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Electric Camp

4-H Electric Camp


4-H Electric Camp 2020 is Virtual. Go to tiny.utk.edu/4HEC20 to participate.

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!  

4-H Electric Camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity for girls and boys enrolled in the sixth and seventh grades. 4-H members who attended camp as a sixth grader are eligible to return as a seventh 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 2020 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.

Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Arrival
  • Registration and Orientation
  • Swimming – Cost $5.00
  • Dinner
  • Opening Assembly

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Breakfast
  • Learning Centers
  • Lunch
  • Trip and Dinner at Dollywood

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Breakfast
  • Learning Centers
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Assembly
  • Pizza Party/Final Program
  • Dance and Pool Party

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.

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:

  • USB 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 outlets which you can take with you to use in your home.
  • Electric Motors – Motors convert electricity into useful work. You will learn in this activity 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 programming a robot to accomplish a specific task.
  • 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.

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 Drive, Room 205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4510

  • 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.

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.

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.

Mobile phones are not to be brought to the event by campers. If found, Extension agents will tell the youth to put the phone out of sight. A second offense will result in the youth being sent home. This is for the safety and security of the youth and everyone at the event. All phone communication between parent and child should be done through an Extension agent or Camp staff member.

Got a problem? Have questions? Any suggestions?
You can send email to Daniel Sarver.

The event is sponsored by 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

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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