4-H and Youth

WV Multi-Disciplinary State 4-H Shooting Sports Weekend
April 15-17, 2016

Shooting Sports 1 This camping weekend is designed to teach life skills through safe, noncompetitive activities in shooting sports and natural resources. Campers may participate in several different tracks including archery, air rifle, shot gun, muzzleloading, air pistol, wildlife conservation and ATV safety training. Campers will learn about WV’s natural resources through a variety of group and outdoor learning experiences.

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Back to the Basics

Test your skills in the backcountry and live the primitive style. Cook on an open flame, sleep in a tent, fish, hike and get warm by the campfire. Each session will have a different shooting sports activity based on camp directors’ skills and certifications. camping

Who: Those who want to learn more about backcountry camping that will be accompanying youth in primitive-type camping.

Space is limited to 12 campers per trip, one camp per person.

Cost: $40 (includes all camping equipment and food)

July 8-10, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, muzzle loading)

July 29-31, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, archery)

August 3-5, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, TBD)

September 23-25, 2016—Ages 14-17—(camping, fishing, TBD)

October 21-23, 2016—Ages 18-21—(camping, fishing, Tomahawk and knife throwing)

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Mountaineer Media Camp

July 27-29, 2016

To provide youth experiences in journalism, strategic communications, and media, in order for them to have understanding of how the media landscape is changing, why media is important today, and why media innovation is valuable. media

Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their communication, photography, and journalism skills as well as improve their understanding of media in the modern world.

Location: West Virginia University – Evansdale Campus, Morgantown, WV

Cost: $125. Includes two nights lodging in the WVU Towers Housing Complex.

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Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy

July 24-27, 2016

Providing West Virginia youth experiences in art, in order for them to have better mindfulness and observational abilities and an understanding of how artistic skills activate an understanding or space, place, perspective, and structure. Drawing

Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and artistic skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes, and field trips will provide the opportunity for artistic exploration inspired by interacting with the landscape and our natural environment.

Location: West Virginia University – Evansdale Campus, Morgantown, WV

Cost: $225. Scholarships of $100 are available to those who register by July 1st reducing the cost to $125.

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Alpha State 4-H Camps

Alpha I – July 10-15, 2016
Alpha II – July 17-22, 2016 Alpha Graphic

Purpose: To provide 4-H members personal development experiences to help better understand themselves and to display personal confidence when assuming leadership positions.

Who: West Virginia 4-H members entering 6th grade and recommended/approved by the county Extension Office, Maximum camp enrollment is 400 4-H members.

Cost: Full Time participants post marked by May 27th – $200
Full Time participants post marked after May 27th – $250

Camp registration is 2-4pm, July 10 (Alpha I), July 17 (Alpha II). Camp closes at 11:30am on Sunday of each week.

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Program: 4-H members will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and skills. Additional workshops will relate to specific 4-H project work. Participants will choose workshops during registration on Sunday.

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VLW 2016 Save The Date

Be on the lookout for the RFP and submit by April 29, 2016.

Anticipated Workshop Categories:

  • 4-H Club Activities and Support
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Arts (including Crafts)
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • STEM

Outstanding Volunteer applications are due
August 5, 2016.

Older Members’ Conference

June 29-25, 2016

Join us at Older Members’ Conference to develop leadership among older 4-H members through opportunities to discuss timely issues and problems. To teach new skills that can be used in local clubs and communities.

West Virginia 4-H members entering 9th grade and recommended/approved by the county Extension Office can attend.

Cost: First Time Attendees (post marked deadline May 20th) – $200
Full Time Attendees (post marked deadline May 20th) – $250
Full Time Attendees (post marked after May 20th) – $300

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Camp registration is 12:30-2:30pm, May 19th, camp closes at 11:30am, May 25th. OMC NAMETAG (BOTTOM)

Each morning campers will be involved in presentations and discussion of topics to today’s youths. Afternoon workshops are selected when you arrive for camp registration May 19th.

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STATE 4H DAYS Save the Date

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Camp

July 24-30, 2016

State Contact: Jen Robertson-Honaker

Why should you come to STEM Camp?

This isn’t your everyday science class, everything is hands-on and fun! The camp will also include typical 4-H camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, and an ice cream social.

Learn the Science Behind the Sport

as you zip line on the WVU Canopy Tour and experience the thrill of rock climbing on the WVU Student Recreation Center climbing wall.

Blending both physics and engineering, these programs are specifically designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the STEM principles associated with force, gravity and movement. These examples of science in action are paired with ecological facts about the WVU University Forest while on tour.
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Campers will work in teams to find unique and creative solutions to real-world problems. This science immersive camp allows youth to see what it’s like to attend college as they work on campus and live and eat in an actual WVU residence hall.

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My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy & Resilient

Calling all 14 to 23 year olds! Show us how you help family, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. My Preparedness Video Challenge

Create a short video and enter to win up to $2,000!

Due: March 28, 2016

Challenge Details

We invite you to enter the “My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy & Resilient” Video Challenge. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 23, send us a short video—up to 60 seconds long—that answers the question, “How are you helping family, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day?” Whether it’s volunteering in a health center or with your local Medical Reserve Corps Unit, learning first aid skills, developing an emergency plan, preparing an emergency kit, or anything else you’re doing to keep your community healthy and resilient, we want to see it. Tap into your creative side. Form a team if you want. Your video could be used to inspire others to help their communities prepare for disasters and emergencies

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Teen Leader/Charting Weekend

To provide 4-H members personal development experiences to help them better understand themselves, andW display more personal confidence when assuming leadership positions and when taking part in Charting workshops.

West Virginia 4 H members: participant age range is 13 – 19 and participants may not be beyond their 1st year in college. Participants must be at least 13 by the date of the event to attend.
Leadership Training

WHEN: February 12-14, 2016 – CANCELED

NEW DATE: March 4-6, 2016

WHERE: WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp

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Dance Training Weekend

To enhance an individual’s awareness of and skills in specific heritage and folk dances. To provide dance learning experiences that will challenge interested 4 H’ers at their skill level. To provide in depth training for 4 H’ers to lead or teach heritage and folk dances.
4 H’ers who are in at least 6th grade and 4-H leaders.

WHEN: February 26-28, 2016

WHERE: WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.


The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.


The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.

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March 22-23, 2016
Jackson’s Mill


$300 includes ROOM AND BOARD?

Registration limit is 20 spaces, registration deadline is March 11, 2016, whichever comes first.


Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.


Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.


Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

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  • Introduction
  • Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
  • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Asthma
  • Backcountry Essentials
  • Cold-Related Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills (including lightning)
  • Heat-Related Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Orthopedics
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Patient Lifting & Moving
  • Principles of Fracture Care
  • Rescue Plan
  • Response & Assessment
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Techniques
  • The Human Animal
  • Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Universal Precautions
  • Use of Epinephrine
  • What is Wilderness First Aid?

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