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Liberty County 4-H'ers camp in North Georgia
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Some Liberty County 4-H’ers wade in a small creek at Wahsega 4-H camp. - photo by Photo provided.
Twenty-five campers from Liberty County recently spent a week at Georgia 4-H Cloverleaf Camp.
The group stayed at the Wahsega 4-H Camp in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains outside Dahlonega. The local 4-H’ers joined more than 150 other fifth- and sixth-graders from Pike and Polk counties. During the week, the campers were supervised by Erica Randall, program assistant, and Robert Boatright and Paige Scott, adult volunteer leaders.
Sponsors for the event include Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance.
Campers participated in a variety of experiences designed to increase their skills and knowledge. They practiced safety, swam in ponds and played in waterfalls all week. While hiking the extensive trails, the young people were introduced to wildlife habitats. Herpetology was a part of this class. At the end of the class students had an opportunity to touch and hold turtles and non-venomous snakes.
Excursions included a trip tubing down the Chattahoochee River.  The children and adults had a chance to relax and take in scenery while floating down the river. Afterward they returned to camp to fly down a zip line.
Campers also enjoyed sports, renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. The campers were divided into “hillbilly” families: the Clampetts, the McCoys and the McDougalls. The families were led by the counselors.  The groups competed during the week, with class attendance, cheers, chants, yells, clean-up, skit presentations, recycling of aluminum cans and sportsmanship, for the coveted pot of gold.  The group receiving the award was recognized on Friday morning as the McCoys, which contained most of Liberty County’s students.  Members of the victorious family received a piece of gold and a pin.
Camp counselors for 2009 included Mama Bear Kasey Bozeman, lead counselor, Austin Overbey, Christin Taylor, Joel Bishop, Ashley Sparks, Jeremy Roberts and Fleming Garner, Emme Worthy, and Cassie Scarborough.
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