Gordon County 4-H camps 72 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center
canoeing, herpetology, entomology, conservation, lake ecology, and healthy living, as well as organized recreation, crafts, nature hikes, Native American history, swimming and free time. These campers also get to participate in wet games, a variety of activities played on a huge slip and slide area. Returning campers and those in the 6th grade followed a different schedule, had four workshops each day, and had opportunities to do high ropes course elements including the climbing wall, zip line, and swing shot, as well as STEM activities like robotics and rocketry.
Night activities included a night swim and night hike for returning campers, and a camp dance and camp games for first- time campers. All campers participated in a Monday night skit and tribal campfire and learned about the Native American origins of Rock Eagle. Everyone also enjoyed the counselor variety show, where the Rock Eagle 4- H Center counselors put on a show for the campers. On Thursday night, the campers participated in pageant games like archery, crab crawl, rope pull, sore- toe relay, foot races, and others. Following the pageant games, the campers watched the Rock Eagle counselors put on a pageant that provides the thrill of a native legend about how Rock Eagle came to be. On Friday morning, all the campers gathered together on the side of a hill for the presenting of the tribal shield, and Gordon County 4- H, along with four other counties, brought home the Tribal Shield as a member of the Muskogee tribe.
Trained teen leaders attending camp included Brandon Bagley, Chelsea Clayton, Breana Manning, Hannah McElrath, and Bryson Smith. Adult leaders included 4- H Agent Allie Griner, 4- H Program Assistants Becky Pass and Tim Street, and Volunteer Leader Caleb Griner. The United Way of Gordon County provided sponsorship for over twenty youth to attend camp for free or for a reduced price, and also provided water bottles for every youth attending camp. For more information about 4- H camp opportunities for youth, please contact the Gordon County Extension/ 4- H office at 706- 629- 8685.
Gordon County 4- H’ers Ava, Gabriella, Raniyah, and Ella enjoying the swimming pool at Rock Eagle.
Makena Blalock showing off her tribal shield pin earned by all of Gordon County 4- H for Muskogees winning during Cloverleaf Camp.
Bobby Hicks on the zip line.