On Wednesday, July 6 at 9 a.m., nine students from the Miami Trace FFA chapter, a satellite of Great Oaks Career Campuses, got on a bus to embark on an unforgettable week at FFA camp Muskingum.
During FFA camp, members got to spend time with some of Ohio’s FFA officers as well as meeting students from other chapters across the state. The week was full of exciting events and fun activities, such as boating, the Polar Bear Plunge, archery range, ropes course and meeting many new people. FFA Camp is a great way to get away and experience the fun that FFA has to offer.
Meri Grace Carson, Clare Jones, and Charles Milstead all participated in the Polar Bear Plunge. These three brave members got out of bed at 6:30 a.m. to jump into the freezing cold lake. Meri Grace recalls this experience, saying that it was “very cold and challenging, but it was exciting to be one of the campers brave enough to participate.” At Camp Muskingum, Clare Jones participated in the archery contest that was held.
Former Miami Trace treasurer and current Ohio FFA vice president at large, Kameron Rinehart, attended camp Muskingum with other Ohio State officers. Spending long days at camp, long nights of planning events for the upcoming day, and waking up extremely early to get campers motivated for the day were just a few of the challenging duties of the officers. Despite these challenging duties, Kameron had an amazing time at camp getting to reunite with chapter members, and meeting more members from around Ohio.
From day one to day five, members participated in workshops and sessions to help develop skills like leadership, confidence, and integrity. One session that member Meri Grace Carson recalls was the session about social media. Meri Graces recalls that, “It was very hands-on for us. We squeezed toothpaste out of the tube as a way to show that once you put something out, you cannot put it back in, just like social media posts.” Learning these things from state officers and great speakers made it a lot more personal for campers, and they could get a better understanding of what they were doing or were talking about.
Making memories with old and new friends was a huge part of camp that made it special for our members. They enjoyed playing games, competing in contests, and just having an awesome time with people that they will never forget. Making new friends is hard, but at camp Muskingum, members said that, “Everyone was super inviting and nice. This made camp that much better for campers.”