If you would like to support Ohio 4-H camps but do not have a strong preference of which camp to support, you can contribute to the greatest needs for 4-H camps. Money raised here will be distributed between the nine camps participating in the 4-H Camp Needs You Now campaign for their greatest needs.
Now more than ever, Ohio 4-H camps welcome your support. As a result of COVID-19, the very difficult decision was made to suspend 4-H camps this summer. The health of our campers, staff, and volunteers are our highest priority. However, this decision has impacted our camps financially and will make it difficult to maintain or retain our camps.
Take a moment and recall one of your most favorite memories of 4-H. For many of us, those memories are vivid with the sounds and smells (good and BAD!) of 4-H camp. From camp songs, to “warm fuzzies”, counselor skits, and vespers, those summer days and nights helped us to grow and become who we are today. We want to be sure those opportunities are there for kids next year and many years to come.
We all have acknowledged our own sadness as a result of camps being canceled this summer, but our 4-H members have proven to be resilient and encouraging considering this decision. Protecting our 4-H family of youth, volunteers, and staff is our number one priority and we know that this was the right decision to keep everyone safe during these challenging times. As a result of these camp closures, the loss of income is hitting these camps hard. To keep camp fees down, most camps run on a very strict and tight budget with little room to withstand substantial losses such as they are experiencing this year. Across the state, Ohio 4-H camps will lose roughly $1.1 million dollars in revenue.
Please stand with us in support of Ohio 4-H camps. We are anxious to welcome everyone back next year but know that the ability to continue operations is hanging in the balance. Please give today and invest in camp to help grow true leaders for tomorrow.