In late September, seven Big Walnut/DACC FFA students attended the FFA’s three-day Greenhand FFA Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio.
Greenhand is one of several entry-level FFA Degrees that chapter members can earn at their local chapters. Other degrees members can earn through their local chapter are the FFA Discovery Degree for students in grades 7 and 8, and the Chapter FFA Degree. The State FFA Degree is earned at the state level, and the National FFA Organization confers the American FFA Degree.
The seven Big Walnut students who attended the September 25 to 27 Greenhand FFA Camp are: Jenna Allen, Liz Ansel, Chris Dible, Cameron Reid, Parker Renick, Rachel Sherman, and Madi Withrow.
Big Walnut/DACC Satellite Ag Science Instructor and FFA Advisor Jeff Stimmell said while at camp, the students learned about goal-setting, the National FFA Organization, and opportunities available to them through workshops with Ohio FFA State Officers.
“They participated in discovery and adventure education programs through learning about topics of their choosing, including Shotguns, Rifles, Archery, Canoeing, and Kayaking,” Stimmell said. “They also learned about flood prevention and planning as Leesville Lake, home of FFA Camp, is on property owned by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.”
Stimmell said there were students from eleven schools from across Ohio in attendance at the camp.
“Big Walnut students had the opportunity to network with other students and form friendships with those students,” Stimmell said.
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but Stimmell said FFA is more than just a program for those who want to pursue a career in farming.
Stimmell said FFA participants go on to careers not only in farming, but also into hundreds of agricultural related careers that fall under the FFA umbrella, including veterinary services, biological research, and food processing, delivery, and marketing. FFA students also go into forestry, land management, and the environmental sciences.
There are 24,800 FFA members statewide in 308 chapters. For more information about FFA in Ohio, go to ohioffa.org.
FFA is the largest high school youth organization in America, with a national membership roster approaching 630,000 students in 7,757 chapters. For more information about the national FFA organization and its activities, go to ffa.org.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.