College Hills Honda of Wooster in partnership with the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers recently presented a gift of $2,000 to our Wayne County 4-H Camp Counselors to help provide camp scholarships and support for our camp counselors. 4-H Camp just ended July 3rd and 184 youth, counselors, and adult volunteers engaged in fun and educational activities at 4-H Camp including archery, campfires, crafts, swimming, scuba diving, zip lining, and much more. We are very grateful for the support of businesses like College Hills Honda that step up to support our 4-H youth.
This year, more than 1,400 youth in Wayne County and thousands more in surrounding counties are engaged in self-directed learning through their participation in more than 200 different 4-H projects. Projects include the traditional cooking, sewing, woodworking, and livestock projects that 4-H is so well known for, but also include a myriad of other topics such as acting, art, astronomy, babysitting, bicycling, career exploration, electricity, gardening, genetics, genealogy, geology, interior design, laundry, money management, robotics, rocketry, scrapbooking, shooting sports, skateboarding, small engines, sports nutrition, weather, welding, veterinary science, and hundreds more!
Youth are guided through completing their projects by steps outlined in project books authored by expert faculty and staff at The Ohio State University. Many youth are also mentored and coached through the completion of their projects by local adult 4-H club volunteers. At the completion of their project, 4-H youth participate in project judging and can go on to exhibit their project at the Wayne County Fair. During project judging, youth demonstrate what they have done or created for their project and what they have learned.
In addition to projects, there are numerous 4-H activities throughout the summer that also engage youth in hands-on, experiential learning. Examples include our Tuesday night horse fun shows, livestock clinics, 4-H camp, club meetings, tours, and field trips.
For more information about how to join 4-H or become a volunteer, contact me at the Extension Office.
Doug Foxx is an OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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