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2014 Summer Camp Update

We have created a flyer about the Georgia Military Youth Beach Adventure Camp:

Georgia Military Youth Beach Adventure Camp Flyer


Month of the Military Child Weekend Camp

25-27 April 2014 at Fortson 4-H Center

UPDATE: The Month of the Military Child Weekend Camp is now filled.  We are maintaining a waiting list in the event registered youth drop out prior to camp start.  If you are Army National Guard and wish to be placed on the waiting list, contact Kara Coleman at Kara.b.coleman2.nfg@mail.mil or 678-569-5860 or Mark Richards at mark.d.richards17.nfg@mail.mil or 678-569-5860.  For all other services/components, contact Brian Stone at stonebe@uga.edu or 706-542-4444.  You will need to provide us your child’s first and last name, age, gender, parent’s name, e-mail and phone, and parent’s military affiliation.  Youth will be moved from the waiting list to registration on a first come basis.

The Georgia National Guard State Youth Program, Georgia 4-H and Georgia Operation:  Military Kids are proud to announce the Month of the Military Child Weekend Camp at Fortson 4-H Center near Hampton, Georgia from Friday, 25 April  to Sunday, 27 April 2014!  This camp is open to all military dependent youth ages 12-15 (as of 1 April 2014) active, guard or reserve from all services.  With the exception of a $15 administrative fee, there are no other charges for this camp (parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the camp).

Fortson 4-H Center, Atlanta’s Outdoor Classroom, has 77 acres of forest, field, pond, and wetlands.  For more on Fortson, visit the Fortson 4-H Center website.  Your child will be provided with many unique experiences led by the highly trained center staff, collegiate 4-H counselors and dedicated adult volunteer leaders.

Registration for the weekend camp is now open.  Registration will close on 4 April.  We will need you to take the following three actions to complete the registration process:

1.  Register your child directly at the Georgia 4-H Event Registration online site:  https://secure.caes.uga.edu/4h/campreg?clientID=5.  Please ensure all information is entered.

2.  Complete the camp forms and return to Brian Stone via mail (Brian Stone, University of Georgia, 313 Hoke Smith Annex, Athens GA 30602), scan and e-mail (stonebe@uga.edu), or fax (706-542-4373).

2014 MOMC Camp Forms

3.  Mail a check or money order for $15 per child made out to the Georgia 4-H Foundation.  Send to Brian Stone, University of Georgia, 313 Hoke Smith Annex, Athens GA 30602.  This is used for camp t-shirt and other incidental expenses.  You can also bring the check or cash on 25 April when you drop off your child.

There are 50 spaces available for this camp.  Once the camp is filled, the registration site will direct you to send an e-mail to Brian Stone at stonebe@uga.edu to be added to the waiting list.  We will need your child’s name, gender and age as well as the parent’s name, e-mail and phone number.  If we have openings, we will add based on when you were placed on the waiting list. You will hear from us to get additional information if you move from the waiting list to being registered.

All parents will receive detailed information in early April on arrival instructions and what to bring.

Direct any questions to Brian Stone at stonebe@uga.edu or 706-542-4444 or Kara Coleman at Kara.b.coleman2.nfg@mail.mil or 678-569-5860.

Adult Volunteers needed for April MOMC Camp

We are seeking Adult Volunteer Leaders to support the 25-27 April Month of the Military Child Weekend Camp. You would need to be able to arrive at the center by late afternoon on Friday and would be complete prior to lunch on Sunday. Being an adult leader is a great opportunity to support our miltary youth in a unique camp setting. Adult leaders will be screened in accordance with UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences policies and complete online Risk Management Training prior to camp.

Adult leaders must be at least 21 years of age by 1 April 2014.

Adult leaders are housed with youth in cabins (in a separate room) and will travel with youth throughout the schedule of the camp day, assisting 4-H Camp staff with workshops, activities and discipline.

Adult leaders are responsible for their own transportation to and from Fortson 4-H Center. All other costs of the camp (lodging and meals) are covered by Georgia OMK and the Georgia National Guard.

If you would like to be an Adult Volunteer at the Month of the Military Child Weekend Camp, please read/complete the below documents. Adult leader applications must be received by 28 March 2014; notification of selection will occur by the first week of April.

Documents can be mailed to Brian Stone, University of Georgia, Athens, 313 Hoke Smith Annex, Athens GA 30602; faxed to 706-542-4373; or scanned/e-mailed to stonebe@uga.edu.

Adult Leader Criteria

Adult Leader Application

Cooperative Extension Volunteer Application for Screening

2014 Summer Camp Update

Georgia Operation: Military Kids

Update: As we continue to work out our donation plans, we will delay the opening of registration for the summer camp until late April. Check back here in mid-April for more information.

Our camps are normally funded by a Department of Defense / US Department of Agriculture camp grant program.  Unfortunately due to tight budgets, there were not as many states funded this year, including Georgia.  This means we do not have funding to provide a free of charge camp experience for military youth this year.  There will be a cost to the family this year for camp.  We will not know the cost per youth until we see how much donation support we receive.

We still intend to offer one camping experience for the middle school age group at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island from Sunday, 20 July to Thursday, 24 July.  This camp is open to all military youth between the ages of 12 and 15.  The camp will include phenomenal small group experiences led by our highly motivated 4-H collegiate counselors; environmental education on marsh and beach ecology; planned trips to Fort Pulaski, Savannah and the Tybee Coast Guard Station; and daily beach time.

We are actively working to locate partners to assist with the cost of the camp; this is in order to reduce the cost per youth attending.  If any of you know of public, private, non-profit or military organizations who might be interested in assisting with providing donations to support Georgia military youth camping, please contact me with this information.

We are also working to compile a listing of other military youth camps in Georgia and nearby states.  We will provide this information to you as soon as we have it.  

Registration is planned to open in late April.  We will need to have a minimum number of youth registered in order to hold the camp.  If we do not have that minimum (between 40 and 50 youth), we may have to cancel the camp.  We plan to make this decision by early May so you can adjust your summer plans if needed.

We appreciate your patience and understanding this year in these unique circumstances.  If anyone has questions on this information, feel free to call or e-mail me (706-542-4444 or oper4h@uga.edu). 




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