REESES MILL - Mineral County 4-Hers were playing games with the theme “This is How We Roll” during the first week of summer camp.


By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
REESES MILL - Mineral County 4-Hers were playing games with the theme “This is How We Roll” during the first week of summer camp.
Themes for the week included Headbands, Scrabble, Hungry Hippos, Candy Land and Clue, Guess Who.
Over 70 campers and leaders spent the week at Minco Park, enjoyed a day of swimming at the beach at Rocky Gap State Park and explored Seneca Rocks and Smoke Hole Caverns for a day of hiking and discovery.
Members expanded their horizons in a variety of workshops as Potomac State College gave campers a closer look at their 3D printer, drone, 3D modeling and about service learning in Mexico.
WVU Extension International Student Parintorn "Pim" Pankaew shared about Thailand and attending WVU, where she is studying music therapy.
Her piano professor was from WVU, which is how Pim became an international student.
She told 4-Hers how her high school was on a university campus. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September and November through February to coincide with Thailand’s three seasons.
“It’s very hot 80 to 100 degrees all year long,” she said, noting there is also a two month rainy season and that in winter it cools down to 70 degrees.
Thailand celebrates three new years, the traditional New Year Jan. 1, one in April, which is a water event; and the Chinese New Year in October.
“Things are much cheaper there,” Pim said. Other differences are in the food, where Americans eat a lot of breads. “We eat rice with everything. We love spicy,” she said.
One treat for her is turkey, which they do not have in her country, as their meats are mostly pork, chicken and beef.
“I was very excited to see deer,” she said of arriving in Morgantown and telling her roommate she saw a deer, which to her roommate was nothing new in the mountain state.
Throughout the week campers participated in chores with their tribe along with a variety of classes and recreation opportunities including archery, air rifle, and soccer.
Mineral County’s Younger 4-Her will be going to camp next week.
A special part of younger camp will be the dedication of the new Council Circle at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 7.