Registration ongoing for Rock Eagle 4-H camp

Special to The Times

An amazing adventure awaits fifth-grade students at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, June 26-30, when 4-H staff will travel with students for a five-day residential camp.

Opportunities abound during this fun-filled time at the 1,500 acre camp located just north of Eatonton – about 60 miles from McDonough.

A group of 4-H’ers participate in activities at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in 2016. Special photo

The camp is situated around a 110-acre lake, where campers will have the opportunity to canoe while at Rock Eagle. Additional activities during camp include educational sessions centered on archery, entomology, forestry, gardening, herpetology, lake ecology, or wildlife.

Campers will also participate in a hike to the Rock Eagle mound – a stone effigy measuring 120-feet from wingtip to wingtip. The mound 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 enthusiastic counselors, each of whom has passed a rigorous selection process and completed multiple training sessions. Henry County 4-H staff members will serve as camp chaperones, along with volunteer leaders who are trained to meet the requirements for camp.

Campers will stay in one of 55 cottages (16-20 campers per cottage) at the 4-H center. Staffers and volunteers will chaperone the cottages, and meals will be served cafeteria-style in the Rock Eagle Dining Hall.

Campers will follow an organized schedule each day and are to be in assigned locations at specific times. They will 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 spend time with friends. Both pools are monitored by certified lifeguards.

Knowing that physical activity and good nutrition are important for everyone, the staff at Rock Eagle offers the “Health’s Our Pledge” Class during the week of camp. Students will learn about the value of being active and eating well.

The class provides campers with the opportunity to make and sample a tasty and healthy fruit smoothie.

A week of residential camp gives kids an opportunity to gain independence. The camp emphasizes the importance of being early for each session, responsibility for one’s belongings, the benefit of making new friends, and learning to work as part of a team or group. Safety is the top priority for counselors and chaperones, who strive to help participants have fun during a technology-free week.

Registration is ongoing at the Henry County 4-H Office, at 97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough, or online at Full payment can be made at time of registration or in two installments.

For more information, contact Laura Garrett at 770-288-8421 or