SUMMERS COUNTY (Hinton News) – Summers County 4-H held its annual camp June 12-16, 2023 at Camp Summers in Forest Hill, WV. With a crowd of enthusiastic campers and mostly beautiful weather, it was a great week. This year’s theme was 4-H for All Seasons. On Tuesday, Cloverbuds came to 4-H Camp for the day. Cloverbuds are 5-8-year-olds who are interested in seeing what 4-H camp is all about! While there, they made crafts, toured the camp, sang songs, and enjoyed a pizza party.
This year, tribes were full of 4-H spirit. They were enthusiastic and hard-working throughout the whole week. The Delaware tribe won the Spirit Stick for the week for their outstanding energy, teamwork, tribal duty performance, and enthusiasm. During the week, the tribes compete for points based on cleaning, sports, swimming, sportsmanship, bed checks, songs, skits, and teamwork. All of the tribes did a great job!
The chiefs and sags for the 2023 4-H Camp were: Cherokee: Marissa Ruff, Chief and Sydney Farrish, Sagamore; Delaware: Chloe Lester, Chief and Brandon Helms, Sagamore; Mingo: River Hatcher, Chief and Ryan Oliveros, Sagamore. Seneca: Madison Rollyson, Chief and Jessica Oliveros, Sagamore. The chiefs and sags are responsible for leading their tribe and setting a good example. All of the chiefs and sags worked hard and did a great job during camp.
Each H of 4-H represents something important. The Head H is for clearer thinking and making good decisions. The Heart H is for loyalty and caring. The Hand H stands for helping others while the Health H is for better living.
Many well-deserved awards were given during camp. The winners were: Health H: Amelia Scott and Dylan Galloway, Hands H: Logan Osborne, Heart H: Rhyan Caylee Mitchum, and Head H: Chloe Lester. The Mary Grace Surbaugh Return Scholarship was awarded to Abby Yancey and the Bob Baber Return Scholarship went to Canyon Persinger. The Outstanding First Year Male Camper was Jace Caudill and Outstanding First Year Female Camper was Maddie Yancey. The Camper of Character Scholarship was awarded to Rhyan Eerenberg and the Trey Bennett Memorial Scholarship went to Drew Mansfield. Finally, for embodying head, heart, hands and health, the Spirit of Camp was awarded to Colsen Elkins.
Thank you to all of the campers, counselors, chiefs and sags who made the 2023 4-H camp such a big success. 4-H wishes to thank the following businesses, individuals, and organizations for contributions to camp: Aetna, Big Four Drug Store, Christy Kenna Fox DDS, City National Bank, community members and individuals, First Community Bank, Fox Photographics, Health Plan, Hinton Area Foundation, Hinton Hope Foundation, Jarrell’s Exxon, MountainHeart Community Services, Petrarca Family, Pivont Funeral Service, Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors and Cremation Care Center, RT Rogers, State Farm – Regina Eckle, Safe and Sound, Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital, Summers Concrete Supply Inc., Summit Community Bank, T-Mobile, United Way of Southern West Virginia, and Ziegler & Ziegler, Attorneys at Law.
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