December 4, 2021

Summer 4-H Camp – IT’S WORTH IT!

(Franklin, GA) — 4-H Camp sign up is going on right now! Parents of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade 4-H members can register interested children at the Heard County 4-H Office (Old Rec Dept).

Parents can fill out an application and bring a $100.00 non-refundable deposit.

The 4-H’ers go because it’s fun. But these young people get a lot more out of camp than just fun.

Georgia has one of the largest and most respected 4-H camping programs in the country. Georgia Cooperative Extension Service 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 youngster’s life.

When we take Heard County 4-H’ers to camp, we make sure they get involved in a well-rounded experience. They go to camp for the fun so we make sure they have plenty of that: sports, games, and dances. We also make sure they learn some new skills through crafts or activities like archery, outdoor cooking, photography, and swimming.

We give them responsibilities, like keeping their cabins tidy, keeping trash off the ground, or keeping the dining room neat. We expose them to the positive influence of talented, well-trained counselors. The campers work together to learn personal skills that may help them get along better with friends and family.

Going to 4-H camp can help youngsters to become more independent and increase maturity. It can give campers a boost in self-confidence, the foundation needed to feel good about themselves. And most importantly, going to 4-H camp can help the young people make friends.

The 4-H’ers will probably enjoy all that camp has to offer. The skills may fade and the influence of the counselors will dim over time, but many of the friendships will last a lifetime. Many of those friendships will provide that little challenge, that little edge of competition your child needs to do well in school, in sports, and in life.

So when the 4-H member, who lives in your house, comes home and asks you to send him or her to 4-H camp this summer, don’t hesitate. Remember, 4-H camp is more than fun, more than learning, more than friends. It’s a week which combines all these experiences and crates a memory that will last a lifetime.

When we pack up the Heard County 4-H’ers that are going to summer camp this year, the Heard County Extension staff makes you a promise: We’ll take good care of them, and we’ll bring them back to you bursting with news of new talents, new experiences, and new friends. They’ll tell you all about it – – after they sleep for eight to 12 hours.

For those that are interested in camp scholarships, please come by the 4-H office and pick up an application. We have full and partial scholarships available. Deadline for completed applications to be turned in is Friday, February 22, 2019.

4-H is the youth-development program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

For more information about this or any other 4-H activity, call the Heard County Extension Office at 706-675-3513.

Stop by the office at Old Rec Dept. Gym.

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Submitted by Dinah Rowe

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