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Registration for Rock Eagle 5th Grade Summer Camp Begins March 13

Registration for Rock Eagle 5th Grade Summer Camp Begins March 13
Campers enjoyed canoeing on the lake at last year's 5th grade Rock Eagle 4-H Camp

An amazing adventure awaits Henry County 5th grade students at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, where Henry County 4-H staff will travel with students for a 5-day residential camp that runs from June 26-30, 2017.

Opportunities abound during this fun-filled time at the 1,500 acre camp located just north of Eatonton – about 60 miles from McDonough. The camp is situated around a 110-acre lake and campers have many opportunities, such as canoeing, educational sessions  related to archery, entomology, forestry, gardening, herpetology, lake ecology and  wildlife study.

All 5th grade campers take part in a hike to the actual Rock Eagle mound – a stone effigy measuring 120-feet from wingtip to wingtip. It is made entirely of milky quartz rocks and is believed to have been built about 2,000 years ago by Native Americans. The mound is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camp sessions are led by energetic counselors who have passed a rigorous selection process and completed multiple training sessions. Camp chaperones include Henry County 4-H staff members along with volunteer leaders who are trained to meet the requirements for camp.

Campers reside for the week in one of 55 cottages (16-20 campers per cottage) at the 4-H center, with 4-H staff and volunteers chaperoning the cottages. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the Rock Eagle Dining Hall.

Campers follow an organized schedule each day and are responsible to be in assigned locations at specific times. They also enjoy periods of free-time during which they may visit one of two swimming pools (one of which has a water-slide) or they may visit the canteen and hang-out with friends. Both pools are monitored by certified lifeguards.

Knowing that physical activity and good nutrition are so very important for everyone, Rock Eagle offers the “Health’s Our Pledge” (HOP) Class during the week of camp. Students learn about the value of always being active and eating well, and the class also includes the opportunity to make and sample a tasty, super-healthy fruit smoothie.

A week of residential camp is an opportunity to gain independence. 

Emphasis is placed on the:

* Importance of being early for each session.

* Value of being responsible for one’s belongings.

* Benefit of making new friends.

* Merit of learning to work as part of a team or group.

In all of this, counselors and chaperones have safety as the top priority while striving to help participants have LOTS OF FUN during a “technology-free” week.

Camp registration for Henry County 5th graders will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, at the Henry County 4-H Office which is located at 97 Lake Dow Road – McDonough (Heritage Park).  The camp registration form is distributed to all 5th graders in the Henry County school system.  It can also be found at ugaextension.org/henry.  Full payment can be made at time of registration or in two installments.

For more information, please contact Laura Garrett at 770-288-8421 or lgarrett@uga.edu.

To view a video of camp highlights, visit the Georgia 4-H website, and click on “summer camp” then under Cloverleaf Camp Videos – click on “Rock Eagle.”  The direct link is https://rabam.wistia.com/medias/l5b63k68db.

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