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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Do you know about Ohio 4-H’s partnership with the Ohio National Guard?

An OMK camp attendee smiles with a dog.

Ohio Military Kids (OMK) supports the youth of military families during the deployment cycle and beyond through a partnership between Ohio 4-H and the Ohio National Guard. OMK also hosts events throughout the state each year to provide youth with educational and recreational opportunities.

In addition, OMK hosts weeklong summer camps on Kelleys Island. These camps allow children of military members to experience a new environment where they Youth build a pyramid while at an OMK camp.can have fun, explore interests, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Troop and family camps allow military families to have a relaxed weekend together with other military families, and the fun doesn’t stop when summer ends.

One of OMK’s flagship events is OMK Winter Wonderland—a free, one-day event for all military families. In past years, animals from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Winter Wonderland attendees connect with one another while playing with dogs.Santa’s elves, and even Santa himself have joined the fun! Attendees decorate holiday cookies, write letters to Santa, race through an inflatable obstacle course, and create festive crafts. This year, OMK Winter Wonderland will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, and registration will be available in the fall. Military families can find out more about OMK opportunities at

If you would like to support OMK’s mission, you can donate online or mail a check. For additional information, visit our website.