Thursday, November 24 2022

This year, some 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 everything from the traditional cooking, sewing, carpentry and ranching projects that 4-H is so well known for, to a myriad of other subjects such as theatre, art, astronomy, babysitting, bicycling, career exploration, electricity, gardening, genetics, genealogy, geology, interior design, laundry, money management, robotics, rockets, scrapbooking, sports shooting, skateboarding, small motors, sports nutrition, weather, welding, veterinary science and hundreds more!

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Young people are guided in completing their projects through steps outlined in project manuals written by expert Ohio State University faculty and staff. Many young people are also mentored and mentored through the completion of their projects by local adult volunteers from 4-H clubs.

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At the end of their project, 4-H youth participate in judging the project and can then exhibit their project at the Wayne County Fair and some are selected to represent Wayne County at the State Fair. Ohio. During project judging, young people demonstrate what they have done or created for their project and what they have learned.

The schedule for this year’s Wayne County 4-H project assessments is shown below:

  • Early judging of projects (for youth interested in qualifying for the State Fair) will take place July 7 at the Wayne County Fair Event Center.
  • The late judging of the projects will take place on August 9, also at the Wayne County Fair Event Center.

In addition to projects, there are many 4-H activities throughout the summer that also engage youth in hands-on, experiential learning. Examples include our Tuesday night horse shows, livestock clinics, 4-H camp, club meetings, tours and field trips.

This week, more than 200 young Ashland and Wayne are participating in learning activities at the 4-H Ohio Camp near Utica in Licking County. Youth participate in a wide range of activities including cooking their own lunch over a campfire, boating, fishing, line dancing, mountain biking and boarding, scuba diving, stream studies, swimming, shirt dyeing, zip lining, and high ropes sailing. challenge course.

For more information on 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 can be reached at 330-264-8722 or [email protected]

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