Twenty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA members attended Timberland Leadership Camp at Sibley State Park, June 4 to 7.

Twenty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA members attended Timberland Leadership Camp at Sibley State Park, near New London, June 4 to 7. FFA Advisors—Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen, along with Summer Ag. Intern, Donavan Phoenix, also attended with the students. Members from the Tracy, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton and Marshall FFA chapters were also in attendance at this camp.

While at the leadership camp, FFA members got to experience a variety of things including, get to know each other activities, trust activities on the ropes courses at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, a hike to Mount Tom, and sessions about goals and opportunities in FFA.

Campers learned about different activities that other FFA chapters put on and different things in FFA that they can become involved in, such as Career Development Events (CDEs) and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). Teamwork was also an important thing members learned about at Leadership Camp. Members of each chapter also conducted their own ceremonies as they raised and lowered the flag each day. Campers could also canoe, swim, play volleyball, or try other fun activities in their free time.

Also in the attendance at Timberland Leadership Camp were the six State FFA Officers: President, Grace Taylor; Vice President, Kegan Zimmerman; Secretary, Laura Church; Treasurer, Adam Kroll; Reporter, Lauralee Eaton and Sentinel, James Mathiowetz, as well as all of the Region Presidents. These officers led sessions with activities regarding FFA opportunities, recruitment, and how to represent yourself on social media. Region officers, Andrea Escher and Kailey Beermann, also attended the camp and led a session about the different types of SAEs and the importance of keeping records.

On the last night of camp, a banquet was held by the newly elected camp officers. Camp officers from Sleepy Eye included Morgan Hoffmann, Crystal Hecht, Millicent Sorenson and Presley Dockter. Following the banquet, FFA members gathered for the camp talent show, more activities and a dance.

Timberland Leadership Camp was a fantastic opportunity for all who attended. Camp-goers will be forever grateful for being able to meet new people, create new friendships, grow as a person, try new things, set goals, and learn more about opportunities in FFA.