I recently participated in the National Youth Science Camp as an Ohio delegate. I would like to thank the State of West Virginia for their contributions to the camp. I, personally, believe that the experience I had at camp could not be replicated in any other setting.

The other delegates and I were treated very well when we arrived at the Chuck Yeager Airport. We enjoyed sightseeing with our host families and our lecture at the Clay Center. We were welcomed, once again, to West Virginia at the Governor’s Mansion at the end of camp. When it was time to leave camp, we were all tearful. We were not leaving just friends; we were leaving our home.

We had many wonderful experience in the great West Virginia outdoors. We were able to kayak, rock climb, and mountain bike. We participated in three overnight trips in which we were able to enjoy the wilderness of West Virginia as we hiked in many locations, including Seneca Creek, Cranberry Glades, and Dolly Sods. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to sleep under the stars with a group of remarkable people who had become a group of lifelong friends. We also participated in out-of-camp experiences that allowed us to experience more of West Virginia, such as picnics at Camp Allegheny and at Cass Scenic Railroad.

My time at the National Youth Science Camp was one of the best experiences in my life. West Virginia has made this camp a memorable opportunity for all delegates. From the unique history and scenery to the monetary contributions to the camp, the State of West Virginia has truly blessed my life with this opportunity, and I am extremely grateful.

Sincerely yours,

Rebecca McGrail, 2010 NYSC – Ohio