Tuscarawas County 4-H offers two camping experiences for youth enrolled in the current 4-H program. Click on the option that best suits your circumstance.


4-H Camp Piedmont

April 8, 2020

Dear Tuscarawas County 4-H Families,

I’ll be honest, today has been rough. Our decision makers at the state level have had to make some very important and heavy decisions over the last few days since Dr. Drake announced late Friday night changes to OSU’s calendar, including a virtual commencement in May. Below is a message from Dr. Kirk Bloir regarding the decision of 4-H camps and summer activities. Take time to read this and process it. You’ll have questions. We all do. The staff of the Tuscarawas County Extension Office continues to work with and for you. We will get through this. This may not be the 4-H year that many of our youth had anticipated but we will still do our absolute best to grow the next generation of true leaders.  

Please continue to read further for Dr. Bloir’s update.

Sincerely,

Kiersten Heckel
4-H Extension Educator


Dear 4-H members, families, volunteers and supporters,

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with you. Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.

We know this is an incredible disappointment and recognize how much everyone looks forward to our cherished 4-H summer events. As 4-H professionals committed to providing positive youth development programming, we share your sense of loss.

Given available information, we anticipate the next few weeks and months will continue to be critical times for stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is our duty to keep ourselves and those we serve safe through the education we provide and the modeling of safety-conscious behaviors. We do not want to get to the other side of this pandemic and wish that we had done more to keep our future generation of leaders safe and healthy.

While we are making decisions regarding the youth events we organize and manage (such as camps and 4-H project judging), we are deferring to local decision-makers and Governor DeWine’s administration on the events owned by others, such as county fairs. Our decision to cancel in-person 4-H activities and events through July 6 and summer camps, should not automatically imply that local county fairs are also canceled at this time. Please keep in mind that 4-H and our FFA colleagues support the education and development of youth, but the decision about whether fairs will occur is in the hands of others. This continues to be an evolving situation that will require some negotiation and monitoring depending on decisions. We will be ready should fairs move forward and to pivot if they are cancelled.

As we work through the impact of these decisions for 4-H activities and events in the weeks ahead, county OSU Extension 4-H professionals will share important updates and information with you as we develop and provide new online opportunities. We know the experiences will be different than we had hoped, yet we remain committed to working together to grow future generations of true leaders.

Yours in service to 4-H,

Kirk

 

Adopt-A-Cabin Refurbishment Campaign

Our county successfully raised our first $5000 to refurbish our adoped cabin, Hemlock (on the girls side of camp)!

4-H Camp Piedmont Board's goal is to have all 14 cabins refurbished and adopted by all 8 counties who attend camp. Contractors will be doing work under the leadership of the maintenance manager. The cost to refurbish a single cabin is $5,000. Refurbishment includes:

  • New roof, walls, floors, ceilings, bunks, and doors.
  • New lighting and windows installed.

The Tuscarawas County 4-­H Committee’s next goal is to raise and donate $5,000 for a cabin on the boys side of camp. The committee is encouraging 4­-H clubs to participate by making donations to the Cabin Campaign. The Tuscarawas County 4-­H Committee will donate all Cabin Campaign funds to Camp Piedmont to complete our cabin refurbishment. If funds collected exceed $5,000, the remaining funds will be used to help fund another cabin. Funds will be taken all year to help with the campaign.

This can be counted as Community Service for those clubs making a donation. Clubs can be creative in terms of fundraising: they may make a contribution from their club treasury, hold a fundraiser with proceeds dedicated to the Cabin Campaign, collect donations, etc.

For more information or to print a form to make a donation, see the Adopt-A-Cabin Refurbishment Campaign form.

Cloverbud Camp

A day camp for current county Cloverbud members.

August 10
10 AM - 2 PM
Clover Café, Fairgrounds
Registration Deadline: July 31

Extension staff will provide leadership, and Cloverbud advisors are encouraged to attend. Contact Kiersten if you're an approved volunteer who is interested in assisting. Health and permission forms will be mailed to registrants after receipt of paid registration and MUST accompany camper the day of Cloverbud Camp.

Click here for the flyer/registration form.