Barns at a 4-H camp ground in Kanawha County are falling apart, and camp leaders believe in a few years the facility will be too dangerous to host their annual horse camp.
The Southern District 4-H Horse Camp has launched a barn raising campaign.
The barns at Camp Virgil Tate near Sissonville were built over 40 years ago.
Since then they have seen thousands of campers and their horses pass through.
The barns house animals for the week long camp every year.
This week campers are dealing with wet conditions. They have had to modify stall arrangements because some of the stalls are flooding. They have closed one of the four barns to campers. The total cost for demolition of the existing barns, repair and replacement of the underground drainage system and construction of new barns is estimated at $250,000.
Each year 65 to 75 campers from the Kanawha Valley and as far away as the eastern panhandle attend camp with their horses.
The camp has been in existence since 1970 and is the only statewide 4-H camp in West Virginia. Campers learn how to care for their horses and learn proper handling and riding skills. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 21 years.
To learn more about how you can help the organization build new barns call the Putnam County Extension Office at 304-586-0217.