A Local 4-H Camp Offering, Camping, Rental Facilities, and Equine Events
in West Virginia
Camp Pioneer is known locally as a 4-H camp. Randolph County has a unique and enduring history with 4-H as a National organization. In 1915, the first organized camp for rural youth was held in Randolph County just south of the current Camp Pioneer site. Our current camp officially became Camp Pioneer in 1952. Since that time we have continually added many additions and features to make our camp what it is today.
Our main building consists of our Dining Hall, our kitchen, and our assembly hall. These areas are available for rent and each bring unique features that will make your event, party, wedding, or reunion special. The Dining Hall was fully renovated in 2012. The kitchen was remodeled in 2015. The assembly hall, complete with a fireplace and a stage, was redone in 2013. For more information on these areas or to check for rental availability and pricing please give us a call.
The trees planted in the shape of a heart surrounding Vespers Knoll were built in 1969 and give a truly majestic feel when you visit this area. This area is used for a meditation spot for 4-H campers and visitors alike. It is also a popular spot to say your vows on your wedding day. So whether you are simply enjoying the scenery, need a quiet location to meditate and pray, or are looking for an intimate and beautiful spot to make your wedding special, Vespers Knoll will not disappoint.
Camp Pioneer has a variety of picnic areas including picnic tables and pavilions. Pavilions are available for rent and include electric, lights, and water. Picnic areas are open to the public on a first come first serve basis. Pavilions are available for free public use as long as they are not reserved for an event. If the pavilions are not reserved they are under the first come first serve rule. For more information on how to rent a pavilion for your next party or event, give our office a call.
Camp Pioneer has several publically stocked ponds available for fishing. These popular fishing holes boast a wide variety of fish including bass, blue gill, carp, and catfish. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy some time with your family, stop by and visit us. Be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy our picnic tables or pavilion area and plan on spending the day. Many people agree that once you get here, you will not want to leave. You must have a state issued fishing license and we do promote catch and release.
Tygarts Valley Lion’s Club donated the materials and labor needed to build our playground area which is located beside our main pavilion area alongside our fishing pond. The playground area has a variety of fun play equipment and recycled rubber tires for added safety. BBQ pits and horseshoe pits are also located in this area. The pavilion can be rented and has lights, electric, and water. The restrooms are located nearby as well. This popular location is great for birthday parties, family reunions, receptions, and other get-togethers.
Basketball, Volleyball, and Dodgeball Court:
Camp Pioneer has basketball courts open for public use. Feel free to bring your own ball and enjoy our courts. The basketball courts are open on a first come first serve basis. We also have volleyball courts that can be set up for your event. We are excited to announce that a new dodgeball court will be built soon. We are sure this new addition will be a big hit with our campers and guests.
Our new walking trail starts in front of the playground and directly behind the Bulletin Board. The Bulletin Board was an Eagle Scout Project that was completed and donated by a local Eagle Scout. Our scenic trail will take you on an approximately ½ mile stroll around the ponds. The trail is ADA accessible and is a great new addition to our facility.
The Dakan Arena and Barn:
This facility is truly a unique venue built with horse safety in mind. This location is ideal to host any equine event including rodeos, barrel racing, cutting horse events, quarter horse events, training events, and more. For more information on these areas of Camp Pioneer, be sure to visit our Equine Section.