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- How can I find out more about Rock Eagle? Rock Eagle 4-H Center is over 50 years old and is a proud component of the Georgia 4-H Program. In addition to a large summer camping program, Rock Eagle hosts residential environmental education during the school year. In fact, EE students may even be on center with us. To learn more about the Center, visit the website. There are also videos online that may share more about the facility.
- If this is a camp, what do we expect from the cabins? Rock Eagle offers two cabin styles, the traditional cabin and renovated cabin. The majority of participants will be housed in renovated cabins. Built in the last 10 years, renovated cabins include 6 rooms with 2 guests per room. Guest rooms feature two bunk beds, cubbies with mirrors and drawers, hanging space and private baths. Each room has in-room temperature control, and linens are included with the registration fee. In addition to the guest rooms, each cabin has a central living area with a sitting area, tables, chairs, and televisions. Most cabins also include wifi.
- Who will I room with if I didn’t pick a roommate? Those who do not have a matching roommate preference will be assigned a roommate of the same gender. In most cases, the roommate will be from the participant's state.
- I hear this is a big place, will there be a lot of walking? Rock Eagle 4-H Center has a capacity of nearly 1,000 campers. While we won’t have that many participants, we will be utilizing a large area of camp. Educational buildings, the dining hall, and auditorium are easily accessible with close by sidewalks and parking. We will make every effort to house our participants in the area of our educational buildings to reduce walking.
- Do I have to pick a track of workshops? Tracks are optional. We have a full set of workshops planned for those who select tracks and those who do not. There are also limited seats available in track sessions on a first come first serve basis for those not in the track. Whether you are in a track or picking from the general sessions, there are a wide range of workshops to meet your needs.
- Why pick a track? Tracks provide concentration in an area of interest. Track participants will attend sessions 1, 2 & 4 together and can select from a several options for the remaining four sessions. Upon completion of the track, participants receive a certificate of completion for that track. In addition to the workshops, there are service projects and curricula stations specifically designed in the focus tracks as well as funshops. In essence, those registered for a track can receive up to 10 hours of education in their concentration area. Additionally, track participants are guaranteed seats in the focus track sessions.
- I wanted a track and but it was full when I registered. Now what? Participants have the option to be added to the waiting list for a track. Should additional space be available, you will be notified via email and may be moved to the track. We will continue to make updates through registration at the conference. Remember, too, you may participate in track sessions if space is available. We have reserved a few seats in each track session for general session participants so while the track may not add track members; there may be seats you may walk in and claim at the conference.
- What else is happening besides the workshops? Participants rave about the chance to network with other volunteers as the best part of a volunteer conference. In addition to workshops and meals, each evening is an activity that will get you mixing and talking. Thursday evening features a service learning lab with the opportunity to pop in and visit as many (or as few) projects that are perfect to take back home and share. Friday morning we have a hands-on curriculum exposition, and Friday’s lunch includes time with our exhibitors. On Friday evening, a host of Funshops are offered for to try out crafts and projects. Not just fun for participants, these are also perfect for our youth. There is is a little something for everyone at the conference.
- What’s a Golden ticket & why do I want one? Participants earn golden tickets before and during the conference. Participants add their names to the tickets and drop them in the prize box. On Saturday evening, names are drawn, and winners select from a collection of prizes. Participants must be present to win Golden Ticket prizes, and a participant may win more than one. It’s great fun to earn tickets and get engaged with the conference and participants before you arrive at Rock Eagle.
- What’s this auction on Saturday night? Participants gather for lots of fun on Saturday evening. In addition to awarding Golden ticket prizes, there is a teacup auction and heads or tails contest. For the teacup auction, tickets are purchased and placed in boxes as chances to win baskets and prizes. Last year’s auction included 4-H memorabilia, curriculum resources, state baskets and other items. Participants may purchase as many tickets as they like and place as many in each item’s box as a bid for that prize. In addition to the auction, participants may buy into the heads or tails game with winners earning various other prizes of their choice.
Other Things Inquiring Minds Want to Know
- What do I need to bring? Packing for Rock Eagle is simple enough. Be sure to pack enthusiasm and good ideas! Don't forget to pack comfortable casual clothes, walking shoes, and a light jacket. There is a camp store open for souvenirs, and of course, the fundraiser auctions and contents, so bring some cash along as well. And while linens are provided, don't forget to bring toiletries, and maybe an extra towel.
- How early can we arrive? Registration opens at 1 p.m. on Thursday. While we are eager to great all our conference attendees, there will be 4-H environmental education students leaving camp on Thursday morning, and we need to give the Center time to prepare cabins and the conference team ample time to prepare for the group. Please plan to check in between 1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. We encourage early arrivers to visit historic Madison (north of Rock Eagle) or historic Eatonton (south of Rock Eagle). For participants arriving before Thursday, both Madison, Eatonton, and Lake Oconee have great lodging options. For advice or help with plans, email us at email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to share some places to see.
- Can my family join me for the conference? While Rock Eagle 4-H Center is designed with kids in mind, our conference targets adult volunteers and youth development professionals. We ask that if family is traveling with participants, that part-time registration is selected and families stay offsite. We do not have accommodations or activities for youth or non-conference attendees. For specific concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I am flying to Georgia. Is there an airport shuttle? Rock Eagle 4-H Center is 75 miles southeast of Atlanta. The Center is easy to find, and the route is simple. We encourage guests arriving by plane to rent a car if possible. If you are not renting a car your option for shuttle service is Groome Transportation which drops off in Madison, Georgia. Reservations are required by Groome and are $45 (one way) per person. We will offer shuttles from and to (also by reservation) Madison on Thursday, September 27th at 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 30th 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Other options may be available by request. For more details on reserving shuttle transportation, check out Shuttle Reservations. Keep in mind that shuttles will fill up quickly and reservations with both Groome and the conference should be made in advance. All conference shuttle plans should be made no later than September 15th.