Annual New Hampshire FFA Winter Leadership Camp

  • Snow tubing is a favorite activity for students at the annual FFA Winter Leadership Camp. Courtesy photos

  • FFA members pause for a group picture during a busy weekend of leadership development and social activities.

Published: 1/21/2019 12:46:58 PM

Twelve members of the Winnisquam FFA Chapter spent the weekend of Jan. 11 at the annual New Hampshire FFA Winter Leadership Camp, where they improved their skills as young leaders, met other FFA members from around the state and participated in social activities. In all, students of agricultural education from eight N.H. schools attended the event.

Campers participated in workshops on subjects such as identifying biases, overcoming fears and making rational and mature decisions. The seminar was led by Corey Flournoy and DeShawn Blanding, both former National FFA Officers. Assisting Flournoy and Blanding were the seven N.H. FFA state officers, teens from across the state elected to leadership positions by their peers.

N.H. FFA Leadership Camp has been held annually for 22 years, and remains one of the organization’s most popular activities. It is funded in part by the N.H. FFA Foundation and the N.H. Department of Education, with participants paying only a portion of the cost to attend. The event is held at the Brookwoods Conference Center in Alton, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. While at the event, the students meet and interact with other teens from some of New Hampshire’s 12 agricultural education programs, staying in heated cabins and sharing meals, leadership workshops and recreational activities.

High School students from seven area schools attend the Winnisquam Agricultural Education Center, where they take courses in animal science, natural resources and horticulture (sites.google.com/wrsdsau59.org/winnisquam-regional-ag/home ) . Students enrolled in agricultural education are eligible to join the FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), a national organization of more than 669,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The organization has 8,630 chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Visit ffa.org for more information.




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