5K Run/Walk on June 1 to Benefit Hervida

The Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club will host the 5k Run/Walk for Hervida on Saturday, June 1 at 8 a.m. starting at the Oak Grove Christian School (formerly Recreation Center), 535 BF Goodrich Road, Marietta, OH. The pre-registration fee is $12 and must be postmarked by May 17. After May 17, the registration fee is $15. Registration/bib# pickup is 7-7:45 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Hervida 4-H Camp. For more information or questions, contact Andrea Ralston at 740-350-4669 or andreabralston@gmail.com.

Print a race application – http://bit.ly/2Hc2RCJ

Pumpkin Growing Contest

Washington County Fairboard is once again having their Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest!  It is open to all Washington County Youth. Age Divisions: 2-5; 6-10; 11-19 years old. Only the variety that can be picked up at the Washington County Extension Office, 8-4:30 M-F may be used in the contest.  Further instructions are available with seed pick up. Come get yours today!

Hog Tag Reminders

  • By May 31, 2019 all hogs not brought to tag-in (June 3) must take a picture of tag in hog’s ear and send it to: wcfhogs@gmail.com Must include name of exhibitor with their hog tag number. Sample Photo: Submit 1 or 2 photos showing the tag number in the pig’s ear and showing the color & markings in the other photo.  If the pig is one solid color then only one photo is needed. Pictures must be submitted by ALL exhibitors, regardless of who tagged them or where purchased.
  • Tag-In at Waterford Community Fair grounds on June 3, 6:00—7:00 pm. OR
  • 4-H or FFA advisor obtain their own Allflex tagger, advisor will contact Chris Campbell @ (740-984-4646) or the Extension office (740-376-7431) with the number of tags needed for their club members and pick them up between April 15 – May 15. The advisor is the only one who can make arrangements for the pickup of hog tags. No parents. The advisor or someone appointed by the advisor will tag the members’ hog(s). They will then submit the members name and hog tag number(s) to the OSU extension by May 31.  The advisor will be responsible for making sure that their members’ hog(s) are tagged before May 31.

Order a Shirt and Show Your Support for our Local Fairs

Running Wild 4-H Club is taking orders for fair shirts. The shirts feature all 3 of our fairs! This is a great way to show your support for our local fairs and support a 4-H Club! Contact a Running Wild member or advisor Michelle Way with a call, text or email 740-502-1236 or michelle.way13@gmail.com

Orders due May 19

Defining Adventures for Women in Nature – Camp for 16+

As you are wrapping up the school year and getting ready for the warmth and fun of summer,  we would like to offer an opportunity for you to join us at D.A.W.N. Camp.  Defining Adventures for Women in Nature (D.A.W.N.) is a new camp offered this year June 9th -11th  at Mohican State Forest. This camp is untraditional in that it will truly be a 100% outdoor camping experience! This camp is open to all Ohio 4-H youth “real” aged 16 and up. Don’t let a lack of “outdoor gear” keep you from joining us – we will help provide the essentials!

These are just a few things to expect to enjoy at D.A.W.N. when you attend:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Tent Living
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Hiking and exploring of the Mohican Forest (e.g., waterfalls, fire towers, night hike)
  • Map Reading and orienteering skills
  • Life skills you never imagined you could learn in the woods
  • Build meaningful connections with other outdoor-loving youth!

A flyer and more information about this camp can be found at this link:  https://go.osu.edu/DAWN

(Yes, this is the D.A.W.N. camp that we had to postpone last fall.  After gathering your responses to our survey we changed our dates to the early summer AND lowered the cost to better accommodate your requests.)

Payment and registration will be required to reserve your spot. We will be taking a limited number of campers this first year, so register early and invite a friend along!

AG Yost Seeks Ohio High School Students to Serve on Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board.

The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board consists of high school juniors and seniors from public, private, charter and online schools in Ohio. The mission of the program is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government.

“Many of these young men and women are already established leaders in their schools and communities,” Yost said. “The Teen Ambassador Board can help them hone their leadership talents as they prepare for possible careers in public service.”

Board members advise the office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. They serve a one-year term during which they convene twice in Columbus and participate in activities across the state.

Ohio high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.

Applications are due June 30, 2019. The application can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.



4-H Camp Offering New Classes

Have you register yet for 4-H Camp? Junior and Senior Campers have to opportunity to pre-register for classes. Campers will have three morning classes and camp will automatically be enrolled in a nature class. Registration materials are posted here: https://washington.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/washington-county-4-h-camp 

Basic Cooking Learn basic cooking techniques, including measuring, reading a recipe, and making simple dishes.
Cake/Cupcake Decorating Practice design techniques and then decorate cupcakes
Camp Dances Learn how to do the line and mixer dances that will be done during evening recreation.
Camp Newspaper/Slideshow Write, edit, layout and publish the official camp newspaper, “The Hervida Herald”.  Take pictures and help create the slide show for Thursday night.  Bring your own digital camera, which can be stored in the staff cabin when not being used for class.  Or use a provided digital camera.
Crafts Make a variety of craft projects, some will relate to our camp theme.
Ceramics Paint ceramic pieces.  Learn the finer techniques of ceramic painting from a ceramic professional.  Make a gift for someone special!
Electricity Basics Use Snap Circuits to assemble different electronic circuits. Learn about electricity, volts, circuits, amps, resistance, switches and other electronic designs. Build a flying saucer, doorbell, alarm and more
Fishing Bait hooks and fish in the creek at Camp Hervida
Drone Challenge Learn how to fly Tello Drones. Fuel your passion for technology and learn about aerodynamics, laws of physics, mapping, cinematography
Hiking Hike the beautiful trails of Camp Hervida and learn about the trees and other plants on the trails.
In the Creek Explore the creek and learn what is living in the camp creek, explore the hidden world of wetlands, and the over lapping habitat types known as exotones.  Bring old shoes or boots.
Pottery Make a pinch pot and other pottery items using self-hardening clay and pottery artist tools
Rifle Learn the safe handling of rifles and basic target shooting skills. Participants will begin instruction with .177 pellet air rifles and possibly advance to .22 rimfire rifles. Class is taught by a certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor.
Swim Learn some pool games and have fun swimming
Wood Burning Master the art of wood burning and make a few projects
Woodworking Learn basic wood working skills

Livestock Quality Assurance Session #3 – May 16 at Wash Co Career Center

May 16 from 7-9 pm at Washington County Career Center is the third and final QA session. Members planning to take market livestock or lactating dairy cattle/goats projects and a parent/guardian must attend a Livestock Quality Assurance training in order to participate in Jr Fair events, shows and sales at the fairs. Members may attend a QA session in any Ohio county, the member must still be accompanied by an adult.

Test-out Option – Youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 may participate.  The test will be offered after each QA session. Pre-registration is required by calling the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

Experience The Outdoors – Camp for Women & Teens

Experience The Outdoors is May 18. Registration preferred by May 11.

  • an educational program in which to learn various outdoor skills.
  • designed primarily for women and an opportunity for anyone 14 years of age or older.
  • held in a nurturing environment to foster success and develop camaraderie.
  • $35 for session materials, t-shirt, refreshments and lunch.
  • an exciting, informative, fun-filled day! . . . . . . . Rain or shine!

Here is the camp flyer with registration:ETO Flyer 2019 PDF

Horse Parents- Mandatory Meeting – May 13

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee will be hosting a mandatory parent / exhibitor / trainer meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Washington County Extension Office.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm.  4-H Horse project members who are planning to exhibit at the Washington County Fair are required to attend with a parent.  Members from the saddle horse committee and Chairs of the Washington County Senior Fairboard Horse Department will be present to answer questions.  Topics to be discussed for the meeting include Class clarification, new rule changes, the 2019 County Fair show bill, changes in stalling horses at the fair, sportsmanship and horse show etiquette, and a question and answer session. For more details please contact the extension office at 740-376-7431 or hartline.24@osu.edu