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Mission WV, Camp Appalachia work to help foster youth

May 2, 2019 GMT

HURRICANE — In honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month, Mission WV and Camp Appalachia have partnered up to offer fun camp activities for youth in foster care.

This free event is planned for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 11 at Camp Appalachia in Scott Depot. It is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families, families interested in learning about foster care, and youth in group homes.

“This is just one way we can share our gratitude to all of the families who open their homes to children and make sure that they have a place to call home,” Kelly Thompson, executive director at Mission WV, said in a news release.

This event also offers an opportunity for anyone who has ever considered foster care or adoption to learn more. Mission WV, DHHR and many other foster/adoption agencies will have staff on-hand to answer questions.

Camp Appalachia is a resident and day camp located on 160 acres in Scott Depot. The property has eight cabins, a mess hall, lake, climbing wall, two pools, outdoor basketball court, playground, shelters and multiple hiking trails.

“Whether a child is boating or fishing on the lake, or climbing the rock wall, they are being encouraged by compassionate and trauma-informed staff,” according to the release.

During the event, parents will have the opportunity to attend an optional training. The training will teach parents how to speak with their children about the hard topics like bullying, drugs and sex.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register at http://bit.ly/FosterCareFunDay.

Lunch will be provided. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes, hiking boots, etc). Some activities could get a little messy, so bring a change of clothing.

For those interested in fishing, bring your fishing supplies and bait.

The confidentiality and privacy of Foster and Adoptive families is very important. No photos or videos taken at this event will be shared publicly without express permission.

For more information, contact the Mission WV office at 304-562-0723 or Jared Davis, camp director, at 304-757-1122.

About Mission WV

Mission West Virginia works to create stronger communities throughout the state by changing the lives of youth and families. We promote positive futures by recruiting foster families, providing life skills education and creating community connections. For more information about Mission WV, visit missionwv.org.

About Camp Appalachia

Camp Appalachia is a yearlong camp whose target camper is a child between the ages of 7 and 17 and is at a high risk for destructive life choices. They provide a camp experience for little to no cost to kids who are directly affected by the opioid epidemic, kids in the foster care system, and kids who have one or more parents incarcerated.

Camp Appalachia currently has a summer day camp and resident camp. The camp operates 12 months per year with our focus being opioid prevention, outdoor education, leadership, and resiliency building. For more information about Camp Appalachia, visit campappalachia.org or contact Jared Davis at 304-757-1122 or email j.davis@campappalachia.org.