What Happens Next in 4-H: May Monthly Highlights

Important Links:

2018 4-H Calendar

2018 Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook

2018 Junior Fair Rules


Junior Camp Reminders

Junior Camp Registrations are now being accepted! Priority 4-H member registration is the first week of May, then it’s open to anyone! Pick up a packet in our office or download from our website. Visit the 4-H Youth Development>Junior Camp page of our website for more information on camp! Deadline to register is May 15, 4:30 p.m.

Cloverbud Camp Reminders

Cloverbud Camp Registrations will be available May 1 and accepted starting May 15. The deadline to register is June 12, 4:30 p.m. Visit the 4-H Youth Development>4-H Cloverbuds page of our website for more information.

Royalty & Ambassador Applications

Applications are now available for Junior Fair King & Queen and species ambassadors/royalty. Visit our website under 4-H Youth Development>Junior Fair to download applications. Deadline June 1, 4:30 p.m.

Livestock Project Reminders

Horse leases and registration paperwork for leased horses are due May 15, 4:30 p.m.! OSU Extension can only provide guidelines of what should be included in your horse lease and not provide a template for you to use. You can download the guidelines from our website under 4-H Youth Development>Junior Fair. Look under Stall Sheets and Registration Forms! 

Livestock Subcommittee Meetings

Livestock Subcommittees will meet at their designated times on Thursday, May 24 at the Fairgrounds. Specific reminders are sent via committee chairs.

Royalty and Ambassador Applications LIVE!

All Muskingum County Junior Fair Royalty and Ambassador applications are live and available! There are a few changes we wanted to bring to your attention:

  • The Pork Ambassador contest is open to boys and girls
  • Junior Fair Queen/King application requires a 1-2 page essay

All applications are available for download here. If you have questions about a contest, please contact the specie coordinator. Contact information is located on each application. For questions about the Muskingum County Junior Fair Queen/King Contest, please contact prevatt.2@osu.edu

Applications are due to OSU Extension Muskingum County by 4:30pm on June 1, 2018.

Ohio Military Kids Opportunities

Spring is here! That means Ohio Military Kids events are starting for the 2018 season. Ohio Military Kids is a partnership between Ohio State Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard. Through this partnership, Ohio Military Kids puts on events all around the state of Ohio. These events range from one day events, to overnights, to weekend camps, and weeklong residential camps.

If you are a part of a military family, please consider joining one of our many events. All active, reserve, and National Guard families are welcome!


April 14: Hero Camp, Science Day in Southwest Ohio

June 2: Hero Camp, Equestrian Program in Northeast Ohio

June 6 to 10: Teen Leadership Camp in Central Ohio

June 23: Family Day at the Zoo in Northwest Ohio

June 23 to 24: Family Overnight Northwest Ohio

June 29 to July 1:  Teen Leadership Weekend Northwest Ohio

June 30 to July 1: Family Overnight Northeastern Ohio


This is only the beginning of an awesome summer full of events!

Please Check out our website go.osu.edu/OMKevents for more information and registration links!

State 4-H Event Youth Assistant Applications Available

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2018.

o   Applications available at: https://ohio4h.org/families/just-teens

  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):

o   Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 19)

o   Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired

  • Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
  • Teens Receive:

o   4HEYA Polo & Nametag

o   State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)

o   Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)

o   Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair

o   Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program

4-H Educator Life: Camp Counselor Workshop

I’m feeling tired…but it’s that wonderful, “I just got home from 4-H Camp” kind of tired. If you don’t know it already, 4-H Camp Ohio is one of my favorite places! It is a place that holds memories for me from every stage of my 4-H career – from a 4-H camper, to being a counselor, to serving as our Junior Camp director for the last several years. It’s a place where connections are made and lifelong friendships are formed. And it is one of the greatest joys of my career to make it a special place for our 4-H members and volunteers.

Each year, 4-H professionals from the 14 counties that camp at 4-H Camp Ohio come together to plan Camp Counselor Workshop, an overnight event designed to provide onsite training to our camp counselors. I have the privilege of working with some very passionate and committed 4-H professionals whom I admire as colleagues and value as friends. Spending time with them makes me a better educator and is always rejuvenating.

In Muskingum County, first year counselors are required to attend this event (pictured below with me and camp volunteer Kevin Wagner). I can’t wait to hear about the new things everyone learned!

It was fun for me to co-teach with two of my closest friends. Friday night, it was two sessions called “Rainy Day Games & Cabin Kits” with Marion County 4-H Educator Margo Long. This morning, Jessica Rockey (Perry County) and I taught “Community Service at Camp” – in four sessions, we met with all attendees of the event to promote doing service projects during camp. It never ceases to amaze me – 4-H teens come up with some great ideas! They also helped us create a stack of thank you cards that can be sent to 4-H Camp Ohio supporters.


Earlier this year, I was honored to be elected President of the 4-H Camp Ohio Board of Trustees. I work with a great group of professionals and volunteers who Make the Best Better at camp. Today, I had to opportunity to represent that group and present the Friend of 4-H Camp Ohio Award to retired 4-H Educator and long-time camp supporter John Fark of Marion County. Congratulations John!

Feeling blessed and excited that Junior Camp is less than two months away!

Yours in 4-H,


This Week in 4-H: April 23-29

April 23 – Junior Fair Board, 6 p.m.

April 28 – Small Animal Quality Assurance (9-10:30 a.m.) and Clinics (10:30 a.m. – 12 noon), Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds

Spring 2018 Newsletter Now Available!

The Spring 2018 Edition of Muskingum County 4-H News & Notes is now available on our website:


Inside this issue:

  • Winners Recognized at 4-H Kickoff
  • Camping Opportunities
  • Tractor Supply Paper Clover
  • Royalty & Ambassador Information
  • Public Speaking Contest Details
  • Youth Project Reminders
  • Junior Fair Changes

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Starting in May, be on the lookout for the feature post Monthly 4-H Highlights, which will provide a quick overview of events and deadlines for the coming month in a printable format to put with your family calendar or share at club meetings!

Clover Dude Day Camp Scholarship Available

The scholarship application for the 2018 Muskingum County 4-H Clover Dude Day Camp is now available. The application can be found on our website: muskingum.osu.edu > 4-H Youth Development > 4-H Cloverbuds. Scroll to Cloverbud Day Camp and click on the link to the scholarship application.

Scholarship applications are due 4/30/18 by 4:30p.m. This is not a postmark deadline.

If you have any questions about the scholarship or Clover Dude Camp, please contact Stefanie L. Prevatt (prevatt.2@osu.edu).

This Week in 4-H: April 16-April 20

Monday, April 16 – Extension Advisory Committee Meeting, 6 p.m.

Junior Leaders @ KD Guest Ranch, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 – Livestock Quality Assurance Test-Out (4:30 p.m.) and Program (6-8 p.m.). See additional information below. Please call ahead to register for the test! 

Wednesday, April 18 – Camp Team Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Session Selections, 6-8 p.m. Everyone

Junior Fair Board Fundraiser at Hot Heads – ALL DAY – Download Flyer

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 – Camp Counselor Workshop @ 4-H Camp Ohio

Sunday, April 22 – Lamb Quality Assurance, Veteran’s Building Fairgrounds, 1-3 p.m.


Reminders about Livestock Quality Assurance from the Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbook:

Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA) Certification is required for all youth exhibiting a market animal, lactating dairy cow or lactating dairy goat at the Muskingum County Fair.

Certification can be obtained in two ways:

1) Youth can participate in an LQA program provided by OSU Extension.

Remaining LQA Program Dates

April 17, 6-8 p.m., Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds (General Livestock)

April 22, 1-3 p.m. @ Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds (Sheep)

April 28, 9-10:30 a.m., Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds (Small Animal)

April 30, 6-8 p.m., Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds (General Livestock)

  • Youth may attend any LQA regardless of the animal they are exhibiting.
  • Parent attendance is not required, but encouraged for LQA Programs

2) Youth can participate in the test out option.

All youth 12-14 years of age (4-H age) may take a LQA test designed for their age group. If they pass the test with a score of 70% or greater, the youth will be certified in LQA until they turn 15 years old.

All youth 15-18 years of age (4-H age) may take a LQA test designed for their age group. If they pass the test with a score of 70% or greater, the youth will be certified in LQA for the remainder of their Junior Fair years.

Youth are only permitted to take one test per calendar year. If a youth does not pass the LQA test, they will be required to attend a LQA program to gain certification.

Remaining LQA Testing Dates

Participants must call to pre-register.

April 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds