The week of June 3, 13 members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio. Members attending included: Austin Rush, Bekah Eidemiller, Brandon Nales, Daniel Everett, Devin Staley, Haleigh Maggert, Kelly Rindler, Kelsey Kirchner, Lauren Williams, Lindsey Roeth, Shane Richardson, Sydney Oakes, and Tanner Church.
The 2013 theme was “The Hunger Games.” 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 recycling, 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. Several members participated in a paintball challenge.
During the first day members met fellow members in their district, the Treaty of the Treason (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 patriotic workshop and team building workshop by the State FFA Officers. The highlight of Tuesday was a Hunger Game activity set up like a predator-prey game. 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. Miami East FFA member Daniel Everett participated in the talent show with a vocal presentation. Senior campers hosted residents of the Carroll County Mental Disabilities Services to an morning of games and socializing. Miami East FFA donated $450 to Children’s Hospital in a Live Auction and will receive a chapter visit by the 2013-14 State FFA President Maddie Buschur from Versailles. 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 career opportunities and fracture drilling. The afternoon included water-related games. Following the speaking finals members heard the message of a Shawnee Indian, Wehyepihehrsehnhwah, who shared stories of the land and the Native American people. 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. Members returned home via school bus and would like to thank the Jackson Center FFA members for sharing the bus.
FFA Camp Muskingum is located on Leesville Lake and is owned and operated by the Ohio FFA Association. A special appreciation goes to the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter for their financial support of those attending camp.