4-H dining hall fundraiser cooking

Beth Sergent

August 23, 2013

MASON COUNTY —The campaign to fund a new dining hall at the county’s 4-H camp is officially cooking.

Recently, the Mason County Vocational FFA Chapter voted to donate $500 to the cause. Many of those in FFA are also 4-H members.

Local 4-H leaders are leading the fund raising campaign to make major improvements to the Mason County 4-H Camp. The number one priority is to replace the existing dining hall where the years of wear have taken a toll. Building a new dining hall that will be a safe place for the children to grow and learn is a top priority. With the children and the future generation of children in mind, organizers are looking to build a new dining hall that will have unlimited handicap accessibility, an updated kitchen facility, dining facility, classroom facility and meeting room. Plans are also to construct the facility with an efficient heating and cooling system in place.

If organizers are unable to collect the needed amount to construct a dining hall/educational building by January 2018, then collected funds will be used for other improvements to the camp as determined by the improvement committee. Organizers hope members of the community will be willing to contribute to this project. No amount is too small and as organizers put it: “Each donation will mean so much to us.” A donation of $100 or more will be acknowledged on a sponsor’s wall in the new building. These acknowledgements can be in memory of or in honor of any individual, family, business, etc.

Mason County has 498 registered 4-H members divided among 25 clubs. Within this expanding 4-H program is the 4-H camping experience which takes places at the 4-H campground on Pond Branch Rd. in Southside. Camp focuses on bringing a positive experience to all individuals involved to enhance their knowledge and help these youth reach their fullest potential. The Mason County camping experience looks to accomplish this through two weeks of formal and non-formal experiential learning that helps them to develop skills, foster leadership and volunteerism, build partnerships, and strengthen relationships. The achievement of this mission will cultivate the youth of this generation into capable, competent, and caring citizens who will in turn lead their generation into greatness and transform the world of tomorrow.

Not only is this campground the home of two weeks of Mason county 4-H camp, but it is also the home for other events: Teen Institute, Camp Sunshine, and Multi-county Teen Leader Weekend. Multi-county Teen Leader weekend was held this year at the Mason County 4-H campground as well. This weekend brought five counties together to mix fun and education.

A special county fund has been set up to receive donations for this effort. For those wishing to make a donation, contact the WVU Extension Office at 304-675-0888.