5 attend FFA Leadership Camp

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Five students attended the Missouri FFA Leadership Camp. Front row, from left: Karlea Holder and Bonnie Robbins. Back row: Aubrey Cornell, Ty Howard and Andy Cornell. Contributed photo

Missouri FFA hosts six FFA Leadership Camp sessions during this summer, and this summer, the Southwest FFA Chapter was able to send five members to week five, July 1-5.

As the Missouri Department of Education describes it, “The FFA Leadership Camp program is filled with education, recreation, and entertainment. The educational portion consists of FFA Leadership training designed to meet the needs of all members, greenhands, chapter FFA degrees, chapter officers, and area officers.”

Attendees are given the opportunity to spend time swimming, boating, fishing, playing badminton, trap shooting, shuffleboard, horseshoes, archery and volleyball. FFA State Officers are there each week to assist in leadership training. The five members were asked to describe their own experience at the camp.

“At camp, we meet many new people and got to know the state officers better,” said Bonnie Robbins. “We earned our leadership pins and had a great time doing camp activities.”

“At camp, our theme was ‘Linked to Lead,’” Aubrey Cornell said. “We learned how to become better leaders in our chapters and communities, the state officers were great leaders and helped everyone get their leadership pins. This was accomplished by doing all the sessions and activities with us. We got to meet many new people, and it was just a great week spent.”

“At camp this year, we learned how to be a better leader in our everyday lives, as well as in our chapter,’ Karlea Holder said. “We also took the time to look into ourselves and find where we fit in when leading others. While doing all of this, we each earned our leadership pins.”

“At camp, we got to meet many new people and learn how to become better leaders,” Andy Cornell said. “We can take these skills back and use them in our own chapter to better our organization. It was also a lot of fun because there were fun activities like archery and trap shooting. We also all earned the state leadership pin.”

“We were always learning something the entire time we were there and having a lot of fun while doing it,” Ty Howard said. “There are a lot of fun activities and you get to meet so many new people.”

Howard was awarded “All-around Camper” for Southwest. Everyone was able to receive their State Leadership Pins. They had to attend 13 events to get this pin.