By Rick Thomason
University of Tennessee
Johnson County Extension Director
Johnson County 4-H campers can enjoy a wide variety of camps through the 4-H program this summer. Our camps provide recreational activities that include: kayaking, swimming, electricity, wildlife, archery, fishing, hiking, ecology, photography, crafts, canoeing, talent shows, drama, soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, low ropes, cookouts, making new friends and hanging out with old friends. We make sure our camps are not only a place where children will have fun and learn a lot, but that they are safe locations for the children to stay.
But more important than the “fun” aspects, the staff at the camps and the agents working there are dedicated to making sure camp is also educational. Children attending our camps will be learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, responsibility, healthy lifestyle choices, personal safety, critical thinking, decision making, service learning, organizing, communication, empathy, sharing, citizenship and leadership.
We focus on experiential learning, which means our children are learning by doing. Camp is rich with hands-on activities and opportunities for the children. Clyde Austin 4-H camp located in Greeneville, TN offers programs on leather work, wildlife, tie-dye, astronomy, water ecosystems, and so much more!Camp is a week long experience for children. However, the skills they learn from their time involved in 4-H, whether it’s project work throughout the year, camp experiences or the lessons learned along the way stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Camps that we have available for this summer include: Junior camp for 4th through 6th grade, Junior High camp for 7th and 8th graders, Electric camp for grades 6th and 7th and 4-H Quilt camp open to youth in grades 6th through 12th. These camps have quotas based on the number of beds available and are on a first come-first served basis.
More information and registration forms for these camps can be obtained at the Extension office located at 212 College Street in Mountain City or by calling 727-8161. You can also e-mail 4-H Agent, Danielle Pleasant at [email protected] with any questions you may have about any of these camps. Camp scholarships are also available to assist with the cost of camp for deserving youth.