By Jason A. Smith
McDONOUGH — Fifth-graders in Henry County can go to summer camp.
The week-long 4-H camp is scheduled for June 10-14 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. It is sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
Laura Garrett, the county’s extension agent for the 4-H program, said time is running out for kids to register for the camp and said they should do so as soon as possible.
“The camp is available to Henry County fifth-graders,” she said. “We actually go into all the fifth-grade classes in Henry County schools and let them know about summer camp.”
The cost to participate in the camp $290 and covers transportation to Rock Eagle, meals, lodging and activities. The camp includes classes in archery, conservation, entomology, forestry, herpetology, lake ecology and wildlife.
Participants in the camp will also be involved in activites outside the classroom.
“All of the students hike to the Rock Eagle mound and learn a little about that history,” said Garrett. “They also have an opportunity to enjoy the two swimming pools at Rock Eagle.”
She said 100 people from Henry County, including team leaders and adults, attended the camp last year.
“Our 4-H staff as well as screened Henry County volunteers take the group and serve as chaperones for the week,” said Garrett. “Camp activities are led by camp counselors who are college students that have come through the 4-H program.
Garrett said the feedback she has gotten from campers over the years has been “amazing.”
“They are so excited and so pumped when they get back from camp,” she said. “It’s an independence-builder. It’s a little bit of a growing-up process, too.”
To register for the camp, call the Extension Office at 770-288-8421.