SOUTHSIDE — With the sun at full capacity, the youth of Mason County 4H were bearing the humidity and sunshine this week (and next) at the Mason County Youth Camp in Southside.
This week 65 campers are on site learning many different activities and life skills. Next week 67 campers will be attending.
This is the first year for 4H camp in Mason County in two years and its return was made possible because of the recently constructed dining hall, which still has a long ways to go. However, it is under roof and meals are being brought in each day to campers. Last year, camp was held in another county.
Currently, the hall has external walls and that roof, but is still in need of electrical wiring, plumbing, appliances, light fixtures, drywall, and of course cooling installed.
The West Virginia National Guard has helped construct much of what is currently standing, including internal walls (minus the drywall), foundation, and metal siding and roof. They also intend to finish the electrical systems and plumbing in order to get the dining hall operational.
“We still have a lot to do on our own here,” explained Lorrie Wright, WVU extension agent.
Included in that is drywall, cooling system, insulation for the walls, and ceilings and light fixtures. Wright explained that grants are being applied for in order to fund these projects.
“We are also selling (memorial) bricks as a way to pay for some of the work,” said Wright.
One corner of the new dining hall has a strengthened foundation where these bricks will be placed. To purchase a brick and make contributions to the dining hall, contact the Mason County WVU Extension office at 304-675-0888.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.