Students-YLA Camp Horseshoe

Horseshoe Youth Camps and Summits

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the United States Forest Service, the State YMCA of West Virginia (now the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association) opened Camp Horseshoe in 1940 and has operated it since. Today, just as it has since that opening, the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association maintains Horseshoe’s guiding principles of creating community with everything directed to helping youth and adults strengthen their homes, schools and communities by becoming . . .

  • more responsible for their own lives
  • better motivated, prepared and committed to lead and to serve
  • action oriented, and
  • more responsible citizens of the community

Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

Ages: High School Students
Tuition: $315; if paid by May 15th and $365 after that. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Discover the principles of entrepreneurship, civic leadership and volunteer service in six days of fun interactive learning. Meet business persons and successful entrepreneurs, make connections and discover new possibilities for your future. We’ll look at –

  • Behaviors and Personal Attributes necessary for success – Responsibility Ethics, Civic Duty, Team Work, Problem Solving, the Common Good;
  • Private Enterprise What is it? How does it work? Profit, Risk, Investment;
  • Entrepreneurship – The Idea, The Plan, Goals, How to Communicate the Product, Markets and Marketing;
  • WV Business and Industry – Production, Market, Environmental Stewardship, Opportunities;
  • Business & Public Relations – Telling the Story, Responding to Crisis, Community Relationships, Ethics;
  • Community Development – Creating Opportunity, Establishing and Maintaining Positive Attitudes, Building on Assets, Community Leadership & Service;
  • People are Key – Investing in Human Resources, Education, Engaging Youth.

Now in its 40th year, this camp week is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Local Chambers of Commerce, and the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association with special support from business and industry, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Department of Education, West Virginia Development Office and local schools.

Teen Leadership Summits

Ages: High School, Middle-Jr. High Students
Tuition: $315 if paid by May 15th and $365 after that. Sponsorships are often available from local service organizations including Lions, Kiwanis, Ruritan, Woman’s, Rotary, Civitan, Student Council, 21st Century, and other professional organizations, HI-Ys, YLA groups, businesses, and churches. Teens are responsible to seek this support.
During the six-day summit, you will:

  • Discover your potential.
  • Welcome new experiences – chart your future – bring new enthusiasm and in the process discover all you can be and all you can offer.
  • Learn the basics of successful youth groups.
  • Make your youth group the best it can be when you return home!

Adventure Camp

Ages: 7 – 12 year olds
Tuition: $315: if paid by May 15th and $365 after that.
Horseshoe’s Adventure Camp for 7 – 12 year olds is fun and much more! It’s a good time with a purpose! Horseshoe is often a child’s first major step toward becoming an individual and developing social skills with their own peer group. There is no better way for children to learn about themselves and others, expand their horizons, learn to share and get along with others, develop a positive self-image, and have fun! We believe in camping, and hope each child will have the chance to experience this vital part of growing up.

Youth Opportunity Camps

Ages: 7 – 12 year olds
Tuition: No fee to eligible low income West Virginia boys and girls.
Horseshoe’s Youth Opportunity Camps help low income boys and girls choose positive activities, attitudes and goals. YOC helps children improve social skills and confidence, build self-control, learn to better relate to others and find hope for a better future. YOC promotes healthy lifestyles by teaching good personal hygiene, physical and mental activity, good nutrition and school success. Children thrive in Horseshoe’s guided atmosphere of purpose, positive role models, caring expectation, learning and constructive character building activities. The residential experience of family and community is Horseshoe’s distinctive difference in the lives of children.

Special Camps

Have a requirement for a specific program for your group or organization? Call our office to discuss your needs. Our experienced staff will be happy to discuss what we have to offer and how we might custom design a program to meet your specific objectives.

Looking for a Place for your Band Camp?

Horseshoe is normally available starting the end of July for band camps. Bands love the home cooking at Horseshoe, find Horseshoe beautiful, free of distractions and just far enough away to avoid unexpected visits by non-band students. Horseshoe is also accredited by the American Camping Association and licensed by the WV Department of Health and Human Services.

We have a very large, flat, grassy field bigger than a football field and another adjacent field for practice. Our indoor practice room easily accommodates 100 and has served bands of more than 150. Additional small meeting spaces are available for band sectional practices.

For housing we have 8 Cabins – each have two sleeping rooms (each sleep 12) with bunks and a small “counselor” quarters with 2 bunks (sleeps 4). Restrooms/showers are in nearby “bath houses” with one for males and one for females.

Call – 304-478-2481 for details and pricing.

Informational Materials

Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

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Teen Leadership Summits

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Adventure Camp

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The following may be downloaded and printed, then completed and mailed to the YLA.


Youth Opportunity Camp

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The following may be downloaded and printed, then completed and mailed to the YLA.

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