Gilmer County Extension Agent Writes Thank You

(07/08/2006)

Letter submitted by Vada Zinn

The Gilmer County Extension Office wishes to thank all 4-H supporters who helped make our 2006 4-H Camp a success. Through the generous donations of many individuals, businesses, local 4-H and CEOS clubs, along with other organizations we were able to help pay the way for 76 youth to attend our camp.

These donations also helped with snacks, guest speakers, souvenirs for our youth to take home to help them remember camp, materials for awards, and many other important components of camp.

I would like to thank all the counselors who stayed during the nights and generously gave their time, along with giving up their comfy beds and restful nights sleep to help chaperone our campers. I also want to thank all of the teachers who took time out of their busy schedules to help teach a class at camp. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun camp for our campers and your help in teaching classes makes this goal a reality.

Last, but certainly not least, a big "HOW-HOW" goes out to all of the campers. I couldn't have asked for a better group of campers for my first camp. I know the week started off rainy, but even the rain couldn't dampen the spirit of our campers. I appreciate the campers accepting the changes in camp and following the rules; I know it's not always easy, but everyone was GREAT! I hope everyone returns next year and if you're not a 4-Her, yet, I hope you think about joining.

For those of you who may not have attended camp or are thinking about joining you should sign up for next year. Our schedule throughout the week included a variety of classes ranging from golf, leather craft, baskets, outdoor cooking, woodworking, tye dying, dance, archery, and many more.

Each day we had the opportunity to have guest speakers join us at camp. We had Calhoun County Sheriff Carl Balengee and his drug dog for a program on tracking, drugs, and obedience. We couldn't get the campers to quit asking questions they were so interested.

Ilene Evans from the West Virginia Humanities Council joined us for an evening. Ilene performed many stories and songs for our campers, encouraging everyone to join in on many of the stories and songs.

Wednesday evening we were entertained by Buddy Griffin, Eileen Marsh, and Elizabeth Long. Our campers loved their Bluegrass music. Many of our campers sat and clapped their hands, tapped their feet, while others got up and danced to the delightful an uplifting music. WOW, what talent!

Wednesday night we had a Mexican Fiesta with hats, piņatas, Mexican food, and a DJ. I think I can speak for the campers in saying they had a GREAT time at the dance. Thursday night brought our final council circle with awards, hugs, happy tears and good-byes.

Gilmer County 4-H Camp 2006, definitely a camp to remember!

Thanks for everything 4-H supporters and campers!

Vada Zinn

Extension Agent