Forsyth County 4-H offers a variety of week-long summer camp opportunities to local club members of all ages. The first camping experience that youth can participate in is 4-H Cloverleaf Camp which is open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
This summer, Forsyth County 4-H took 96 Cloverleaf Campers to Rock Eagle 4-H Center for a week of fun. During the day, campers were able to learn about the natural world around them through classes such as herpetology, forestry and lake ecology.
They were also able to challenge themselves by learning to canoe, exploring the high ropes challenge course, and competing for the coveted tribal shield.
Rock Eagle is the world’s largest 4-H Center housing more than 800 campers each week throughout the summer. At Rock Eagle, 4-H’ers are divided into three Native American tribes. Throughout the week, the tribes compete to see who can be the best campers by cleaning up their areas, being on time for classes and events, and of course having some classic summer camp cheer-offs.
During the evenings, everyone at Rock Eagle enjoys dances, a variety show performed by the college aged counselors, and a Native American presentation.
The week of camp at Rock Eagle comes to a close on Friday morning when all three tribes gather to find out which group won the tribal shield.
Even though Forsyth County was not part of the winning tribe this summer, the week was still a success with everyone already looking forward to next year.
Junior 4-H’ers who are in seventh and eighth grades have three different camping opportunities to choose from.
Wilderness Challenge Camp is a week of high adventure at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega.
This week includes zip-lining, white water rafting and many other fun activities.
Marine Resources Camp at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island offers 4-H’ers the chance to dive into marine science by exploring the beach and coastal ecosystem.
At Marine Resources Camp, 4-H’ers enjoy learning about sea turtles, marsh ecology and even dissecting sharks.
The other camping opportunity for junior 4-H’ers is junior camp. This week of camp has a more general focus of activities and gives all participants a well-rounded camping experience.
This year, junior camp was at Camp Jekyll on Jekyll Island. 4-H’ers enjoyed a bicycle tour of the island, a trip to Summer Waves water park, and many hands-on classes at the camp.
High schoolers, or senior 4-He’rs, have two summer camp choices to choose from.
Senior camp at Rock Eagle offers a traditional summer camp experience geared towards this age group.
With workshops about college preparation and outings off center to have some extra excitement, senior camp offers a lot to keep these high schoolers excited and having fun.
Senior 4-H’ers can also choose to attend Senior Extreme Camp. As the name suggests, this event is a step up on the excitement.
The 4-H’ers at Senior Extreme Camp pitch and sleep in tents instead of the cabins that other camp experiences provide. These campers also learn to make their own breakfasts over the campfire. Classes include riflery, outdoor survival and many more.
This summer, Forsyth County 4-H’ers have participated in all of the summer camp opportunities offered by Georgia 4-H.
For more information on how to participate in summer camp next year, or other 4-H activities, contact the UGA Extension office at (770) 887-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also like and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Forsyth4H. In Forsyth County, 4-H is supported by The University of Georgia, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County Board of Education, and United Way of Forsyth County.
Jack Lowery is the UGA Extension Forsyth County 4-H Extension agent.