Betty Payne, Financial Specialist with the Belington branch of Freedom Bank, recently presented a check in the amount of $ 1,000 to Dave Cooper, Director of Youth Leadership Association Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County, in support of this year’s annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurship Camp.

Joining her at Cooper’s left is Hunter D. Mullens, Law Clerk with the legal firm of Mullens & Mullens in Philippi.  Both represented the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce for the presentation while serving as Judges for the Mall Game, a marketplace simulation involving five teams of students from fifteen counties in West Virginia.  Looking on are Barbour County campers Willow Norris, far left, and Joe Kittle, far right.

The five teams of students were judged on the basis of their business objectives, budgets, TV and Facebook advertising, business cards, and mock-ups of their enterprise.  Teams were also judged for their creativity, work effort, and for being the overall best in the competition. The week-long camp ran from June 12th to 18th, beginning with registration and concluding with graduation

The West Virginia students pursued the normal team-building camp experience with fires, hikes, zip lines and climbing walls, daily chores – even personal journals – but received special instruction in business with field trips in the area, including the windmills near Thomas, the Purple Fiddle, Saddles and Smith, Highland Market, Creature Art Gallery, Thomas Educational Center, National Youth Foundation, Tucker County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Blackwater Falls State Park