As summer begins to wind down and kids are preparing to go back to school, now is a perfect time to review your family’s summer highlights and add one or two more fun memories to the mix before school is back in session. Consider taking time time out at dinner or over breakfast or lunch to share your favorite memories from the summer and ask others in your family to do the same.
Along these same lines I’ve been thinking about and reflecting on what a great summer we’ve had here with our Wayne County 4-H program. Below are but just a few summer highlights of our 4-H program that we as a community can be proud of.
• 1,084 youth learned about Assuring Quality Care for Animals and received their Quality Assurance certificate. These kids also completed more than 1,400 skillathon stations in which they demonstrated their animal science knowledge. The skillathon stations were staffed by more than 100 volunteers each of the three evenings.
• 244 youth participated in market lamb and goat tag-in to be eligible to show their lambs and goats at the upcoming 2018 Wayne County Fair in September.
• 167 youth, teens and adult staff participated in 4-H Junior Camp in which the 4-H Educator and 4-H Program Assistant provided leadership to teens serving as camp counselors and adult volunteers. Youth engaged in numerous activities including archery, canoeing, fishing, crafts, kayaking, rock climbing, gaga ball, high ropes leadership initiatives, nature studies, line dancing, shooting sports, swimming, scuba and traditional camp activities like campfire and singing songs.
• 97 youth and teens participated in Cloverbud Day Camp held at the OSU Wooster Campus where the youth (ages 5-8) were paired with teen leaders to engage in learning activities related to insects and animals. The youth participated in crafts, learned new songs and engaged in hands-on STEM learning activities facilitated by staff from COSI.
More than 80 youth represented Wayne County 4-H at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. Mack Donley completed his second year on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board and numerous young people represented Wayne County in competitions ranging from still projects like cake decorating, sewing, foods and nutrition, and competed in livestock shows, outstanding market exhibitor competitions, and State Fair skillathons.
Doug Foxx is an OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.