December 5, 2020

Local 4-H’ers named Summer Camp Counselors

(Franklin) — Gracie Rowe and Cody Norris are two outstanding 4-H’ers from Heard County, that were been selected as 4-H Camp Counselors. Both were members of the Shawnee tribe this summer.

Gracie served in a leadership position returning for her third summer. This summer was Cody’s first year where he served as a lifeguard and HOP (Health is Our Pledge) instructor.

Being named a camp counselor is one of the most coveted honors in Georgia 4-H. Counselors are selected to conduct educational and recreational programming at each of Georgia’s four 4-H Centers.

Gracie Rowe (L) and Cody Norris (R)

Gracie Rowe (L) and Cody Norris (R)

The Georgia 4-H camp counselor program is recognized as one of the top in the nation. Being named a counselor is truly an honor, though the title is not just honorary.

“The young people who move into the 4-H camps for the summer work hard,” says Charlie Wurst of the 4-H camping program in Georgia.

Wurst is an Educational Program Specialist that oversees the 4-H camping program, for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

“The counselors teach crafts, recreation, and educational programs; they serve as lifeguards and swimming instructors, lead the cheering and teach all those famous camp songs,” Wurst says.

The most important role a counselor plays during the summer is that of role model for the youngsters at camp.  These younger 4-H’ers look up to the counselors.

“This is the main reason we receive so many applicants for counselor jobs.  4-H members have such good memories of their counselor that they want to take their turn at being a counselor as well,” added Wurst.

Counselor selections are made in January, based on an application form and an interview process.

For more information about the camping program in Georgia or any 4-H activity, please contact Dinah Rowe of the local Heard County 4-H Staff at 706-675-3513.



  1. Carla Brown says

    Way to Go!! Our young people in action!

  2. Wylene Spearman, Teacher at HCHS says

    Congrats Gracie and Cody!

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