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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Ohio Military Kids: Going Strong in Year 15!

Ohio 4-H is entering its 15th year of providing support to military youth and families with the Ohio Military Kids program, often recognized as OMK! Many people are familiar with OMK's weeklong residential summer camp for children of military families. While that camp is where it started 15 years ago and continues as a highlighted event, the program has evolved to include much more. 

OMK camp counselors enjoy a moment to sing in front of their campers at Camp Kelleys Island.


Through the partnership of Ohio State Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard, OMK hosts events year-round throughout Ohio. These programs range from one day events to overnight excursions, weekend camps and residential camps.



For an inside look at how this partnership works together to provide amazing memories for military youth and families, watch the 2018 Year in Review

You can always find an Ohio Military Kid with a tie-dyed camp shirt, a 15-year old tradition!

With military youth living in every county in Ohio, 4-H has the ability to promote OMK opportunities to military friends and neighbors in all 88 counties.  If you are a military family, please consider joining one of our many events. All active, reserve, and National Guard families are welcome from any branch of service. In order to participate in OMK-sponsored activities, youth do not have to be a 4-H member, but they do have to be military-affiliated.


Visit to learn more about Ohio Military Kids programs or contact Kayla Oberstadt, OMK Program Manager, at or at 614-292-3758.  If you would like to financially support this program, please go to this website.