2021 4-H Camp Update

We are excited to announce that Ohio 4-H has approved overnight camping opportunities for 2021! We have been diligently working through what we will be able to do at camp and what camp will look like this year. There is still a lot of planning and many details to work out but we are so very much looking forward to being back at 4-H Camp Ohio this year!

4-H Summer Camp (overnight residential camp) will be held during the updated dates of June 18-20th and Cloverbud Day Camp will still be held on Saturday, June 19th. Registration materials are not quite ready yet. We hope to have that information out to you early next week. Registration information will come to you by email and will be completed online. NEW this year, you will have the option to pay by credit/debit card through an online payment portal! The registration deadline will be Friday, May 28th for both Summer Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp or until the camps fill. PLEASE NOTE: Camp will be held at a reduced capacity for 2021. Depending on the interest in these camps, registrations may fill before the deadline. Should camp fill before you register, you have the option to be added to a wait list in case of cancellations.

Thanks to the continued support of several sponsors, camp scholarships will still be available for Licking County 4-H members who have a financial need.

 

Send S’more Kids to Camp

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is hosting a fundraiser to Send S’more Kids to Camp in support of the Ohio 4-H Camping facilities again this spring. Camp Ohio, along with eleven other 4-H camps throughout Ohio will be participating in this fundraiser. The fundraiser will begin on May 24th and run through June (or possibly later). There are several way s that you can be involved:

  • Make a Donation! Any amounts may be donated; however, donors will receive exclusive 4-H camp themed candles if they donate $150 or more as well as a camp songbook. We will share the donation link once it becomes available.
  • 4-H members can participate in the artwork contest! Winning artwork will be used on the various incentives for those who donate. For all guidelines and to submit your design, visit go.osu.edu/4Hart. All artwork is due by May 12, 2021.
  • Please spread the word! Once the fundraiser campaign has started, please share the information far and wide. 4-H Camp Ohio is special to so many and has impacted thousands of lives throughout it’s long history. Please share the information so we reach more people who may want to give a little back to camp.

2021 Farmers Share Breakfast – May 1st

Please join us for the 2021 Farmers Share Breakfast on Saturday, May 1st from 8:00-10:00am. This year, the breakfast will be held at the McKean Community Building in Fredonia (6885 North St NW, Newark, OH 43055). Enjoy breakfast on location or take it to go. The cost of breakfast is a donation with all donations going to support Licking County 4-H members attending 4-H Summer Camp. We have been so fortunate for the support of the Licking County Farm Bureau and through those who donate through the breakfast. In 2019 this breakfast raised enough funds that we were able to take $30 of every member’s camp fee as well as additional amounts off for the children of Licking County Farm Bureau members and support several full and partial scholarships for 4-Hers to attend camp. Please consider stopping by for some breakfast. If you are unable to come to the breakfast, you can always make a donation to the Licking County Farm Bureau and designate it for the Farmers Share Breakfast.

REMINDER: Mini Camp Registration Due

The registration for Mini Camp is available here. This year, Mini Camp will be held as a one day, day camp on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 4-H Camp Ohio. Mini Camp is open to Licking County 4-H members age 8 to 12 who are at least in the third grade or higher for the 2020-2021 school year. Mini Camp is a great opportunity for those who haven’t been to camp before or in their first or second year of camping. They will have a chance to have a camp tour, experience some of the sessions and activities we do at camp, and have a meal in the Dining Hall. Please see registration brochure for the tentative schedule as well as a list of special considerations and requirements for 2021.

2021 Mini Camp Registration Now Available

The registration for Mini Camp is now available here. This year, Mini Camp will be held as a one day, day camp on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 4-H Camp Ohio. Mini Camp is open to Licking County 4-H members age 8 to 12 who are at least in the third grade or higher for the 2020-2021 school year. Mini Camp is a great opportunity for those who haven’t been to camp before or in their first or second year of camping. They will have a chance to have a camp tour, experience some of the sessions and activities we do at camp, and have a meal in the Dining Hall. Please see registration brochure for the tentative schedule as well as a list of special considerations and requirements for 2021.

Support 4-H Camps through OSU’s Day of Giving

Remember those crazy camp skits and singing around the campfire? Help ensure those special memories for today’s 4-H’ers and donate to Ohio 4-H camps on OSU’s Day of Giving on Monday, March 22, 2021. Your gift to Ohio 4-H camps will go twice as far with a matching contribution from the Ohio 4-H Foundation (up to $5,000). Visit give.osu.edu/4hcamps to donate.

 

2021 Licking County Farm Bureau’s Farmers Share Breakfast

SAVE THE DATE! The 2021 Licking County Farm Bureau Farmers Share Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021. More info will be coming, but please plan to attend and support this endeavor. This event is a tremendous support to the Licking County 4-H Summer Camp program, in both offering scholarships and offsetting registration fees!

LAST CHANCE: 2021 Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications are DUE!

We’re excited to let you know that the 2021 Counselor Application, and accompanying Reference Form, are now ready for you – and due by Friday, February 12, 2021! Both documents will be completed online, and submitted electronically! No need to mail materials, or make a trip to the Extension Office!  This application can be used for both those interested in Summer Residential Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp opportunities…

As we prepare for our 2021 summer camp programming, please know that while we hope to be back at 4-H Camp Ohio for five fun-filled days of residential camp, we have no idea what the months ahead may hold. We are more than accepting of the fact that we may be offering residential camp, day camps, or even online programming opportunities. We hope that you will come along for the ride, and help to ensure that Licking County 4-H members are able to enjoy an exciting and memorable camp experience – regardless of the format that we must use.

2021 Camp Counselor Application: www.go.osu.edu/2021CampCounselorApp

  • Follow the link above to the application. You’ll complete your responses, read the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Contract, and then both you and parent will electronically sign your application. The application can be completed easily on a computer or mobile device.
  • NEW APPLICANTS: Once you have completed your application, please reach out to me to schedule your interview. Interviews will be held on Monday, February 21, 2021.

2021 Camp Counselor Reference Form:  www.go.osu.edu/2021CCReferenceForm

  • Please note, this link can be shared with your reference contacts. They will then follow the link to a survey, and complete their feedback about your skills and abilities, and submit online.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Please remember that we must receive at least two reference forms on your behalf…

 

Details… Details… Details…

 4-H EVENT/OPPORTUNITY: Licking County 4-H Camp Counselor

DATE / DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Extension Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-15 during the Licking County 4-H Camp (June 17-21, 2021). As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Licking County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.  Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 14 years old by January 1, 2021.
  • Must be a member in good standing within their respective 4-H Club(s).
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training. (6 of these hours must be on-sight for first time counselors).
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • All applicants must provide two references.
  • If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.

SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process.
  • All new applicants are asked to contact Lisa McCutcheon (mccutcheon.46@osu.edu / 740.618.6333) to schedule their interview.
  • Interviews will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
    • If conducted in person, interviews will be held at the Licking County Extension Office.
    • If conducted online, interviews will be held using a Zoom meeting platform.

MEETING DATES/TIME/FREQUENCY/TRAINING

  • 4-H Camp Counselors meet the following dates (tentatively): These dates are specific to those counselors working with Summer Residential Camp.
    • March 6 (Saturday) / March 16 (Tuesday) / April 13 (Tuesday) / April 28 (Wednesday) / May 5 (Wednesday) / May 26 (Wednesday) / June 8 (Tuesday) / June 15 (Tuesday), and attend Mini-Camp (May 7-8) and Summer Camp (June 17-21).
  • Counselors are expected to notify the Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.
  • 4-H Camp Counselors will be trained on topics such as the camp counselor core competencies; risk management, including active shooter guidelines, emergency protocols, and child abuse recognition.

TO APPLY:

  • Complete the application in its entirety, which includes reading and signing the Standards of Behavior and Camp Counselor Code of Conduct forms.
  • Submit reference forms from at least two non-family members.
  • Submit all materials to the Licking County Extension Office by Friday, February 12, 2021.