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Burton 4-H Center: Summer Camp

Georgia 4-H Summer Camp
Cloverleaf Camp

Cloverleaf Camp will be held at Burton 4-H Center for 5 weeks this year -- June 4 to June 29, 2018 and July 9 to July 13, 2018.

Contact for Camp Reservations

Contact your local County Extension Office to reserve a space for camp.

Classes & Activities

Below are short descriptions a few of the different “fun time with counselor” activities that your campers will take part in during their week at camp.  It is very important that the agents and other adults with your group attend the "fun time with counselor" activities and color crew sessions.  This is foremost for the health, safety and welfare of the campers.  If a camper should be injured or need to take a "time out", we need the agents and leaders assigned to help us out.  Here are a few things to know about each class:

Dolphin Cruise
Campers ride a boat through the marsh watching for dolphins and other wildlife. Boat crew and counselors provide a natural history interpretation of animals and other sights seen.

Marsh  
Campers wear old clothes and shoes because they will be getting wet and muddy as they explore the marsh habitat. You must have closed toe shoes-No sandals, water socks, Croc’s or tevas please. If you wish, we have a stock of old shoes that can borrowed for this class.  Campers will look for Fiddler Crabs, Periwinkle Snails and other wildlife while exploring our marsh.

Beach Ecology           
Now is the time for sandals and sand between your toes.  We go to the beach after a short discussion on Center to explore beach Dynamics while searching for sharks teeth.  But no swimming now, that comes later.

Crabs and Critters    
Campers spend time with our living animal collections learning about native and exotic critters on the Georgia coast.  They will have a chance to hold some of these animals or see how we collect them. Please make sure campers wash their hands after class.

Squid Dissection
Get hands-on with these wonderful creatures as a squid is inspected up close and personal.  Carefully cut a squid open to see how it works inside and learn about the critical role these animals play in the local environment.

Healthy Living
Take a look at life styles and how choices as a young person can carry over into adult life setting a person up for success!

Fort Pulaski

Get a guided tour of this fantastic piece of Georgia history.  We go in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat but it is still HOT! And buggy! So bring your water bottle and bug spray!!

Swimming
All swimming is done in the ocean.  The Tybee Island lifeguards and lead counselor make the final decisions on swimming time if potentially dangerous water conditions exist.  Eight agents and/or leaders (minimum) are needed in the water at all times.  These leaders/agents, along with summer camp counselors, form a box within which all campers swim.  The Burton 4-H Center will provide beach shirts for all adults and children. A beach shirt must be worn to go to the beach with us. 

Transportation
All transportation to the center must be provided by the county.

While at Burton, all transportation for all activities off the property is provided by the Burton 4-H Center.

Rules & Regulations

The following will be covered during the camper orientation held upon arrival.  Acquaint your campers with these rules and regulations before your trip and it will help make a smooth week at camp.

  • Listen to counselors and adults.  A raised hand indicates that it is time to listen.
  • Shoes, wet or dry, must be worn at all times.  The only exception is the volleyball court.
  • Do not leave money in the dormitories.
  • No running, climbing or bouncing balls on the A-Frame roof.
  • No students allowed on dock, trail, or marsh boardwalk without an adult.
  • No food or drink in dormitories.
  • Rinse off the mud and sand outside at the hoses.  Wet shoes can stay outside.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
  • Collect only empty shells.  Shells are to be rinsed off outside, not in the sink.  Do not collect live sand dollar or sea urchins.
  • Campers are responsible for cleaning their dormitories before departure.  Cleanup is supervised by the adults and agents in that dorm.
  • No camper is to leave the Camp property without an adult.
  • Put trash and recyclables in appropriate containers.

The official Georgia 4-H Summer Camp dress code can be found on the Georgia 4-H Summer Camp webpage or by clicking here.

The Burton 4-H Center wants to keep your child safe and our grounds maintained. Your assistance with these rules is greatly appreciated.

What to Bring

Note: Everything should be marked with the child's name with a waterproof marker. Do not bring jewelry or other items of value.

  • Waterproof Sunscreen!
  • Linens (mattresses are extra long!), blankets or sleeping bag (linens are NOT provided at camp)
  • Pillow
  • Daily change of clothes and underwear (shorts, tee shirts, etc.  Pack clothes that can get dirty and sandy!)
  • Shoes and Socks (Bring at least 2 pairs—one that can get wet and muddy)
  • Sport sandals (the kind with a heel strap)
  • Towels (wash cloth, shower towels and beach/pool towels)
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and other toiletries, shower shoes
  • Bathing suits, please make sure these are 1 piece or tankini suits that are both modest and appropriate.  All guests will wear a Burton swim shirt during beach time.
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunglasses and/or hat
  • Money for canteen (Bring change for soda machine!)
  • Plastic garbage bag for wet clothes
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen (non-aerosol)
  • Money for lunch for bus trip to and from camp as needed.  Please contact your county office for this information.
  • Shower shoes for wearing in bathroom and showers.

Optional Items

  • Day Pack
  • Flip flops are allowed only in dorm.
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera, film (disposable cameras are recommended, mark your full name on camera)
  • Pen, paper, stamps
  • Old tennis shoes or knee boots (wellies) for walking in marsh or forest.
    ** All items should be marked with the child’s name on the inside of clothing **

Do Not Bring

  • Knives                 
  • Radios, video games, CD players
  • Cell phones        
  • Shaving cream
  • Fireworks              
  • Chewing gum
  • Excessive amount of cash or items of great value (emotional or monetary)

Clothing guidelines

  • No clothing should be worn that violates the Code of Conduct.
  • Underwear should be worn at all times and should not be visible.
  • Camp is rough on clothes—bring only clothes that are okay to get wet or muddy.
  • Bring extra socks and underwear—you always need them!

4-H Statement

4-H'ers are to leave radios (boom boxes and walkman), computers, televisions, and video games at home unless authorized by and used under direct supervision of the member's leader. 4-H'ers should be discouraged from bringing cell phones. No programs are to be disturbed or interrupted with personal electronic equipment. 4-H'ers are not allowed to bring skates, roller blades, bicycles, laser lights or other personal items that would make safety an issue. Safety and damage/loss of expensive items are the concern.

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Slide shows from Summer Camp 2017

Slide shows from the summer will be posted each week. When you click on the slideshow links below (photos or text), you will be taken to our photo albums on the Picasa web-site. To return to this page, just close the slide show window, or hit your back button.

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Summer Camp 2017
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June 5-9, 2017

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Summer Camp 2017

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June 12-16, 2017

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Summer Camp 2017

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June 19-23, 2017

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Summer Camp 2017

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June 26-30, 2017

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Summer Camp 2017

Marine Resource Camp

July 3 - 7, 2017

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Summer Camp 2017

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July 10-14, 2017

 

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2017 Summer Camp Staff

 

 

Back row left to right is Captain Sara Johnson, Ali Gilbert, Hope Weisbrod, Kari Conaway. 

Front row left to right Davis Grimsley, Jacob Freeman, Brett Allen.