4-H Electric Camp

2023 4-H Electric Camp

“Connecting YOUth to the Future”

State Registration Deadline
Friday, May 12th at 6:00 PM EST

4-H Electric Camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity. You will explore the world of energy, electricity, energy conservation, electrical safety, and other basic sciences in fun-filled, “hands-on” learning activities.

You will work with electrical specialists from across the state in learning centers. Each learning center will consist of hands-on activities to 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. It’s an electrifying experience!  

Arrival to UT-Knoxville: Monday, June 26, 2023 (Western and Central Regions by bus, Eastern Region drop-off on campus.)

Depart UT-Knoxville: Thursday, June 30, 2022 (Western and Central Regions by bus, Eastern Region pick-up on campus.)

2023 4-H Electric Camp is open to any 4-H member enrolled in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades as of January 1, 2022.

4-H members who attended camp as 6th or 7th graders are eligible to return and participate as 8th graders.

The cost of the 4-H Electric Camp is $325.00 per participant. The fee includes bus, lodging, meals, Main Event passes, activities, and take-home items. Registration and fees will be taken through the participants’ 4-H office.

Learning Centers
Learning Centers
Depart for Home
Trip to Main Event
Dinner at Main Event
Pizza Party
NightOpening Assembly
Living Groups
Living GroupsClosing Program
Swim Party
Living Groups

The professionals who will be conducting the program are experienced specialists in the fields of electricity, energy, and youth development. They come from across that state and volunteer their time because of their expertise and love of working with young people. State 4-H faculty and staff are members of the supervision team that help to keep campers safe and on track for activities throughout the event.

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 the following:

  • Station 1Electric Lamp – Electric lamps give us light. In this learning center, you will take a lamp kit and some electric insulators and make an electric lamp that will bring light to your room.
  • Station 2 – Wind Energy Generation Wind energy will be essential in future electricity supplies. This learning center will teach you how to design wind turbines to harness the energy in the wind to generate electricity efficiently.
  • Station 3 – 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 programming a robot to perform a specific task.
  • Station 4Home Energy Conservation We use electricity to light our home, cook 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 preserve our environment.
  • Station 5Electric Vehicles – Many car manufacturing companies are today producing electric vehicle. Some EVs have a battery instead of a gasoline tank and an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine to power the vehicle. Others use a combination of gasoline and an electric motor to power the vehicle. In this learning center, you will learn about the latest technology in electric vehicles.
  • Station 6Electrical Safety Electric power does tremendous work for us, but we must be careful around it because it is such a powerful force. This learning center will teach you how to play safely around high-voltage power lines.
  • Appropriate Clothing (no cut-offs, tank tops, excessively short shorts, clothing that reveals undergarments, etc.)
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Raincoat/Umbrella
  • Swimwear (appropriate cut and fit) and Swim Towel
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc.
  • Towel and Washcloth
  • Small Bag or Backpack to carry things around campus and Dollywood

Do Not Bring

  • Mobile electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, etc.)
  • Any form of weapons (knives, firearms, etc.)
  • Any item that is not permitted on school grounds

Campers will be covered with a limited amount of sickness and accident insurance from when they leave home until they return. Services of doctors will be available in Knoxville. In emergencies, we will follow the policy and information on Form 600A. Be sure it is complete and accurate. Precautions to safeguard campers will be taken, but UT Extension cannot be responsible for accidents.

There will be staff on-site trained in First Aid and CPR; the team will handle more severe incidents on a case-by-case basis through emergency management systems.

Your County 4-H Extension agent will provide you with information about the arrangements made for the transportation of you and others from your region to 4-H Electric Camp.

Sponsors of the camp furnish transportation to the camp by charter bus for Central and Western regions. **Buses do not run from the Eastern side of the state – parents/guardians will need to get their camper to campus in Knoxville.

4-H Electric Camp has leadership opportunities for Adults (Agents included) and Teen Leaders. Training requirements must be met before being chosen to attend as an adult or teen leader.

Please contact your 4-H agent or Dr. Daniel Collins at dcolli38@utk.edu for more information about this opportunity!

Got a concern? Have questions? Any suggestions?
You can send an email to Dr. Daniel Collins.

The University of Tennessee Extension houses this event. Sponsoring the event includes Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide members, municipal power systems from across the state, and TVA.

Tennessee Electric Cooperative 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 Loudon 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.

Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association

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
LaFollette Utilities
Lawrenceburg Utility System
Morristown Utility Commission
Mount Pleasant Power System
Murfreesboro Electric Department
Newport Utilities
Pulaski Electric System
Rockwood Electric
Springfield Electric Department

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