Camps In Pop Culture: Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Georgia

From serving as a film location for scenes in ’80s movies Little Darlings and Kenny Rogers as The Gambler to listing recognizable names Nancy Grace and Jennifer Nettles as former counselors, Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s brushes with pop culture are worth noting.

Though the 1980 summer camp classic Little Darlings was primarily shot at Camp Daniel Morgan in Hard Labor Creek State Park, a long foot bridge over Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s lake appears in the film along with a shot of a pool that is now a parking lot, according to Travis Williams, who manages a nearby 4-H camp, Wahsega 4-H Center.

The 1980 made-for-TV film based on Kenny Rogers’ hit song “The Gambler” also features a scene of the foot bridge.

As for the famous alumni, legal commentator, television host, television journalist, and former prosecutor Nancy Grace wore a whistle at Rock Eagle and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles spent three summers (1993-1995) as a counselor at the camp. Nettles was recognized for her contributions to 4-H at the National 4-H Council Legacy Awards Gala this week.

Rock Eagle 4-H Center is located north of Eatonton, Georgia, adjacent to the Oconee National Forest. Opened in 1955, Rock Eagle is the largest of five centers operated by the University of Georgia as support for the state’s 4-H Program. The camp has nearly 1,500 acres of forested land and a 110-acre lake.

For information on Rock Eagle 4-H Center, visit their website at

Special thanks to Travis Williams for sending the tip and inspiring a new feature on the site, Summer Camps in Pop Culture. Have an idea for a future post? Email us at

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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