Last Monday, July 10, forty-three Gordon County 5th and 6th grade youth, along with a certified adult volunteer, three certified teen leaders and three UGA staff members, left Calhoun and traveled to Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia for a week long residential camp.

Our fifty joined approximately seven hundred more to make friends, have lots of fun and learn. During the week, Cloverleaf campers enjoyed swimming, playing putt-putt golf, tackling the zip line, climbing wall and swing shot. They attended workshops on rocketry, robotics or lake ecology; attended tribal meetings, a party with the Tribal Council, a Rock Eagle Slide Show, a Pageant, a variety show and a dance; tried their hand at archery, sailing or canoeing and participated in a night hike.

Cloverleaf Camp offers adventure, friendship and fun in a safe and natural environment, and promotes involvement in other opportunities offered by Georgia 4-H. Science and social science are the basis for most classes, but the greatest learning experience may be the self-discovery and group dynamics offered by a week away from home in a residential camping setting. The camp also offers physical education, promotes physical fitness, self-management, respect for others and respect for self.

Prior to camp, the youth and their parents attended an orientation at the Gordon County Agricultural Services Center to review daily camp schedule, complete necessary forms, learn what to pack and not to pack and which ‘tribe’ was pre-selected for Gordon County. This year’s delegation was part of the Shawnee Tribe.

In addition to winning the Thunderbird, an award for having the cleanest cabins, campers had a great week and made many lifetime memories.