Scholarship Opportunity for Rabbit Project Members

The Buckeye Bunny Supply Memorial Scholarship (In Memory of Alan Worthington) application is now available! Two $250 scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior or current college student who was active as a youth member in the rabbit industry that has excelled in all aspects of their 4-H or FFA career. Deadline to apply is April 9, 2021.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_xWYyyLXxwPE3vy7G7Gni1htGKbnGU32NXdVl9ewowCyHoA/viewform?pli=1

4-H Junior Camp Update – Complete the “Pulse Survey” by April 9

4-H Junior Camp is our overnight, residential camping program that takes place at 4-H Camp Ohio in Licking County. Current scheduled dates are June 9-13.

As a result of uncertainty, notification of campership awards will be delayed, as well as the registration process for camping opportunities until we have more information.

As of April 1, 2021:
  • OSU has granted permission for 4-H to host day camps if we follow their Camp Restart plan and have approval of a local camping plan from OSU/the health department. There is the possibility that day camps could be held at 4-H Camp Ohio or an in-county facility.
  • OSU will announce a decision regarding overnight camping on April 16 – this does NOT mean that we will be able to announce a 4-H Camp Ohio or Muskingum County decision that day. 
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This is a constantly evolving situation, but we will be required to follow state, OSU and local health department guidelines to host any camping opportunities. Many factors at the county, 4-H Camp Ohio and Ohio 4-H levels go into the decision-making process.

Based on current guidelines, here are some things we can expect from day or overnight camp settings:

  • Camps will operate under reduced capacity and distancing requirements. Counselors/campers will be in cohort groups of 10 (2 counselors and 8 campers). These cohorts will do all camp things with this cohort group – cabin living, eating, shower time, activities, etc. If large group activities take place, cohorts will remain separate from each other. This means that some of our traditional camp activities may change.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing will take place.
  • Masks will be worn by everyone most of the time, with exceptions for certain types of activities.
  • Symptomatic people will not be able to attend. Individuals will be sent home if symptoms occur at camp.
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If children in your family are eligible to attend 4-H Junior Camp this year (age 8 and in 3rd grade through age 13 as of January 1, 2021) we are seeking your feedback related to our potential camping opportunities!

Complete the pulse survey by April 9: https://go.osu.edu/camppulse

2021 Junior Fair Theme

Junior Fair Board met March 22nd. They are excited to announce the 2021 Junior Fair Theme:

175 Years of Fair Fever – Catch the Fun with Junior Fair!

The Winning 4-H Plan: Accommodations for Youth with Special Needs due April 15

The Winning 4-H Plan enables youth to tailor the 4-H experience to their needs and helps maintain a positive relationship between the youth’s family, 4-H volunteers, and the county 4-H professionals.  Members who have previously submitted a request form do not need to submit again. Please contact the Extension Office directly to request  changes for the current year. If no changes are requested, accommodations will be listed as they were the previous year.

Access the form: go.osu.edu/muskw4hplan.

Congratulations Eliza Jane Morrow – State 4-H Achievement Award Winner

GREAT NEWS! Our very own Eliza Jane Morrow was selected as the Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Winner in Clothing & Textiles! Only one winner is recognized in this category from Ohio each year.

Eliza Jane is the daughter of David & Lori Morrow of New Concord and a member of Highland Go-Getters 4-H Club. She is also a Camp Counselor and involved in Junior Leaders.
CONGRATULATIONS ELIZA JANE!!

Club Activity Resources from Iowa State – Virtual Adaptations Included!

I’m reviewing proposals this morning for our national conference this morning and I came across these two-page club resources from Iowa State! They are free downloads and each have virtual adaptations.
  • Trash Collection Bingo
  • Service Calendar Challenge
  • Active Bingo
  • Technology Trap
  • Around the House Virtual Scavenger Hunt
  • Group Decision Making Models
  • Animal Game Show

https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ProductList.aspx?Keyword=vibrant+clubs&S=0&A=0&F=0

New Club Volunteer Resource for Virtual Meetings

“Making the Best 4-H Clubs Better”

This is a collection of ready-to-use lessons, handouts and resources to help advisors strengthen their club in just 20 minutes. Lessons will develop members’ communication and leadership skills along with making the best 4-H clubs better. Most lessons have an in-person and virtual plan for flexibility in conducting the activities during your club meetings.

Junior Camp Campership Application Now Available!

Camperships (scholarships to assist youth in paying camp fees) are available to Muskingum County 4-H members through donations from local sponsors. Junior Camp is open to youth age 8 and in the third grade to age 13 as of January 1, 2021. Priority will be given to families with financial need, where children would not be able to attend camp without scholarship support.

Muskingum County Junior Camp is scheduled for June 9-13, 2021 @ 4-H Camp Ohio. The in-person status of 4-H Camp and/or its format are subject to change based on restrictions from The Ohio State University and local health departments. Information will be shared as it is available. 

Apply Now!

2021 Horse Education Program Options

All youth enrolled in a horse project (except Project #173 Horseless Horse) must complete a Muskingum County Horse Education Program.

All first-time horse project participants must read 191R Horses, Safety and You. Books are available for purchase by club volunteers at the Extension Office for $6.

Although we currently have an in-person option for a Horse Education Program scheduled in May, families are strongly encouraged to take advantage of one of the following virtual options if they can. If restrictions allow us to hold the in-person session, attendance will be limited. 

Zoom Horse Education Program

March 24, 6 p.m.
April 20, 6 p.m.

  • Sessions are designed to be one hour, but could run over a few minutes.
  • Participants will be required to have their camera on for the duration of the session and respond to poll questions throughout.
  • It is recommended that families with multiple youth select a time when all family members can view together. Your family can share a device for the session, as long as everyone is visible and can see the screen easily.
  • Youth should plan to arrive early, as youth will not receive credit for attending if they arrive more than 5 minutes after the program starts.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of each session.
  • Parent attendance is not required, but encouraged.

Each session will be limited to 50 families. 

Register Online!