With summer camps and club meetings canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio 4-H, CFAES’ youth development program, has quickly responded with virtual alternatives—all of them continuing 4-H’s focus on learning by doing. Among them are the Stay connected! website, with links to virtual activities for 4-H youth and volunteers; Camp…ish, the first-ever Ohio statewide virtual camp set for June 9–11; 4-H Camp in a Box, a mailed 4-H “camp” experience offering 10 activities, including related to STEM; and, among the many options developed by OSU Extension’s county offices, the virtual Camp at Home and Not a Camp alternatives in Muskingum County.
“I’m as sad as anyone that we can’t physically go to camp,” said Jamie McConnell, 4-H educator in OSU Extension’s Muskingum County office. “But this is a learning experience. It’s about how to persevere and that life doesn’t always go the way we expect, so we’ll help our young people manage those feelings, learn something new, and use those skills later in life.”