ST. GEORGE – Children across West Virginia have freed themselves from the worries of current events to enjoy a week at Camp Horseshoe, a fun, safe and supportive learning environment in the Monongahela National Forest.
Each July, the Adventure and Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps strengthen teamwork, teach life skills and promote healthy lifestyles. Horseshoe helps 7-12 year olds develop and practice socio-emotional skills and prevent learning loss in the summer through fun and engaging outdoor activities that build confidence and character.
AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as camp counselors, and high school students across the state help as volunteers.
“These kids have the chance to smile, socialize and enjoy a real loving routine,” said Iris Kolenich, AmeriCorps VISTA member, West Virginia Wesleyan student and National Guard member.
Camp Horseshoe has been offering summer camps and other youth development experiences since 1940. The camp is operated by the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association and includes partnerships with the West Virginia State Department of West Virginia Education, Department of Health and West Virginia. Human services and many community and individual partners.