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BEVERLY – With warmer weather here and school set to shut down for the summer, camping season has officially arrived and kicked off at 4-H Camp Pioneer on Tuesday morning.

Randolph County’s fifth-grade outdoor education program kicked off as students from Beverly Elementary, Coalton Elementary and Jennings Randolph Elementary participated in the day-long program that will run through Thursday. A different group of campers from different schools will attend camp each day.

While at camp, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as water sports and safety, where students will learn to canoe and kayak in the ponds at a 4-H camp . Students will also learn about water ecology, local wildlife, nature journaling, and natural movement exercises.

The West Virginia University Extension Office, Wonder & Grow, Experience Learning, and the Division of Natural Resources guide students through the program. Volunteers from the Kump Education Center, the Davis & Elkins College Outdoor Recreation Management Program and other community partners provide additional volunteer support.

The Snowshoe Foundation, Randolph County Board of Education and other private donors helped fund the day camp, which also teaches students how to tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, what lives under rocks and why these bugs under rocks are so important, and why we should all care about local streams and water quality.

For anyone who missed this week’s camps, another opportunity is on the horizon when 4-H Camp Pioneer hosts a pair of camps in the month of June. The first camp will be an overnight camp and will take place June 12-17. The second is a day camp and will take place from June 27 to 30.

This week’s camp theme is “Adventure Awaits in 4-H” as participants will take part in sports activities, games, classes and meeting new friends. Camp registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with ZSuite-registered 4-H members having two weeks to register before it opens to the general public.

Current 4-H members with a ZSuite account can log in and register for the camp of their choice. New users and non-members will need to create an account at https://zsuite.org. For more information, call 304-636-2455.



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