MEIGS COUNTY — March 6-12 is Ohio 4-H Week and the group would like to start celebrating by sharing about the program.
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. Meigs County 4-H reached approximately 900 individual youth in Meigs County in 2015 through traditional 4-H clubs, camp, school enrichment and special interest programs.
Meigs County has nearly 30 clubs that meet throughout the county and will finalizing enrollments by April 1. 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 fun. They also complete 4-H projects — and there are more than 200 to choose from — on topics ranging 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 2015, 37 campers and six 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. People do not have to be in 4-H to attend camps. Canter’s Cave will host an open house with food, activities, auction items and tours on May 15 if you would like to check out the facilities.
Most of our camps are age based, but we do host several specialty camps as well. STEM Camp will be conducted for the fourth year to help youth prepare for jobs that are available to them. Highlights of the event last year included developing team skills during the Monsanto Water Windmill Challenge and learning about different career paths.
Special Needs Camp offers a specialized camp environment for people with multiple disabilities and their caregivers. Campers experience typical camp activities tailored to meet their needs.
People who have questions should contact the group’s office at 740-992-6696 or email [email protected] People can also check out the website at meigs.osu.edu or the Facebook page by searching for OSU Extension Meigs County.