Twenty-four Ohio Farm Bureau youth; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members; DECA members and 4-H and FFA members and advisors recently attended Ohio Leadership Camp held in Carrollton, Ohio at FFA Camp Muskingum.
The students were able to attend camp through a scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which has been a sponsor of the Ohio FFA for 60 consecutive years.
While at camp, the students took part in leadership training sessions, which were conducted by Dave Kohout of Talk Is Cheap. The students learned the 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, based on the book written by John C. Maxwell. Through various activities the campers experienced the importance of leadership, teamwork and diversity in a group setting.
Kelsey Turner, program specialist in leadership development for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, presented a mock school board budget meeting. The students participated by representing different departments within the school. Campers saw firsthand the importance of advocating for a cause but also saw the importance of working together and compromise.
“We enjoy the opportunity to interact with FFA, 4-H, DECA and FCCLA members from across the state each year,” Turner said. “This camp is a great opportunity to further develop leadership skills and learn more about grassroots organizations like Ohio Farm Bureau. I enjoyed conducting the school board meeting. I think students grasped the concept of the power of advocacy and how much communication is needed throughout the policy development process.”
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. To learn more about youth leadership opportunities and information about the 2021 camp, contact county Farm Bureau offices.