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4-H schedules series of fun day camps

Contributed Photo by Melissa Shelton • Ben Tolley and Blaze Rice face off in Octoball during the 4-H Traveling Road Show Day Camp.

By Richard Rourk

The Unicoi County UT Extension 4-H hosted a special camp on Thursday, June 24.

The 4-H Traveling Road Show made a stop at Erwin Fishery Park from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a full day of fun festivities. 

“This camp is in place of our annual 4-H camp,” said Family Consumer Science 4-H Agent Melissa Shelton. “We normally spend four nights at the 4-H camp in Greeneville, but due to Covid, we felt it would be better to have an outdoor event instead.”

Shelton said more than 25 children attended the day camp. 

“We had Octoball, archery, ax throwing, tie-dying, gem digging, wildlife section and so much more.” 

Unicoi County 4-H Director Chris Mackey explained that 4-H will be hosting several other camp day events during the month of July.

“We have more day camps from July 12 until July 15,” Mackey said. 

Each camp will offer a different topic for campers.

“The children will learn about photography,” Mackey said. “We will have several science experiments and have a farm petting zoo.” 

Mackey explained that the farm petting zoo allows the 4-H staff to teach children where some of their food comes from. 

“They will learn about milk and how milk is used to make other everyday foods.”

Hailey Hendrix practices during the 4-H Traveling Road Show Day Camp.

The next 4-H summer day camp starts on Monday, July 12, and will feature arts and crafts. 

The Tuesday, July 13, camp offers hands-on animal care training. 

The Wednesday, July 14, camp will feature a mad science theme while the camp on Thursday, July 15,  will put the focus on photography. 

Fees for the camps will be $15 daily or $40 for the whole week. The day camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon at Fishery Park, in Erwin. 

To register for any or all of the camps please fill out the form that is located on UT Extension of Unicoi County’s Facebook page or by emailing Shelton at [email protected] 

Those interested can also call (423) 735-1637 during normal business hours for more information. 

All registrations and fees must be submitted by July 9 to attend.