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MY TRIP TO THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CAMP

CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD

September 8, 1939

By Martha Wainwright

Uptonville 4-H Club

I am sure that the trip to Camp Fulton near College Park last week will be one to be long remembered by all attending it. Speaking for myself, I can truthfully say it was the most enjoyable trip I have ever taken.

We left Folkston Monday morning about 6:30. The most outstanding place we saw going up was Warm Springs and of course it made us feel good to know that our county had won the beautiful cups two years in succession for contributing the most money of any county in the state for the benefit of Warm Springs so the crippled children who were not financially able to go there for treatment, could go.

We arrived at Camp Fulton about 3:30 Monday afternoon. We were assigned to our cabins and next was swimming in one of the nicest pools I’ve ever seen. We had supper at 6:00 and from 8:00 till 10:00 we listened to very a interesting and instructive talk by Mr. W.S. Brown, Extension Director, on The Conservation of Wildlife, showing pictures concerning how the protection of animals and birds can change the whole appearance of the woods, through the courtesy of the U.S. Forestry Service, shown by Mr. Herbert Carruth, Extension Forester.

We were up every morning at 6:00, went hiking from 6:30-7:30. We were divided into five groups: l. Wildflowers. Led by W.H. Harvey, Landscape Gardening Specialist; 2. Land; 3.Tree identification, Mr. Carruth and Mr. Borders; 4 and 5, Birds, Mr. G.D. Cunningham, State 4-H Club Leader and Mr. George Dorsey. Everyone enjoyed the hikes very much, with the exception of the few who forgot to take a coat. Of course, it was rather cool up there early in the mornings. I’m quite sure we will all remember our coats next time.

We had breakfast from 7:30 till 8:15, singing from 9:00 to 9:30 led by Mr. Herbert Carruth and Miss Jean Patterson of Savannah at the piano and swimming from 9:45 till 10:45. Conferences and reports from 11:15 to 12:15.

Tuesday we had with us Mr. Charles Evans who spoke on “Forest Conservation from a National Viewpoint”, also “Conservation from a State Viewpoint” by Mr. H.A. Story, Jr., Forestry Dept., State of Georgia. “How to Tell the Different Birds by Their Songs and Calls” by Mr. Dorsey.

Wednesday Mr. John Boswell gave a splendid talk on “Game Management”. Mr. D.B. Lassiter, Director of NYA gave a talk on how it was made possible for the beautiful Camp Fulton to be made and his plans for further work to be done on it.

Thursday we had with us Mr. Charles N. Elliott, Director of the Division of Wildlife, who made a splendid talk on conserving our wildlife resources, state and national. We also had with us Mr. Clint Davis, Director of Information and Education, U.S. Forestry Service.

Friday Dr. Richard W. Smith of the State Geology Department gave a very interesting talk on the conservation of mineral resources, and migratory game birds by Mr. James Felder of the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey.

Dinner from 1:00 to 1:45. Rest period from 1:45 till 3:00 every afternoon except Thursday and Friday. On these days we went on sightseeing tours from 2:30 till 6:00.

Thursday we went to see Stone Mountain, which as you all know, is the largest piece of granite in the world. Practically everybody climbed it. Of course, it was a sight to all who hadn’t seen it before.

Friday we all went to see the Cyclorama, which is a huge picture of the Battle of Atlanta. It seems to me that everybody would do everything possible to prevent war after seeing it so plain as it was shown in the Cyclorama. We also went to the zoo and the state capitol building..

Tuesday afternoon Mr. Ken Begeel an exhibit shooter of the Remington Arms Co. gave an exhibition of fancy shooting, which was enjoyed immensely by all. Wednesday afternoon, an exhibition of fly-casting by Mr. Everett Roach.

Supper at 6:00. Every afternoon from 7:30 to 7:45 we had our vesper services which were led by Miss Jean Peterson Tuesday, by Mrs. Robin Wood Wednesday, by Rev. Wallace Rodgers Thursday and Friday. Every night from 8:00 to 10:00 we had moving pictures and conferences.

Tuesday night we had with us Mr. George W. McCullough, Wildlife Technician; Mr. Jack Leffleman, Chief of Land Management. Wednesday night Mr. M. Murphy of the State Entomology Department showed two very interesting and instructive pictures, one on the Japanese beetle and the other on Georgia flower gardens. The picture showed how the Japanese beetle destroyed so many peaches and apples in one of the states of the east. He also added that there were a few found near Atlanta, the only ones that had found in Georgia.

Thursday night we saw some very interesting slides and moving pictures by Mr. William Landess, assistant director of the Agricultural Division of the TVA. Friday night we had with us five delegates from the Atlanta Field Trial Club and Honorable Hal Lindsey, prominent dog authority, who made a very interesting talk on the care, raising and training of puppies.

Then came the presentation of loving trophies to the outstanding boy and girl in Wildlife Conservation Work by the Atlanta Field Trials Club. The girl was Malphine Ford of Wilcox County. The boy was James Dixon of Appling County. I might add that James had only one leg and lives a number of miles from the county agent’s office. He also rode a bicycle with his one leg and crutch back and forth to see the county agent concerning the various things he needed information on.

Friday night after the meeting was over, we all went out to Chandler Field near College Park to see the big airships come in.

We left camp Saturday morning at 7:00 and came back by Indian Springs which is one of the most historic places in Georgia. We got back to Folkston Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock.

I’d like to say I hope each and every 4-H Club member will have a chance to attend a camp as nice as Camp Fulton.

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