MEIGS COUNTY — 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the world, with 4-H members in all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world. 4-H allows youth to learn at their own pace, about subjects that interest them, and with over 200 projects available to take in Ohio, there is something for everyone.
Meigs County 4-H reached approximately 900 individual youth in Meigs County in 2016 through traditional 4-H Clubs, Camp, School Enrichment and Special Interest Programs. In 2017, organizers said “we would love to have you involved with our program.”
4-H Clubs are what most people think about when they think of 4-H, and about 400 youth take part in Meigs County. Meigs County has around 30 clubs that meet throughout the county and that will finalizing their enrollments by April 3. Members of 4-H Clubs attend meetings where they learn basic meeting structure, make decisions about community service, interact with trained, screened volunteers and have lots of fun. They also complete 4-H Projects — and there are more than 200 to choose form on topics from archery to zoology, and just about everything in between. If you would like more information about finding a club near you, have your child ask their friends – one of them is likely involved. You can also contact the Extension Office for a list of clubs and if you would like more information.
4-H Camp gives youth a safe place to make friends, try new things and have lots of fun. In 2016, more than 30 campers and five counselors from Meigs County attended Canter’s Cave 4-H Camps. A few of the events that they enjoyed were: nature hikes, canoeing, swimming, crafts, line dancing, campfire ceremonies and candle lighting ceremonies at the conclusion of camp. We would love to send more kids to camp. You do not have to be in 4-H to attend our Camps, so bring a friend.
Most of our camps are age based, but we do host several specialty camps as well. STEM camp will be held for the fifth year to help youth prepare for the jobs that are available to them. Highlights of the event last year included developing team skills during the Monsanto Honey Bee Challenge and learning about the night sky from astronomers. Special needs camp offers a specialized camp environment for you with multiple disabilities and their caregivers. Campers experience typical camp activities tailored to meet their needs.
4-H has a lot to offer, and we hope that you will join us in discovering where you fit into the puzzle. If you any question, please contact our office at 740-992-6696 or [email protected] You can also check out our website at meigs.osu.edu or our Facebook page by searching for OSU Extension Meigs County.
Submitted by Michelle Stumbo, 4-H Youth Development, Extension Educator and County Director for the OSU Extension in Meigs County.