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After two years of silence, FFA Leadership Camp started back up this summer at the 4-H Memorial Campgrounds in Monticello, with about 300 FFA members attending. This camp helped FFA members become better leaders in their communities by developing communication and teamwork skills.
Activities included a challenge course in which FFA members worked together to achieve a common goal, an Ag. Olympics which included many different enjoyable events that required members to communicate to achieve success, as well as group sessions where members and group leaders would dive deeper into what it truly means to be a leader while also showing how not to be a leader.
FFA Leadership Camp also had activities for members to do in their free time. These activities included an FFA scholastic bowl tournament, volleyball tournament, talent show, and other sports/activities.
This year, Taylorville FFA sent two members, FFA Greenhand President Ben Wamsley and FFA Greenhand Secretary Hannah Hartwig.
When Hannah was asked about her experience she responded, ìI enjoyed it. I thought it was a fantastic experience and met so many new people.î
Ben was asked the same question, and he replied with, ìI had a great time. All the people there were great, and the activities were very enjoyable. I definitely learned a lot on how to be a leader. Iím glad I got the opportunity to go and meet people from all over the state.î
Both members were able to earn the Illinois FFA Leadership Camp Scholarship from the Illinois FFA Alumni to attend this camp. This scholarship is given to members so they can attend camp for free.
Both Hannah and Ben were presented this scholarship while at camp by the Illinois FFA Alumni President Steve Yandell. These two members also had an opportunity to meet the newly elected state FFA officers as well as the section presidents.
Overall, Ben and Hannah learned many different leadership skills that they will take back with them to the Taylorville FFA and community.