Building leadership at FFA summer camp

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By Bobby Ellis
bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov

Now that school is out, there are countless different camps to help kids make productive time of their summer vacations. 

One such camp is the FFA Camp, held at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg over a period of several weeks. 

Attendees split their days between team-building activities, classes tailored to their specific interests such as advocacy, welding and archery, and competing against each other in sports such as volleyball, basketball and baseball. 

“It’s all about being able to take the knowledge you learn here and taking it back to better your chapter back home,” said Jackson Carter, a student at Franklin-Simpson High School (Simpson County), after completing a trust fall exercise. “We may not be able to do everything on our own, we may not even trust specific people within our groups, but we trust our chapters as a whole and can teach them to better themselves through what we know.” 

Students from FFA chapters across the state spend a week at each camp, divided into different colored teams, competing against each other in sports and hoping to end the week as the top team. 

“Team Purple is winning right now,” said Allison Knott, a student from Apollo High School (Daviess County). “It’s all about having fun and just enjoying yourself, … but the team in the lead gets to eat first at night, so yeah, it’s definitely a perk.” 

If you are interested in the FFA Camps, you can visit the Leadership Training Camp’s website for more information, here.

Members of the Apollo FFA chapter work together to try to lower a hula hoop onto the ground as part of a team building exercise. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Members of the Apollo FFA chapter work together to try to lower a hula hoop onto the ground as part of a team-building exercise.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
FFA camp goers attempt to balance on a wire during team building exercises. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
FFA camp goers attempt to balance on a wire during team-building exercises.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Abbi Jones and her teammates fall off of a suspended log during a team building exercise. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Abbi Jones and her teammates fall off of a suspended log during a team-building exercise.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Allison Knott, of Apollo High School (Daviess County) gets help from her teammates as she is pulled up a scaling wall. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Allison Knott, of Apollo High School (Daviess County), gets help from her teammates as she is pulled up a scaling wall.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Faith Payne, of Apollo High School (Daviess County), is pulled up a wall by her ankles during a team building exercise at the FFA summer camp. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Faith Payne, of Apollo High School (Daviess County), is pulled up a wall by her ankles during a team-building exercise at the FFA summer camp.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Abbi Jones, a student at Franklin Simpson High School (Simpson County), is caught by her teammates during a trust fall exercise at the FFA summer camp. Photo by Bobby Ellis,
Abbi Jones, a student at Franklin-Simpson High School (Simpson County), is caught by her teammates during a trust fall exercise at the FFA summer camp.
Photo by Bobby Ellis,
Brooke Lanhal, a student at Apollo High School (Daviess County), uses her phone to take a picture of a flower as part of her photography homework for her FFA Advocacy class at the FFA summer camp. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Brooke Lanhal, a student at Apollo High School (Daviess County), uses her phone to take a picture of a flower as part of her photography homework for her FFA Advocacy class at the FFA summer camp.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Wyatt Stubbeman, a student at Ryle High School (Boone County), goes through the lunch room at the FFA summer camp. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Wyatt Stubbeman, a student at Ryle High School (Boone County), goes through the lunch room at the FFA summer camp.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Joshua Smith, a student at Paris High School (Paris Independent), swings at a ball during the athletics period of the FFA camp. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
Joshua Smith, a student at Paris High School (Paris Independent), swings at a ball during the athletics period of the FFA camp.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
A basketball goes through a hoop during a basketball game at the FFA camp in Hardinsburg. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018
A basketball goes through a hoop during a basketball game at the FFA camp in Hardinsburg.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 12, 2018

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