For more than 80 years, Virginia 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of teaching youth life skills. Each year more than 17,000 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Virginia’s six 4-H educational centers, one of which, is located on Hermitage Road in the Smith Mountain Lake area.

According to program director Rayna Wheeler, the goal has been to serve as many of the youth in the region as possible. Wheeler said that region spans all the way from Pulaski and Montgomery Counties all the way to the City of Martinsville and Halifax County and up to Rockingham and Rockbridge.

“It’s a pretty wide area,” Wheeler said. “Our goal is to serve the youth of those counties and cities.”

Wheeler said that many people’s perception of 4-H is that it’s strictly agriculture. The program does offer a small animals class, but it’s only a small part of all the things that 4-H can offer to children.

“The four H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health,” Wheeler said. “When we’re coming up with our curriculum and our classes, they go by life skills that all kind of feed into the four H’s.

-For more information, see the June 12 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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