Members attend FFA camp

CASSTOWN — The week of June 5, members of the Arcanum, Miami East and Milton Union FFA Chapters attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton.

The Agricultural Education Departments at Arcanum, Miami East, and Milton-Union are satellite programs of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Members attending included: from Miami East-MVCTC FFA Ethin Bendickson and Jessica Gillum, from Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Samantha McCallister, and from Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA Justin Brown, Abby Hissong, and Webb Kress. There were over 250 campers in attendance with additional State FFA Officers, FFA Camp Staff, and dozens of FFA Advisors from across the state. FFA Camp Muskingum is located on Leesville Lake and is owned and operated by the Ohio FFA Association.

The 2017 theme was an “Oh The Places Y’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. During the week members also participated in various sports tournaments involving softball, sand volleyball, basketball, tetherball, horse shoes, ping pong, and corn hole. Additional competitions included group presentations on drug and alcohol debates, reciting of the FFA Camp Creed, rifle, shotgun, and archery. Each morning, before breakfast, campers had the opportunity to plunge into the lake or take a sunrise walk.

During the first day members met fellow members in their camp chapters, learned camp rules, and participated in a dance. The day ended with a campfire reflecting of opportunities at camp.

The second day included team building activities, high ropes for senior members, a night time scavenger hunt and team building workshop by the State FFA Officers. The highlight of the day was a visit from the Ohio FFA Agricultural Education Interns with an explanation the benefits of being an agriculture teacher for anyone interested in a teaching career. The day ended with a campfire challenging campers to work together as a team.

On Wednesday, members rotated through various environmentally-related workshops including bird watching, tree identification, recycling, and more. Gillum participated in the overnighter experience for third year members. The day ended with a campfire challenging campers to take advantage of every opportunity at camp.

Thursday gave campers the opportunity to attend workshops on canoeing and kayaking and line dancing. Some chose to attend workshops on patriotism and issues of today’s youth. The afternoon included water-related games. Senior campers, including McCallister and Hissong hosted residents from a local adult disability group with adult mentally handicap program including playing games and activities. Following the speaking finals members heard the message from motivational speaker Dave Kahout. Members found his message inspiring and uplifting. Following the guest speaker, members participated in a dance. The evening ended with a slideshow of the week and a life-challenge by the State FFA Officers.

The week ended with a Friday morning cleaning of camp and a send-off by the state FFA officers.

Bendickson was a member of the champion camp chapter tournament group. Hissong was the camp champion ping pong tournament winner.