4-H Junior Camp 2018 presents the 'Amazing Outdoors'
4-H in Tennessee has many traditions which are passed on from generation to generation. One such tradition is going to 4-H camp. Bradley County 4-H members recently attended Junior 4-H camp at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center, located in Greeneville. Participants at camp enjoyed a fun-filled week, June 18-22, under the theme Amazing Outdoors.
The youth who attended from Bradley County were among 280 people at camp including Lynne Middleton and Robin Ramsey, Extension agents, and Ethan Harvill, summer intern. Chaperones (both adult and teens) were Hailey Guffey, Alex Haws, Tim Held, Jason Kibler and Anjali Patel.
On the first day of camp, participants were greeted by the camp’s staff. Agents from other counties led the youth in icebreakers and traditional camp songs to get acclimated to camp. The early part of the week allows campers to make friends and adjust to the week ahead. Then camp staff led participants on a tour of the camp facility to allow campers to become familiar with locations for each event during the week.
With the theme "Amazing Outdoors," campers were divided into color groups, in which they competed in activities throughout the week. Color groups enjoyed multiple activities including a fishing tournament, canoeing at the lake, astronomy walks where participants were able view the stars, and group competitions such as Land Olympics and Water Olympics.
Junior Camp has many amenities that are offered to participants, such as the large swimming pool with a 180-ft circular slide, sports areas, the lake, and places for safe shooting sports. Outside of those activities, there were also educational sessions which were incorporated into camp, such as environmental and biological games. Other special programs varied from sessions about Honey Bees to Wildlife and STEM and even to team building at the Ropes Course.
While camp is always fun, campers are exposed to educational components throughout the week. From the traditional songs and educational opportunities, as well as the on-facility activities, 4-H camp still offers youth a wonderful summer experience campers will never forget.
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