Young people

July 10, 2005

The 64th Annual West Virginia State Conservation Camp was held at Camp Caesar, near Cowen, W.Va., from June 10 -19.

Young people between the ages of 14 to 18 from all over West Virginia and surrounding areas gathered to learn the wise use of the state's natural resources.

This year, 120 campers attended the camp. Representing Washington County, Md., was Randall Thomas.

Classes included wildlife management, law enforcement, parksand recreation and many more. These were taught by professionals representing state and federal natural resource agencies.

Highlights of the week included assemblies on forest fire control, birds of prey, wildlife and fisheries, law enforcement and night sounds. These demonstrations allowed youths to witness conservation professionals "on the job." Campers looked at West Virginia's rich Appalachian culture through interactive presentations, including the Jackson's Mill History Wagon, pioneer skills and pioneer music.


Campers participated in mountain biking, riflery, archery, trap shooting, rappelling, boating, fishing and outdoor cooking.

Due to the generosity of sponsors, scholarships were provided for the majority of campers.

Two local dancers have been chosen to attend a five-week international program at the Boston Ballet this summer.

Peter Doll received a full scholarship, and has been placed in the highest men's level. He is a 19-year-old freelance ballet artist, and is the youngest member of the faculty at the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School.

Brie Anne Asbury, who also was accepted at both American Ballet Theatre and the Universal Ballet Academy, chose to attend the Boston Ballet's program this summer. She is a 16-year-old student at the CBT School, and receives her academics through the PA Cyberschool home-schooling program, via the Internet.

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