Pleasants County, West Virginia | Make It Your Future

The Ohio River Valley is a natural playground making Pleasants County a fun place to grow up. Youth can choose from a wide range of activities such as boating, jet skiing, water skiing or fishing from the stream banks to keep them healthy and happy.

The Pleasants County parks are open year-round and offer families a clean and safe place to play. The Boys & Girls Club is very active with an after-school program for children in grades 1-8 and a teen center for older youth at the Jim Spence Community Center in the park at St. Marys. There is a well-organized summer program, also, for the 500+ youth members, and the variety of activities and programs cover academic, instructional and recreational categories.

The youth in Pleasants County stay fit mentally with the help of the Pleasants County Library, where 15 computers and the Mountain Library Network provide access to a world of learning. With a large reading room and two meeting rooms the library truly is a community spot perfect for keeping young people interested in reading and learning. Eight 4-H Clubs involve nearly 200 children ages 9 to 21 in food, animal and woodworking projects, with a well-planned summer camp being the high point of the 4-H year.

The Pleasants County Agricultural Youth Fair began in the fall of 2000 and offers something for all ages. Each year, during the third weekend in September, the Youth Fair takes place at the St. Marys Marina and the St. Marys High School Agricultural Science Farm, drawing thousands of people. The fair with its variety of entertainment, displays, events and food is made possible through the cooperation of many community agencies, and is designed to give FFA and 4-H members the opportunity to showcase their projects.

The Boy Scouts of America have three very active groups in Pleasants County. Two Boy Scout Troops and one Cub Scout Pack involve nearly 100 youth in camping, hiking, biking, fishing, rappelling, carving and community service activities. Summer camp takes place at Allohak Council in Wirt County and the county boasts a 7 percent Eagle Scout achievement rate, which is 4 percent above the national average.

Each May the Elks Youth Street Fair dedicates an entire week to the community’s youth, hosting a unique event each day. A swimming party, fishing derby, local government day and other activities lead up to a weekend youth fair that takes place at the St. Marys Marina. This event unites the community youth with food, fun and fellowship. A rock wall, dunker machine, music and various presentations about drug and alcohol awareness constitute both fun and educational activities for all youth in the region.

The annual Safety Town program is open to all children beginning with first graders. In addition to introducing kids to the safety resources in the community, it encourages involvement. Youth groups, events and activities in the community’s three dozen churches support well-rounded youth activity offerings.

In the wooded hills or along the stream banks of Pleasants County, children have the opportunity to daydream, explore and imagine in a setting that is safe. They can climb or splash or read or build without the pressure to grow up quickly. They can be children for as long as they need to be, making memories to last a lifetime.