This summer, eight students from Dalton High School attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on the banks of Lake Jackson.
Each summer, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center hosts six weeks of Summer Leadership Camp for high school and middle school students involved in chapters of Georgia's FFA and FCCLA youth leadership programs. Over the course of the six weeks of Summer Leadership Camp, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center hosted more than 3,300 students, advisors and guests.
Teachers brought their students to the week-long camp, where they participated in leadership programming designed to build relationships, develop teamwork and leadership attributes, and most importantly, have a great time! Activities included team and individual competitions, dances, the mega slide, the blob, swimming, a ropes course, shooting sports, crafts, horseback riding, a muddy obstacle course and more.
The students from the Dalton High School chapter who attended camp included: Kelsey Knapp, Kylie Clayton, Iliana Martinez, David Walker, Sean Marshall, Erik Orozoco, Katherine Ortega and Haliee Folks. While at the camp, the students' teams were recognized.
DHS FFA girls Iliana Martinez, Katherine Ortega, Kelsey Knapp, Haliee Folks and Kylie Clayton (pictured left to right, above) joined cabin teammates from Arabia Mountain High School, Fannin County High School and Union County Middle and High School to become "Team Shark Bait" and came home with the SLC Team of the Week Championship. DHS FFA boys Eric Orozco, David Walker and Sean Marshall (pictured left to right, below) along with their cabin teammates from Arabia Mountain High School formed "Team Cream Puffs" and won the SLC Leadership Team of the Week Award.
This year's theme was "SLC Unlimited." Led by the idea that "you don't get to decide how your story begins, but you do get to decide how it ends," students were challenged to discover their unlimited future. This theme guided the programming for the week including skits, challenges and nightly reflections.
"Summer Leadership Camp is a unique experience for students that is full of fun and memorable activities, but the ultimate goal is to provide the atmosphere for teachers and students to connect in such a way that teachers can better invest in their students year-round," said Russel Towns, Camp Manager.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. The Georgia Association has more than 41,000 members in 310 chapters, making it the third largest association in the nation. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.