REESES MILL — Camp Minco, located in Reeses Mill, got a makeover recently when 4-H members, 4-H volunteers, AmeriCorps VISTA members, and FHS SMILE volunteers participated in giving the campground a well deserved sprucing up. 

Participants scraped and painted cabins and picnic tables, and helped with clean up activities.


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REESES MILL — Camp Minco, located in Reeses Mill, got a makeover recently when 4-H members, 4-H volunteers, AmeriCorps VISTA members, and FHS SMILE volunteers participated in giving the campground a well deserved sprucing up. 
Participants scraped and painted cabins and picnic tables, and helped with clean up activities.
“This was a great opportunity for the children and teenagers to join together for a quality service learning experience,” said Barbie Miller, Reeses Mill Pathfinders 4-H leader. 
The volunteers accomplished a makeover for two cabins by scraping off the  old paint and giving them several coats of fresh new white paint. Picnic tables, used in pavilions and throughout the camp, were also scraped and painted.
Camp Minco has been home to many 4-H camps, family reunions and events over the years. It is a much-enjoyed county landmark located in Reeses Mill.  Every spring, Mineral County Schools conducts four weeks of sixth grade camp, offering a quality outdoor educational experience.
“4-H members say that 4-H camp at Camp Minco  is ‘the best week of my summer’ and they look forward to it all year,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension agent.
“Outdoor camps provide fun hands-on learning opportunities and the opportunity to connect with nature.”
Volunteer groups joined together to make the day a success. Amy Cowgill and Linda Miltenberger led the Frankfort High School SMILE group. SMILE stands for Students Making an Impact in Lives of Everyone.
The Mineral County Family Resource Network’s (MCFRN) AmeriCorps VISTA team also joined in the  day of service. Gerri Mason, MCFRN director, says, “We are hoping to make this an annual event where different interested groups can join in each year. “
4-H club leaders, parents and members volunteered from the following local 4-H clubs: Reeses Mill Pathfinders, Gate, Denim and Dirt, Goalseekers, Pocahontas and the Klover Krusaders.
An important part of the 4-H experience as represented by the “Hands H” is service.
“A project like this one is excellent for youth to learn that giving service is fun and benefits their local community,” Miltenberger said.
The WVU Mineral County Extension Office will be starting the new 4-H year in September. If you are interested in learning more, contact the office 304-788-3621 or go to the WVU Mineral County Extension website.
4-H is open to all youths.