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Early Still Project Judging Registration Now Available!

4-H projects must be judged at the county level to be completed. There are no advisor grade options for project completion.

Youth must attend one of three judging opportunities to have still projects judged. Youth must attend Still Project Judging on July 7 to be eligible for county awards or Ohio State Fair selection.

Early Judging

June 22 or June 30 – Extension Office, by appointment

Register online for Early Judging!

 

Still Project Judging

July 7 – Veteran’s Building, Fairgrounds

 

For more information, refer to the 2021 Muskingum County 4-H Owner’s Manual: Project Completion Guidelines (Page 5) and Still Project Judging Information (Pages 8-14).

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp Update

As we just received word related to hosting camps in the last few days, many of our camp-related timelines will change in May and June. We appreciate your continued patience as we try to roll out a variety of experiences for our youth on shortened timelines.

Cloverbud Day Camp is scheduled for June 25 at Windy Ridge Jerseys in Norwich, OH.

Information posted online as available: https://muskingum.osu.edu/cloverbuds

Current Registration Timeline (subject to change):

May 17 – Camper Registration Packet Available

June 3 – Camper Registrations Due

4-H Junior Camp Update

Earlier this week, OSU Extension and 4-H Camp Ohio approved holding overnight camps with restrictions in 2021. As a result, our counselors and staff are planning for a modified in-person overnight camp. Please be patient as we continue to work out details – guidelines and information continue to evolve.

We will operate under a revised schedule that we are still working on, but I can provide time frames for initial planning purposes:

  • Wednesday, June 9 – Counselors and Staff Only
  • Thursday, June 10 in the morning – Staggered camper drop-off at scheduled times selected during registration
  • Saturday, June 12 in the evening after dinner – Staggered camper pick-up at scheduled times selected during registration

Registration for campers is not yet available. Additional information will be released in a Family Update E-mail on April 30. Notes about the registration process:

  • I am still working on determining the cost based on our revised schedule and programming updates.
  • Camp scholarship applicants will be notified next week once fees are determined.
  • 2021 4-H Camp will be limited to 4-H members only.
  • Due to group size guidelines and required staff to camper ratios, registration will be more limited than previous years.
  • A first-come, first-serve pre-registration will take place May 3-7 online. Once spots are filled, a wait list will be implemented.
  • Pre-registered campers will receive full registration details the week of May 10, the deadline for registration/payment completion is May 20. If not received by May 20, we will move on to any wait listed campers.

Final Quality Assurance Program Options

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

All Muskingum County Youth must have the QA Certification by June 15. Youth planning to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair must complete certification 45 days before the start of State Fair.

Zoom Programs, April 29

There are two remaining Zoom Quality Assurance sessions on April 29, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Registration limits have been removed so that as many families as possible can attend. It will be important for families to log in early so that we have time for taking attendance.

Register online: https://go.osu.edu/qahorseed

In-Person, May 3

We will host an in-person Quality Assurance session on Monday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building at the Fairgrounds. Space is limited by OSU/local health department guidelines and pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please be sure you can attend before registering so you don’t take a spot from another youth. Youth cannot attend by just showing up on May 3. Youth should plan to arrive early, as youth will not receive credit for attending if they arrive more than 10 minutes after the program starts.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • Properly worn face masks are required.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced by maintaining a six-foot distance between people. Chairs will be set up to facilitate this.
  • Members cannot attend the meeting if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Register online: https://go.osu.edu/muskqa

YQCA Online

Youth who do not attend a Zoom or In-Person option will need to complete the YQCA course online by June 15 to be eligible to exhibit at the Muskingum County Fair.

The online module completed must be for the correct 4-H age.

Only the YQCA courses currently meet ODA standards. BQA, PQA, BEST and other online programs do not meet this requirement.

Families use their 4HOnline log in to complete the course. The cost is $12 per youth.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Online Course Instructions

Once completed, forward the certificate to Jamie at mcconnell.210@osu.edu.

Clothing & Textile Project Zoom Clinics

Are you a 4-H member interested in learning more about sewing?

Join the Zoom clinic series presented by 4-H Master Clothing Educator volunteers from across the state. You will expand your sewing knowledge and learn skills to help you with your projects. Attend all ofthe sessions or the ones that interest you.

  • April 29, 2021 7-8 pm: Picking Patterns, taking measurements, and selecting fabric and notions
  • May 5, 2021 7-8 pm: Laying out your pattern, how to pin, how to use shears and grainline
  • May 18, 2021 7-8 pm: Seam finishes and directional sewing tips
  • June 9, 2021 and June 15, 2021 7-8 pm: Zippers, closures and hems

Register by completing the online survey at: http://go.osu.edu/sewing2021

You will receive an email with a Zoom link one day prior to each session.

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