4-H camp helps kids build self-esteem, learn responsibility

Thoughts of summer camp bring back memories of bonfires, sing-alongs and outdoor adventures. But what if they were also reminders of building self-esteem? Leaders of the Kanawha County 4-H Camp say the program provides West Virginia youth with opportunities to be active, creative, learn responsibility and build self-esteem. Activities at camp focus on positive youth development, from making one’s bed each morning to leading one of four “tribes” — a group each camper stays with throughout the week.

Campers can choose from a variety of classes to take throughout the week, such as archery, robotics or art. Guest artists and writers work with campers to develop their creativity.

Kanawha County 4-H Camp’s younger campers can participate in a National 4-H Health Rocks! program that educates them on how to handle peer pressure and temptations to do drugs or drink alcohol.

In a 2013 survey, campers said they were more likely to accept themselves and others, take responsibility and accomplish goals. Campers also said their life skills were positively affected by 4-H camp.

The week-long overnight camp for kids ages 9 to 21 is at Camp Virgil Tate in Charleston. It is one of the camps supported this year by the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund, which provides kids with scholarships to attend area summer camps.

Every penny of your donation goes to help send kids to camp. The Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund.

Donating is easy to do. Look for the donation coupon on page 13A and send your check to Gazette Charities, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Or, to give online, go to wvgazette.com and click on the camp fund logo.

Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.

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