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State FFA camp is an opportunity to use leadership skills

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011, at 10:31 AM

(Editor's note: This is the second entry of Kelsey's blog relaying her experiences as Missouri FFA State Secretary. She and the other state officers spent a lot of time this summer in Kaiser, Mo. at the state FFA camp.)

For many students, FFA Camp is their favorite activity of the summer, and also became one of mine. FFA camp gave me the opportunity to get to know a lot of members, and also to further develop my leadership skills.

At FFA Camp, students have the option of what activity they want to participate in during each day. There are leadership sessions, designed to help students develop skills needed to be successful in FFA and life.

Some students chose to participate in waterfront activities, which include canoeing, fishing, and swimming, just to name a few, and there are other events such as sports, archery, and trap shooting that members can also take part in.

The other state officers and I worked with students who attended leadership sessions.

My favorite part of the week was seeing the members who were shy at the beginning of the week slowly step out of their box and begin to develop skills that will turn them into outstanding leaders. The highlight of the week for me was being able to speak to all the campers on Wednesday night.

I talked to them about how we all like to set goals and accomplish them, but no matter how hard we try, sometimes we don't. This doesn't mark them as a failure, but should instead drive them to work even harder next time.

I met so many outstanding members at camp who will go very far in life. For me, camp was the first time I really got to use my leadership skills to make an impact on members from all across the state. What they don't know is that it is the campers that truly impacted me! Being a State Officer has changed my life in a ways that I can never describe.

While these activities took up several weeks, this was only the first half of my busy summer! My next post will tell all about my journey across the country to our nation's capital, the Central District FFA Fair, and of course a favorite summer even for thousands of Missourians, the State Fair!

I am looking forward to sharing with you more of what Missouri FFA is doing throughout this year.

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A 2010 Malta Bend High School graduate, Kelsey Forqueran is now serving as the 2011-12 state secretary for the Missouri FFA Association. She has agreed to share her busy year with us in a blog. Kelsey just began her freshman year at Central Methodist University, where she is majoring in communications.