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4-H Electric Camp


4-H Electric Camp


June 26 - 29, 2018


"Going Beyond the Wires"

4-H Electric Camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At camp, you will learn what electricity is and how it works. You will work with electrical specialists from across the state in learning centers. Each learning center will consist of hands-on activities so that you can learn by doing. You will also have the chance to meet other 4-H'ers from across Tennessee and explore careers in energy, electricity and basic sciences. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and items that you have made at camp. It's really an electrifying experience! 

Print the 4-H Electric Camp info sheet.

Who May Attend
4-H Electric camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity for girls and boys enrolled in the 6th and 7th grades. 4-H members who attended camp as a 6th grader are eligible to return as a 7th grader. Registration information is available from your county UT Extension office. The delegate registration form can also be found on the Tennessee 4-H Forms and Materials page.
The cost to attend 4-H Electric Camp for 2019 is $290.00. This fee includes housing, meals, admission to Dollywood and recreational activities. Return your check with your delegate registration card to your county UT Extension office.
Program Highlights
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    • Arrival
    • Registration and Orientation
    • Swimming - Cost $5.00
    • Dinner
    • Opening Assembly
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • Breakfast
    • Learning Centers
    • Lunch
    • Trip and Dinner at Dollywood
Thursday, June 28, 2018
    • Breakfast
    • Learning Centers
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon assembly
    • Pizza Party/Final Program
    • Dance and Pool Party
Friday, June 29, 2018
    • Depart for Home
Program Staff
The professionals who will be conducting the program are experienced specialists in the fields of electricity and energy. They come from across that state and volunteer their time because of their expertise and love of working with young people.
Learning Centers
At 4-H Electric Camp, you will explore the world of energy, electricity and the basic sciences in fun-filled, "hands-on" learning centers. This year's learning centers feature:

Electric Clock - You probably know that some clocks use electricity to drive small electric motors which in turn causes the hands on the dial to rotate.  In this learning center, you will see how DC electricity drives an electric motor as you build your own electic clock.

Electric Motors - Motors convert electricity into useful work.  In this activity, you will learn about the different parts of an electric motor, and how electromagnetism makes a motor turn.  You will also put to use what you have learned as you build your own electric motor.

Robotics - Robots were once only seen in science fiction movies; however, today robots are used to do many tasks.  In this learning center, you will see the latest robot technology and then try your hand at controlling a robot arm.

Home Energy Conservation – We use electricity to light our home, cook our food, play music, and operate televisions. But as we use more electricity in our homes, our electric bills rise. In this activity, you will learn how conserving electricity in your home not only helps to lower your electric bill but also helps to conserve our environment.

Electric Vehicles – Campers will learn about batteries, DC current and how DC current is used to propel electric vehicles. You will also demonstrate your driving skills by maneuvering an electric golf cart through an obstacle course.


Electrical Safety – Electric power does a tremendous amount of work for us; but, because it is such a powerful force we must be careful around it. This learning center will teach you how to play it safe around high voltage power lines.

Housing & Meals
You will stay in the air-conditioned comfort of the UT Knoxville dormitories. Most of your meals will be on campus at a university cafeteria. Your address at Electric Camp will be:
"Your Name"
4-H Electric Camp, "Your Region" Delegation,
State 4-H Office
2621 Morgan Circle, Room 205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4510
What to Bring
    • Sheet and blanket or sleeping bag
    • Towels and washcloth
    • Soap, toothpaste, etc.
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Raincoat and umbrella
    • Sweater or light jacket
    • Appropriate clothing (sports clothes in good taste will be appropriate for most of the conference. No cut-offs, tank tops or short 
      shorts, please!)
    • Bring swim wear if you wish to swim.
Activity & Event Acceptance Form
Before coming to 4-H Electric Camp, you and your parents or guardians must sign the 4-H Activity and Event Acceptance Form (available from your county Extension office or the Tennessee 4-H Forms and Materials page). Be sure it is complete and accurate.  Services of doctors will be available in Knoxville. Precautions to safeguard campers will be taken, but UT Extension cannot be responsible for accidents. Also remember when you sign this form, you are agreeing to follow all rules set up for the event.
Exemplary Conduct is the Standard
As an Electric Camp delegate, you should be the best representative of 4-H as possible. Be an example of a model 4-H'er!
    • Make it a point to be on time or ahead of time for each session and event.
    • Be a good listener. You will be receiving instructions from some of the top scientists and researchers in the United States. You can
       impress them by your attentiveness.
    • Smoking and chewing gum are out of place during the conference.
    • Thoughtfulness in writing notes of appreciation to sponsors, leaders, agents and parents will mean much to them.
    • Share your experiences with others when you return home. Take notes and be prepared to give an interesting and worthwhile
       account of your UT experience.
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The event is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension; the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide members; municipal power systems from across the state; and TVA.
Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association
​Appalachian E.C.
Caney Fork E.C.
Chickasaw E.C.
Cumberland E.C.
Duck River E.C.
Fayetteville Public Utilities
Forked Deer E.C.
Fort Loudoun E.C.
Gibson E.M.C.
Holston E.C.
Meriwether Lewis E.C.
Mountain E.C.
Pickwick E.C.
Plateau E.C.
Powell Valley E.C.
Sequachee Valley E.C.
Southwest Tennessee E.M.C.
Tennessee Valley E.C.
The Middle Tennessee E.M.C.
Tri-County E.M.C.
Tri-State E.M.C.
Upper Cumberland E.M.C.
Volunteer E.C.
​Bolivar Energy Authority
Chattanooga EPB
Cleveland Utilities
Columbia Power and Water
Cookevile Department of Electricity
Covington Electric System
Dickson Electric System
Gallatin Department of Electricity
Greeneville Light and Power
Jackson Energy Authority
Johnson City Power Board
Knoxville Utilities Board
LaFollette Utilities
Lawrenceburg Utility System
Morristown Utility Commission
Mount Pleasant Power System
Murfreesboro Electric Department
Newport Utilities
Pulaski Electric System
Rockwood Electric
Springfiled Electric Department