We are excited to announce Fairfield County 4-H will be going to camp in person!!

Fairfield County 4-H'ers will camp locally, via Day Camps, at Alley Park in 2021. This applies to Cloverbud, Junior and Intermediate Camps. This decision was made based on communication with Fairfield County 4-H families, Advisors, camp counselors, and adult camp staff with camping preference, safety, and logistics in mind with regards to the current situation. Shipwrecked in Fairfield County, 4-H camp announcement graphic.  All camps will be at Alley Park in Lancaster.  Intermediate Camp (ages 11-14) is June 15-17 and Junior Camp (ages 8-10) is June 29-July 1.

We recognize that other counties are moving forward with planning overnight camps, and we want our families to know that each county is making its own decision on how to proceed this year given the circumstances and approval from OSU. The decision for day camps was not made lightly and many conversations with stakeholders and clientele took place which led to this decision. We are excited to host 4-H members at our day camps this year as there was a lot of interest from our recent survey of 4-H families. We are looking forward to overnight camping in 2022.  The Camp Information sheet has been updated for your reference.

Camp Dates:

  • Cloverbud Day Camp (Ages 5-8, Cloverbud Members) – June 5, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Intermediate Camp (Ages 11-14) – June 15-16, 9 am - 4 pm and June 17, 9 am - 8 pm
  • Junior Camp (Ages 8-10) – June 29-July 1, 9 am - 4 pm each day

Registration:

  • Registration will go live on May 3, 2021, and can be found here: go.osu.edu/2021FCCampApp
  • Bertha Wilson Trust will provide a 50% campership again this year if registered by June 1st
    • Members will only have to pay $40 for Intermediate or Junior, and $20 for Cloverbud

Health & Safety Information:

  • All campers, counselors, and staff will need to wear a mask at all times unless they are actively eating, boating, or participating in archery.
  • Campers will remain with their group and remain physically distanced from other groups. Groups will consist of 8 campers and 2 counselors
  • Health checks will be conducted for all campers, counselors, and staff each day of camp

Bertha Wilson Campership

Who was Bertha Wilson? Bertha Wilson was a sincere person who was concerned with helping others. She was at the very young age of 15 when the Great Depression hit in 1929. With hard times upon our country, jobs and money were difficult to find.  Bertha knew the importance of education and did very well in high school. When there was no electric in her family's house, she used kerosene to light her study. Her journey through life eventually landed her in a course learning stenography and eventually she was hired by the Bureau of Unemployment. Through twenty-plus years of service, Bertha found jobs for more people than anyone else in Lancaster. She was frugal with her money but was very generous in her giving to the church. In her later years, Bertha set up a trust for people who had very little. Through the memory of Bertha, and her generosity, a campership has been set up to help 4-H'ers with 4-H camp costs.

What is the Bertha Wilson Camp Campership?  The Bertha Wilson Trust provides a 50% Campership to all 4-H members who attend camp if fees are paid by June 1st.  After June 1st, the camp will cost the full price with an additional late fee added to each camp registration.  If financial need is a concern, contact Aubry (fowler.443@osu.edu) to discuss full campership options.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Bertha Wilson Campership?  All campers (active 4-H members or school enrichment program participants) are eligible for this campership!! You may turn in your camp registration form with the reduced fee, as it is an automatic scholarship.  Any eligible 4-H member who completes the appropriate paperwork and submits payment by the June 1st deadline receives it!

Please send 'Thank You' notes with camp registration form to:  OSU Extension, ATTN: Bertha Wilson Camp Scholarship, 831 College Ave, Suite D, Lancaster, Ohio 43130-1081