Wayne County 4-H has kicked off the new year with some key changes and the continuation of many great traditions. During January and February more than 250 4-H volunteers attended volunteer training events at the Fisher Auditorium where they learned about many of the changes and highlights of what is planned for 4-H at the county level in 2016. In addition to updates from Wayne County 4-H staff, state 4-H specialists also shared program updates and ideas for Cloverbud activites, 4-H animal science programs, 10 minute science activities for club meetings, 4-H Online database training, tips for managing club finances, ideas for outdoor recreation and community service and much more.
New for 2016 4-H volunteers may request reimbursement from The Ohio State University for completion of their fingerprint background check report that is required of all 4-H volunteers every four years and for new volunteers when they first apply to become a volunteer. The application packet to become a 4-H volunteer is available on the Wayne County Extension Office website.
In 2016 4-H members will need to pay a county-wide activity fee of $10 per Cloverbuds and $15 for members. Families that qualify for free or reduced price school lunches or have other financial hardships may apply for an Activity Fee Scholarship. The scholarship application form is also available on the Wayne County Extension Office website and is due to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm on March 15, 2016. The activity fee will provide critically needed funding to ensure that our county 4-H program remains strong and vibrant for years to come.
4-H Camp dates for 2016 have also been announced. Cloverbud Day Camp for youth ages 5-8 and in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be held June 14th through 16th at the Fisher Auditorium / OARDC campus. Junior Camp for youth ages 8-13 will be held at 4-H Camp Ohio from June 29th through July 3rd. Also new this year will be a special Teen Retreat for youth ages 14-18 to be held at the Kelleys Island 4-H Camp June 8th through 9th.
4-H offers youth ages 5-19 the opportunity to learn and develop life skills through a myriad of activities. To learn more about Wayne County 4-H and connect with a 4-H club in your community, visit the Wayne County Extension website at https://wayne.osu.edu.
Doug Foxx is an OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.