Awards presented at Hancock 4-H Camp
NEW CUMBERLAND — The 77th-annual Hancock County 4-H Camp was held at Tomlinson Run State Park group camp held July 16-20 with area 4-H members and youth ranging in age from 9 to 19 in attendance.
This year’s theme was “Kingdom of the H’s” with the focus on life in medieval times.
Campers were welcomed to court by a “sorting hat,” which assigned them to tribes, and spent the rest of the week learning about 4-H and camping traditions. Camp included a “council circle” (campfire) each night; classes and crafts, such as knuckle jousting, tomahawk toss, archery and marshmallow catapults; and flag ceremonies, singing and recreation.
The Teen Leaders 4-H Club worked with the camp planning committee to plan camp — from the events and theme to the menus and educational opportunities.
Camp concluded with the final council circle and awards ceremony. Outstanding first-year campers, who will receive a full return scholarship to the 2020 camp, were Gracee Walker and Ashton Geibel.
Lucky Penny awards were presented to all first-year campers and adult volunteers. First-year campers were Karlee Strapazzon, Cori Maine, Damian Maine, Kaylie Little, Seth Witherow, Ella Barton, Lilliana Gilliam, Donni Craig, Josie Smith, Margaret Scherrer, Katherine Scherrer, Melesse Wiersbicki, Makenna Wiersbicki, Gracee Walker, Ashton Geibel, and Madalynn Freeland.
First-year staff members were Becca Rosohac, Laci Growe, Olivia Arneault, Ty Biela, Wyatt Wiley, Shaina Scheetz, Mary Ciszek, Audrey Malcomb and Kaylee Moore.
Camp is made possible, a spokesperson explained, thanks to returning staff, which includes Carole Scheerbaum, Autumn Moninger, Becky Williamson, Dave Moore, Susan James, Melinda Fagundus, Donna Moore, Tammie Blake, Jill Byers, Hillary Sayre, Deneen Gamble, Sean Growe, Pat Ford, Corey Burkett, Audrey Burkett, Micah Shaffer and Roxanne White. The Extension camping instructors and STEM Ambassador for the week were Charlie Presar, Evelyn Bush and Abbey Barker.
Green and White awards, which are awarded to 4-Hers who excel in both club work and camp, were awarded to Paige Reid, Cody Willey, Hailey Moore, and Emma Landis. Blue and Gold awards, which are presented to older 4-Hers who show true leadership in their club, community and camp, were awarded to Jessica Duty, Mazie Williamson, Alexis Holden and Nicolle Thompson. Tribal Loyalty awards, given by the chief and Sagamore of each tribe to members who helped them succeed throughout the week, also were presented. This year’s recipients were Summer Ellis and Alex Poling — Mingo; Kawnor Burton and Jonathan Snyder — Cherokee; Anna Byers and Leanna Bissett — Seneca; Dennis Gallop and Lillian McElroy — Delaware: and Deneen Gamble and Melinda Fagundus — Bigfoot.
In addition, “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” awards were given to Emma Reed, Mazie Williamson, Adam Willey, MacKenzie Moore and Alexis Holden. The “Spirit of Camp” award was given to Camden Barr. Local 4-H member Emma Reed received her charting pin.
West Virginia University Hancock County Extension and Hancock County 4-H expressed appreciation to local community members who made this year’s camp possible, for example, by teaching classes, assisting with activities and serving as cabin counselors. Local sponsors for this year’s camp included Hancock County Commissioners, Hancock County Board of Education, White’s Valley View, Frank’s Pastry Shop, Barney’s Bakery and Domino’s Pizza.
The 2020 camp is being planned for July 14-18 at Tomlinson Run State Park. For information on Hancock County 4-H contact the WVU Hancock Extension Office at (304) 564-3805 or email@example.com.