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12 Jul

Happy 30th Birthday Alpha!

Marsha | July 12th, 2010

The Alpha camps will be celebrating their 30th Birthday this year and we would like to invite you to come and join in the celebration. We figure that about 18,000 4-H’ers have camped at Alpha I or Alpha II during those thirty years and it’s never too late to come back to the Mill and enjoy a day as a camper once again.

We will begin the celebration with registration for our guests beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday of each week. (That will be July 13 and July 20.) Our returning campers will be put back into their tribes and for the next 24 hours they will once again be an Alpha camper. The camp will begin with an assembly and our guest speaker. This will be followed by grow groups which may be a new animal for some of our Alpha alumni. We will assign you to a group of folks your age and you will have time during the afternoon to catch up with each other and to share those wonderful Alpha memories.

Tuesday evening at Alpha is time for the All Star Consecration; followed by our “all age” council circle. Some years back we hosted an alumni reunion at OMC and that night in council circle, one of the tribes challenged a brave to stand on their head, the only limit was they had to be 60 or older. Much to my surprise, all five tribes had a brave that did it. So get ready for a rockin” council circle.
Wednesday will begin with morning classes and we will have some things planned for you. We also will share some reports of our successes and challenges with Alpha and the 4-H program. We then will be asking all of you to share with our campers. We hope that each of you will come prepared to teach a LEO. In Alpha speak, that is a Leisure Education Opportunity. You will share a hobby, an interest, a collection, or any way you enjoy spending your free time. The campers will be free to roam around and visit what you are doing. We will wrap up the camp with a last meal in the dining hall.

We will have three levels of housing: in the cottage, guest rooms, and the lodge. There will be a charge for your three meals, lodging, and a registration fee. We are hoping to have a July 1st registration deadline and you will be able to register on line at: www.peopleware.net/2633a

If you have any questions about any part of this celebration, feel free to contact Jeffrey Orndorff at jdorndorff@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at 304/293-8153

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