In early June, six members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio. Members attending included: Katie Bodenmiller, Daniel Everett, Jessica Gillum, Couy Moreland, Morgan Moreland, and Alex Zapadka. There were over 230 campers in attendance with additional State FFA Officers, FFA Camp Staff, and dozens of FFA Advisors from across the state.
The 2016 theme was an Olympic-themed week of “Gold Jackets, Gold Medals.” 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.
During the first day members met fellow members in their camp country, 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 historical-themed workshop and team building workshop by the State FFA Officers. The highlight of Tuesday was a scavenger hunt activity. 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. Additionally, the Ohio FFA Agricultural Education Interns were on-hand to explain the benefits of being an agriculture teacher for anyone interested in a teaching career. Senior campers hosted residents a local adult disability group with adult mentally handicap program including playing games and activities. 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 making college-related decisions. The afternoon included water-related games. Following the speaking finals members heard the message from Pastor Breanna Dupree from Dayton. Members found her 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.
Results of the week proved that Miami East-MVCTC FFA members have many talents. Jessica Gillum placed second in the FFA Creed Speaking Contest for freshman and sophomores. She received a special memento from FFA Camp.
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 Milton-Union-MVCTC 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 Valley Career Technology Center and the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter for their financial support of those attending camp.