Pendleton County 4-H’ers concluded their week of camp with council circle June 9 at Thorn Spring Park. Sixty-one 4-H’ers were enrolled as campers. The week’s theme was “Back to Basics.”
Camp classes and instructors included air pistol – Wes Puffenbarger, air rifle and shooting sports – Rick Pownell, animal investigation service – John Pingley, basket making – Vickie Skavenski and Janet Hartman, golf – Max Miller, first-year camper – Drina Kearns and Erin Karnes (extension camping instructors), friendship bracelets – Trinity Shaver and Mahala Ruddle, sport-a-day – Vanessa Harper, summertime drinks and snacks – Heidi Kimble, summer shells and beachy crafts – Amy Rexrode, tie dyeing – Holly Champ, tribal painting class – Sue Alt and upcycled crafts – Jess Felici and Jenny Waggy.
Camp specials included Monday – activities with Tina Eye of Pendleton County Emergency Rescue, Rosey Santerre and Isaac Bergdoll of West Virginia Division of Forestry, Susan Parker of West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Sam Urban of West Virginia Conservation Agency and Sgt. Adam Kuykendall and Officer Tyler Fischer of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Cloverbud Day; Tuesday – pool day; Wednesday – Droop Mountain State Park visit and tour with Park Ranger Sam Parker and swimming/boating at Watoga State Park; and Thursday – field day.
During the closing council circle the following awards were given:
Lucky penny certificates to 36 first-year campers — Carly Kimble, Chloe Barkley, Lexi Hedrick, Maddie Kirk, Abby Judy, Breymann Keesecker, Easton Boner, Emma Puffenbarger, Hannah Heavner, Kynleigh Sponaugle, Owen Champ, Reagyn Atkins, Chloe Kisamore, Derek Redmond, Ross Pownell, Bryce Propst, Chesnee Colaw, Chevelle Noble, Cody Miller, Erica Sterbra, Ty Armentrout, Caleb Armentrout, Elijah Ruddle, Jayden Souza, Shayne Clutter, Tia Heavner, Aiden Shirk, Ava Bowers, Callen Kisamore, Gary Smith, Marley Champ, Jayce Thompson, Marion Williams, Tori Heavner, Ty Heavner and Vaylee Harper;
Lucky nickel certificates — Jax Bennett, Mason Harper, Katie Heavner, Alanna Miller, Phoebe Pownell, Tanner Hedrick, Ben Puffenbarger and Landyn Warner;
Third-year felt awards — Alex Adams, Zander Adams, Cole Harper and Callie Judy;
Fifth-year felt awards — Lukas Alt, Hannah Bennett, Lydia Heavner, McKenna Hedrick and Addison Rexrode.
Thirty, $10 scholarships awarded to the outstanding class participants, recipients of the Mr. and Miss Congeniality, H’s and Camp Spirit were provided by 4-H alumnus Stephen A. Cassell. His gift was made to encourage Pendleton County 4-H’ers to attend camps, to use each experience as a way to continuously learn new things and meet new people, and to take part in as many activities as possible.
Outstanding class participants were Breymann Keesecker and Aiden Shirk – air pistol, Easton Boner and Jax Bennett – air rifle, Gary Smith – animal investigation service, Tori Heavner and Chloe Kisamore – first-year camper, Alexis Hedrick and Reagyn Atkins, friendship bracelet, Lukas Alt – golf, Lydia Heavner – summer shells and beach crafts, Addie Rexrode – upcycled crafts, McKenna Hedrick – tribal painting, Zander Adams – basket making, Addie Rexrode – summertime drinks and snacks, Knoxx Wright and Ty Heavner – sport-a-day and Kynleigh Sponaugle and Autumn Wimer, tie dyeing.
Miss and Mr. Congeniality awards were earned by Knoxx Wright, Gary Smith, Katie Redmond, Erica Sterbra, Jayce Thompson and Maddie Kirk.
McKenna Hedrick was chosen to represent the Head H, Reagyn Adkins, the Heart H, Cole Harper, the Hands H, and Callie Judy, the Health H. Addison Rexrode was selected as Spirit of Camp and also received a $15 scholarship to a 2023 state camp, the Freida Dunkle scholarship.
Tori Heavner was awarded the Outstanding First-Year Camper Girl Scholarship, while Owen Champ was awarded the Outstanding First-Year Camper Boy Scholarship.
Tribal chiefs, Addison Rexrode, Lydia Heavner, Hannah Bennett and Jameigh Miller, received a half scholarship to the 2023 county camp from the Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Andy Guy Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship to 2023 County 4-H camp, was awarded to Alexis Hedrick
Alanna Miller received the Outstanding Second-Year Camper award, a full scholarship to the 2023 County Camp funded by the McCoy family in memory of Bill and in honor of Harriet.
Alex Adams received the 4-H’s award, which provides a full scholarship for a third-year camper to attend the 2023 County Camp.
Addie Rexrode received the Clover Scholarship, Phoebe Pownell, the Leadership Scholarship, and Jameigh Miller, the Opportunity Scholarship. Each award is a half-scholarship to a 2023 state 4-H camp of receipent’s choice.
Tribal loyalty certificates were awarded to Callie Judy and Hannah Heavner (Cherokee), Jayden Souza and Tia Heavner (Delaware), Lukas Alt and Chloe Kisamore (Mingo) and Knoxx Wright and Maddie Kirk (Seneca).
Tribal honors were awarded to the Delaware Tribe.
Tribes for the week consisted of the following:
Cherokee — Hannah Bennett (chief), McKenna Hedrick (first sagamore), Alex Adams (second sagamore), Abby Judy, Autumn Wimer, Ben Puffenbarger, Breymann Keesecker, Callie Judy, Easton Boner, Emma Puffenbarger, Hannah Heavner, Kynleigh Sponaugle, Owen Champ, Reagyn Atkins and Ross Pownell;
Delaware — Jameigh Miller (chief), Phoebe Pownell (first sagamore), Katie Heavner (second sagamore), Alanna Miller, Ava Bowers, Caleb Armentrout, Callen Kisamore, Elijah Ruddle, Jax Bennett, Jayden Souza, Marly Champ, Shayne Clutter, Tia Heavner and Aiden Shirk;
Mingo — Lydia Heavner (chief), Vivian Pownell (first sagamore), Zander Adams (second sagamore), Bryce Propst, Chesnee Colaw, Chevelle Noble, Chloe Kisamore, Cody Miller, Derek Redmond, Erica Sterbra, Katie Redmond, Landyn Warner, Lukas Alt, Shannon Redmond, Tanner Hedrick, Ty Arementrout and Gary Smith;
Seneca — Addie Rexrode (chief), Cole Harper (first sagamore), Mason Harper (second sagamore), Carley Kimble, Chloe Barkley, Jayce Thompson, Knoxx Wright, Lexi Hedrick, Maddie Kirk, Madison Arbaugh, Marion Williams, Taylor Wimer, Tori Heavner, Ty Heavner and Vaylee Harper; and
Big Foot — Brooke Alt (camp director), David A. Seymour (extension agent), Janet Hartman (WVU Extension Office administrative assistant), Erin Karnes and Drina Kearns (ECIs), Vanessa Harper, Carrie Ruddle, Trinity Shaver, Kelsey Alt, Amanda Simmons, Mary Konieczny, Rick Pownell, Bobby Keesecker, Wes Puffenbarger and Gary Hess (counselors) and Nancy Barkley and Jessica Barkley (food service).