ANNOUNCEMENT

Thank you for your patience and support as Georgia 4-H considered tentative plans to provide a delayed start and shortened camp season.  After much thought and concern for the health and safety of 4-H staff, volunteers, and our 4-H participants, Georgia 4-H has made the difficult decision to cancel camp for the 2020 summer season.   We are already looking forward to 2021, when we can continue “to make the best better.”

Cloverleaf Camp

 

Burton 4-H Center plays host to one of the many UGA Extension 4-H Summer Camps. Other camp locations include: Georgia 4-H at Camp JekyllWahsega 4-H CenterRock Eagle 4-H Center, and Fortson 4-H Center.  4-H Camp on Tybee Island is a week-long experience that includes visits to the beach plus many other exciting activities.  4-H Camp is a fun and rewarding experience. Cooperation and character building, along with just having a great time, are all part of the camping adventure.

Due to the on-going restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 Virus, Georgia 4-H has been forced to cancel Cloverleaf Camp at the Burton 4-H Center for 2020.  Georgia 4-H has already begun the work of planning the best summer ever for 2021!

Contact for Camp Reservations

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

Classes & Activities

Below are short descriptions of 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 shark 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.

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 always needed in the water.  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.

Map

Click here for a map of Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island

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 suitsthat 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.

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 always be worn 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.