Host a Japanese Student this Summer!

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 23 – Aug. 17) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit or contact

2018 4-H Week Poster Results

Best Promotion of Washington County – Honeysuckle Hills

Honorable Mention-Best Promotion of Washington County – Lowell Lively Lassie & Lads


Best Promotion of Being Part of 4-H – Churchtown Community Crew

Honorable Mention-Best Promotion of Being Part of 4-H – Backyard Gang


Most Unique & Creative – Churchtown Busy Bunch

Honorable Mention-Most Unique & Creative – Trail Blazers

Celebrating Ohio 4-H Week – March 4-10

A variety of activities will be happening in Washington County as we celebrate Ohio 4-H Week:

  • 4-H Window Display Contest
  • 4-H Table Display Contest
  • 4-H Promotional Poster Contest
  • 4-H Flier to K-6 Students in area schools
  • 4-H Open House – March 8 – 6-7:30
  • 31 Fundraiser kicks-off for members to earn camp registration fees
  • 4-H Visit to County Commissioners
  • Special in Marietta Times
  • Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus – 13 participants from Wash Co attending
  • 4-H Clubs and youth doing community service at Wash Co Fair Spring Madness Spaghetti Dinner – March 10

4-H After-school Program Starting at Belpre Elementary

A five week after-school program will be starting in April at Belpre Elementary School.

  • Registration due by Friday, March 16. Each group can take up to 15 students. First come, first serve
  • There will be two age groups focusing on science topics: K – 2 and 3 – 6 Graders
  • Sample 4-H After-school Schedule – snack, recreation, science based lesson & hands-on activities, reading enrichment activities
  • Participation – Students will be expected to attend all sessions
  • OSU Extension will provide staff members and volunteers to conduct the program

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Have You Seen this Sign?

The 4-H Advisory Committee recently purchase 60 of these signs to promote 4-H enrollment in Washington County. If your club picked up signs during 4-H Advisor Training please get them posted along roads and member yards to help promote 4-H enrollment.

New 4-H Robotics Club Starting March 19

OSU Extension in Washington County will be starting a new 4-H robotics club for youth.  The club will offer two levels of participation including 4-H Club membership for youth in grades 5 thru 12 and a competitive FIRST (For Recognition and Inspiration of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Team for teens ages 12-18.

A kick-off meeting will be held Monday, March 19 at the OSU Extension Office on 202 Davis Avenue starting at 6:30 pm. 4-H offers two robotics projects using LEGO EV3 technology. Members will learn about robotic basics, steps to build a robot, how to use robotic sensors, and how to program a robot to complete various tasks.

“This kick-off is an opportunity for families to find out what the 4-H Robotics program is all about,” said Bruce Zimmer, Extension Educator with Ohio State University Extension. “The program is a chance for youth to have fun with Lego robots, all while learning valuable life skills like teamwork, communication, and problem solving. We have a new 4-H volunteer, John Smith that will be spearheading the new club. John is a retired computer consultant with a desire to teach robotics.”

The goal of the FIRST team is to take the fundamental of robotics covered in the 4-H Robotics projects to the next level using industrial-grade hardware, and Java programming on Android devices.  Like many of today’s high-tech areas, designing and building robots combines multiple disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and software engineering.  FIRST gives students the opportunity to acquire and develop additional non-technical skills such marketing, finance, business and brand-image management.

Each year a different game design encourages FIRST teams to scout the competition, design a specialized robot, and develop a playbook of game strategies. Successful teams can advance from local, to state, to national, and international championships

Volunteer coaches are needed to assist youth in developing their own knowledge and problem solving skills. The new club and team can use both technical (engineering, programming, science, math) and non-technical (business, finance, fundraising, communications) mentors.  No experience with robotics is required for either students or adults.

The club will meet a minimum of eight times during April thru July. Contact OSU Extension at 740-376-7431 for further details.  If there is sufficient interest and commitment by area students and adults, an FTC team would be formed for the upcoming 2018-19 season.  The competitive season runs from September to April.    More information can be found at or