Area IV Greenhand Camp - It Starts With ONE Thousand Greenhands
By: Katelyn Perry, Area IV Texas FFA State Officer
Over 1,300 Greenhands gathered in Graham, Texas this year for the annual Area IV Greenhand camp, setting a record as the largest Greenhand camp in the state of Texas! Area IV’s theme this year is Aim 4 the Highest, and the area officer team has done exactly that. They were able to put together a camp many students will never forget.
Students who attended the camp first heard a presentation given by Aron Hutchins, a past state officer from Area IV, about the importance of agriculture, and how we will have to feed our growing population in the near future. Students were divided into groups where they participated in an activity stressing the importance of working together and making connections.
Texas FFA President Mason Parish, 1st Vice President Daylon Koster and I put on a workshop about positive thinking which engaged students in fun activities and stressed just how important a good attitude can be in everyday life. Students heared a keynote message from Dr. Michael Johnson, a true Texas cowboy, award winning author and national magazine columnist. Dr. Johnson spoke about how to make an impressive first impression and how to be a successful leader. After a day full of activities, students were fed some delicious hamburgers from RiverStar Farms!
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As the students were leaving to go back to their respective chapters, you could tell that they were energized and ready to be involved.
“This year’s Greenhand camp was a huge success," Area IV President Alyssa Spruill said. “What made it so successful was our area officer team and our great advisors. Overall, it was a great day. I hope we were successful in making an impact on these young FFA members because they are the future leaders of this organization.”
As Area IV’s Greenhand camp continues to grow, we can be sure that more and more leaders will come out of this area every year.
Area IX Greenhand Camp - Fired Up About FFA
By: Candis Carraway - Livingston FFA Advisor
On September 14, 2010 the Area IX FFA Association held their annual Greenhand Leadership Camp at Lake Tomahawk located in the pine forest between Livingston and Woodville. A total of 262 Greenhand FFA members representing 44 schools attended the educational event made fun. Each camper attended 12 workshops, which included topics such as time management, finding a niche in FFA, getting involved in FFA, SAEs, networking, stepping out of one’s comfort zone, the importance of being a good leader and follower, official FFA dress, overcoming the fear of public speaking, and influencing others.
Workshops were presented by the Area IX Officers, the current State Vice President from Area IX, Colt Gresham, and a past Area IX officer. Each of these officers spent countless hours creating productive, entertaining workshops in order that every Greenhand member in attendance would walk away from camp with something new to carry back to their home chapter.
“Although I was a Greenhand over three years ago, I still took valuable information away from Greenhand camp this year,” Area IX President Kelli Neuman said. “It definitely reminded the area officer team of who and why we serve.”
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After the workshops concluded, everyone enjoyed a lunch provided by Fresh Country Fundraising and then took part in recreation. During recreation students played volleyball and basketball, as well as participated in many activities on the lake, which included swimming, fishing, canoe and paddleboat rides, a water slide and AquaJump, and a 35-foot Blob.
When asked if she was glad she attended, Myra Monteaux of the Livingston FFA Chapter said, “Oh yeah! It was fun, exciting, and I met a lot of new people.”
According to Candis Carraway, Area IX Camp Coordinator, “This year’s Greenhand camp was a huge success. The Area IX officer team and Colt Gresham did an outstanding job of educating the Greenhand FFA members and getting them ‘fired up’ about the FFA.”