Taylor County youths take part in annual 4-H camp


GRAFTON— Taylor County 4-H Camp took place last week from June 25-29, at Camp Towles, this year campers participated in a Western theme.

Throughout the week campers participated in activities including tie dying, canoeing, cake making, martial arts, Lego robotics, fishing, archery and air riffle.

Jennifer Murray Extension Specialist  4-H Curriculum Extension Assistant Professor, reported that the Taylor County 4-H received a grant from the National Rifle Association in the amount of $7,000.

According to Murray, the funds were used to buy new archery equipment and air riffles for the 4-Hers. “The campers are really enjoying the new equipment this year,” she said.

This year, there were 78 campers. The camp was open to any youth was at least 9 and not older than 18, as of June 25.

On Monday, the camp held its annual dinner.

“Senator Smith and his wife joined us for dinner, and other members of the community as well,” said Murray.

“We invite the Cloverbuds 5 to 8 year olds, to attend on Tuesday, and there were 21 participants. They were able to get a taste of what camp is like,” shared Murray.

In addition, the campers and Cloverbuds took a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, on Tuesday. “The campers explored Morgantown. The younger kids went to the planetarium and the older kids went to Davis College and explored downtown,” reported Murray.

According to http://extension.wvu.edu/taylor/4h, 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the United States. The program has more than 6.5 million young people and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.

The focus of the program is to help youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills, by participating in projects and service.

Membership is open to any youth when he/she is in at least the third grade, and or 9 years of age, but is not older than 21. The Cloverbud program is open to youths ages 5-7 years of age, stated the website.

On a local level, 4-H offers community clubs, specialty clubs, cloverbud clubs, county camp(s), club outings, Achievement Banquet, and more. In 4-H youth socialize, learn, and develop life skills in a safe, educational atmosphere.

The website revealed, studies have shown that 4-H members do better in school, and are more motivated to help others, as well as feel safe to try new things while achieving a sense of self-esteem and developing lasting friendships.

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