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Another successful 4-H Camp complete

The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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Ritchie County 4-H'ers gathered for their annual week-long camp Sunday, June 21-Friday, June 26.

The theme for the 2015 camp was "You Are A Winner" and 121 4-H'ers from across the county were in attendance for the week.

Each day there was a daily theme for the campers. Themes included: Sunday, June 21, "You Are A Winner"; Monday, June 22, "Let the Games Begin"; Tuesday, June 23, "Wipeout!"; Wednesday June 24, "The Tribe is Right"; Thursday, June 25, "Dancing with the Stars'"; and Friday, June 26, "Final Jeopardy".

During camp, 4-H'ers had the opportunity to take classes to learn about different topics. Campers chose from air pistol, acrylic art, basic first aid and CPR, basket making, candles and scented animals, candy making, homemade soaps and lotions, horsemanship, painted pillowcases, pet care, woodworking and wreath making. There were 40 different classes campers could choose from to fill three 50-minute classes.

Campers also participated in educational assemblies throughout the week, which included a presentation by Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, AirEvac and West Virginia University graduate student Stephanie Landry, who presented a watershed program.

This year's tribal chiefs and sagamores included: Delaware Tribe — Becca Sullivan and Jessie Bryson; Cherokee Tribe — Michael Channell and Austin Garrett; Mingo Tribe-Hunter Burns and Rachel Morton; Seneca Tribe — Rachel Haddox and Kenzi Deem; and Big Feet — Sarah Summers and Rob Deem.

Campers selected to be 2015 exchange campers with surrounding counties were: Steven Arnott, Shaya Layman, Austin Garrett and Leewood Molessa.

These individuals will have the opportunity to visit another county camp to gain new ideas for Ritchie County, as well as share Ritchie County ideas with other counties.

The 4-H Charting Program is a self-awareness and self-improvement program for teens.

Ritchie County 4-H'ers carrying the Charting Project must complete the charting class and a personal interview during 4-H Camp.

Those who are successful in completing the program receive their charting pins at a pinwearer's ceremony Friday evening.

Those 4-H'ers receiving their 4-H Carting Pin during the 2015 4-H Camp included: Cali Hayes, Oda Rokvam, Kiersten Weber and Sarah Cokeley.

Many campers and counselors were honored during the closing campfire Friday evening, June 26, as both campers and volunteers participated in the event.

First year campers and counselors receiving the Lucky Penny Award included: Zachary Bixman, Matt Broda, R. J. Broda. Ada Chen, Sarah Hall, Charity Hannah, Kiersten Weber, Natilea Cain, Garrett Copeland, Dylan Edwards,

Caitlin Freeland, Kate Smith, Cassie Tallman, Ryan Weekley.

Kayley Bixman, Zoe Butcher Matt Carr, Waylon Crouch, Taten Elliot, Josiah Hornsby, Lev: McKenna, Frank Murphy, Jordar Pifer, Caleb Prince, Rebekah Rupert. Andrea Davis, Logan Hilvers, Anna Law, Becka Martin, Kaity Sullivan, Alaina Duty, Bryce Leach and Gara Satterfield.

Second year campers and counselors receiving the Lucky Nickel Award included: Chloe Cline, Marissa Jeffrey, Sarah Roman, Mathew Cox, Olivia Cress. Maci Ireland, Ruger Law, Marin Rader, Desirae Crouch, Shawn Hilvers, Anthony Rader, Haley martin, Larissa McDonald, Chancey Roberts, Audra Cunningham, Mandy Muprhy, Wendy Snider and Chasity Martin.

Return scholarships for First Year Campers who actively participated in most camp activities with a cheerful attitude and enthusiasm were awarded to Ada Chen and Josiah Hornsby

Chris Sandy received the Mike Ayers Memorial Award Scholarship, Andrea Kirk received the Tammy Aiken Memorial Award and Ashley Cox and Sam Summers received the Straight Arrow Awards.

Tribal Spirit Awards, which included a miniature spirit stick from their chiefs and sags were presented to Rhonda Ireland of the Big Feet Tribe, Chancey Roberts of the Delaware Tribe, Caitlin Freeland of the Cherokee Tribe, Oda Rokvom of the Seneca Tribe and Rebekah Rupert of the Mingo Tribe.

Cody Stump received the "Yes, I Can" Award and Josh Brannon received the Nathaniel Bartlett Memorial Award.

Cort Martin received the Law Family Scholarship in memory of David Law and Tatem Elliott and Katie Sullivan received the Morty Awards.

Moie Ray received the Breanna Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, which is sponsored bv the Cairo Climbers 4-H Club.

Jessie Bryson and Jonathan Wilson received the Jennifer Cunningham Jones Thompson Memorial Scholarships, while Zoe Butcher and Logan Hilvers received the Sunshine Community Educational Outreach Service Camp (CEOS) Scholarships.

Anthony Rader and Vanessa Morris received the Ritchie County CEOS County Council Scholarships and Treiton Jenkins and Logan Hardbarger received the Mountain CEOS Camp Scholarships.

Leewood Molessa and Sarah Cokeley received the Mountain CEOS State Camp Scholarship, while Samya Estep and Maxwell Molessa received the Rainbow Grange Scholarship.

Jesse Murphy received the Edwin Cox Memorial Scholarship, Frank Murphy and Hannah Law received the John Morton Sr. Camp Scholarship and Colton Stewart received the Most Improved Camper Scholarship Award.

During the closing candle-lighting ceremony, five 4-H'ers were selected to represent the four H's and the Spirit of Camp.

Head H was Michael Channell; Heart H was Rachel Haddox; Hand H was Hunter Burns; Health H was Becca Sullivan; and Aaron Lamp was Spirit of Camp.

Many of the award recipients will receive a return camp scholarship provided by the Ritchie County 4-H Developmental Council, Inc., The Ritchie County 4-H Leaders Association, Route One CEOS, Woody Ireland family, Law family, Brian Morton, Jennifer Thompson family, Luke Hinzman family, Sunshine CEOS and Ritchie County CEOS.

Over 44 volunteers assisted with some part of the camp program to make the week a worthwhile experience for Ritchie County youth.

"A big How! How! And thank you goes to all campers, volunteers and supporters for a great week of 4-H Camp," Stephanie Deem, camp director and extension agent, stated.

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Original Publication Date: July 1, 2015

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