Two Columbia County teens have been selected to serve as camp counselors at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center this summer.
Laurel and Jennifer O'Neal, both "outstanding 4-Hers from Columbia County," have been selected to conduct educational and recreational programming at Rock Eagle, according to Columbia County 4-H Agent Shirley Williamson. They departed Memorial Day weekend for the camp.
Laurel, a returning camp counselor, graduated from Greenbrier High School in 2002. She is a student at Augusta State University and has been selected to work with the High Ropes and Challenge Course classes.
Jennifer recently graduated from Greenbrier High School and will teach entomology.
"It is an honor to have one 4-Her selected as a camp counselor, but Columbia County has two, and even more special is that they are sisters," Williamson said. "Being named a camp counselor is one of the most coveted honors in Georgia 4-H. The Georgia 4-H camp counselor program is recognized as one of the top in the nation."
While being named a camp counselor is an honor, counselors put in a lot of work.
Sisters Jennifer (left) and Laurel O'Neal recently conducted educational and recreational programming at 4-H camp at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Ga.
"The young people who move into the 4-H camps for the summer work hard," said Erik Thompson of the 4-H camping program in Georgia.
"The most important role a counselor plays during the summer is that of role model for the youngsters at camp," said Williamson. "These younger 4-Hers look up to the counselors."
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