Hervida to be Featured at Marietta Ice Festival

4-H Camp Hervida will be celebrating 100 years of camping in 2022. To kick-off this celebration we invite you to visit the Hervida Ice Sculpture at the Mariette Ice Festival this Saturday!
Please stop by Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Kids 270 Front St on Saturday, January 15 and see the Hervida Ice Sculpture!
Come inside for hot cocoa, a s’mores bar and free art activities for kids! Learn about Camp Hervida and all it has to offer. Meet some 4-H camp counselors who can share their amazing experiences and memories about camp with your child.

4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Time to Apply

4-H OPPORTUNITY: 4-H Camp Counselor

DEADLINE: Applications are due to the OSU Extension Office no later than March 4, 2022 by 4:00pm.

Online Application: https://go.osu.edu/washcampcounselor


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:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Conduct self in an appropriate manner before, during, and after camp while serving as a role model to campers and peers
  • Assist staff and other counselors with camp activities; work as a team to implement the activities
  • Know and understand all safety guidelines, including emergency procedures, associated with the camp and program areas
  • Follow and enforce camp rules
  • Assure for safety of campers at all times including in cabins, sessions, and large group activities
  • Be aware of child protection regulations and report any child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in accordance with university policy
  • Identify and respond to camper behavior issues
  • Ensure campers’ health and hygiene, e.g., brushing teeth, eating meals, taking medication, etc.
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Teach and lead campers at workshops or during other components at camp (table setting, song leading, etc.)
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills


  • 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.


  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process.


Please see the attached document for dates and times of assessment, interviews, and counselor trainings. Please note, the majority of trainings are held on Sunday afternoons again this year.

Counselors are expected to notify the Camp Director or Extension Office if an absence is unavoidable.


  • Complete the application in its entirety.
  • Provide reference link to two non-family members. (First Time Applicants Only) https://go.osu.edu/counselorreference
  • Read the Standards of Behavior, Camp Counselor Code of Conduct, and Cell Phone Policy forms and acknowledge that read you them on the application.
  • Submit application by March 4, 4:00pm.

4-H Camp Counselor Training Dates, Camp Dates & Registration Fees

POSITION:           2022 4-H Camp Counselor

LOCATION:          Hervida 4-H Camp, Waterford, Ohio



Sunday, March 20         3:00-5:00 PM        1st & 2nd Year Counselor Assessment & Interviews

(Interviews completed as a group during assessment)                Extension Office

Sunday, April 10            3:30-5:30 PM          Counselor Training                                              Extension Office

Sunday, April 24            3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training                                             Extension Office

Sunday, May 15             3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training                                             Extension Office

June 1 – 2                        TBD                           Counselor’s Camp                                                Hervida

Sunday, June 19             3:30-5:00 PM          Counselor Training                                            Extension Office

Tuesday, June 21           5:00-7:00 PM         Counselor Training                                            Extension Office



Counselor Camp at Camp Hervida                  June 1-2                TBD                                                                    No Charge

Space Adventure Camp at Marietta College  June 14-16           (Counselors’ Training – TBD)                        No Charge

Junior Camp at Camp Hervida                         June 27-July 1      (Counselors Arrive Sun. Evening)              $40

Cloverbud Day Camp at Camp Hervida          July 5                     (Counselors Arrive day of)                             No Charge

Beginner Camp at Camp Hervida                    July 6-7                  (Counselors Stay After Cloverbud Camp)    $20

Senior Camp at Camp Hervida                        July 17-21             (Counselors Arrive Sun. Evening)                    $40 (Cost same whether

Counselor or Campselor)

Day Camp at County Fairgrounds               July 22                  (Counselor Arrive day of)                             No Charge


DESCRIPTION:  Immediate openings available for older youth wishing to be involved in the 2020 4-H camping program.  Responsibilities include serving on at least one committee to plan and implement specific portions of a camp’s program; assisting in morning classes; and assignment to a cabin providing round-the-clock care for the campers living in that cabin.  Position reports directly to the Camp Director; with supervision by total camp staff.

REQUIREMENTS:  Candidates must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp and enjoy working with young children.  Selection based upon application, advisor and other adult recommendations, assessment station scores, interview, and previous leadership and camping experiences.  Candidates must satisfactorily complete the counselor training program, including an interview.

BENEFITS:  Develop leadership skills, gain self-confidence, assist in personal development of younger 4-H members, meet new friends, and reduced camp fee.


Martha Webster, Camp Director                                                                 PHONE:  (740) 376–7431

               OSU Extension – Washington County                                                         Cell: 740-350-7585

1115 Gilman Avenue

Marietta, OH  45750

Hervida 100th Anniversary Planning Meeting

Do you have an interest in helping to plan for 4-H Camp Hervida’s 100th anniversary to be celebrated in 2022?

A planning meeting will be held on Monday, November 8 in the OSU Extension Meeting Room at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to attend this brainstorming and planning meeting!

The Extension Office is located on the second floor of 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta.

Camp Hervida Fundraiser – Nov 13


This is Hervida’s fundraiser that normally includes a dinner, auction & silent auction. Due to Covid the camp board will not be having the dinner or silent auction this year. The drawing will be held virtually on November 13. Tickets can be purchased from a Hervida Board Member or at the Extension Office.

Tickets are $35 donation.

Carving New Ideas Camp for Grades 8-12

Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. It is hosted by Collegiate 4-H at The Ohio State University and the college students, who are also 4-H alumni, are preparing all of the fun activities for the weekend of October 29-31.

The registration website is https://go.osu.edu/CNI or share the attached poster. The online registration allows credit cards or checks.

Deadline to register is October 6 or until cabins are full.


4-H Camp – Atomic Chocolate Cake

The campers at Multi-Day Camp were able to experience some programming taught by our volunteers and the lessons were provided by The Ohio Soybean Council. One of the activities included making a single serving Atomic Chocolate Cake. It was so awesome – campers asked for the recipe.

4-H Camp Highlights

We have had a great 4-H camping season so far and we have one camp to go on July 23 at the County Fairgrounds!!

Cloverbud Camp  – 67 campers

Single Day – Day Camp – 20 campers

Multi Day – Day Camp – 97 campers


Items Needed for Camp Slingshot Range

Do you have items you could donate to the new Camp Slingshot Range? We are looking for items to hang on the wall for targets!! Here are just a few ideas:  bells, hubcaps, license plates, tin bucket, metal signs, etc. If you have items, just send them to camp with your camper on Monday!!

4-H Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Instructions

Camper Drop off and Pick up Instructions

  • Cars will enter the main camp gate and keep to the right side of the gravel drive.
  • The car will drive until you reach the craft hall drive.
  • You will proceed to make a wide U-turn in the gravel area between the craft hall drive and dining hall.
  • Please stay in your vehicle and we will check the camper(s) temperature.
  • You will let you camper(s) out at this time. (as long as the temperature is in the COVID safe level)
  • Please give any medicine to the nurse.
  • If you have any medical concerns or need to speak with the nurse privately, please let a staff member know so we can give you further instructions.
  • After your child is safely out of the vehicle, you will continue your U-turn and go back down the right side of the gravel drive and out the camp gate.
  • Procedure will be the same at pick up, only you will tell the name of your camper(s) to a staff member or counselor at the gate and the camper(s) will get into your vehicle when you reach the craft hall drive.

Please be patient at drop off and pick up time, as this procedure is new to all of us.

Please try not to get to the camp facility earlier than 8:45am or 3:45pm/7:45pm as the counselors and staff may not be ready until that time.

Date Drop off time Pick Up time
6/29 & 6/30 9-9:20am 4:00pm
7/5-7/8 9-9:20am 8-8:15pm