4-H Electric Camp

2024 4-H Electric Camp

“Connecting YOUth to the Future”

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: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 (Western and Central Regions by bus, Eastern Region drop-off on campus.)

Depart UT-Knoxville: Friday, June 28, 2024 (Western and Central Regions by bus, Eastern Region pick-up on campus.)

2024 4-H Electric Camp is open to any 4-H member enrolled in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades as of January 1, 2024.

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
Get to Know You Games
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:

  • Wiring an Extension Cord – This learning center will teach you some basic wiring techniques that are used by electricians’ every day. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned by wiring up an extension cord with USB charging capabilities which you can take with you to use in your home. 
  • Powering VOLt City – The electric power grid delivers electricity from power plants to homes and businesses across Tennessee and the nation. This learning center will teach you some basic electrical engineering principles you will need to design a power grid for a small town. 
  • 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. 
  • Flying a Drone – Drones have various purposes, such as inspecting powerlines, capturing aerial shots of crops or landscapes, or capturing stunning photos and videos. This learning center will teach you about the different types of drones, the current regulations to fly drones safely and allow you to take the controls and pilot a micro-drone. 
  • Electric Vehicles – Many car manufacturing companies today are producing electric vehicles (EVs). 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 a gasoline and an electric motor to power the vehicle. In this learning center, you will learn about the latest technology in electric vehicles 
  • 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. 
  • Sheets, blanket, pillow, and/or sleeping bag for a twin bed
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Soap, Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, other toiletries
  • Comfortable walking shoes (2 pairs)
  • Raincoat or umbrella
  • Light Jacket
  • Appropriate clothing (sports clothes in good taste will be appropriate for most of teh conference. No cut-offs, tank tops, inappropriate words/images on attire or short shorts.)
  • Alarm Clock/Watch
  • Bathing suit (This should be appropriate)
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Consider bringing some work-type clothing for your 4-H Project Classes
  • Spending money and lunch money for to and from the event
  • Water bottle
  • Any medicine in the original bottle in the delegates’ name
  • F600-A and F-600M (only bring F-600M if bringing medicine)

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
  • Tobacco products or alcohol substances

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. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, a virtual interest meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Please contact your 4-H agent or Dr. Lori Gallimore at lbelew@utk.edu for more details.

Got a concern? Have questions? Any suggestions?
You can send an email to Dr. Lori Gallimore at lbelew@utk.edu.

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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