CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A young girl who found herself being bullied at school found the self-confidence to stand up to her abusers after attending a Kanawha County 4-H camp.
Last year, classmates were bullying the young girl at her school. Her parents decided to pull her out of public school and enroll her in private school to get her away from her attackers.
After a year of stress, the young girl decided that she wasn't going to let a few mean classmates make her leave her friends and school. Her mother said the only change her daughter went through was attending the Kanawha County 4-H camp at Camp Virgil Tate in Sissonville -- one of the many camps supported by donations through the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund.
The camp helped the young girl find new self-confidence while becoming more active in sports and doing more tasks independently.
4-H camps focus on developing independence in campers and the willingness to try new things, such as fishing, hiking, making their own bed or presenting during the campfire program.
During the camp, campers are allowed to be in one of four groups, called tribes, which become a second home. The tribes are a welcoming group that gives each camper a sense of belonging.
4-H campers are given the opportunities to express success and learn by doing. 4-H is a voluntary organization for youth who receive training in citizenship, leadership life skills and positive youth development.