One of Joe Park's goals as director of the Indiana FFA Leadership Center was to return it to its original mission as a kids' camp. Named director last year, he wanted to develop his own programming on leadership activities.
That goal led to offering two one-week camps for students in grades three through six this spring. The dates are March 25-29 and April 1-5.
Many schools, including rural schools, are now operating on a year-round schedule. These weeks correspond with times that many of those students will be out of school for spring break. Many of those students who have two solid weeks of spring break can come to camp one week and still have a week for other activities with family members.
Anyone anywhere who meets that age requirement is invited to attend. They can come from rural or urban areas. The camp is providing the programming.
Ashley Schultz, Johnson County Extension youth educator, is helping organize the content. She promises they'll be both fun and educational. 4-H promotion will be included as part of the camp so that students in this age group can learn about 4-H. Any student who is now in the third grade is eligible to join a 4-H club.
Cost for the camp is $275 per child for the entire week. Registration is open now. There is a $15 break on registration by March 1. A deposit fee is due with registration. The balance of payment is due by March 10. For details about costs and schedules, visit www.indianaffacenter.com. Click on spring break camps.
There are still spots available for older FFA members to help as counselors. To learn more about attending the camp or counseling, call 812-878-4570.
Other new opportunities for FFA members are coming later this summer, Park notes. Follow the FFA Center Website for information on those activities as well.