4-H members participate in Heritage series Civil War Camp
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A re-enactor shows off a bullet to the campers while Robin Ramsey stands in the background in her period dress.
A re-enactor shows off a bullet to the campers while Robin Ramsey stands in the background in her period dress.
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Thirty-three youth 4-H members, teen leaders, and adults from five counties participated in the 2013 Junior Heritage Skills 4-H Camp, at Camp McCroy in Reliance, with a theme of “The War Between the States.”

Isaac Buck, Cailey Carter, Kayla Davenport, Blake Dunnahoo, Bethany Hobbs, Sam Hood, Brooke Kilgore, Maddie Milen, Autumn Miller, Autumn Price, and Dallas Taynor attended from Bradley County.

Brianna Lett, and Fait Dixon attended from Meigs County. Tatum Amos, Kiley Barry, Jarrett Barry, and Anna Becca Chester attended from Monroe County. Kaitlyn Burger, Ethan Hancock, and Will Paxton attended from Polk County.

Teen leaders were Cain Burnett and Andrew Swafford, Bledsoe County; Jennings Kelley, Bradley County; Bethany Imlay, Meigs County; Pryor Summit, Monroe County; and Abigail Firestone, Polk County.

During the overnight camp, campers focused on what it was like to live during the “Civil War.” Youth swam in the creek, played water games, learned new crafts such as wreath-making, basketry, bandana-bracelet design, and played recreation.

They attended classes on Civil War slang, ice cream in a bag, making a thermotrope, and shooting sports. Bethany Hobbs and Brianna Lett both received awards for accuracy in shooting sports.

Re-enactors from the Gen. John C. Vaughn Camp No. 2089 Sons of Confederate Veterans visited the camp and taught a se sion for the youth on weapons and flags and gave a demonstration of the firearms used in the 1860s.

Robin Ramsey, Extension Agent, dressed in authentic garb and talked with the campers about the significance of the clothing worn during the time period.

Campers then dressed members of their groups up in clothing made of newspaper.

For more information on camps or Bradley County 4-H, please contact Lynne Middleton or Robin Ramsey at 423-728-7001.