Fifty-eight 5th-6th grade Spalding County 4-H’ers embarked on a week-long overnight camping experience from July 1st through the 5th, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. During five days of fun, campers attended educational workshops and activities, plus enjoyed free time to hang out with their friends and make new ones.
Camp workshops included: archery, canoeing, entomology, forestry, herpetology, the new high ropes course, lake ecology, sailing, and wildlife. Other activities included Native American lore, crafts, nature hikes, swimming, camper’s choice, and putt-putt. The campers learned about Native Americans of the Southeastern United States from a true Native American, John Winterhawk. Since the camp occurred during Independence Day, they also enjoyed fireworks on Tuesday evening.
All week the campers competed for points to win the Tribal Shield the last morning of camp. Points are awarded for clean cabins, keeping areas free of litter, being at classes on time, participation in competitive activities, lights out at night, and enthusiasm. For many of them, it was their first week-long adventure away from mom and dad. 4-H Summer Camp offers adventure, friendship, and fun, and seeks to develop the camper’s Head, Heart, Hands, and Health to make him or her a better person.