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Tyler County 4-H Camp: Welcome to the Circus

By Staff | Jul 5, 2017

Extension Agent Dave Snively sits with a younger camper.

The Tyler County 4-H grounds were busy last week as approximately 86 campers took part in this year’s Tyler County 4-H camp. The theme for this year’s camp was “Welcome to the Circus”. This was the first Tyler County Camp for new extension agent Dave Snively, who has done a wonderful job running camp and teaching campers valuable lessons that they will remember forever. There were also several volunteers to help along with the camp to make sure that campers had the best experience possible.

The campers were organized into tribes which include Mingos, Senecas, Delawares, and Cherokee’s. There is also the Big Foot tribe which includes the adults and volunteers. Within each tribe, there is also a chief and sagamore who are in charge of making sure that campers are participating in activities and helping with tribal duties.

There were several classes offered such as woodworking, crocheting, forestry/hiking, archery, outdoor recreation, camp improvement and several other classes were offered as well. These classes are fun and educational all at the same time to help teach the campers skills to be used in the future.

There was an assembly most evenings as well such as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) program. Miss West Virginia made a special appearance on Monday to inform the campers of life as a pageant participant.

A special dinner was held on Wednesday for special guests who were recognized for their help and contributions to the county camp. These distinguished guests include: Myra and Butch Butcher, who made a donation towards the beauty/hygiene class; John Stender, Tyler County Commissioner; Amanda Kimble, Tyler County Schools and Support Services; J.C. Kimble, principal at Valley High School; Una Henderson, Willing Workers and personal scholarships; Reva Rowland, Valley Grange; Joe and Carol Travis, maintenance and grounds keeping; Charles Clements, West Virginia Senator; Roger and Dawn Billiter, Coon Hunters Association Scholarship.

Campers take advantage of the nice weather to play a little soccer.

There was a small hiccup this year when the Fire Marshal deemed the older boys cabin as unfit for camping. The Tyler County Office of Emergency Management was gracious enough to loan an inflatable tent for the older male campers to use so that they would be able to attend camp this year. It has been wonderful for the campers since it allowed for better heat and air control. There are plans in the making for correcting the camp to make it acceptable by the Fire Marshal.

There were several upgrades to the facilities over the last year. The kitchen and Dining Hall have new flooring, there is a new stove in the kitchen, and there are plans to redo the siding on the side of the assembly hall. The camp is really cleaning up nicely and the campers have been having a wonderful time enjoying the updated facilities.

Campers get to make balloon animals for the circus themed camp.