Camp Counselor Applications – Due Feb 1

It is time to start thinking about the 2019 4-H Camping Program! You can be a part of the camping program by being selected to be a 4-H camp counselor. Working as a camp counselor is a tremendous responsibility and privilege, but the rewards are great.

Teens (14 & older by the start of camp) are selected to be care providers for young campers based on their fulfillment of a selection process that is similar to real-life job selection procedures. Your participation in this selection process can enhance your employability skills and prepare you for the expectations of future employers. As when applying for any job, you should neatly and thoroughly complete requested items for the camp counselor position. All of the following documents are included in this packet and are available on our website at:  in the 4-H Youth Development section. Packets are also at the Extension Office.

The 4-H Counselor Event Opportunity and Job Opportunity Announcement lists the counselor training dates, and states the requirements needed to be a counselor. If you are interested in the position, you need to complete, and turn in with all signatures in place, by the February 1 deadline to the Extension Office, 202 Davis Avenue, Marietta OH 45750 or email: the following forms:

  1. 4-H Camp Counselor Application, 4-H Camp Counselor Code of Conduct, Standards of Behavior for Minor Participants, Ohio 4-H Camp Cell Phone Policy, and 2 Reference Forms for first-time applicants.
  2. Complete and turn in 4-H Enrollment form by the February 1 deadline only if you do not have a 4-H Club and need to join Camp Counselor’s club.
  3. First year counselors and counselors with one year of experience will need to attend the Assessment Station Training that is held on . . .Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 PM at the Extension Office, 202 Davis Ave. Marietta
  4. First year counselors and counselors with one year of experience will need to schedule a 15-minute interview by calling the Extension Office at 740-376-7431. Interviews will held on Sunday February 18 from 3-6 PM and February 24 from 2-5 PM.

We wish you the best in your efforts to be selected as a 2019 4-H camp counselor!

Jr Fairboard Applications Due – Nov 30

Applications for the Washington County Junior Fairboard and Barlow Junior Fairboard are now open to youth ages 13 and up. Membership is open to youth that are currently a member of 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Applications are available from the Ohio State University Extension office located at 202 Davis Avenue, Marietta or the website:

The Junior Fairboard provides youth an opportunity to plan and conduct local fairs with other youth from the county. Junior Fairboard members are responsible for a wide variety of events, activities, and shows as well as to work closely with local Senior Fairboard members. Youth interested in becoming Junior Fairboard members may also attend the Ohio Junior Fair Conference in Columbus during January. The conference allows youth to gain knowledge of the Junior Fair program and responsibilities of the Junior Fairboard. All applications must be received in the OSU Extension Office by Friday, November 30th. Interviews will be held Monday, December 10 between 5:30 – 8 pm. Call 740-376-7431 to make an interview appointment.


Email Wellness Challenge – Join by Nov 19

Join the “Calm Down for the Holidays”

Wellness Challenge Now!

Challenge Dates: November 19 – January 2, 2019

Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to you from your local OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

Participants will learn tips & strategies to help you:

  • Find Your Quiet Place
  • Simplify your Holiday
  • Feather your Nest
  • Enjoy Healthy Comfort Foods
  • Practice Mindful Eating
  • Improve Sleep Habits
  • Move More
  • Reduce Stress
  • Embrace Gratitude
  • Reflect on Wellness
  • Practice Mindfulness Techniques
  • Overcome Setbacks

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Go to

Or contact Amanda Bohlen, .

Registration will close on November 19, 2018.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension.

Cloverbud Resources for Ohio 4-H Volunteers

The Ohio 4-H Program has a variety of resources that can benefit 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers as you work with this younger audience in your clubs. Learn how  these resources can help you increase your impact with Cloverbuds.

4-H Cloverbud Blog

The 4-H Cloverbud Connection Blog allows readers to subscribe to the site and receive an email when new posts are added. The site is searchable by key words and topic to help readers find content. New posts are added twice a month rather than quarterly in the previous format. The new format continues to provide a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers teaching kindergarten through second grade youth.

4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook

Updated for 2019! This concise reference piece is for current, new, and prospective 4-H Cloverbud helpers. The guidebook explores the goals and strategies for successfully implementing the 4-H Cloverbud program. It also suggests methods for guiding the healthy development and life-skills enhancement of our youngest 4-H members. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

My 4-H Cloverbud Year

This fun book is a great way for Cloverbuds to learn the basics of 4-H and keep track of their activities and events. Completion of this book is optional, and can be done with or without the help of an adult leader. It can be repeated each year a child is a Cloverbud member, and is especially appropriate for older Cloverbud members as they prepare to transition to regular membership. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities

This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topic areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals. Redesigned in an easier-to-manage, spiral-bound book. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

Clover Cubes

Clover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction and fun into a great 4-H Cloverbud activity. Each Clover Cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are included: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, 4-H FUN-damentals, Make Your Own, Math Mania, Technology Talk and Words That Start With. Cubes are easily assembled from brightly colored, punch-out shapes on heavy duty card stock. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

Choose and Tell Cards

Intended for 4-H’s youngest participants, this educational piece is a colorful deck of 4” x 6” cards that introduce Cloverbuds to public speaking and communication skills. Forty-nine engaging activities are divided into four levels—from easy to difficult—of short, uncomplicated topics for demonstration speeches. Cards are color coded so that selecting and sorting cards is easy. (Additional supplies/materials are required.) Objectives are for participants to: 1) develop public speaking and communication skills, 2) gain confidence, and 3) foster important leadership skills. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications. Temporarily out of stock, but expected to be available soon.

Endowment Committee – Wish List

Can you or your club help? The 4-H Endowment Committee is in need of:

  • (6) Roaster Ovens (about $40 each)
  • (2) 5 gallon Igloo drink coolers (about $20 each)
  • (2) Large ice chest coolers (about $50-75 each)

These items are used for the annual Endowment Dinner & Auction. Contact Bruce at the Extension Office if you or your club would like provide an item.

Tickets Available for Hervida Dinner Fundraiser

The annual Hervida Building Fund Dinner & Fundraiser will be Saturday, November 10 at 6:00 pm at the Churchtown K of C Hall. The evening is lots of fun and includes a reverse raffle drawing and silent auction. Tickets are $35 each and ticket holders need not be present to win!!  Contact a camp board member (Tim Glover, Jim Schneider, Thea Cochran, Cory Sampson, Jane Lennox, Purdence Burgardt, Ellen Biehl, Debbie Knost, Chris Cavalier, Tom Webster, Judy Spahr, Dion Prunty, Bonnie Weber, Levi Holbert, Brian Baker, Shawna Burke) or Bruce Zimmer at the Extension Office for tickets.