Activities ramping up at 4-H Camp Pioneer

BEVERLY — With warmer weather here and school set to break for the summer, camping season has officially arrived and it kicked off at 4-H Camp Pioneer on Tuesday morning.

The Randolph County Fifth Grade Outdoor Education Program got underway as students from Beverly Elementary, Coalton Elementary and Jennings Randolph Elementary took part in the day-long program which will run through Thursday. A different group of campers from different schools will attend the camp each day.

While at the camp students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities such as watersports and safety where students are taught how to canoe and kayak in one 4-H Camp’s ponds. Students will also learn about water ecology, local wildlife, nature journaling and natural movement exercises.

The West Virginia University Extension Office, Wonder & Grow, Experience Learning and the Division of Natural Resources are guiding the students through the program. Volunteers from The Kump Education Center, Davis & Elkins College Outdoor Recreation Management program and other community partners are providing additional volunteer support.

The Snowshoe Foundation, Randolph County Board of Education and other private donors helped fund the day-camp, which is also teaching students how to know the difference between venomous or non venomous snakes, what lives beneath rocks and why those insects underneath the rocks are so important, and why we should all care about local streams and water quality.

For anyone missing out on this week’s camps, another opportunity is on the horizon when 4-H Camp Pioneer hosts a pair of camps in the month of June. The first camp will be an overnight camp and will be held June 12-17. The second one is a day camp and will be from June 27-30.

This week’s camp theme is “Adventure Awaits in 4-H” as those attending will engage in sports activities, games, classes and the meeting of new friends. Camp registration is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with 4-H members enrolled in ZSuite given two weeks to register before opening to the general public.

Current 4-H members with a ZSuite account can login and register for the camp of their choice. New users and non members will need to create an account at https://zsuite.org. For additional information call 304-636-2455.


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