Hervida Virtual 4-H Camp – Registration Now Open!!

4-H Camp! (Clap, clap) 4-H Camp! (Clap, clap). It is that time of year. I so wish that we could be together around the flagpole saying the pledges, making crafts in the craft hall, playing water games in the field, swimming in the pool, singing songs in the dining hall, hiking trails, or watching skits around the campfire. However, we are staying safe and healthy and staying home. The 4-H pledge says, “I pledge my health to better living” and we are all trying to uphold that pledge every day currently.

This year we have the awesome opportunity to try something new. Although I wish we could be out at Camp Hervida, I am very happy to be able to provide a virtual camping experience. I have received songs, dances, and memories from various previous and current counselors to add to the fun. I would love to have more memories or others who have attended camp to send me more videos. The site is currently available at https://go.osu.edu/washvirtualcamp

You can click on t-shirt order link to print out the form to order the special 2020 Hervida shirt and get access to the other amazing camp activities. The camp pictures from previous years are available without payment for the other activities. Payment for the t-shirt and site must be to the Extension Office no later than July 17th in order to receive a t-shirt.

Happy virtual camping to you all!
Martha Webster, Camp Director

July 4-H Newsletter Now Posted

The July 4-H Newsletter is now posted and ready for viewing. https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-newsletters It will be mailed soon to all 4-H families and volunteers.

  • Project Judging Tips for Members
  • Guidelines for In-person 4-H Meeting and Events
  • Livestock Skillathon Study Guide
  • Virtual 4-H Camp t-shirt Order Form

July 2020

Ohio Youth Livestock Expo – Entries Due July 10

The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo is being hosted July 25-August 18 by a group of volunteers with shows for beef, sheep, swine, and boer goats. The Expo is perfect for junior exhibitors who are looking for a state-wide, competitive show for their livestock projects.

For full details, schedule, eligibility, and entry information, go to www.theoyle.com. Entries are due July 10.

Ohio Youth Skillathons – Reg Due July 15

As many of you know, the 2020 Ohio State Fair has been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus -including the 2020 Ohio State Fair Skillathons. To support the continued learning needs of youth livestock and companion animal exhibitors throughout Ohio, Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences are pleased to offer virtual Skillathons this year. Our 4-H Animal Sciences team will conduct online Ohio Youth Skillathons in 2020 with the chance to compete for the highest score. Unlike in-person State Skillathons, no cash awards will be involved. These Skillathons will encompass the same educational materials, by species, that would typically be evaluated at the Ohio State Fair, and give the opportunity to put your 4-H project knowledge to the test! Please save the date(s) for the species you would like to participate in below.

Dates/times, rules, and registration for Ohio Youth Skillathons are now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

Registration is due by JULY 15th, 2020.

  • Register by visiting: go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration
  • All exhibitors with need an email address specific to that exhibitor that can be used as your log-in credential (this is also where the first-time registration will be).

Horse Skillathon: Thurs 7/23/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Goat Skillathon: Fri 7/24/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dairy Skillathon: Sat 7/25/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sheep Skillathon: Wed 7/29/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Dog Skillathon: Mon 8/3/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Poultry Skillathon: Tue 8/4/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Swine Skillathon: Wed 8/5/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Beef Skillathon: Thurs 8/6/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Rabbit Skillathon: Fri 8/7/2020 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3-7 Graders Needed for Dandelion Detectives Study

Can you help spread the word? We’re looking for youth Dandelion Detectives!

Dandelion Detectives is a STEM activity targeting 3-7 graders where participants work together to measure the value of weeds for insects. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2020 and participants can be located in Ohio or surrounding midwestern states.

The Dandelion Detectives project can be completed in one day of your choice (June-August) and involves: taking a pre and post questionnaire about insects; observing insects at an “Observation Dandelion” created using simple provided materials and sugar water mixture; and conducting a lawn weed survey. Participating Dandelion Detectives will be able to upload their findings to a project website. At the end of the project, students will receive a “Student Scientist” certificate and will have access to all of the data collected by the project team!

Toolkits containing all materials to participate in Dandelion Detectives can be ordered for $10 (to cover shipping fees) at this link.

We also offer a do-it-yourself option here.

Yesterday, Dr. Mary Gardiner presented a webinar (for adults/educators/advisors) about the program; the recording is linked below.

The Value of Turf Habitats for Biodiversity and Introducing Dandelion Detectives, a New Youth-Focused Community Science Program! (43m.)

To sign up for Dandelion Detectives or for more information, visit this website: https://u.osu.edu/dandeliondetectives/

Contact the DD team with any questions: dandeliondetectives@gmail.com

Dr. Gardiner is a Professor of Entomology at the Ohio State University and an Extension State Specialist.

Still Need a 4-H Project Book?

The OSU Extension is now open every day except Wednesday and you can stop by the office at 202 Davis Ave. and purchase project books. The office is open 8-4:30.

If your livestock project is being taken through FFA, you will need to consult your FFA Advisor about the proper record keeping book needed.

Barlow Fair Catfish Tournament – June 27



June 27, 2020 Barlow Fairgrounds

Fishing is the ultimate social distancing event!!

Sign in will start at 5 pm-6:45 pm at the 550 parking lot where the covered bridge is.

Stringer location, RIGHT, CENTER, or LEFT of mouth of fish will be drawn following sign in and then fishermen will be released.

You must be in line to weigh-in by 2 am in the 550 parking lot by the covered bridge.

Individual entries only. No team entries allowed

Open to all ages.

All participants ages 16 and up MUST POSSESS a current Ohio fishing license at sign in.

All minors must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

Only live fish can be weighed. Dead fish will be disqualified.

May fish any legal waterway.

Can fish from boat or bank.

Rod and reel only. No seines, trout lines, or cast nets.

Participants will weigh-in 1 fish each per division entered.

Winner will be determined by weight. In the case of a tie, the longest fish will win.

All fish that are weighed in will be released by officials after the tournament.



2.All Other Species of Catfish

$10 entry per angler per division. Anglers may enter one or both divisions.

1st place per division – 25% payout and Plaque.

2nd place per division – Plaque

Questions contact Barlow Fairboard Director Gary Newlen 740-629-2664.


Hervida Virtual 4-H Camp!

Coming soon…. a virtual camping experience! Have fun with traditional 4-H Camp Hervida activities including songs, dances, signatures, camp meal ideas, and more.

Special t-shirt will be included in the package.

More information to come soon!

2020 Livestock Skillathon – July 25

This will be a face-to-face event on July 25. Stay tuned for schedule details as we work to establish a plan for social distancing.

ALL livestock (market, dairy, breeding, fancy, and/or horse) project members are required to participate in skillathons for each specie project they have enrolled in.  Skillathons are required for all livestock and horse project participants in order to remain 4-H members in good standing and be eligible to exhibit, participate, show and/or sell their project animals at all three fairs.

Saturday, July 25 in the morning.

Washington County Fairgrounds – Jr Fair Building