Spark EXPO registration is fast approaching!

From June 12-15, teens at the Spark EXPO will learn about agriculture and related STEAM fields from industry experts, and faculty and staff of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Spark EXPO is open to all Ohio students who have completed the eighth grade or ninth grade at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. Participants do not need to be enrolled in the 4-H program.

As part of Spark EXPO, students visit Ohio State’s Columbus and Wooster campuses and learn from Ohio State students, teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students explore careers, hear from Ohio 4-H alumni who share their career stories, and learn about the college and career-readiness program: Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future.

The deadline to register is April 17, and details are at

The event includes on-campus accommodations, meals, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided by adult program staff.

Summer Camp Counselors Needed – Apps Due March 1

4-H Camp Counselors Needed!

Applications are due to the OSU Extension Office no later than March 1, 2024 by 4:00pm.

Online Application:


The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of teens/young adults selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 6-15 during 4-H camp.

Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:


  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp.
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 12 hours of training. (2 of these hours must be on-sight for first time counselors).
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • First time applicants must provide two references, attend assessment, and complete an interview (during counselor assessment as a group).
  • If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.


  • Sunday, March 17         3:00-5:00 PM        1st & 2nd Year Counselor Assessment & Interviews(Interviews completed as a group during assessment) at Extension Office
  • Sunday, March 24         3:30-5:30 PM          Counselor Training at Extension Office
  • Sunday, April 14            3:30-5:30 PM          Counselor Training  at Extension Office
  • Sunday, April 28            3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training at Extension Office
  • Sunday, May 12             3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training at Extension Office
  • June                                Date TBD                 Counselor Retreat (day trip)
  • June 9 – 10                       Time TBD                 Counselor’s Camp at Hervida
  • Sunday, June 16             3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training at Extension Office
  • Tuesday, June 18           5:00-7:00 PM         Counselor Training at Extension Office

 CAMP DATES & FEES FOR CAMP COUNSELORS (Select the Camps YOU are available to help with on the Counselor Application)

  • Counselor Camp at Camp Hervida                  June 9-10             (Time TBD)                                                No Charge
  • Space Adventure Camp at Marietta College  June 14-16           (Counselors’ Training – TBD)                 No Charge
  • Junior Camp at Camp Hervida                         June 24-June 28   (Counselors Arrive Sun. Evening)     $40
  • Cloverbud Day Camp at Camp Hervida          July 1                     (Counselors Arrive day of)                     No Charge
  • Beginner Camp at Camp Hervida                    July 2-3                  (Counselors Stay After Cloverbud Camp)    $20
  • Senior Camp at Camp Hervida                        July 22-26             (Counselors Arrive Sun. Evening)      $40 (Cost same whether Counselor or Campselor


  • Martha Webster, Camp Director
  • Cell: 740-350-7585
  • OSU Extension – Washington County
  • PHONE:  (740) 376–7431
  • 1115 Gilman Avenue
  • Marietta, OH  45750

2024 Camp Dates Announced

Are you planning vacations and summer activities for summer 2024? Please add these 4-H camp dates to your family calendar.

Counselor Camp Applications Due: March 1

2024 Camping Dates:

  • Junior Camp                        June 24 – 28       Youth who have completed grades 3, 4, 5
  • Cloverbud Day Camp        July 1                      Youth ages 5 – 8 who have completed Kindergarten
  • Beginner Camp                   July 2-3                  Youth who have completed 2nd grade and through the age of 10
  • Senior Camp                         July 22-26             Youth who have completed grades 6, 7, 8, 9

Camp Hervida Dinner & Fundraiser – Nov 11


Saturday, November 11, 2023

Doors open 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m., Drawing 7:00 p.m.

Churchtown K of C Hall, SR 676

$40 ticket (dinner and drawings for cash prizes)

Your club can provide a community service to our county-owned 4-H camp facility by being workers, donating an item to the silent auction and/or providing desserts at the Building Fund Drawing & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 11. This year’s proceeds will go toward operating expenses & kitchen improvements.

Workers are needed to clear tables and clean up the kitchen from 6:00 p.m. until finished. Another work crew is needed to tear down tables and chairs at the end of the fund raiser from 9 p.m. until finished. 4-H club members, parents and advisors who are signed up to work receive a free meal and do not need to purchase a $40 ticket.

An item for the silent auction can be made or solicited from a business by your club. Various kinds of gift baskets, gift certificates, novelties, tools, decorations, etc. are appropriate. Items can be dropped off at the Extension Office before Saturday or at the K of C Hall on Saturday by 4 p.m.

A total of 30 desserts are needed to help keep the meal costs down. Your club could provide one or more pies or cakes. Desserts can be dropped off at the Extension Office before Saturday or at the K of C Hall on Saturday by 4 p.m.

To contribute as a community service project for your club, please contact Jane at 740-568-8044. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Need a flier to promote the event: 2023 Flier

Lemon-shake Thank You

Thank you to everyone that helped to work a lemon-shake shift or donate items for the Hervida Lemon-shake Stand at the recent Sternwheel Festival. The camp board has reported a profit of over $6000 to apply toward Hervida’s Camp operating budget.


Bean Ride/Camp Hervida Equine Trail Challenge

Bean Ride/Camp Hervida Equine Trail Challenge

September 17th at noon

At the Bean Ride – 34546 Atherton Road, Mackburg

$10 entry per rider/equine

All money goes to Camp Hervida

3 judges

½ hour to complete course – If you choose to do 1 obstacle that is all you will be judged on and the rest marked zero

Each obstacle will have a 5 point scale and be judged by 3 judges

0 is no effort or complete refusal of the obstacle

5 is the obstacle completed with style

Adults are 18 and up

Youth 17 and under

Belt buckles for 1st place both divisions

Participation prize for youth

There will be tie breaker obstacles if needed

Belt buckles sponsored by McCoy Farms

No aggressive behavior towards your animal

Youth will not do the tie challenge in their first ride

It will be the tie breaker

Help & Donations Needed for Hervida Lemonshake Stand at Sternwheel Festival

Would you or your club or family be available to work a shift the Hervida Lemonshake Stand during the Marietta Sternwheel Festival?

Help is needed for the following:

  • Friday, Sept 8 from 7-9 pm
  • Friday, Sept 8 from 9-11 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 10 from 5-7 pm – Hopefully Camp Counselors

Bags of sugar can be donated and dropped off at the Extension Office or donations to purchase lemons, sugar, ice, and cups can be make payable to “Hervida 4-H Camp, Inc.” and mailed to 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta

Contact Jane Lennox at 740-568-8044

Desserts Needed for Hervida Benefit

Desserts are needed for a benefit being held Saturday, September 16 by Bean Ride Charities (Lowell area). Funds from this event will help build a new girls cabin at Hervida 4-H Camp. About 800 people are expected for their weekend event, so lots of desserts are needed!!

Looking for pies, cakes, cupcakes (2 doz.), and cookies (2 doz.)!!

Interested in attending the Bean Ride event?

Please click on the button to donate desserts. Thank you!

Three Camps Down & One to Go!!

Our Washington County 4-H Camps have been awesome. Here is a picture from Junior Camp, Cloverbud Camp, and Beginner Camp. Senior Camp will be held July 17-21.

Hervida Chip and Seal Project Underway

The Marietta Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to fund the majority of a chip and seal project at Hervida 4-H Camp. Other donors have come along side Hervida to fully complete the project so all of the Hervida roads will be resurfaced. This will make Hervida and the facilities more accessible for all campers!