Over 130 youngsters attend 2013 4-H camps

“Camp Fusion” was the theme selected by the 4-H camp planning committee for this year’s Randolph County 4-H Camps held on the second and fourth weeks of June at Camp Pioneer in Beverly. More than 130 youths and 35 adult counselors and class instructors turned out for two fun-packed weeks.

The camp committee was chaired by Sheila Johnson and consisted of 4-H leaders and 4-H teens.

The 4-H campers participated in activities such as square dancing and lassoing, game show activities, a 4-H camp science experiment, a talent show, a dance, a field day and other educational activities focused on developing their life skills.

They attended shooting sports, rockerty, outdoor cooking, newspaper, photography, party planning, healthy snacks, sewing, animal science, folk dancing, fishing, ceramics and many other classes. The youths enjoyed the nightly Council Circle and afternoon sports, which allowed them to enjoy the outdoors and socialize with fellow campers. Without volunteer involvement and campers, this 4-H camp would not have been such a success.

The Randolph County 4-H Leaders Association presented full return scholarship awards at both county camps. Recipients from older 4-H Camp were Hannah Currence, Head; Cassie Plishka, Heart; Elizabeth Proudfoot, Hand; Hannah Gongola, Health; and Katie Harris, Spirit of Camp.

The State 4-H Camp full scholarship recipient for Older Members’ Conference was Patrick McKay with Madison Collett as alternate. Alpha State 4-H Camp full scholarships were awarded to Daisy Goodwin and Joseph Schmidlen with alternates Jonathan Swecker and Zach Shreve. The Peg/Polly full scholarship to Alpha State 4-H Camp, provided by Dr. Frank Mams’ family, went to Summer Turner with Makayla Amos as alternate.

The Outstanding First Year Camper return scholarship went to Makayla Amos. The 4-H Charting pin was presented to John McCauley, Hannah Gongola and Larel Teter. Older camp tribe chiefs included Katie Harris, Dylan McCollam, Brittany Robinson and Olivia Rycroft. Those serving as tribe sags were Dakota Pritt, Cam Broschart, Hannah Currence, Matthew Jenkins, Jonathan Swecker, Justin Anderson, Jessica Anderson and Katie Stalnaker. Alternate tribe sags included Joshua Miller, Brooke Floyd, Cassie Plishka and Tyler Gum.

Younger Camp full return scholarships were presented to Hayden Long, Head; Taylor McKinnie, Heart; Kevin Barb, Hand; Nonee High, Health; Evelyn Bennett, Spirit of Camp; and Noah High, Outstanding First Year Camper. The Alpha State 4-H Camp full scholarship was awarded to Hayden Long with alternate Caitlin Weese. The Katie Harris Senior Project Alpha State 4-H camp full scholarship went to Warner Gibson with Alisha Arbogast as alternate. The Katie Harris Senior Project full county camp return scholarship was presented to Trevor Chenoweth with Alexis Hare as alternate.

Serving as younger camp tribe chiefs were Hayden Long, Branson Chenoweth, Jeyna Collett and Caitlin Weese. Tribe sags included Daniel Hempel, Trinity Beane, Taylor McKinnie, Warner Gibson, Mykaila Shreve, Nonee High, Shane Martel and Morgan Rizzio. Alternate tribe sags included Laura Hempel, Holli Bennett, Lydia Plishka and Mara Looney Sanders.

Donors for this year’s 4-H camping program included Lazy J Farms LLC, Tomblyn Funeral Home, Custom Paving & Sealing Inc, Certainty Stores Inc., Frances Adams, Hiawatha’s, Varchetto Insurance Plans Inc., Mountain Valley Bank NA, Holy Rosary Guild, Randolph County Farm Bureau, Elkins Degree of Honor Lodge, WGH Properties, Marguerite Gollinger, Vic and Linda Thompson, Adam and Amanda Smith, Paul and Anne Beardslee, Carte Hall & Associates AC, Kathy’s Decorating & Design, Elkins Salvation Army, Randolph County Principal’s Association, Pioneer Insurance Agency, Derek and Hannah Fincham, Denise Campbell, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lynn Proudfoot and Kerens Crafters. Davis Memorial Hospital also served as a sponsor for providing camp T-shirts. These donations provided summer tuition, class fees and camp snacks.

“4-H camp is an excellent activity for youths to participate in during the summer. Camp challenges campers to try new things, gain independence, work as a team, solve problems and make new friends. Campers leave camp with a sense of belonging and accomplishment. 4-H transforms lives, and I am pleased to share this amazing program with wonderful kids and volunteers,” said Randolph County WVU Extension Agent Amanda Johnson.

4-H is available for all youth ages 9-21 without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, veterans status, political belief, sexual orientation, national origin and marital or family status. For more information on programs and activities offered by the WVU Extension Service or to enroll in 4-H, contact the Randolph County WVU Extension Service at 32 Randolph Ave., Suite 102, Elkins, or by sending an emailing Amanda.Haller@mail.wvu.edu, or call the office at 304-636-2455.