4-H and Youth

4-H Back to Basics
Camping Weekend

July 10-12, 2015

Want to learn how to fish, take a hike, learn back county living skills? We have just the weekend for you!

For $35, you will experience a weekend loaded with outdoor activities such as. . .
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  • Tent Camping
  • Back County Living
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Knife & Tomahawk Throwing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking

Limited space available
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4-H State Camp Alumni Reunion
Older Members’ Camp
Alpha I & Alpha II State 4-H Camps

Our big anniversary is finally here! 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H camping, which started in our great state. PRINT-logo-100Camping Just imagine how different our lives would have been had not Versus Shipman taken that group of Randolph County 4-H’ers for their first camping adventure.

Also, as a part of our Camping Centennial Celebration, we invite all alumni to return to their favorite state camp for a 24 hour celebration at OMC, Alpha I, or Alpha II. Enclosed is all of the information that you need to register for this chance to be part of camp again for a day. We hope to see many of you “come home to Jackson’s Mill” to camp with us in our 100th year.

To help get our celebration underway, we are providing everyone with the opportunity to order some of our West Virginia 4-H shirts.

Registration and Ordering Information

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Older Members' Conference – June 14-20

Alpha I State 4-H Camp – July 5-10

with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Track available
ATV Safety Training – 1 day event during camp (tentatively scheduled)

Alpha II State 4-H Camp – July 12-17

with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Track available
ATV Safety Training – 1 day event during camp (tentatively scheduled)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Camp

July 19-24, 2015

Why should you come to STEM Camp?

This isn’t your everyday science class, everything is hands-on and fun! The camp will also include typical 4-H camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, and an ice cream social.

Learn the Science Behind the Sport

Zip line on the WVU Canopy Tour and experience the thrill of rock climbing on the WVU Student Recreation Center climbing wall.

STEM graphic Blending both physics and engineering, these programs are specifically designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the STEM principles associated with force, gravity and movement. These examples of science in action are paired with ecological facts about the WVU University Forest while on tour.

Campers will work in teams to find unique and creative solutions to real-world problems. This science immersive camp allows youth to see what it’s like to attend college as they work on campus and live and eat in an actual WVU residence hall.

STEM Camp Activities

Forensic Chemistry

  • Learn to think like a Forensic Chemist
  • Investigate a murder at the WVU Crime Scene House


  • Take a trip to the WVU Planetarium to explore black holes
  • Learn how scientists study the compositions of stars
  • Take images from optical telescopes all over the world

Energy and Motion

  • Study the various types of energy and how we use them
  • Explore clean energy technology
  • See Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion in action

Technology and Nanoscience

  • Learn about circuitry and LEDs while creating your own light-up jewelry
  • Take apart computers and cellphones to see the technology inside
  • Discover nanoscience, science at the atomic and molecular scale

Light and Optics

  • Explore how atoms create light and the chemistry behind fireworks
  • Learn how a laser works and see laser research in action

The camp will explore scientific concepts that are important for everyday life. Things that can be thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, or larger than the sun.

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Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy
July 22-25, 2015

drawing-academy.jpgMODIFIED This event provides West Virginia youth experiences in art, in order for them to have better mindfulness and observational abilities and an understanding of how artistic skills activate an understanding of space, place, perspective, and structure.

Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and artistic skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes, and field trips will provide the opportunity for artistic exploration inspired by interacting with the landscape and our natural environment.

Registration is open

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WV State Conservation Camp
June 15-20, 2015
Camp Caesar, Cowen, WV

Conservation Camp State Conservation Camp will acquaint West Virginia youth with the social and economic values of our natural resources and environment; to create in them a desire to save and defend from waste these resources; and, to develop future conservation leaders.

Any youth who is at least 14 years of age on or before January 1, 2015, and not over 19 years of age by June 15, 2015. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to attend Conservation Camp, and may attend Conservation Camp more than one year. You DO have to be an active 4-H youth to receive the partial scholarship.

(example: if you are an active 4-H youth, your cost to attend would be $95; if you are NOT an active 4-H youth, your cost is the full $185)

COST: $185


Twenty five, partial scholarships are available. Cost to the first 25 4-H’ers to register will be $95.
Pre registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is May 15, 2015. A check made payable to WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY must accompany registration. 4-H members who register after May 4 pay the full amount ($185).

Many local conservation, sportsmen, and civic groups sponsor campers. Check with your Conservation District, garden club, hunting and fishing club, etc. to see if they sponsor campers. Individuals, including parents, may sponsor a camper. Alan Miller, Conservation Camp secretary, 4290 Greenawalt Gap Rd, Upper Tract, WV 26866 (phone: 304-358-3298), knows who is planning on sponsoring campers. Sponsors pay the $185 registration fee.

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