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Posted: February 19, 2013 9:52 p.m.

Countdown to 4-H summer camp

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Luke Prosser had a great time last year at the camp's pool.

It may be cold today, but I’m already thinking about that big water slide at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
Camp registration is now open for all youth ages 9 through the 12th grade with a $100 non-refundable cash or money order deposit.

You do not already have to be a 4-H member or a Newton County resident to attend camps — please call if you have any questions. Camps are open to home school, private school and public school students.

For those youth who are at least 9 years old (must have turned 9 or older in 2012) and no older than the sixth grade, we head to Rock Eagle 4-H Center for Cloverleaf Camp on July 8-12.

Youths will participate in activities such as archery, campfires, Indian lore, dances, swimming, herpetology, ecology and the ever popular wet games.

The total cost for Cloverleaf Camp is $300, with a $100 deposit due to register and the additional payments due in March and April. Payment includes transportation, insurance, lodging, UGA screened and certified chaperones and all activities.

Newton County 4-H’ers will join up to 800 youths from around the state for this exciting week of camp.
Youths in the seventh and eighth grades have two options this summer.

First up is Junior Camp at Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, on June 24-28.

For only $322, these junior 4-H’ers will meet new friends, experience recreation, the high ropes course and swim.
They will also head out to White Water water park, Stone Mountain Park, and Thursday Night Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kim Lawrence, Newton County 4-H program assistant, will serve as a chaperone during this week.

A second option for seventh and eighth graders is Marine Resources Camp at Jekyll Island 4-H Center on July 8-12.

Youths will dance, play games, take a marsh walk, visit Cumberland Island, take a ride on the Lady Jane shrimp boat, swim at Summer Waves water park, ride bicycles in Millionaire’s Village and enjoy a special seafood dinner.

The cost of registration for Marine Resources Camp is $332, but does not include transportation. A district bus may be available for an additional cost of approximately $50-70.

High school students also have two options this summer.

Senior Extreme Camp is June 10-14 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

This all-new camp is being offered for those looking for a real wildlife experience.

Only the first 40 high school youth statewide will be accepted.

The camp will be held at the Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp located at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, with housing in small, wood-floor cabins. A bathhouse is available separate from the cabins.

Youths will participate in on-center activities, then head out for a canoeing and fishing trip down the Ocmulgee River, shooting activities at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, and a ropes course at Georgia College and State University.

Terri Kimble, Newton County 4-H agent, will serve as a chaperone for Senior Extreme Camp.

The total cost is $301 for this camp, with transportation available if needed.

Finally, Senior Camp “Jekyll Island Style” is July 1-5 at Jekyll Island 4-H Center.

For only $312, high school students will join 250 new friends for a week on the beach, housed in either the 4-H Center or the Days Inn on Jekyll.

On July 4, youth will be treated to dinner, dancing and a talent show at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center followed by fireworks on the beach.

The week also includes a trip to Summer Waves Water Park, putt-putt and shopping on St. Simon’s Island, dynamic speakers, community service activities, fun classes and plenty of free time.

Transportation will be available.

For all camps, space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

A cash or money-order non-refundable deposit of $100 must be paid to reserve your space.

Also, camp scholarship funds are greatly needed. All donations are tax-deductible.

To register or make a donation, please visit us on the second floor of the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher Street in Covington. The office is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call us with any questions at 770-784-2010.

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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