The youth attending participated in a variety of activities such as a fishing tournament, shooting sports (archery, rifle, and muzzleloader) activities, woodworking, airbrush, tie-dye, visiting a wildlife center and a fossil room, a skit night, swimming, canoeing, ropes course and zipline, campfire cooking, crafts, recreation tournaments like kickball, volleyball, ga-ga ball, 4-square, basketball and soccer.
Participants also competed in groups for prizes in contests like Land Olympics and Water Olympics. Campers also had a variety of evening activities including campfires, carnival, dance party, and evening swim.
The list of campers for 2014 included Danielle Albinus, Kloie Bates, Zachary Bittke, Briar Rose Blair, Madalynn Blair, Cassidy Brown, Logan Brown, Isaac Buck, Jacob Burns, Amberlynn Campbell, Abby Coppings, Hannah Davis, Jackson Davis, Jordan Davis, Sydney Durard, Renee Gibbs, Caitlin Gibson, Kayleigh Gomez, Summer Guy, Treagan Hall, Abbey Hill, Bethany Hobbs, Deborah Holt, Jack Kibler, Kathryn Kibler, Kelsey King, Lily King, Stratton King, Wade Lanier, Jesus Lopez, Jadra Martinez, Andrew McRoberts, Elizabeth Myers, Torey Overly, Ashton Parker, Quentin Powell, Samy Rodriguez, MaKaylon Smith, Hunter Staton, Paige Stinnett, Amber Wallace, Taylor Webb, Trevor Wilson, Aaron Zipperer, Andrew Zipperer and Ginger Zipperer.
Cain Burnett, Jennings Kelley, Jerret Smith, Elisabeth Payne, and Elizabeth Smallwood served as teen leaders.
Lynne Middleton and Robin Ramsey, both Extension agents, chaperoned along with Jason Kibler, volunteer.
Middleton said “We had a great week at Junior Camp. I saw some youth learn new social skills as well as others learning skills like woodworking, teambuilding, leadership, and even communication. Going to camp as a child can really make an impact on that future adult and we hope to see some of these same kids come back year after year.”
Middleton, who has been camping with 4-H for 16 years, said it is her favorite event.
First-time attendee Renee Gibbs said, “I didn’t want to leave camp. Camp was one of the funnest weeks for me.”
For more information about Junior Camp or any other 4-H program, contact Lynne Middleton at UT Extension–Bradley County at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu.