Defining Adventures for Women in Nature – DAWN Camp

I’m excited to announce a new special outdoor adventure camp for girls ages 16-19! My 4-H professional colleagues Jenny Strickler (Coshocton), Janessa Hill (Holmes) and Michelle Moon (Carroll) have a very cool experience planned!

This camp is for young women who want to be outdoor adventurers! Women today are hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, biking, kayaking and skiing more than ever before. Learn how to be comfortable in the woods. Girls across the state of Ohio will come together and learn life-long skills such as:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Tent Living
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Autumn Hiking and exploring of the Mohican Forest
  • Map Reading and orienteering
  • Build meaningful connections with other outdoor-loving girls

Don’t let a “lack of gear” keeping you from applying! They will be lending/providing gear to those who need it!

For more information:


Carving New Ideas Workshop at 4-H Camp Ohio

Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. This year’s theme is CSI at CNI. All the fun will center around mystery and investigation while enhancing leadership skills.

To register online:

4-H Camp Ohio 5K Registration Now Available!

Looking forward to another great Saturday at 4-H Camp Ohio! I’ve attended this event several times – some people run to compete while others just enjoy camp at a leisurely pace with good company. It’s great opportunity to support projects at camp!

Farm Science Review Tickets Available at the Extension Office

If you’re planning to attend Farm Science Review, September 18-20, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London Ohio – don’t forget you can purchase tickets at a reduced rate of $7 through close of business on Monday, September 17. $1 of each ticket sold comes back to support local agriculture programs.

Throughout its history, Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture.

The Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London, Ohio is home to the Farm Science Review and attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world.


Apply to be a 4-H Health Hero!


The Ohio 4-H Healthy Living program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. 4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change. Additionally, 4-H Health Heroes help Ohio 4-H accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.


  • Gain valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meet other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leave a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promote the 4th H!
  • Be recognized at the 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference in March


  • Be currently enrolled in 4-H and in grades 7-12 at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic school year.
  • Be available to serve as a 4-H Health Hero from September 2018 through August 2019 (option to renew membership).
  • Attend and actively participate in an all-day training session and periodic meetings in your local area (see training dates and locations below).
  • Be interested in learning about healthy eating, leading an active lifestyle, and other health-related topics.
  • Be excited to teach others about nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and drug prevention.
  • Be responsible and trustworthy.
  • Be passionate about making a difference in your community.
  • Keep up-to-date on 4-H Health Hero activities by consistently checking and responding to communication from Extension staff in a timely manner.
  • Record activities conducted as a 4-H Health Hero and report to Extension staff.
  • Actively share the message of Healthy Living within your local 4-H clubs and/or school clubs.
  • Model healthy eating and physical activity to family, friends, and 4-H members.

2018-2019 Local Training Dates (choose one to attend)*

  • Central OH – September 29, 2018 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus
  • Northwest OH – November 3, 2018 PENDING
  • Southern OH – February 2, 2019 at Canter’s Cave near Jackson
  • Northeast OH – We are currently trying to recruit an educator to serve as the regional contact in this area. Please still feel free to apply, however we may not have a training scheduled in this area for this year. 

*We recommend attending a training located near you. You will be working with a local Extension Educator.

Apply here:

Applications for the 2018-2019 year are due September 15, 2018.


In addition to the requirements above, youth in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities to serve as a state-level Health Hero. More information will be given at the local trainings.

Additional responsibilities of a state-level 4-H Health Hero include:

  • Participate in face-to-face (in Columbus) and virtual meetings.
  • Complete teaching and/or advocacy activities promoting healthy living at the state level and/or in your community.
  • Participate in state events, such as the Ohio 4-H Conference, The Ohio State Fair, HealthU, new Health Hero trainings, and/or any other events identified by Extension staff.

For more information, please contact Katie Riemenschneider at the State 4-H Office ( or 614-688-2801.

What Happens Next in 4-H: September Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2018 4-H Calendar

2018 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook


Friend of 4-H and Montgomery Leadership Award Nominations Due – September 1

The 4-H Committee is now accepting nominations for the Muskingum County Friend of 4-H Award, which recognizes an individual, family, business or organization who has provided exceptional support to the county 4-H program.

It’s also time for outstanding 4-H volunteers to be nominated to receive the John & Dorothy Montgomery Leadership Award.

Nomination forms for both awards are available at the Extension Office or on our website under 4-H Youth Development>Volunteer Resources. Completed nominations are due to the Extension Office by September 1Because the deadline falls on Saturday, we will accept the next business day – Tuesday, September 4.

Both awards will be presented at the Volunteer Recognition Banquet on September 26.

Office Closed – Labor Day – September 3

Junior Fair Livestock Committee Applications Due – September 15

Applications are now available for the Junior Fair Livestock Committee. Members are elected by the committee to serve a three year term in one of the following areas: beef, dairy, sheep or swine. Members must be approved 4-H volunteers – if not currently a 4-H volunteer, the applicant must be willing and able to complete the 4-H Volunteer process to become an approved volunteer by March 15, 2019.

Download the application.

4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet – September 26

All 2019 4-H Volunteers should have received an e-mail invitation to the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet. Details can also be found in the Summer 2018 Newsletter. Deadline to RSVP is September 10.



Congratulations 2018-2019 Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Members

Congratulations to Treva Hampp and Samantha Mozena, who were recently selected to serve a one year term on the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council! This is their second year serving on the Council.

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.


4-H Goat Committee Hosting Potluck for 2018 4-H Goat Project Participants

The Muskingum County 4-H Goat Committee is inviting all Muskingum County 4-H members who participated in a goat project this year to a potluck!

When: Sunday, September 30, 4 p.m.

Where: Stoney Point Farm, 13140 Stoney Point Road, New Concord, OH 43762

The Goat Committee will provide meat, table service and drinks. They are asking each family to bring a covered dish and chairs.

Please RSVP to Julie Morrow at 740-607-6031 by September 24th.

Summer 2018 Newsletter Now Available

The Summer 2018 Edition of Muskingum County 4-H News & Notes is now available!

Inside this Edition:

  • 4-H Volunteer Banquet Details
  • Friend of 4-H & Montgomery Leadership Award Nomination Information
  • Junior Fair Reminders
  • Junior Fair Board and Camp Counselor/Staff Recognition
  • Still Project, State Fair Horse Participant & Livestock Skillathon Award Recognition

Download here.