Randolph County 4-H Camp applications available

Randolph County has two 4-H camps planned for June. Younger camp is scheduled for June 8-12 for youths in third through sixth grades. Older camp will be held June 22-27 for youths in seventh grade to age 21.

Camp is a special time devoted to the development of our youths where they learn life skills. They learn by doing, through camp classes and activities. For many campers, the weeks spent at 4-H camp are considered some of the best times of their lives. The ultimate goal of 4-H is to make the best better; simply put, 4-H camp gives our youths the chance to be their best.

Girls and boys have separate cabins with restroom facilities within the cabins on the Camp Pioneer campus. The campers select a tribe where they come up with songs, skits, challenges and cheers to present at the campfires. This year’s multiple-camp theme, “Calling All 4-H Super Heroes,” will determine the different group activities and games they will participate in each day in addition to a variety of classes including archery, foods, science, self-defense, journalism, photography, dance, sports and crafts.

4-H camp applications are available at the WVU Extension Office, 32 Randolph Ave., Elkins, and on the county website at randolph.ext.wvu.edu. Pre-registration will be honored on a first come, first served basis. No applications will be accepted after May 23.

The community’s financial assistance for camp scholarships continues to be a vital part of the success of 4-H camp and its campers. Financial barriers may prevent many campers from experiencing this educational program, which provides them opportunities to succeed and aspire, making a difference in our community. Campers who come from difficult family circumstances find the tight knit family atmosphere at camp a source of security and give them a feeling of belonging.

There are areas you can sponsor a child’s participation in 4-H camp. Your donation can assist with camp scholarships, teen counselor opportunities, or personal hygiene items including towels and wash cloths. Please make check payable to Randolph County 4-H Leaders Association and designate the area you are sponsoring. Send to Amanda Johnson, Randolph County WVU Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins WV 26241. We greatly appreciate any level of support, and remember donations are tax deductible.

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Director, Cooperative Extension Service, West Virginia University.