Horseshoe Leadership Center Programs


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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

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Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

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

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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.
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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!

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Adventure Camp

Ages: 7 – 12 year olds
Tuition: $315: if paid by May 15th and $365 after that.
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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.

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Youth Opportunity Camps

Ages: 7 – 12 year olds
Tuition: No fee to eligible low income West Virginia boys and girls.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Heritage Programs


Come enjoy Horseshoe’s mountains and take advantage of the hiking trails and the beauty just outside the windows of our program rooms. We will be staying either in the McManus Center with up to date rooms or in a cabin with a bathhouse nearby. Get totally spoiled while participating in one of our Heritage Programs, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and maybe even some sleeping too!

Below are descriptions of the various Heritage Programs available. Consult the particular Registration information (listed to the right) for fees, lodging, and other details.

Quilt Retreat

Quilters of all ages are welcome to attend this fun weekend. Participants will relax, learn, laugh, and enjoy the company of others who enjoy the art of quilting. Retreats are usually in the Spring and Fall of each year.

For those who wish to stay five days, please plan to arrive after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, (those arriving on Tuesday are responsible for their own dinner that evening and breakfast on Wed. morning) Those coming on Wednesday (4 days) or Thursday (3 days) please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to set up and be ready for the first class at 10:30. Tuesday will be a day to sew on project(s) of your choice. Instructors will begin projects on Wednesday with each project being repeated once again. Camp will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. You will need to bring a sewing machine and rotary cutter. Upon registration, we will send you the complete list of fabric requirements, quilting supplies and personal items needed for the retreat.
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Quilt Retreat at Windwood Fly-In Resort!

This Horseshoe Quilt Retreat is held Off-Site at the beautiful Windwood Fly-In Resort in Canaan Valley in Tucker County, WV.

Join us for three days and nights of sewing, fellowship and very little sleep.
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Basket Making

We will be learning how to weave beautiful, useful baskets. This is an overnighter for those of you who wish to stay here at Horseshoe. The baskets selected for the program will be detailed in the registration materials.

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Bread Baking at Horseshoe

Fun learning bread baking in the Horseshoe kitchen. Our first bread baking class was held in June, 2017, in the Horseshoe kitchen. Expert baker Mimi Kibler captivated the interest of her participants during this day-long fun adventure in the beautiful Horseshoe setting. Students learned the basics of making their own bread and got to sample the fruits of their labor.

We will be scheduling another class so continue to check our web calendar for the date.
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Bike Your Park Day

Horseshoe will be joining thousands across the country on September 30, 2017, riding bikes at the same time.  Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of others throughout the world on the same day — Bike Your Park Day. Bring your friends and family, or go solo, and discover the bicycling opportunities in your backyard, whether it’s a national park, state park, monument, historic site, recreation area, wildlife refuge, parkway, or HORSESHOE.

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Food-to-Table Fall Festival Dinner and Fundraiser

  • An Evening of a Delicious Five Course Meal. Each Course Prepared and Presented by Renowned Chefs.
  • A Silent Auction.
  • Auction of various handmade items including
    • a Quilt made by the Horseshoe Heritage September 2017 Quilt Retreat attendees.
    • A replica of an old hardwood (cherry)  Sitting Bench from the 1700s made by Mark Warner.
    • Numerous Basket Collections.
  • Entertainment.
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Family Camping in the Horseshoe Recreation Area


Enjoy the beauty and peace of the Horseshoe Recreation Area as your own mountain resort!

Small enough to offer a friendly family atmosphere, the Horseshoe Recreation Area has 21 campsites. 13 sites (#1 – #13) are in the open, and remaining sites are in a wooded area. Camp sites #7 through #12 can be reserved at least four days prior to arrival and reservations can be made up to 240 days in advance. All other sites are on a first come, first serve basis. A large and a small pavilion are also available by advance rental for reunions, special occasions, and picnics. Pavilion reservations must be made at least 5 days prior to arrival and can be made up to 360 days in advance.

The campground contains flush toilets, public telephone, and city water. Main Loop A, camp sites 1-13, have electric hook-ups. Back Loop B is non-electric. Campsites have tables, tent pads, fire rings, parking spurs and lantern posts. The overflow camping area is suitable for tent camping only and has tables and fire rings.

While only three to four hours from Washington, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Charleston, Horseshoe is a “world away” from the rush and pressures of our modern society.

The Horseshoe Recreation Area is owned by the United States Forest Service and operated by the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association’s Horseshoe Leadership Center. Reservations are made through the Forest Service’s National Recreation Reservation Service by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting Recreation.gov. Campsites are $20 per night in the Main Loop-A and $15 per night in Back Loop-B. Rental of the large picnic pavilion is $85.00 and $20.00 for the small pavilion. Please review our Rec Area Rules.

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Informational Materials

Teen Entrepreneurship Summit


Register ONLINE for Entrepreneurship Summit by clicking the Registration button below:


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


Teen Leadership Summits


Register ONLINE for YLA Leadership Summits by clicking the Registration button below:


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


Adventure Camp


Register ONLINE for Adventure Camp by clicking the Registration button below:

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


Youth Opportunity Camp


Register ONLINE for YOC by clicking the Registration button below:

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


Quilt Retreat

Quilt Retreat at Windwood Fly-In Resort


Bread Baking at Horseshoe


Bike Your Park Day


Farm-to-Table Fall Dinner


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