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Wahsega 4-H Center: Environmental Education: Trip Planning Guide

Information for Students and Parents

What to pack

  • Sleeping bag or twin sheets & pillow (No linens or pillows provided)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Bag or basket to carry supplies from the cabin to the bathhouse
  • Daily change of clothing (Some days you may need two)
  • Old shirts & jeans (for ropes courses)
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (for cool mornings and nights)
  • Rain gear (classes continue regardless of the weather)
  • Shoes (Some to keep dry and some that can get wet):
    Note: Wearing wet socks, shoes or sandals all day causes blisters.
  • Sun block
  • Plastic garbage bags marked with the owner’s name (for wet clothes)
  • Water bottle
    Note: Label clothing and personal items.

What not to pack

  • Chewing gum
  • Flip-flops or any sandals without a heel strap (except for showering)
  • New or nice clothing
  • Electronics, cell phones, iPods, etc.
  • Skate boards, roller blades, bicycles, etc.
  • Other items of high value
    Note: Wahsega 4-H Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

No housekeeping service

There is no cleaning service for the bathhouses or cabins. It is the responsibility of the students to keep bathhouses and cabins clean.

You will share the bathhouses with other schools. Please be considerate of them and keep the bathhouses clean. Each time you leave the bathhouse, carry your own dirty or wet clothes and towels as well as soap, shampoo and other toiletries with you.

Bring old clothes & shoes

Bring old clothes and shoes that can get dirty and old shoes that can get wet while in Stream Ecology class.

Do not plan to wear sandals without a heel strap

Sandals without heel straps are not allowed. To prevent injury, you must wear shoes that will stay on your feet.

Bring a pillow & sleeping bag or twin size sheets & covers

Pillows, sheets and blankets are not provided for guests. Bring a pillow and sleeping bag or twin sheets and adequate covers for the bunk beds. Cabins are not heated.

Remember toiletries

Towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletries are not provided. Some of these products may be available for purchase in the Canteen.

Money for souvenirs from the Canteen store

We sell a selection of souvenirs, clothing and snacks in the Canteen. Soft drinks are available in vending machines on the outside of the Canteen building.

About our First Aid Station

Wahsega’s First Aid Station is on the right at the end of the hall in the Canteen Building. It has Ace bandages, band-aids, water and soap. Also, some pain and allergy medications are available. A nurse is not on duty. We will help teachers get emergency medical treatment at the hospital in Dahlonega if necessary.


If a child is taking any medication, the medication must be left with a teacher who will oversee its use. Refrigerated medication may be kept in a refrigerator in our First Aid Station or in the Pavilion 4 kitchen.


We have one rule at Wahsega:


  • The teachers and chaperones
  • The EE instructors
  • All Adults


  • Friends and classmates as well as students and adults from other schools or adults on Wahsega’s staff
  • Turtles living in Turtle-topia, water snakes living alongside the creek, other living creatures


  • Youth are responsible for cleaning up after themselves
  • No food in cabins
  • Throw away trash and recycle bottles
  • Stay out of the stream and pond
  • No throwing rocks
  • No chewing gum
  • Personal belongings need to be taken with you when you leave the bathhouse                               


  • Wear good shoes around camp – no flip flops.
  • Wash your hands before a meal in the bathhouse or Canteen restroom.
  • Adult supervision is needed on hiking trails, at the waterfall deck, or when going off center.