Toppe Pays Visit to 4-H Camp
Mollie Toppe, WVU Extension Agent for Wetzel County, paid a visit to the Wetzel County Commission on Tuesday, July 14 to give an update on the county’s 4-H camp.
Toppe said the camp was “very successful,” and included a122 campers, 73 girls and 49 boys.
Furthermore, 20 full-time volunteer counselors were on-hand for the camp, along with six full-time volunteer junior counselors. Nineteen volunteers were in and out at the camp throughout the week. Additionally, there were four full-time WVU Extension Staff available.
Toppe said 29 classes were offered to campers. These included Archery, Air Rifle, Canvas Painting, First Year Camper, Leather, Outdoor Cooking, Hiking/Nature, Sports, Charting, Trapping, Fishing, Pet Care, Ceramics, Basic Auto Mechanics, Desserts, and Leadership. Ten Volunteer Class Instructors attended the camp to help with the classes.
All 122 campers conducted the STEM Experiment titled “Fizz, Pop, Boom: An Explosive Celebration of 100 Years of Camping.” Toppe said a chemical reaction was used to power a rocket.
Notably, 169 hours of volunteer training time was also put in by camp staff. Toppe said the camp training focused on Risk Management, Youth Development, Roles and Responsibilities of Staff, 4-H and WVU Rules and Policies.
Toppe said this number of training hours did not include the time spent doing online training for “Children on Campus,” which was required of all adult volunteers.
Toppe said one of her favorite parts of the experience was the feedback received by campers. Top responses as to favorite camp activities, included tribal sports, council circle, tribal meetings, classes, group games, cabin time, and scavenger hunts.
Responses to “What would you change about camp?” included “Nothing,” and “More days at camp,” along with “Staying longer than one week.”
When asked what they intended to do differently when they go home, campers had responses such as “Not fight,” “Care for others,” “Respect and listen,” Be a better leader,” as well as “Focus more on the important things in life rather than stressing about the little things that don’t matter in the end.”