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National Camping Institute Trains Summer Camp Professionals at Jackson’s Mill

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National Camping Institute Trains Summer Camp Professionals at Jackson’s Mill

JACKSON’S MILL –
Summer may still be a few months away, but the time is ripe for camping professionals from around the country to prepare for the season. This week they meet at Jackson’s Mill for the bi-annual National Camping Institute.

Attendants came from as far as California and Texas.

Larry Hall works for Ohio State University’s Extension Service. He’s been to institutes in many states, including Minnesota, Virginia, Kansas, Ohio and North Dakota. But he is happy to be at Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County this year.

“The facility is magnificent,” he said. “It has the opportunity for people to see what happens in other states, and maybe mimic some of those ideas in a retreat-center setting.”

The Institute focused on new, technological challenges this year, including how to address counselor-camper relationships on the Internet after camp, and how to get kids to want to break away in the first place, West Virginia University Extension Service 4H Youth Development Director Debbie McDonald said.

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