A cherished summer tradition continues Sunday (June 18) when Older 4-H Members’Conference (OMC) opens 4-H’s 2006 summer learning season at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, Weston.

OMC , a leadership development conference, will be home to nearly 300 4-H’ers from throughout the state from Sunday, June 18, through Saturday, June 24.

OMC began in 1944 and serves as the flagship of the WVU 4 -H Camping Program.

Each year, months before the opening session, high school students and college students help plan OMC , including selecting topics to address during the week. Each weekday during the conference, a different speaker discusses the subject to be explored that day.

This year, topics and speakers are:

  • �€?Technology and Its Impact on Our Futures,�€? Dave Snively, associate director, WVU Extension Service (WVU-ES), Morgantown

  • �€?Is Chivalry Dead?,�€? Robin Yorty, coordinator of ceremonies and special events, WVU , Morgantown

  • �€?Acceptance of Body Size Diversity,�€? Guen Brown, Extension professor, nutrition and health, WVU -ES, Morgantown

  • �€?Special Treatment of Athletes,�€? Jeffery Bailey, athletic director, University High School, Morgantown

  • �€?Growing Up Too Fast,�€? Tess Berkshire, OMC camper, Morgantown , and Ross Williams, OMC camper, Romney

The 2006 OMC theme is �€?Time.�€?

The camp’s director is Robert Richardson, an attorney who practices inp.
Lewisburg. On Sunday, Richardson begins his 20th year as a volunteer for the state 4-H camping program. The 1982 WVU Mountaineer mascot, Richardson was also WVU ’s first Truman Scholar. He later graduated for the University of Virginia College of Law.

Although it is too late to register for OMC , it is not too late to register for the next two opportunities to experience state 4-H camp. July 9 and July 16, respectively, will open Alpha I and Alpha II at WVU Jackson’s Mill.

Those eligible to attend Alpha are students who are at least entering the sixth grade. Students can be no older than 21 years old.

Directors for Alpha are Craig Presar, WVU Extension agent in Upshur County , and Barbie Little, a school teacher with the Raleigh County School System.

4-H state and county camps are among many educational programs and activities open to youths in each of the state’s 55 counties.

The 4-H Youth Development Program�€an avenue for youths to experience entrepreneurship, community service, technology, education and career experiences�€is sponsored by the WVU Extension Service.

For registration information for Alpha camps, contact a county office of the WVU Extension Service (www.ext.wvu.edu), or Jeffrey Orndorff, WVU Extension 4-H specialist, Morgantown , at 304-293-2694 (Before June 18), 304-269-5100 (During OMC Week), or jdorndorff@mail.wvu.edu