Craig County Junior 4-H Camp was held at the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational & Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake during the week of June 4-8, 2018. A total of 41 Craig 4-H’ers attended camp and enjoyed sharing the week with other campers from Patrick and Pulaski Counties.
They attended classes, met new friends and learned new skills. Campers were able to enjoy new classes such as Advanced Sports, Airplanes and Rocketry, Bath & Body, Bead Yourself, Campfire Cooking, Fish Taxidermy, Glass Art, Robotics, Sewing as well as old favorites like Archery, Arts and Crafts, Basic Horsemanship, Canoeing, Climbing, Fishing, Kayaking, Multi-Media and Outdoor Adventures among many others.
There was something for everyone at 4-H Camp. Some of the special events included “Cool Sunglasses Lunch,” “Super Hero and Princess Day,” “Crazy Hat Lunch,” and “Pajama Breakfast.” Carnival Night, Talent Show, Neon Dance Party and Drive-In Movie added many fun activities.
Emily Ross, a 4-H adult volunteer, provided supervision for our camp this summer. We are very appreciative of Emily’s support during this week. We would not have been able to have 4-H Camp this summer without her leadership. We were also very fortunate to have a hard-working group of Craig teen leaders – Morgan Beane, Jenna Bostic, Jessie Reed, Hunter Ashley, Dylan Crawford, Gabriel Devinney, Dalton Henderson and Chris Lafon. Each trained teen did a fantastic job working with their assigned campers and making sure our camp ran smoothly. Craig Counselors-in-training (Shelby Devinney, Sara Drewry, Abigayle Price, Bryce Drake and Haiden Huffman) were a welcome addition to our group.
The majority of the 4-H’ers at the camp were able to attend because of the generosity of the following individuals and businesses to the Junior 4-H Camp Scholarship Fund. Craig County Extension staff and Craig 4-H’ers want to thank all these companies and individuals for making Junior 4-H Camp a reality for our local youth. Your support is very much appreciated. Donors include:
- Adams Construction Co.
- Mr. & Mrs. Ron Baker
- Mr. & Mrs. George Canode
- Charlton Associates
- Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative
- Craig County Farm Bureau
- Craig County Farm Bureau Women
- Craig County Health & Dental Center
- Craig Healing Springs Christian Church
- Crossroads Christian Church
- Farmers & Merchants Bank of Craig County
- Mr. & Mrs. Carter Fleming
- Forever Green Lawn Care
- Guthrie Insurance Inc.
- Betty Hughes
- Blair & Erica Jones
- David D. Lawrence
- Market Street Pharmacy
- Maywood Garden Club
- New Castle Christian Church
- New Castle Garden Club
- Paitsel Funeral Home
- Red Rock Farm
- Roanoke Moose Lodge #284
- St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
- Sisson & Ryan Quarry, LLC
- Linda Stump
- Tickle Oil & Propane
- Harold Wingate
- Zimmerman’s Equipment
- Nadine C. Allen Excellence Fund
- Frist Foundation
- Arthur Taubman Scholarship Fund
- Virginia Tech Foundation (Thurman Fund)
- Ned and Rosalyn Lester Youth Leadership Development Endowment
We would be unable to have such a successful camping experience for our youth without the generosity of:
- Craig County School Board for their donation of two school buses.
- Mrs. Kirstann Edwards and Mr. Sput Jones for driving the buses with our campers and their luggage to and from camp.
- The Farmers & Merchants Bank of Craig County for their additional support of paying the bus drivers’ fees. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to each of these supporters of our camping program.
– Submitted by Andy Allen, Extension Agent, Agriculture Craig County Extension Office