 4-H and concepts 4-H was built upon, check out

We look forward to hearing your 4-H Pledges and seeing your Clovers in the Comments! We also hope you will take a minute to share your reflections with us, too… Share your ideas by posting a vides or sending us a message with your thoughts and ideas. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Lawrence County 4-H Update: Enrollments, Project Books, Quality Assurance, & Club Resources

It has been a quite a couple of weeks with changes coming quickly. Thank you for your patience with your county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office and OSU Extension.

I know you have many questions: When can we have club meetings? Will there be summer camp?Should we invest in projects? What about fair?

The answer is at this point, we just don’t know. It is all changing rapidly. But what we do know for sure is that we’re committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We also know that when we choose to act together, we can have incredible positive impacts.

The actions we’ve taken so far are in alignment with necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health. These are in place to help keep us all from getting, or unintentionally spreading, this virus. This includes the temporary closing to the public of our county Extension office. We’ll continue to be available via email and phone; Paige: or Rachael: or phone 740-533-4322.
To help clarify, ALL 4-H events, programs, and activities scheduled between now and April 20 must be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.

We are also suspending 4-H project book distribution through 3/31/2020. This means there will be no project book distribution at the local or state level until after March 31. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will re-evaluate project book distribution as we get closer to March 31 and share more information with you at that time.

All Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment has been received and all 4-H advisors associated with a club have access to review their club’s enrollments through the system and submit changes to or by calling 740-533-4322 until April 15th. Need help running the report? 4-H Online Club Advisor Log-in Guide

For our livestock project members and families, Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Agriculture discussed some changes for this year that will help mitigate the effects the corona virus is having on holding in-person programming.For livestock quality assurance (QA) for the 2020 year only:

  • • QA must still be completed before the opening day of exhibition, however the 45-day prior to the opening of the exhibition requirement will not be enforced. Certified QA club advisors may train their youth after 4-H activities are able to resume. Those club advisors who have yet to receive their training and packet, may schedule a time with Rachael after April 20 to receive training and packet materials.
  • Youth livestock exhibitors (8-18) may take the online YQCA certification. Cost $12.00. On-line test out will not be accepted.  Members must use their 4honline login. All enrolled 4-H members already have a login, do not create new. Need help? The Extension Office can provide you with your personal log-in information. Please submit your certification number to for verification. Each 4-H member must have their own certification number; family certification is not accepted.

We encourage our 4-H volunteers, youth, and families to continue moving forward. We understand, given current restraints, this can be difficult but I know we have some of the most creative minds ready to adapt and continuing to do what we do best, “positive youth development”.

I have already seen it demonstrated through so many of our 4-H members giving hearts, helping others through this time of need. I have also seen clubs getting creative and posting club activities, like “Interview Do’s and Don’ts” and finding ways to engage their youth through social media. Continue to be creative and continue to share.

Ohio 4-H has provided a few helpful resources such as Tips and Tricks for Meeting With Your Club When You Can’t Meet (In-Person) and Communicating Online With Your Club. These resources and more can be found at

In the coming days, we’ll post updates on our local Lawrence County 4-H facebook page and website. Ohio 4-H is also continually updating their social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and website. We’ll also include links to resources that you and your children can use. And we’ll do what we can to keep you updated as we learn new information. Please continue to check your e-mail and subscribe to our blog We encourage you to also share all info with your fellow 4-H’ers and on your social media platforms.

IMPORTANCE NOTICE: Lawrence County 4-H Programming Effective Now Through April 20th

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people.

Please see the attached Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer & Family Notice effective Immediately through April 20th.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

March 2020 Lawrence County 4-H News

As our 4-H Community Club activities and Lawrence County Fair prep is in full swing, your Lawrence County 4-H team have a few things to inform & remind you of:

“See Yourself In 4-H, 2020” by enrolling before the March 15th deadline at

  •  For enrollment information, project specific forms, and more – please visit our website
  • Our livestock rules and expectations, as well as other Lawrence County Fair events have been updated on our Lawrence County 4-H Fair page. This page continues to be updated, so be sure to check back regularly!

“4-H Calendar of Events” Lawrence County has a few different ways to stay up to date on all county 4-H events. In the event a date is cancelled, news articles, facebook posts, and e-mail blasts will update you as soon as possible.

“Digital Communication” In an effort to share the latest and greatest news hot off the press… and to save some trees & postage too – check your enrollment e-mail, like our facebook page, visit our website, and/or subscribe to this blog. If these communication avenues don’t work for you, no worries – please just give us a call and we will mail you whatever you need 🙂

“Financial Summary/Club Charter Checklist” Organizational club advisors, don’t forget to submit your end of the 4-H year paperwork. The Financial Summary and Club Charter Checklist must be submitted before your enrollment will be approved.

“Livestock Updates” Recently, our office released news regarding a summary of livestock rule changes, options for quality assurance, a ractopamine update, tag-in dates, etc. Please visit Livestock Exhibition Updates for more information.

“Cloverbud 4-H Discovery Series” We are excited to announce we will be offering a series of Cloverbud activities county-wide. All Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-8 years old, are invited to attend. Cloverbuds will be introduced to activities surrounding each of our 4-H project areas, introduced to service learning, and meet other cloverbuds from around the county. For more information and registration dates & guidelines, please check out this link later this week…

“Senior 4-H Member Scholarships” The Lawrence County 4-H Committee Endowment provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to apply for a $250.00 college scholarship. Deadline has been extended to April 10th. High school seniors interested in applying should visit Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship

“4-H Camp” For camp dates, scholarship applications (deadline extended to April 10th), and registration materials, please visit 4-H Camp.

“Lawrence County 4-H T-Shirt Designs” Do you have an awesome 4-H T-Shirt idea? Does it go with our “See Yourself in 4-H, 2020” theme? Is it your original design? If the answer is yes… we would love for you to submit your t-shirt design to our office by March 31. We would love to publish your idea on a t-shirt and use it as a fundraiser for the Lawrence County 4-H program!

&& we hope you are still reading because last, but certainly not least …. “Why 4-H?” The Lawrence County 4-H Teen Leaders have issued a challenge, they would like to hear from club members, advisors, alumni, etc. on why 4-H? Why would you encourage someone to participate in 4-H? What impact does 4-H have on you? We are truly thankful for an amazing 4-H community and hope you will submit your short video story to to be published on our media sites. We want to tell our 4-H story to all who will hear, so please share our blog and facebook with your ALL your friends.


“….for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” 

2020 Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitor News & Updates

Are you a Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitor, parent, or advisor? If so, this is a must read…

The Ohio State University Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee is continuously working and listening to our 4-H members and parents to update rules and recommendations to provide our youth with the most positive, consistent, good production practices, livestock experience. As evident with the recent ractopamine-free consumer market demand, livestock production practices are always changing and we as good stewards need to move with the change.

Most species have at least one change for the 2020 year, some bigger than others. The Lawrence County Fairboard’s official stance on ractopamine is still forthcoming, however the OSU Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee has provided a ractopamine-free recommendation as we are quickly approaching the purchase of livestock animals. Quality Assurance expectations and options have been updated… we have even listened to suggestions since our last Quality Assurance announcement and have made some age changes to the required beginner training.

For the details, visit – 2020 Summary of Livestock Changes, Ractopamine Update, Quality Assurance, and Dates


“4-H is about more than the ribbons & the awards;… its about the people, the experiences, the life-long skills, the memories & its about being a role model, giving back and making the best better”

Lawrence County 4-H: Have you enrolled yet?

The Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment deadline is fast approaching… we are officially 4 weeks away from the deadline to enroll for fair participation! Have you enrolled yet?

Lawrence County 4-H offers a couple of ways to enroll: 

  1. Visit ….. need a tutorial visit: 4Honline help video
    1. Returning volunteers and members – use your profile information from last year to log-in or call our office for help!
    2. New members – create a profile!
  2. Meet with your 4-H club advisor and complete an enrollment form

*Club advisors – your club management system will be unlocked and members will be accepted once we receive your yearly financial statement and club charter checklist.

Choosing your 4-H projects can be exciting and challenging… visit the Ohio 4-H Family Guide for a full list of Ohio 4-H projects. Then, if you’d like to take a closer look at the project, visit Ohio 4-H Project Central 

*Club advisors – once your members have chosen their projects, please complete a complete and submit a  Club Project Book Order Form

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The blog will be the home of all your 2020 news. This blog will host links to news stories, important events and information, and much needed club and county 4-H resources.

We also encourage our 4-H club leaders and families to share information with us by e-mailing so we can share all the amazing service projects and other great things going on in your 4-H world!

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Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Recipient of SOACDF Youth Development Grant

The home of our Lawrence County 4-H Campers are in need of support, please see the below information from our Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Secretary & Marketing Chair, Christy Clary:

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp was a 2019 recipient of a Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) Youth Development Grant. The grant was for $250,000 with a $50,000 match to fund a new sleeping and conference facility and update the HVAC system in Harrison Powell Lodge. “We are excited for this new opportunity to expand our sleeping facilities and update Harrison Powell. This will allow us to accommodate more campers, but also give us another rental space for the community to use” said Michelle Stumbo, Board Past President. Ground was broken in October and extensive progress has been made. The projected completion date for the new building is April 2020, just in time for the 4-H camping season. The new building will provide restroom access for the boys’ hill cabins and will sleep approximately 30 people in two sleeping areas. It will also feature a small common area for groups to rent.   Board members have been actively working to raise the $50,000 matching funds and have raised $16,000, or 32 percent of the way to the goal. If you are interested in supporting this project, there are multiple ways to give. Your donation can be processed through the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Fund at The Ohio State University, which provides individuals and businesses with full OSU donor benefits. If you would like more information about these benefits, contact your County Extension Educator. One hundred percent of all donated funds come directly back to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc., and your gift is tax-deductible. To donate in this way, please make your check payable to The Ohio State University with Development Fund 303873 in the memo line or visit the website at enter 303873 in the search field and proceed to make your online donation. In the special instructions field, please enter Canter’s Cave SOACDF Grant Project. Another option is to make your check payable to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc. and mail it directly to camp. Again, your donation is tax-deductible, and all funds donated in this way will directly benefit the “SOACDF Grant” campaign.Approximately 1500 youth utilize our facility in 4-H-related camps during the year. 4-H members from the following counties camp each summer at Canter’s Cave: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Scioto, and Vinton. The camp is home to the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Program, the Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp, the annual STEM Camp, and many other educational, social-recreational, and team-building youth and adult programs throughout the year. Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc. facilities are open to rent by band camps, leadership retreats, religious fellowships, weddings and receptions, and other public and private groups.  If you have any questions about the SOACDF Youth Development Grant or other donor opportunities, or if you would like to see the facility or make reservations for any business meetings, retreats, and so on, please contact Camp Manager Sarah Wensink at (740) 286-4058 or by e-mail at or visit the website at You may also contact your local County Extension Office for further information.

Also, starting tomorrow is a live fundraiser via Facebook: leading up to Giving Tuesday! All funds raised during this campaign will also be used as match toward our $50,000 goal! 


Thanks for your support!



PS: As you are looking into Christmas presents, 4-H camp certificates are available at our office.

Camp Fees:

Beginner & Junior High Camp: $147.00

Teen Camp: $151.00

Cloverbud Overnight: $65.00

Jr. Shooting Sports: $230.00

Sr. Shooting Sports: $330.00