Gor­don County 4-H camps 72 at Rock Ea­gle 4-H Cen­ter

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -

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.

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Gor­don County 4- H’ers Ava, Gabriella, Raniyah, and Ella en­joy­ing the swim­ming pool at Rock Ea­gle.

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Mak­ena Blalock show­ing off her tribal shield pin earned by all of Gor­don County 4- H for Musko­gees win­ning dur­ing Clover­leaf Camp.

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Bobby Hicks on the zip line.

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