May Newsletter

Hello 4-H Families,

It seems likes years have passed since the last newsletter but it has only been 5 months. A lot has changed in the way we live our lives in those 5 months but one strong shoulder to lean on is our 4-H community. We have created, adapted, and overcome so many challenges in such a short amount of time and I am personally proud of everyone. As we make changes that bring up difficulties in our life one thing we have to remember is the safety of ourselves, our families, and each other. This time in our lives is like that one chapter in your favorite book that is not quite as good as the other ones but you have to read through it in order to figure out what goes on next. I encourage everyone to keep reading and turn the page like tomorrow is going to be better.



County News

Calling all Seniors!

We want to honor all of our seniors this year at the Lucas County Fair in the Baby Barn. We would like all of the 2020 Seniors to email or mail Sue Stram at a picture of you as a baby, a picture of your when you first started 4-H and then a picture of you right now (this can be either a senior picture of a picture of you working on your 4-H project). Please include your name and 4-H club you are a member of. If you prefer to mail the pictures here is the address: Susan Stram, 6925 Jeffers Rd. Whitehouse OH 43571

Another Senior Moment

The Lucas County Fair is taking applications for the 2020 Fair King and Queen. Any male or female, aged 16 to 18 as of January 1 of the year of the competition is eligible to
compete. Participants must be a member of 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, DECA, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts who believe their involvement in the Lucas Co. Jr. Fair program, community, and leadership endeavor warrants recognition as a model Jr. Fair participant. Applicants must be currently involved in the Jr. Fair program, be unmarried nor have been married, not have born or fathered any children. Once crowned King or Queen you are ineligible for future competition. Check out for more details. Due June 1st!

Field Trip Friday

Join me every Friday to explore a new place on Earth (and sometimes not on Earth). It’s #FieldTripFriday !!!! We have taking a new virtual field trip since March 27, they’re educational, entertaining, and fun! We have gone to the International Space Station, swam in the Great Barrier Reef, visited national museums, and boarded famous military ships all from the comfort of your own home. If you want to check out all of the trips we have taken visit to view the archived field trips. If you want to join us live we meet every Friday at 3:00pm. Click here to join us on Friday.

Mini Garden Project

Open to any youth AGES 8-18 (You DO NOT need to be a member of 4-H)
Have you ever had an interest in gardening but did not know where to start? The 4-H Mini Garden project is just the right choice. Chose from a marigold plant or a tomato plant to grow yourself! The 4-H Mini Garden project is a great opportunity to learn the basics of growing without having to buy a plant! That’s right, the plants are free for anyone taking the project! Contact Elliott at for more details. Check out Extension’s gardening resources here:

4-H Camp Palmer Buckeye Funder

Take a moment and recall one of your most favorite memories of 4-H. For many of us, those memories are vivd with the sounds and smells (good and BAD!) of 4-H camp. From camp songs, to “warm fuzzies:, counselors skits, and vespers, those summer days and nights helped us to grow and become who we are today. We want to be sure those opportunities are there for kids next year and many years to come.

We all have acknowledged our own sadness as a result of camps being cancelled this summer, but our 4-H’ers have proven to be resilient and encouraging considering this decision. Protecting our 4-H family of youth, volunteers and staff is our absolute number one priority and we know that this was the right decision to keep everyone safe during these challenging times. As a result of these camp closures, the loss of income is hitting these camps hard. To keep camp fees down, most camps run on a very strict and tight budget with little room to withstand substantial losses such as they are experiencing this year. Collectively across the state, Ohio 4-H camps will lose $1.1 million dollars in revenue.

Please stand with us in support of Ohio 4-H camps. We are anxious to welcome everyone back next year but know that the ability to continue operations is uncertain. Please give today and invest in camp to help grow true leaders for tomorrow.

State News

Ohio 4-H Camp(ish)

Calling all stay-at-home campers! Ohio 4-H staff miss summer camp as much as you do, and we want to do what we can to bring elements of camp to your home! On June 9-11, you are invited to join us for Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! It is open to any youth ages 8-18 across the state of Ohio. Friends who are not in 4-H are welcome to register, too! There is no cost for attending, although some activities will require the use of basic art supplies, household items, or things found outdoors. Please visit to register by June 7! Activities will be hosted at the following times each day: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, 4-5 PM. Campers are not required to attend all sessions, so sign up and come for the times you can enjoy Camp…ish activities brought to you by Ohio 4-H Camp…ish Directors!

Ohio 4-H Computer Science Virtual SPIN Club

Come join us and learn about the basics of coding, computer technology, and software. If you enjoy exploring computers or apps then you’ll love learning in this totally virtual environment with people your own age. Learn about hacking, coding, computational thinking, and more!


Location: ONLNE! Click below to join

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth in grades 3-6.

Contact information: Elliott Lawrence, Lucas County, or Mark Light, Hardin County,

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual SPIN Club

Have fun in this virtual 4-H Special Interest SPIN Club learning how to make small gardens from easy to find items. Activities include seed starting, seed bombs, re-purposing containers for the garden, herb and pizza gardens, terrariums, succulents, garden art, imagination gardens, and more!

Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm from May 28 to July 9

Location: ONLNE! Register at

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth grades 3-12. Limited to the first 25 to enroll

Contact information: Sue Hogan, Franklin County,