2017-07-06 / Front Page

Cloverleaf 4-H members get more than fun from camp at Rock Eagle

This group of Wilkes County 4-H members, leaders, and volunteers attended the week-long Cloverleaf Camp at Rock Eagle. This group of Wilkes County 4-H members, leaders, and volunteers attended the week-long Cloverleaf Camp at Rock Eagle. Thirty-two cloverleaf 4-H’ers attended an exciting week of 4-H Summer Camp at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton where Wilkes County members established one of their best weeks at camp.

“4-H is all about fun and that is just what these kids had. But these young people learned a lot more from camp than just fun,” County Extension Agent Audra Armour observed.

Nailah Jones and Garston Townsend served as teen leaders while adult volunteer Chris Townsend, Program Assistant Kassandra Swiney, and Armour were in attendance for the week long event.

Wilkes County campers experienced the long tradition of 4-H camp at Rock Eagle. They had plenty of fun through sports, games, and dances. Campers also learned new skills through educational activities on topics like wildlife, canoeing, health, high ropes, zip lining, swimming, ecology, and archery. There were many first-time experiences for many 4-H’ers. They all accomplished new adventures in their own lives throughout the week.

During 4-H members’ week of camp, they have responsibilities such as keeping their cabins clean, keeping trash off the ground, and keeping the dining room neat.

“We exposed them to the positive influence of talented, well-trained counselors,” Armour explained. “The campers worked together to learn personal skills that may help them get along better with friends and family. Both boys and girls cabins received green stars for having clean cabins during the week.”

Wilkes County was a part of the Cherokee Tribe during camp and competed against the other two tribes, Shawnee and Muskogee.

Going to 4-H camp helps youth to become more independent and increase maturity. It can give campers a boost in self-confidence, the foundation needed to feel good about themselves, according to Armour. “And most importantly, this group of 4-H campers had the opportunity to make new friends,” she added.

Georgia has one of the largest and most respected 4-H camping programs in the country. Georgia Cooperative Extension programs made it big, and made it one of the best for a very good reason – a positive experience at a summer camping program can make a crucial difference in a younger person’s life.

Cloverleaf 4-H’ers attending camp this year were Porter Barnett, Andrea Collins, Sabrina Davis, Taylor Davis, Jordan Dawson, Molly Dawson, Joseph Denson, Levi Durham, Marvina Gay, Kaylee Grimaud, Camden Hammond, Emily Hardy, Ashlyn Heard, Robert Hunt, Carter Johnston, Trey Johnston, Shelby Kennedy, Bryce Meaders, Kendall Rainey, Rebekah Riordan, Oakley Safrit, Ethan Scott, Ava Simmons, Harper Smith, Trix Sunga, Bryson Taylor, Blake Tench, Mason Thornton, Henry Townsend, Jake Tucker, Gavin Waldorf, and Jarvick Zellars.

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