Tyler County 4-H Summer Adventures
Tyler County 4-H members have been enjoying a fun-filled summer. In June, they traveled to WVU Jackson’s Mill for an Outdoor Education Experience that lasted for three days. On the first day, campers participated in a team building exercise on the ropes course followed by kayaking and fishing. The evening ended with the group enjoying s’mores around a campfire.
Day two consisted of a visit to the historic area of Jackson’s Mill. Campers toured the blacksmith area, the old grist mill building and the current milling operation. Hands-on activities included making dipped candles, rope making and knot tying. After lunch, they were able to try three different shooting sports disciplines: archery, shotgun and muzzleloader. When the evening meal was completed, the campers walked to the STEAM building to participate in some STEM activities. The evening ended with a Council Circle experience and campfire (with more s’mores of course).
One day three, campers returned to the STEAM building where they designed and made balloon cars and used tablet computers to write code for lighted spheres. After lunch, it was time for some recreation. One group played disc golf while another group participated in the 4-H folk dance lessons.
Tyler 4-H members also participated in a “day” camp held in the evening at the Tyler County Camp during the week of June 22-25, 2021. After eating dinner each night, the members played games on the green. Each night had a different theme based on the four H’s: Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
The “Head” H is a focus on clearer thinking. Jon Wilson from the WV Division of Forestry brought along volunteer firefighters from Alma, Sistersville and Shirley to talk to the youth about preventing forest fires. Youth volunteers tried wearing the firefighting gear so that they better understood the job of a firefighter fighting brush fires.
The “Heart” H represents our goal of greater loyalty. With this in mind, campers enjoyed an interactive performance from Mick Souter and his “Celebrate WV” assembly. After experiencing the pandemic and all of the adaptations that everyone had to undertake over the past year, it was great to celebrate the good things about the state of West Virginia.
On Thursday night, the camp theme was about the “Hands” H. This “H” is about community service. The speaker for the evening was Daniel Heintzman from the Friendly Lions Club. Mr. Heintzman spoke of the work that the Lions Club does in the Tyler County Community. He also reminisced with the 4-H members about his time at 4-H camp when he was a youth.
Friday’s theme was the “Health” H, and the speaker was 4-H member, Kate Gorrell. Kate was trained as a Health Ambassador for 4-H and spoke about the dangers of smoking to the group.