"A phone campaign was started to contact parents, and every flashlight and battery in camp was put to use," Shamblin said. "Some of our camp staff began to round up breakfast for the next morning and traveled as far as Charleston, some 50 minutes away, to locate an open food store."
The next morning, the camp staff was able to feed the campers and get them aboard buses for a safe trip home. Some of the campers told counselors they enjoyed their extra night in camp.
"At the end of the day, even with the storm, caring adults made camp happen," Shamblin said. "The best part about those caring adults is that several of them have been campers for many years, and are now coming back to help at camp.
"They have a great love for 4-H camp and they exhibit the life skills of leadership, responsibility, caring and friendship that the 4-H program and 4-H camp tries to instill in campers every summer."
About 60 low-income campers are expected to take part in this summer's Clay County 4-H camp, held at Camp Sheppard near Gandeeville, where they will be involved with activities ranging from archery and air-rifle marksmanship and safety to clogging and outdoor cooking.
To help a child attend the Clay County 4-H Camp or another camp, mail a donation to the Gazette Charities Send-A-Child-To-Camp Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.
To give online, go to www.wvgazette.com and look for the camp fund logo.
All donated money goes toward camp scholarships. The Charleston Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.