By: Kevin Tatum, County Extension Coordinator
The Coffee County 4-H Shotgun team traveled to Savannah for the weekend of May 28-30 to compete in the Georgia 4-H Trap, Skeet, and Sport Clays Match. The match was held at the Forest City Gun Club. Coffee 4-H had two senior 4-H teams (grade 9-12) to compete in the match. Teams can be composed of three to four members. Team members included Alex Dunn, Gavin Grantham, Cara Lott, Hudson Lott, Drew Purvis, Michael Roberts, and Weston Vickers. Senior 4-H shooters shoot 100 rounds in Trap, 100 rounds in Skeet, and 100 rounds in Sporting Clays.
The teams were divided into team 1 and team 2. Team 1 members included Alex Dunn, Cara Lott, Hudson Lott, and Drew Purvis. Team 2 members included Gavin Grantham, Michael Roberts, and Weston Vickers.
Alex Dunn was recognized for third place high individual in the trap competition, third place high individual in the skeet competition, third place high individual overall. Coffee 1 team was also recognized as the third place team in the contest.
Coaches for the teams include Richard Grantham, Emily Purvis, and Jody Ridlehoover. A special thank you goes out to our coaches for their dedicated service and to the shotgun team parents for their support of all of the team members competing. Congratulations shooters and coaches on your successes this year.
CLOVERLEAF 4-H CAMP
This year’s Cloverleaf 4-H Camp for 4th-6th graders was held at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton, Georgia, the week of June 7-10. We had a great group of students who attended camp. There were over 400 campers, teen leaders, and adult chaperones from 28 counties at camp during this week. Campers enjoyed many different workshops including herpetology, archery, nature hike, swimming, crafts, native lore, HOP (Health is our Pledge,), and canoeing. They really enjoyed the two story water slide at pool 2.
Throughout the week, the camp was divided into three Indian tribes, Cherokee, Muskogee, and Shawnee. This is based on which cabins you are housed during your week of camp. Coffee County 4-H members were Cherokee’s. Evie Woodward, a Coffee County 4-H Alumni, is serving as camp counselor for the summer, and was is in the Muscogee tribe.
Rock Eagle has been undergoing remodeling for the past several years. As funding is available, six old cabins will be torn down and six new cabins built in their place. The original cabins were built between 1951 and 1955, so they have served Georgia 4-H well for over 60 years. At this point in time, 39 new cabins are completed. This leaves only 14 more to replace. The 4-H members love the new cabins. They are very nice and provide more bathrooms than the older cabins.
Our staff and volunteer leaders had a great week of camp and really enjoyed the students who attended with us. It was a great week (even though we didn’t win the tribal shield). And we know that these kids will forever remember their week of camp at Rock Eagle.
GOAT AND LAMB SHOW INFO
It’s time to get signed up for the coming year’s County and State 4-H and FFA Goat Shows. We will be holding our first tagging day for the goats and lambs at the Coffee Middle School Livestock Building on Monday, June 21, from 4 to 6 PM. Please come prepared to complete all necessary paperwork, assist with tagging your animals, and pay your registration fees. For more information, please contact the 4-H office at (912) 384-1402, or any of the Coffee County School System agriculture teachers at Coffee Middle, Coffee High, or George Washington Carver Freshman Campuses.
If you would like to learn how you can become more involved with the Coffee County 4-H program, please contact the Coffee County Extension office at (912) 384-1402 or visit our website at http://coffee4h.org.