Wood County 4-H Camp to hold fundraiser

Photo Provided The Wood County 4-H Camp Chicken Barbecue will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the camp.

MINERAL WELLS — The Wood County 4-H Camp is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and will hold a fundraiser Saturday.

The campgrounds belongs to the 4-H of Wood County for the purpose of 4-H camp and educational youth development.

The 4-H Campgrounds is managed by an all-volunteer board of trustees representing the Wood County 4-H, the Wood County Farm Bureau, and the Community Educational Outreach Service members.

Each year the camp holds two major fundraisers to help with the expenses to keep the facility running – an average of $85 per day in utility costs alone.

The first major fundraiser of 2019 is this weekend, the Wood County 4-H Camp Chicken Barbecue will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. The meal is $12 and consists of barbecue or plain chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans, roll, dessert and a drink.

Donations from Home Depot, Burger King, Wendy’s and the Moose Lodge help support the event.

Also, 4-H, Farm Bureau and CEOS donate cakes and desserts.

”The money helps with the maintenance and management of the 4-H grounds,” said Jodi Smith of the WVU Extension Service in Wood County.

For 20 years prior to the purchase of the camp facility, Wood County 4-H Camps were held at various farms in the area.

With the combined efforts of Wood County 4-H members and leaders, Farm Women, Farm Bureau, the Grange and Community Councils, 70 acres of land on Butcher Bend Road, known as Ben Butcher Farm, were purchased for $2,800 in 1939 to establish the Wood County 4-H Camp.

During the first years at Wood County 4-H Camp, the log cabin on the property was used as the kitchen while campers slept in tents around the grounds. Over the years, additions and improvements have been made to the camp.

In addition to 4-H Camps, the facility is used by scouting groups and church groups, weddings, family reunions, camping, and sports competitions.