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Posted: June 30, 2012 10:18 p.m.

24 hour log of a typical camp day

It's 12:20 a.m. Friday morning. We woke up at 6:20 a.m. here in cabin 55 at Rock Eagle 4-H center.

During Cloverleaf 4-H summer camp, we compete for the cleanest cabin each morning, but my girls pranked the inspection team by packing everything and putting it in my room.

By 7:20 a.m., they were outside with the campers from Greene and Hancock counties cleaning up trash in Shawnee Land.

The camp is divided into three "lands" for the three Native American tribes the children represent during the week's competition.

At 8 a.m., I was in another cabin helping boys clean. For anyone who thinks girls make a bigger mess, I'd like to sign you up for 4-H camp!

By 8:20 a.m., I'm in the nurse's cottage checking on a camper. With all the outside time at camp, allergies, sun burn, and dehydration are the most frequent issues.

I sprinted over to the cafeteria to gulp down breakfast while another leader took a plate back for the sick camper.

I start the day with area coordinator duties and in between, field a few phone calls for other 4-H business that can't wait, and talk to the parent picking up a camper.

As I cut across camp to change into my swimsuit, I spend a few minutes encouraging campers in Cloverleaf Circle to participate in the Water Olympics even though they forgot to wear suits this morning.

With temperatures hitting 98 degrees right about now, I know they'll dry in no time.

After changing, it's back to Cloverleaf Circle for more games, then lunch and a little time commending a teen leader who has been doing a great job.

Teen leaders are high school 4-H'ers who volunteer as junior leaders at camp. While adult leaders handle discipline and major medical issues, the teen leaders can do just about anything else in their leadership role.

They wake 4-H'ers up in the morning, lead the morning clean up, talk to 4-H'ers having minor issues at camp, assist counselors with programs and serve as role models for the younger youth.

At 1:30 p.m., I hurry over to the Sutton Hall lawn to meet up with the swimming lesson class. After two days of lessons, today they were able to enjoy the slide at pool 2.

During free time, a few campers stop by the cabin to look over mail, and I treat a case of sunburn with a little aloe and air conditioning.

The girls also touched up their blue and red nail polish since today is "Super Shawnee Day."

Our milk cottage counselor arrives at 5 p.m. and takes us over to meet with a cabin of Rockdale girls to practice our flash mob.

A flash mob is a group of people seemingly break out in a random choreographed dance in a crowded place and then just fade back into the crowd at the end.

Our girls made friends with another county and did something fun all at once with this fun activity.

Counselors are collegiate 4-H'ers, and their job at camp is to lead educational programming and keep kids excited and motivated.

The 4-H'ers hurry out to the tribal meeting and pageant games practice before it's time for the slide show and the great Rock Eagle pageant.

We were especially proud to have two counselor alumni from Newton County up front at the end of the pageant.

At 10:45 p.m., it's back to the cabin and two girls are missing backpacks that we'll need to look for tomorrow, along with my camera. There's a hurt foot to doctor, and T-shirts to pass out.

We also decide to clear some floor space for a slumber party in the living room tonight.

Lights out was 11:30 p.m., but by midnight the giggling and squealing were showing no signs of abating, so I had to calm things down a bit by typing this in the living room.

It's 12:28 a.m. now, and I can hear the crickets outside over the air conditioner.

The only other sound inside the cabin is the light snoring coming from across the floor.

Hard to believe another week of camp wraps up in the morning.

Terri Kimble is the Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at (770) 784-2010 or tkimble@uga.edu.

 

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