TAYLOR COUNTY—Another year of Taylor County 4-H Camp came to a close Thursday evening with a final council circle. Ninety-one campers and their family and friends gathered around the fire, as the campers said farewell to a fun-filled and successful week.
Campers enjoyed a week full of themed days starting with Sunday’s “Tacky Camper Day.” Sunday was also the first assembly of the week, featuring Nutrition Outreach Instructor Jeanette Coole teaching the extension program, Rethink Your Drink.
Monday was “Color Wars,” and campers donned the colors of their respective tribes. Campers learned about the importance pollinators during Monday’s assembly.
Young 4-Hers, the Cloverbuds, joined the camp during the day Tuesday for “Tie Dye Day.”
The entire camp enjoyed tie dying a shirt for themselves. Pruntytown Correctional Center’s K9 Handler Phil Poling and K9 Kara visited for Tuesday’s assembly, much to the delight of the attendees.
Campers enjoyed an outing to the Grafton Municipal Pool Wednesday, for their annual camp pool party, after an assembly with Mick Souter and his musical show “Celebrate West Virginia.”
They also celebrated their favorite time period for “Decades Day.”
And of course, to wrap up the week, the campers ended their weeklong celebration with Thursday being “Tired Camper Day.”
Thursday’s council circle was started with cheers from the tribes and interactive, traditional songs, that were enjoyed by both campers and their guests.
Gigi Collett, who was the instructor for the musical theatre class, led her students in a song for the final circle. The students learned four songs during their week of instruction from the musical “Assignment: Earth by Roger Emerson.”
In other entertainment, guitar class instructor, Ed Westfall, led his students in song, performing “This Land is Your Land,” that the audience enjoyed singing along to.
Besides songs and skits, camper awards were given, and the two newest 4-Hers to finish their charting projects were pinned by their 4-H mentors.
Kasey Rush and Katie Lavender were joined in the circle by fellow 4-hers of all ages that have received their charting pins for a celebration of their success.
The night was a perfect wrap up to a successful week planned by WVU Extension Service Agent John Murray, WVU Extension Service Program Assistant Sheila Westfall and a great team of volunteers.
Westfall summed up the importance of the camp week by saying, “4-H Camp is lots of fun with songs and games but it’s also an opportunity for personal growth. Campers learn new skills through classes like cake decorating, archery, canoeing, and cooking. They also develop leadership skills as chiefs of their tribes as well by helping younger campers in classes, in the cabins, and during sports.”
“One of the most rewarding parts of being a camp counselor is seeing how the kids grow and change through the week and from year to year,” she expressed.
If you would like to get your child involved in 4-H, please contact the WVU Extension Taylor County Office at 304-265-3303.