Tucker County youths, ages 5-12, will have an opportunity to learn about the county's history and natural environments through Tucker County Connections (TCC) Summer Explorations day camp, which is being conducted by TCC in conjunction with the Mountain Institute and Canaan Valley Institute.
Charlie Waters, education coordinator for The Mountain Institute, said the camp is designed to foster positive connections between local children and the cultural and environmental identity of their home.
We will be taking trips to recreational and historic places in the county where children will participate in games, nature hikes, scavenger hunts, art projects and explorations of local history, Waters said. The camp will tour historic sites in Parsons, hiking trails in Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State Parks, and visit historic sites and trails in Thomas. The camp will meet every day at Canaan Valley Institute, which will include activities and explorations of the trails and streams nearby.
Photo courtesy of The Mountain Institute
Children participate in an observational education program led by the Mountain Institute summer program coordinator Casey King during the summer of 2011.
"Our goal is to help area youth get the know the public and historic lands in our county and encourage a sense of pride in their home," he said. "Hopefully it makes them want to stay here and be active citizens in this beautiful county. Tucker County's natural and historic heritage has created a huge tourist industry, but we want our kids to take part in our heritage, too."
The camp will run from July 23-27 and all Tucker County children are invited to enroll in the 5-8-year-old program or the 9-12-year-old program.
The ages 5-8 program will run from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23-25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 26 and 27. The ages 9-12 program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Registration fees are $25 for ages 5-8, and $40 for ages 9-12. Children are to bring their own lunches and drinks. Snacks and drinks will be provided daily.
To register your child for the TCC Summer Explorations day camp, email Casey King, Mountain Institute summer program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The camp has been made possible through grants from the Tucker County Commission, the Oakland Foundation and the Wes-Mon-Ty Conservation District and many community partners who have contributed their time and energy.