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URLinked Camp in a Bag Provides Summer Camp Experience At Home

WYOMING COUNTY, WV – With the school year coming to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer camp would seem like it’s off the table as well, but WVU Extension Service is working to make sure children still get a camp experience this year.

URLinked Camp is a creative workaround, providing a summer camp experience in a bag. Yesterday, 47 bags were distributed between Westside and Wyoming East High Schools for children to take home.

“A lot of counties did mainly digital, but because of the location, we chose to create our camp in a bag to give to the kids,” said Kayla Boerboom, WVU Extension Agent. “The bags include 3 activities a day to choose from 1 for each of the 4 Hs and 1 for Spirit as well as a healthy kit and a STEM kit.”

Inside each bag is an activity card for students to mark off completed activities. Once they finish all 6, they can return the card to the Extension Office to receive a special edition Chief Headband from WV 4-H.

“The six activities have to be one from each of the 5 days then the 6th can be from any of the other activities they have left,” said Boerboom. “Bags are 4-H drawstring book bags filled with supplies needed to complete the camp activities, a 4-H hat, and a WV water bottle.”

An opening and closing of camp will be held via Zoom for those wishing to learn more about the camp.

WVU Extension Service will also be doing URLinked Camp in McDowell County as well.