Ray City Girls and Boys at Camp Wilkins
May 10, 2015 at 12:27 am (Ray City School, Society and Leisure)
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Ray City School students were among the girls and boys who attended 1931 summer courses at Camp Wilkins in Athens, GA. Camp Wilkins was built in 1924 as the first state 4-H camp in the nation.
According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia,
“The roots of the Georgia 4-H Club began in 1904 in Newton County as a countywide boys’ corn club. Statewide corn- and cotton-growing contests were held in 1906. Chicken and pig contests were held in 1908. In that same year the program was also extended to black youngsters. Club work for girls began in Hancock County in 1906 and consisted of garden clubs, tomato clubs, and canning clubs. By 1911 more than 1,500 girls were active in the pre-4-H Club activities. In 1924 the nation’s first state 4-H camp, Camp Wilkins, was built on the University of Georgia campus.”
Cooking breakfast at Camp Wilkins, a part of Georgia State College of Agriculture, after a nature hike. Circa 1925-1932. Image source: Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Division of Archives and History, Office of Secretary of State.
In the summer of 1931 a number of local Ray City youth and adults attended Camp Wilkins, the first 4-H camp in Georgia. Camp Wilkins offered summer course programs June 14 through August 13 through the Georgia State College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts in Athens, GA, at the University of Georgia.
“BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ SHORT COURSES AT CAMP WILKINS
A short course of nine weeks is given every summer for the boys and girls who have won scholarships in the different agricultural and home economics clubs of the state. This course is also open to boys and girls who do not win scholarships.
Scholarships in the short courses are given by fair associations, chambers of commerce, women’s clubs, banks, and other public-spirited organizations and individuals who are interested in stimulating education in agriculture and home economics among boys and girls.
Every year more than 2,000 boys and girls take advantage of the elementary instruction which is made very practical indeed and is visualized as far as possible by application and illustration.”
Among the boys attending from Ray City were Bernard Johnson (RCHS 1930
), Brown King (RCHS 1930
), Leland Langford
(RCHS, 1939), J. D. Luke, Billy McDonald
, James Swindle
(RCHS, 1936). The girls were Clyde Carter
(RCHS 1936), Margaret Carter
), Mabel McDonald (RCHS 1930
), Clyde Moore, Doris Swindle
), and Grace Swindle
, and Beth Terry (RCHS 1930
). Ray City adults Chloe Gardener Johnson
and Carrie McDonald were also at Camp Wilkins, attending a summer course for farm women. The 4-H activities in Berrien County
were coordinated by County Agricultural Agent Donald L. Branyon
, and the Home Demonstration Agent was Mary Nell Davis. In Georgia, there were also Negro Boys’ clubs, Negro Home Demonstration Clubs, Negro Agricultural Agents and Negro Home Demonstration Agents
, but none serving Berrien County. The black division of 4-H was headquartered at Savannah State College (now Savannah State University), and separate events were held for its members in Dublin, GA.
Announcement of the Georgia State College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts for the session 1932-1933 with Register of Officers and Students for the Session 1931-1932, Athens, Georgia
Camp Wilkins, Athens, GA, 1925
Club girls at Camp Wilkins studying home foundation plantings and shrubbery, 1925. The building is Barrow Hall on the UGA campus.
Horticulture class at Camp Wilkins, Athens, GA, 1925
Athens, June 17-22, 1929. Farm women’s camp, Georgia home demonstration council.