The 4-H program is offered to all Walker County, Chickamauga and home-school children ages 9-19. County 4-Hers attended summer camp and State Council at Rock Eagle, State Congress in Atlanta, day camps in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, D.C.
State Council at Rock Eagle
Eight Walker County senior 4-Hers attended the 2006 Georgia 4-H State Council June 23-25 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.
Attending 4-Hers included Meagan Bradley, Celess Caheely, Emily Knight, Jack Lowery, Dusty Lowery, Ashley Perez, Annie Shattuck and Melissa Swanson. Also attending were county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs, county program assistant Sheila Lowery and volunteer leader Jason Hobbs.
This years curriculum focused on Lifes Hard . . . Get a Helmet, a theme based on the methods of college and career paths. The State 4-H Council is open to all senior 4-Hers, including rising ninth-graders, and is the official annual meeting of Georgia 4-H.
The group arrived Friday afternoon. They attended an opening assembly, had dinner, were able to meet representatives from the University of Georgia, and attended their district rally, where it was announced that Northwest District 4-H had the most counties attending, thereby winning the first annual Glass Clover award. The group also attended the annual meeting of Georgia 4-H Council, where district and county roll calls were made and the nomination of state officers followed by a dance.
On Saturday, the 4-Hers enjoyed workshops based on the theme of college and career as well as assemblies, the Iron Clover competition, and swimming. They also voted for the 2006-07 Georgia 4-H state board of directors, enjoyed a presentation by the 4-H performing sensation Clovers and Company, and night recreation.
Sunday morning brought more workshops, the presentation of the 2006 Iron Clover to the Northwest District, and the annual citizenship ceremony, where rising 12th-graders and recent high school graduates pledge their citizenship to the country. Rising 12th-graders Emily Knight and Annie Shattuck and recent graduate Dusty Lowery, all of LaFayette High School, participated in the ceremony.
4-H camp at Rock Eagle
Walker County 4-Hers attended Georgia 4-H Cloverleaf summer camp July 3-7 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.
County 4-Hers who attended camp included Brandon Arden, Hunter Blackwell, Dakota Brown, Eli Carlton, Katie Carrington, Adrianne Couch, Chris Cronnon, Cassie Dilbeck, Logan Edgeman, Devin Edwards, Logan Edwards, Jacob Gravitt, Kody Green, Katie Knight, Meagan Knight, Ali LeCroy, Josh Manning, Kelsey Manning, Michael Martel, Samantha Parker, Chance Pendergrass, Olivia Prokosch, Casey Qualls, Courtney Ramey, Torey Ratliff, Paige Reeves, William Rhyne III, Christopher Robertson, Mariah Scott, Kayla Sharp, Nikki Simpson, Winston Tramble, Samuel Travis, Mary Beth West and Jessica White.
Chaperones for the trip included county coordinator Norman Edwards, county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs, volunteer leaders Lorrie Edwards and Bill Rhyne Jr., and certified 4-H teen leaders Emily Knight and Jack Lowery.
The 4-Hers left by bus on Monday morning. First on the agenda was a Muskogee tribal meeting. The more than 800 4-Hers attending camp during the week were segmented into three tribes: Cherokee, Shawnee and Muskogee. After that, the 4-Hers went to their cabins, where they met their milk cottage counselors for a time of recreation. Then they had night recreation and cottage meetings that were conducted every night.
On June 6, Cloverleaf 4-Hers participated in a Cooking and Crafting day camp at the Walker County Agricultural Center in Rock Spring. Attending were Ashley Stoker, Shelby Butler, Logan Edgeman, Tyler Edgeman, Devin Edwards, Logan Edwards, Amy Headrick, Krista Headrick, Chase Horne, Dusty Horne, Stacie Kirk, Katie Knight, Wesley Lawig, Olivia Prokosch and Heather Walker, along with certified 4-H teen leaders Emily Knight and Jack Lowery, teen leaders Ashley Perez and Melissa Swanson, volunteer leader Lorrie Edwards, county program assistants Starr Hawkins and Sheila Lowery, and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The 4-Hers made camp buckets, clipboards, sun catchers, popsicle stick art, ribboned/buttoned flip-flops, shoelaces, sand art, candle holders and many other crafts. They also learned how to make different foods at home, including miniature pizzas, pigsin-a-blanket, peanut butter spiders and many other snacks.
On June 7, Cloverleaf 4-Hers enjoyed a 4-H Fun Field Day at the Walker County Civic Center/Agricultural Pavilion in Rock Spring. Attending were Logan Edgeman, Tyler Edgeman, Devin Edwards, Logan Edwards, Amy Headrick, Krista Headrick, Chase Horne, Dusty Horne, Stacie Kirk, Katie Knight, Wesley Laiwg, Olivia Prokosch and Randall Smith, along with certified 4-H teen leaders Emily Knight and Jack Lowery, teen leader Melissa Swanson, volunteer leader Lorrie Edwards, county program assistants Starr Hawkins and Sheila Lowery, and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The fun day was created by the Senior 4-Hers for the Cloverleaf 4-Hers in attendance. The day was filled with field-day-type games, including marble toes, bucket relays, balloon and egg tosses, relay races, jump rope, crab crawl competitions and much more. The 4-Hers enjoyed a grilled cookout for lunch.
On June 9, Senior 4-Hers hiked Cloudland Canyon with 4-Hers from Chattooga and Dade counties. Walker 4-Hers included Tyler Edgeman, Emily Knight, Dusty Lowery and Jack Lowery, along with county program assistant Sheila Lowery and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The 4-Hers also enjoyed a picnic lunch with homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream, and Frisbee golf.
On June 20, senior 4-Hers went to downtown Chattanooga for a trip down the Tennessee River on Chattanooga Ducks. The 4-Hers from Walker County included Tyler Edgeman, Emily Knight, Dusty Lowery and Jack Lowery along with county program assistant Starr Hawkins and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The Chattanooga Ducks are unique ex-military amphibious vehicles made for the U.S. Army to land troops on beaches during wartime. The 4-Hers were also accompanied by 4-Hers from Gordon, Catoosa and Whitfield counties. They also enjoyed lunch at Sticky Fingers restaurant downtown.
On July 24, Senior 4-Hers took a cruise around Brainerd, visiting Holiday Bowl and Sir Goonys with fellow 4-H counties, Catoosa and Whitfield. The 4-Hers from Walker included Meagan Bradley, Celess Caheely, Dusty Horne and Tyler Edgeman, along with leaders county program assistant Sheila Lowery and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The group enjoyed two rounds of bowling at the Holiday Bowl while getting acquainted with the other 4-Hers. Friendly rivalries were made between adults and kids on who was the best. The group then continued the rivalry onto the tracks of Sir Goonys while racing go-karts and bumper boats, and playing rounds of goony golf.
On July 31, Senior 4-Hers rafted down the scenic Nantahala River in North Carolina. Gordon and Bartow County 4-Hers also joined the group. The 4-Hers from Walker County included Meagan Bradley, Celess Caheely, Dusty Horne and Tyler Edgeman, along with leaders volunteer Jason Hobbs, county program assistant Sheila Lowery and county 4-H agent Casey Hobbs. The group enjoyed a two-hour whitewater rafting trip, splashing other 4-Hers, singing songs and battling rapids. The group enjoyed lunch in Chattanooga.
Overall, this summer has been a 4-H blast. With all of the activities, trips, conferences and competitions, a 4-H summer is the best experience a child could have, said Casey Hobbs.
For more information on other 4-H opportunities, call the County Extension Service at (706) 638-2548.
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