• Callan Pugh/News Ava Taylor, left, and Orissa Humes take a break from exploring the creek Thursday afternoon to smile for the camera. The 4-H Camp for Knox and Holmes counties runs through Sunday.
  • Callan Pugh/News Erickson Doretich, Holmes County 4-H camper, slides down the Slip ‘n Slide Thursday afternoon on the main lawn of Camp Ohio. He is part of the 220 counselors and campers from Knox and Holmes counties at Camp Ohio through Sunday.
  • Callan Pugh/News Wyatt Dunham, left, and Braden Lewis pose in between recreational activity sessions Thursday afternoon at Camp Ohio in St. Louisville
  • Callan Pugh/News Lacey Snyder, left, and Mindy Mayer-McKinley enjoy some down time while making leather crafts in the craft hall at Camp Ohio 4-H camp Thursday afternoon.
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ST. LOUISVILLE — The return of summer brings back a time-honored tradition for many Knox and Holmes county residents: 4-H camp. Camp Ohio, located in St. Louisville, brings together 4-H dedicated young people for five days and four nights of summer fun.

Camp Ohio features all of the traditional camp fare, with some modern entertainment. Camp staples, like campfires, skits, songs, creeking and arts and crafts are prominently featured, with the addition of more thrilling entertainment, like high ropes and sharp shooting. The 2018 “Knolmes” camp has a Western theme this year, with fun activities like line-dancing available to campers.

4-H camp trains future leaders, explained the head of 4-H youth development through the Knox County OSU Extension office, Larry Hall.

“In regards to camp counselors, they are learning to be leaders, problem-solvers, being able to take initiative and do what needs to be done,” he said.

Janessa Hill, the head of 4-H youth development through the Holmes County Extension office, explained that the Knolmes camp has 43 camp counselors helping out.

“Camp Ohio is kind of unique because we have junior counselors with the campers, meaning that they are under the age of 18,” she said.


Allison Glass: 740-397-5333 or allison@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @



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