2024 Lamb & Wool Ambassador Application

The Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association is sponsoring a Lamb and Wool Senior Ambassador and a Lamb and Wool Junior Ambassador Contest for 2024. Download the Application

All persons who are 14-21 years of age as of 1/1/2024 with a 4-H/FFA sheep/lamb project or a sheep-related background are eligible for Senior Ambassador. All persons who are 9-13 years of age as of 1/1/2024 with a 4-H/FFA sheep/lamb project or have a sheep-related background are eligible for Junior Ambassador.

If you are interested and meet all eligibility requirements, please complete the application and essay and return via email or mail to:

Haley Lake at:  haleylake37@gmail.com or Haley Lake 11320 Norfield Road Norwich, Ohio 43767

 

Be sure to request confirmation of receipt to be sure that your application was received. If no confirmation is given, call 740-319-4307.

Applications must be received by Feb.28th, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

 

Interviews will be held on March 4th, 2024 in the evening at the Muskingum County Extension Office.  Each applicant will be contacted with time and location information. Winners will be announced at our annual banquet on March 18, 2024 held in the Veteran’s Building at the Fairgrounds.

 

The Senior and Junior Ambassador duties will be to assist with promotional and educational events of the Muskingum County Sheep Producers Association at the state and local levels. A suggested list of possible activities and events will be provided and coordinated with the MCSPIA. If you have any further questions, please contact Director Haley Lake of the Muskingum County Sheep Producers Improvement Association at 740-319-4307.

4-H Enrollment Opened February 15! Deadline April 1

4-H enrollment is now open! The enrollment deadline is April 1.

Family Enrollment Instructions

1) If NO members of your family have been enrolled in 4-H before, complete this online request form: go.osu.edu/newfamily. Our office will set up your Family Account in the 4-H Online enrollment database. Once your family is set up, you will be contacted via e-mail by the Extension Office (muskingum4h@osu.edu) with instructions to complete the enrollment process. DO NOT GO TO 4-H ONLINE AND CREATE A FAMILY.

2) Download the 4-H Family Re-Enrollment Guide if your family has previously used 4-H Online to enroll youth and/or approved adult 4-H volunteers.

Important: 4-H Family Update e-mails and communications from the office are sent to e-mail addresses entered in the 4-H Online enrollment system. Please use e-mail addresses that are checked regularly so you receive the most up to date information.

If you have questions about enrollment, please contact the Extension Office via phone (740-454-0144) or e-mail (muskingum4h@osu.edu).

4-H Spirit Day – Friday, March 8

Let people know you love 4-H by wearing your 4-H gear to school, work and other activities on Friday, March 8! 

Help spread the word about 4-H in Muskingum County – the best way for us to grow our program is through your promotional efforts!

Club Facebook Photo Challenge

Clubs can submit one photo per club that includes members demonstrating this year’s theme, “Find Your Spark in 4-H!”

Photos must be e-mailed to mcconnell.210@osu.edu by March 1 at 4:30 p.m. to be included in the contest.

Photos will be posted in an album on the Ohio State – Muskingum County Extension Facebook Page. A prize of $20 will be awarded to the club photo that receives the most likes during 4-H Week!

2024 Cloverbud Engineering Adventure

What is the Cloverbud Engineering Adventure?

The Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Engineering Adventure (formerly known as Cloverbot Challenge) gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the adventure challenge and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbud projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities, and are recognized during a closing celebration.

This year’s theme is Going Wild! Whether imagining the jungles of Southeast Asia, learning about the natural wonders of United States National Parks or exploring nature in their own backyard, this year’s Cloverbud Engineering Adventure will get Cloverbuds thinking about the world we live in. Cloverbuds will explore the idea of habitats and what habitats provide for the animals and plants that live there. They will have opportunities for discovery, creativity and problem solving as they explore habitats that are around them or learn about ones that are in other parts of the world.

This year there are five locations to showcase your adventure. Find the showcase location closest to you!

  • June 12, 6:30 pm, Fulton County Extension Office, Wauseon
  • June 13 at 6:30pm, Greene County Extension Office, Xenia
  • June 19, 5:00pm, Perry County Fairgrounds, New Lexington
  • June 20 at 6:30pm, Washington County Junior Fair Building, Marietta
  • June 29 at 10:30am, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Columbus

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2024 Cloverbud Engineering Adventure and begin your adventure today!

4-H PetPals Project Opportunity

PetPALS (“People and Animals Linking Successfully”) was created as an intergenerational program of The Ohio State University Extension to connect youth and their pets with senior adults. The project has evolved to include connections with at-risk youth, schools, and hospitals.

Through the PetPALS project, 4-H volunteers teach youth the skills needed to participate in animal-assisted activities in the community. Youth learn about the physical changes associated with aging, along with basic medical conditions they may encounter when visiting different types of facilities.

The project involves a 10-step lesson program with PetPALS county club leaders; the project prepares youth to certify their animals to visit facilities with the club. Animals selected for the project must be people-oriented, predictable, and inspire confidence in those whom the club visits. Dogs participating in the project must pass their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Other animals, such as cats and rabbits, need to pass the Socialized 4-H PetPALS test, which is similar to the CGC test. Certifications and facility visits are built into the PetPALS curriculum as part of the project completion. (The CGC test is not a full therapy certification, but a common facility requirement to host dogs.)

Hooves and Paws 4-H Club hosts the PetPALS project in Muskingum County with advisors Heather Jackson and Lisa Marshall, who are certified PetPALS leaders. The club began in 2018 to help launch the PetPALS project in the county. Facility partnerships have included The Oaks at Bethesda, Avondale Youth Center, and the Muskingum County Center for Seniors. The project has been on hold in the club since the pandemic, with plans of relaunching this year.

For more information about PetPALS, contact hoovesandpaws2018@gmail.com. The club welcomes new 4-H members to enroll in the project. Interested Muskingum County youth currently enrolled in a club can join Hooves and Paws as a secondary club for the project. The PetPALS project is found on p. 36 of the 2024 Family Guide, book #230.