Sleepy Eye FFA chapter members who attended the conference are Macy Schenk, Josie Lang, and Cassidy Hoffmann.

Over 200 Minnesota FFA members gathered for two sessions of the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders (SLCCL) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, from June 25 to 30, to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members attending from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter were Macy Schenk, Josie Lang, and Cassidy Hoffmann.

This elite leadership conference is targeted at FFA members who have gone above and beyond in their local chapters. These FFA members come from all corners of the state, represent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.

The conference is modeled after the FFA’s Program of Activities, which gives an example of activity areas the ideal FFA chapter should participate in. While at this conference, members are able to network with other students and share some activity ideas from their own FFA chapters.

“SLCCL was an amazing opportunity. It gave me the chance to meet many new people and allowed me to learn new ideas that I can bring back to the chapter,” said Sleepy Eye Chapter Reporter Cassidy Hoffmann. “I’m glad I got to experience such an amazing camp.”

A chapter’s Program of Activities focuses on growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. During sessions under each of these three areas, members were able to discover more about the role of healthy lifestyles, recruitment, agriculture literacy, fundraising and community service in their FFA chapters.

“SLCCL was a very intense but inspirational camp,” said Josie Lang, Chapter President. “In the short amount of time you are there, you make lifelong friends and learn more about FFA, as well as yourself. I am so glad I was able to spend the three days at Deep Portage Learning Center.”

FFA members also enjoyed fun activities such as volleyball, swing dancing, canoeing and hiking. Each night, the state officers shared reflections with the campers, and the final day wrapped up camp with a mock chapter banquet.

“SLCCL was a fulfilled experience learning about ways to improve our chapter and officer team, as well as building leadership skills,” said Macy Schenk, Chapter Student Advisor. “I also got to meet a ton of people and make lifelong connections with them. I am so glad I got to attend.”

The State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders serves the Minnesota FFA Association by building talented and young individuals. These members often end up as leaders in multiple organizations and receive high academic marks during their postsecondary education before beginning very successful careers.