The Outdoor Military Connection Retreat and Joint Extreme Summit are for youth ages 13-18-year-olds. The Joint Extreme Summit and Outdoor Military Connection Retreat are regional residential overnight experiences. Both opportunities will reach military-connected teens from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Military families a part of the reserve, guard, and active component of the military uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard are eligible for the Summit and Retreat.
Both opportunities will provide a transformational experience for the participants. Youth will participate in teambuilding challenges, communication activities, and group dynamics experiences to facilitate a long-lasting experience and build an enduring network with other military-connected youth. The former will be woven throughout the experiences to allow teens to form bonds and create a peer support network with other military teens experiencing the same challenges.
In 2022, Miltiary-dependent youth ages 13-18 can choose between an adventurous week-long camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp or experience the North Georgia mountains at Wahsega 4-H Center for a 3-day camp. Learn about these unique Georgia 4-H military camping programs below.
Joint Extreme Summit
Date: June 20-24, 2022
Length of Camp: 5 days, 4 nights
Campers: Military connected youth, 13-18 years old
Location: Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp
This 5-day, the 4-night experience offers military-connected teens an opportunity to grow and develop not only an appreciation for outdoor recreation but also as military youth. Military-connected youth, 13–18 years old, will experience high adventure choices including kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, and challenge course. Youth participate in skill-building activities through archery, shotgun, .22 rifle, fishing, team challenges, and low ropes. Teens will have opportunities to connect with other military youth from the southeast region of the United States while they roast marshmallows, swim, socialize around the campfire, and play basketball. Teens can share experiences while making new friends and experience rustic lodging with tent camping in the great outdoors at Frank Fitch Pioneer camp located at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
Rustic Outdoor Experience
Military-connected participants and adult chaperones will experience adventurous lodging options at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp. Staff will provide tents for youth and adults. Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp offers a covered pavilion and a rustic bathhouse for males and females. In the case of inclement weather or other risk factors, the 4-H Military Staff will provide shelter at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s main campus. To add to the adventure, campers will also gain outdoor cooking skills and general camping skills throughout their camp stay at the Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp. Not only do campers gain camping skills, but they will learn more about animals in the southeastern region of the United States. Participants will learn through interaction about amphibians and reptiles through a herpetology class and gain an appreciation for freshwater fish by fishing the Rock Eagle Lake. Youth will experience nature up close at the Joint Extreme Summit through classes, cooking in the outdoors, and lodging in tents.
Parents will be responsible for:
- Getting teen to/from Rock Eagle 4-H Center
350 Rock Eagle Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024
- Spending money for snacks or souvenirs
- Meals during travel
Everything else – Camp registration fees, lodging, camp activities, and all meals while at the Summit are covered for participants. A travel stipend will be provided per camper to support travel expenses to and from camp.
Outdoor Military Connection Retreat
Date: June 29-July 1, 2022
Length of Camp: 3 days, 2 nights
Campers: Military connected youth, 13-18 years old
Location: Wahsega 4-H Center
The Outdoor Military Connection Retreat is a camping program offered to 13–18 year-old dependents of all military service branches. This three-day, two-night camp will take place at Wahsega 4-H Center. While at camp, youth will learn about North Georgia wildlife on land and in the water, along with high adventure elements on the Wahsega climbing wall, flying squirrel, and zip line. Teens will have opportunities to connect with other military youth from the southeast region of the United States through free time and group challenges. Connections will be developed through structured military resilient activities including workshops and reflections. Youth and adults will stay in rustic cabins.
This camping experience uses four pillars to accomplish the goals set forth by the Extension-Military High Adventure Camp initiative. The four pillars are Environmental, Outdoor Skills, Teambuilding/Leadership, and Service Before Self. Integrating educational challenges assist in building specific life skills so each of these pillars is accomplished. A focus of the camp is to connect participants with the outdoors through interactive workshops focusing on ecology, herpetology, outdoor adventure activities like swimming, ziplining, and other recreational activities.
Situated near the rustic non-air-conditioned cabins (bunkbed lodging) are a stream, pond, and a waterfall. This camp provides youth with places to reflect and engage with others. The pavilions, outdoor classroom spaces, outdoor amphitheater, and nature trails provide a safe outdoor learning environment for this military-connected audience.
To provide a snapshot of the facility and some of the traditional fun at Wahsega 4-H Center view the below video. Please note not all activities displayed in the video will occur to allow for a unique experience for the Outdoor Military Connection Retreat participants.
Camper Registration and Eligibility
Camp staff will ensure eligibility at the time of acceptance through participant forms for the Retreat and Summit. In 2022, to attend a Georgia 4-H military camp you should reside in a Southeastern state (Florida, Georgia, Tennesse, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Parents are expected to transport or carpool with other campers to and from the campsite. Families should be within driving distance to pick teens up in case of an emergency or illness. Additionally, teens should be military-dependent from any of the armed forces. Additionally, reserve, guard, active, wounded warriors, military-civilian employees, and gold star families are invited to participate. If guardians have questions about eligibility please contact camp staff at email@example.com.
- March- Applications Released
- May 1, 2022- Rolling acceptance and/or waitlist notification will occur weekly in May
- Parents will confirm acceptance by submitting forms 1-week after acceptance notification. Forms are shared in the acceptance email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- May 31, 2022, the final day to apply
- June 1, 2022, final Applicant notifications released
Other Military Adventure Opportunities
We recognize that our Georgia 4-H military-dependent summit/retreat might not work with your schedule or be geographically within your area. Therefore, we want to make you aware of other great opportunities! Military teens (13-18 years old of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Retired personnel) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost. These high-energy, high adventure, and high-experience camps are planned across the United States. This is the perfect chance for you to experience the outdoors as you never have before!
Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow you to build your leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while engaging with the outdoors. Camps have funding available to assist with transportation costs.
Go to the Purdue Extension website to learn more about camps.
For more information, contact Laura Goss, 4-H Military Liaison at email@example.com