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State 4-H Camp Information for Wirt County 4-H

Why should you consider a state camp?

There are four opportunities to attend a state camp in just a few months!  Each of these weekend camps provide a great opportunity for youth who have never been to a state camp to experience what it's like to spend time at Jackson's Mill. These camps also have lower registration fees than week-long summer camps.  

The four weekend camps also are specialized to appeal to the different interests of 4-H campers.  Whether your interseted in computer science, dancing, leadership, or shooting sports, there is a camp for you! 

Registration Timeline

Registration for all of the weekend camps opens January 6 at 10:00 a.m. All registrations must be completed online prior to the deadline and payment must be made in full before camp begins. The registration fee for all camps is $125.  There is a discount window for each camp!

  • Code Camp - February 21-23, 2020
    • Early Bird Discount - January 6-10 - $100
    • Registration and Payment due by January 31
  • Dance Weekend - March 13-15, 2020
    • Early Bird Discount - January 6-31 - $85
    • Registration and Payment due by February 25
  • Teen Leader Weekend - March 27-29, 2020
    • Early Bird Discount - January 6-31 - $85
    • Registration and Payment due by March 10th
  • Shooting Sports Weekend - April 17-9, 2020
    • Early Bird Discount - January 6 - February 29 - $85
    • Registration and Payment due by March 31

Code Camp

State 4-H Contacts: State 4-H Program Coordinator and WV 4-H Code Camp Directors, Emma Gardner & David Hartley

PURPOSE: Smartphone apps, robots, video games, movies – the world runs on code. Software jobs are predicted to grow 34 percent in the next few years, making coding and app development the world's most in-demand skills. During the 4-H Code Camp, campers will work on fun hands-on projects while learning how computer science can be topics like drones, cyber security, and computer animation. Classes are for new coders with no experience, as well as intermediate and advanced coders.

WHO: West Virginia youth currently in 6 th–12 th grade aged 11-17 at the time of the event.

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2023 - Sunday, February 26, 2023

WHERE: WVU Jackson's Mill

COST: $120. Register by December 24, 2022, and receive the early bird rate of $100.

REGISTRATION: Opens on December 2, 2022 at 3 p.m. and closes on February 5, 2023. Payment must be made by February 5, 2023. If payment is not received by February 5, 2023, registration will be canceled, and your spot will be given to anyone on the waitlist.

Registration will be handled through the 4-H ZSuite Online System.

Registration link if you are a 4-H member

Registration link if you are not a 4-H member

ADULT CHAPERONES: All adult chaperones must be fully vetted through WVU Extension Service and register for the event through ZSuite. The complete vetting process must be completed at least 15 days in advance of the event. Learn more information about the volunteer process.

Learn More About Code Camp


Tentative Schedule

  • Friday
  • 6:00 p.m. Camper Registration - WV Building
  • Welcome Assembly
  • Saturday
  • 7:30 a.m. Rise and Shine
  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • Career Panel
  • Workshop 1
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • Workshop 2
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • Campfire program (Council Circle)
  • Maker Tech Festival
  • Sunday
  • 7:30 a.m. Rise and Shine
  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • Sunday Morning Workshops
  • 11:00 a.m. Closing Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m. Report to Cabins for Parent Pickup

Workshops

Workshops are divided into three categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. New coders with little or no computer science experience should not sign up for classes listed as intermediate or advanced. Once participants choose their experience level, they will pick two workshops. The workshops are broken down into two types (coding and physical computing). Participants should choose one of each. Each workshop has a description and lists any needed background experience. Each workshop has a limited number of participants, and preferences will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Workshop Descriptions


Beginner Workshops
  • Background Needed for Beginner Workshops: None.
  • These workshops are designed for new coders with no or limited experience.

Morning Workshops
  • Scratch: Youth will learn the basics of coding using a block-based coding language called Scratch (games, music, animation).
  • HTML/CSS (Web Development): Youth will learn the basics of coding using a block-based coding language called Scratch (games, music, animation).
  • JavaScript (App Lab): Youth will learn to design an app using App Lab. App Lab is a programming environment created by Code.org where you can make simple apps. Participants will code in JavaScript with either blocks or text, and then share their app.
Afternoon Workshops
  • Makey Makey: Youth will learn how to create musical instruments with a Makey Makey. Pairs well with the mornign Scratch Workshop!
  • Robotics: Youth will have fun building and programming a robot with Legos! Each team will program a preliminary workable robot while adding parts to create a working robot. Robots will complete an obstacle course and run competitions against other teams.
  • Spheros: Youth will learn how to program a Sphero using a block-based coding language to complete an obstacle course.

Intermediate Workshops

  • Background Needed for Intermediate Workshops: Participants in these workshops must have prior coding experience (either block-based or text-based) and be familiar with basic coding logic like loops, variables, and functions.

Morning Workshops
  • JavaScript (Game Lab): Youth will develop video games using JavaScript in GameLab. GameLab is a programming environment created by Code.org where you can make video games. Participants will code in JavaScript with either blocks or text, and then playtest their game.
  • Python: Youth will use text-based programming to create interactive programs to draw and play games.
  • AI Lab: Youth will explore artificial intelligence and machine learning through activity modules in Code.org. Participants will use JavaScript and AppLab with either blocks or text.
Afternoon Workshops
  • Micro:bit: Youth will create fun projects using the Micro:bit. Participants will code their Micro:bit using MakeCode, an online platform that uses JavaScript with either blocks or text.
  • Circuit Playground Express (CPX): Youth will learn how to use Circuit Playground Express, programming LEDs, buttons, sensors, etc. using drag-and-drop programming.

Advanced Workshops

  • Background Needed for Advanced Workshops: Participants registering for these workshops must have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of coding already (e.g., loops, variables, and conditional statements). It is also recommended that they have prior experience with a text-based coding language (i.e., Java, Python, C++, R, JavaScript, etc.).

Morning Workshop
  • C#: Youth will use C#, a text-based programming language, to create interactive programs to develop simple games.
Afternoon Workshop
  • Arduino: Youth will learn how to build simple circuits and code with an Arduino.

Sunday Workshop Descriptions
  • 3D Printing: Youth will use block-based coding to learn fundamentals in CAD design and 3D print their own design to take home./li>
  • Line Dancing: Youth will learn line dancing algorithms and apply them in this fun active workshop.
  • History of Jackson's Mill: Youth will learn about the history of Jackson's Mill, and participate in hands on activities.
  • Cryptography and Geocache: Youth will learn about the history of Jackson's Mill, and participate in hands on activities.
  • Lego Building: Youth will have the opportunity to be lego masters and build structures using lego blocks.
  • E-Textiles: Youth will combine technology and textiles to create a sewable circuit.

Event Notes and Frequently Asked Questions

  • The event registration fee includes two nights of lodging, meals during the event, and event equipment/supplies.
  • Youth participants sleep in cabins with bunk-style twin beds. Participants are clustered with other youth of the same age and gender. The cabins are supervised by trained and vetted 4-H volunteers and Extension professionals.
  • The cabins will be stocked with bed linens (sheets, pillows, and blankets). You do not need to bring bed linens. You are welcome to bring your own linens, sleeping bag, blankets, etc. You will need to bring your own toiletries and a bath towel.
  • Meals that are included are Friday evening snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and Sunday breakfast. Eat dinner before arriving for check-in.
  • Camp clothing must be comfortable and adaptable to varied weather conditions. Camp clothing needs to be functional…not fashionable.

Dance Weekend

4-H Dance Weekend is held at WVU Jackson's Mill in March.  Youth select six (6) Dance workshop and spend the weekend learning new dances and mastering favorite ones . Workshops include Square, Line Dance, Folk Dance, Hip Hop, Zumba, Dance Camp Classic and many many more. This weekend is great for new and experienced dancer to come together and carrying on the traditions  of 4-H Dance Weekend 

WHEN: Begins Second Friday in March 

WHERE: WVU Jackson's Mill 

State 4-H Contacts:  Jason Burnside and Rachel Meininger

A group of 4-H'ers dancing at Dance Weekend.

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Teen Leader Weekend
Four teenages walking together across a field

State 4-H Contacts: Jason Burnside and Rachel Meininger

Description: Teen Leader Weekend is held annually each spring. Teens meet and great other teen leaders, participate in interactive ice breakers, and get an introduction into WVU's 4-H Charting Program. Workshops focus on several topic including cooking, interview skill, public speaking, resume building, and more.

WHEN: TBA

WHERE: WVU Jackson's Mill

4-H Online Registration Help with ZSuite

Rachel Meininger
618 Knapp Hall
PO Box 6031
Morgantown, WV 26506-6031

Shooting Sports Weekend

State 4-H Contacts: Jason Burnside and Rachel Meininger

PURPOSE: Ultimate Outdoor Weekend is a weekend camp held at Jackson's Mill full of 4-H Shooting Sports and Outdoor skills. Campers will learn new skills and gain confidence in multiple outdoor disciplines. The first evening of camp features the ultimate adventure program where campers form small group teams to adventure through the Jackson's Mill facility. Day two features Shooting Sports and additional class discipline training throughout the day. We wrap up with a guest/feature speaker and camp service project. We look forward to novice and experienced youth joining us to learn and hone their outdoor skills.

WHO: West Virginia youth age 12 to 21 as of September 30, 2022

WHEN: April 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. to May 1, 2022 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: WVU Jackson's Mill

COST: $125

REGISTRATION: Opens on March 17, 2022 at 8 a.m. and closes on April 15, 2022.

Registration will be handled through the 4-H ZSuite Online System.

Registration link if you are a 4-H member

Registration link if you are not a 4-H member

ADULT CHAPERONES:

All adult chaperones must be fully vetted through WVU Extension Service and register for the event through ZSuite. Learn more information about the volunteer process.

PROGRAM: The following disciplines will be offered during the weekend. Youth participants must select their top choices during the registration process. No guarantee of choices can be made. 

  • Archery
  • Air Pistol
  • Air Rifle
  • Muzzleloader (must be at least 12 years old by April 29, 2022)
  • Shotgun (must be at least 12 years old by April 29, 2022)
  • ATV Safety
  • Fishing
  • Hunting/Wildlife
  • Trapping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Hiking/Leave No Trace/Survival Skills

CAMP NOTES:

  • Campers are not to bring equipment beyond approved personal safety equipment, i.e., safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • This is NOT a competition!
  • Be sure personal property is personally identified in some manner.
  • Do not bring valuables! These are not the responsibility of this event.
  • The only exception is the inclusion of the advanced archery section which encourages 4-H’ers to bring their personal archery equipment for use in this specific class section.