At 4-H Camp Piedmont, a hike to Copperhead Rock is a highlight for youth. On Piedmont Lake, campers can try kayaking and stand up paddle boards. The shooting range provides an opportunity to learn how to safely handle and respect firearms and archery equipment. The pool, games, talent shows, campfires and many camp traditions provide classic 4-H camp memories.
Close to 2,000 youth from Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Noble and Tuscarawas counties camp here each year, and Camp Piedmont also hosts one of the statewide shooting sports camps. Schools, churches and adult organizations also use the camp facilities.
4-H Camp Piedmont is tucked away in the northwest corner of Belmont County along the shore of Lake Piedmont, opening in 1948 thanks to the efforts of the Eastern Ohio Extension Camps, Inc. and what is now known as the Muskingum Water Conservancy District. For more than 70 years, 4-H youth have spent the best week of summer at 4-H Camp Piedmont.
As a result of the coronavirus and restrictions that have been put in place, Ohio 4-H has made the very difficult decision to suspend 4-H camps this summer. While we are saddened by this news, we fully support the decision to keep our youth safe because the health of our campers, staff and volunteers are our highest priority. However, with this decision comes the difficult situation of keeping the camp running while our yearly income has been reduced by 75 percent.
Now more than ever, Camp Piedmont needs your help until we can welcome our youth back to camp. It is important to know that the ability to continue operations is hanging in the balance. The loss of income that we will face during this time is hitting our camp hard. To keep camp fees down, Camp Piedmont runs on a very strict and tight budget with little room to withstand the substantial loss we are expecting this year.
Please give today and invest in 4-H Camp Piedmont to help grow true leaders for tomorrow. Each and every donation takes us one step closer to our $25,000 goal.