Regional Teen Insititute - Youth Make a
United Way of Central WV, One United Way Square, Charleston, WV 25301-1096, 304-340-3622

Teen Insititute Camp 2012 - kids at camp

About TI

About the Camp

Since 1996, the Adolescent Health Initiative at United Way of Central WV has coordinated TI, with several community organizations, for young people primarily from Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam Counties. TI follows a national framework aimed at helping young people become leaders around prevention of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence and other critical decisions they face each day. In support the leadership aspect, youth who have previously attended Teen Institute help plan the regional event and serve as youth staff. During TI, participants attend workshops on a variety of health related topics and leadership, are involved in small discussion groups called family groups, and participate in fun activities.

Who is invited to attend Teen Institute?
Students from Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties who have completed the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to apply to attend. Participation is limited to 70 students, so there is an application process. All participants are expected to be tobacco, e-cig, alcohol and drug free!

Who is in charge of Teen Institute?
Margo Friend, the Adolescent Health Initiative Director, United Way of Central WV, and The Putnam Wellness Coalition Director Bill O’Dell.

The Boone County Family Resource Network (FRN), the Clay County FRN, the Putnam County FRN, Mission WV and many volunteers are key partners in planning and holding the event. Community volunteers serve as staff, and there is always a registered nurse on duty during the entire event.

Where is Rippling Waters Campground and what are the facilities like?
Rippling Waters is a Church of God Campground located off the Haines Branch 116 Exit off Interstate 77 near Sissonville. It is 20 miles from Charleston. Most of the activities at TI occur in the conference center, which has a large meeting room, a kitchen and dining room. The participants and staff all stay in air conditioned cabins. There is a common bathhouse for girls and one for guys. A pool is available for use, as well as a basketball court.

Directions from Charleston to Rippling Waters Campground:
1. Merge onto I-77 North in Charleston, WV.
2. Follow I-77 to exit 116, Haines Branch Road.Turn Right at the bottom of ramp.
4. Immediate Left at the stop sign onto RT. 21 North.
5. RT. 21 North for 1 mile.
6. Turn Right, just after crossing the bridge, onto Middle Fork Road.
7. Campground is 3 miles; office driveway is on the Left after the small pond.
8. Go past pond and office drive up a little hill, turn into the camp at top of hill through the yellow gate posts on the right. Proceed to the first building for registration and information.

What is the cost?
In order to provide an equal opportunity for youth from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds to attend there is only a $25.00 fee, with scholarships available. Teen Institute is funded by grants and donations.

Who should I contact for more information?
Margo Friend at 304-340-3622 or email  

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