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Summer fun and learning

4-Her’s create memories during week at Camp Pioneer

June 25, 2011
By Beth Broschart - Special to The Inter-Mountain , The Inter-Mountain

One of the highlights of every 4-Her's year is attending summer camp at Camp Pioneer in Beverly where they learn new skills, build friendships and create memories.

Randolph County Older 4-H Camp featured such classes as cake decorating, Shooting Sports and Jamm. Younger campers learned how to survive in the wilderness, how to shoot an air riffle safely and participated in several craft making classes.

"In cake decorating, Mary Warner taught us to make stars, leaves and roses using the decorating tips," said camper Latalya White. "We also made roses and a Scooby Doo and SpongeBob cake."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Participating in craft a day class are 4-H’ers, from left, Jessica Anderson, Diane White, Andrea Warner, Liz Proudfoot and Emily Pingley.

Shooting Sports helps participants learn how to safely shoot bow and arrow and rifles. Jamm class featured drums, piano, bass and guitars, and class members jammed with one another learning more about music.

One evening, Friends of 4-H were invited to tour camp, eat dinner and listen to the 4-H Camp Choir. Katie Demyan, who is the drum major of the WVU Marching Band, directed this year's camp choir.

"We enjoyed practicing and performing songs for the guests," Demyan said. "This is a tradition that everyone really enjoys."

Fellow WVU student Ainslee Hart returned to Older Camp and described her experience as wonderful.

"I love being back home at camp with all of my 4-H friends," Hart said. "The memories and friendships made at 4-H Camp will last a lifetime."

Randolph County 4-H Extension Agent Amanda Haller said she was pleased with both older and younger camp.

"Older camp was lots of fun for the campers and staff," said Haller. "We are fortunate to have great staff and great campers. There is so much creativity and opportunity for learning for everyone involved."

Younger campers learned the art of tie dying by creating original works on T-shirts that were donated by Davis Health System.

Hannah Gongola served as a counselor at younger 4-H Camp and said she was "really excited" to help the youth.

"When I was a camper I always looked up to my counselors, and I am excited to serve as a role model for others," Gongola said.

Also during the camp, the Randolph County 4-H Foundation president Andy McCauley unveiled the newly developed website at

"This site tells all about our foundation and lists opportunities for folks to help fund our cause," McCauley said.



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