Meigs County has 33 clubs, 429 members, 95 volunteers, 85 members attending camp in 1995.
A 4-H Cloverbud must be 5 to 8 years old. A 4-H member must be 9 years old, or in the third grade to 19 years old by January 1.
Individual clubs conduct regular meetings to study their projects. Members also share what they learn with others. Clubs plan their own activities and events to participate in, community projects are also encouraged.
A project is selected from the Family Guide such as Livestock, clothing, foods, health, gardening, geneology, horses, photography, etc. There are 62 areas for members to explore, the projects are listed as beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The projects are selected to meet the lifestyles of the family, budget and time available to devote to the project. The member can complete the project with family and advisors help.
In July projects are judged at the county level, where they receive a project grade. The State Fair participants are selected at this time. These members will present the project at the Ohio State Fair in August, for State Fair recognition. Meigs County has had several members selected for the Best of the Day Awards. Also in August the members display their projects at the Meigs County Fair, where they can show off their projects to family and friends.
As a 4-H member they will learn skills such as how to communicate their ideas to others, how to do research, and presentations in front of others. How to use creative ideas to increase their knowledge, self esteem, pride, and confidence are also acheived through 4-H.
There are many trips and events members can participate in as listed,
Conservation Camp July 21 - July 26 at Camp Ohio, Utica, Ohio Designed for youth interested in environmental Sciences. Participants learn by doing, using Camp Ohio as their laboratory.
Leadership Camp June 28 - July 3, at Camp Ohio. Focuses on helping youth development leadership by planning, conducting, and evaluating major parts of the camp program.
4-H Youth Expo June 12 - July 15 held at the Ohio State University campus, Columbus. Participants explore a variety of program areas such as government, leadership, citizenship and personal development, while having fun and meeting new people.
4-H Washington Focus June 14 - June 19 held at Washington D.C. and focuses on citizenship.
Ohio Quarter Horse Congress - This event is held in October at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Provides registration fee and admission to all show and educational events.
Animal Conferences June 25 - 27 Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Poultry, and Swine, apply before April 30, application from Extension office, cost $25, held at OSU Agriculture Campus. Member studies the species they have selected, by visiting farms, vet labs, and other activities pertaining to the species.
4-H Sea Camp - Experience marine biology first-hand at Kelley's Island 4-H Camp on Lake Erie from July 8 - July 12. Fishing, ecology, marine navigation, snorkeling, SCUBA, sailing and more.
County 4-H Ambassadors - Members are ambassadors of 4-H, promoting 4-H opportunities (camps, awards, etc.) and receive public speaking experience.
The 4-H Committee consist of one member and one alternate from each club in the county. Their purpose is to further aims and ideals of the 4-H program. The 4-H Committee sponsors several fundraisers each year to help fund the costs of trips and camps.
Many 4-H events and awards are sponsored by local businesses and individuals which is greatly appreciated.
Members can select other opportunities to participate in such as:
For more information about 4-H contact the Meigs County Extension Office at 614 992-6696.