For the past 10 years, a number of state camp staff have been getting together for sharing and tours of each other’s facility. These “FFA Camp Directors” have been sharing best practices and ideas just as teachers do at their own professional development conferences.
I wanted to share a list of these places with you. They are excellent resources and are perfect opportunities to keep resources “inside” the FFA community. Most of the facilities work hard to reinvest revenue in their facilities to help future FFA members. Many are owned by state level FFA foundations or department of educations.
New York’s Oswegatchie Camp – www.oswegatchie.org and www.oswegatchiecamp.com
Open year round with opportunities for programming inside the Adirondacks. The summer camp is open to the FFA from any state. We have had shared programs with CT, NH, MA, MO, GA, NJ, and PA. It’s the host side for the regional NLCSO, and it has hosted the Region 6 NAAE June Conference in 2011.
Oswegatchie is currently accepting summer campers for our 2016 season. Any FFA member can have our FFA rate regardless of state association. For a FFA Advisor tutorial, go to https://youtu.be/5x-IJK_3mzU
Georgia FFA FCCLA Center - www.georgiaffacamp.org/
Set 45 minutes from Atlanta, this sprawling camp hosts a huge camp program and does many specialty events year round. The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is an exciting and unique camp and conference facility! We invite you to get to know one of Georgia's best kept secrets!
Georgia Camp John Hope - www.campjohnhope.com/
Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center is an educational camp facility designed with the purpose of providing the youth of Georgia with a site for leadership and career development. Started in 1938 as a camp for rural African-American youth, it has evolved into a camp facility and conference center for the FFA and FCCLA Organizations, as well as many other youth and adult organizations.
Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum - ohioffa.org/camp/
Located in Carroll County, on the banks of Leesville Lake, Camp Muskingum has been offering unique outdoor experiences since 1942. The lake, hillside and forests offer prime opportunities for aquatic and nature studies. We also offer fishing, hiking, boating, swimming and both low and high ropes courses, along with a paintball course.
Indiana FFA Leadership Center leadershipcenter.inffa.org/
This facility has supported the development of young people and adults through leadership workshops, retreats, youth camps, and CDEs. Whether you are planning a reunion, retreat, or camp experience, this is a natural place to meet. Additionally, it’s an easily navigable distance from the National FFA Center. Located in Trafalgar, IN on 170 acres, you additionally get the experience of spending time with Joe Park, who is a FFA treasure. Make sure to ask about the Joe Park Pork Chop!
Kentucky FFA LTC Center - kyffa.org/leadership-training-center/
Spend time in Hardinsburg, KY with the Kentucky FFA. Their facility is ready to accept groups in pursuit of educational goals and agriculture leadership. With modern lodging and large group meeting areas, this location has much to offer a group of students or future agriculturalists.
North Carolina FFA Center at White Lake - ncffa.org/ncffa-center
Since 1928, more than 400,000 FFA members have visited White Lake. Besides summer camp, others have rented the facilities for group meetings. As the oldest FFA camp in the United States, the North Carolina FFA Camp offers scenic views and historic cabins.
South Carolina FFA Center - www.scaged.org/Camp/camp.htm
Tucked away in the marsh of North Myrtle Beach, our camp is located on thirty-six acres of prime ocean real estate. This property was purchased in 1953 by the South Carolina FFA Association. Since that time, the FFA Association has maintained the structures and the property as well as provided the necessary personnel and resources to conduct the youth programs for thousands of FFA members
Arkansas’s Camp Couchdale – www.arkansasffa.org/couchdale.aspx
More than one million young people have spent one or more weeks at Couchdale enjoying the recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and other sports in addition to the educational advantages of forestry, soil conservation, cooperative training, and other leadership activities.
Tennessee’s Camp Clements - www.campclements.org
Camp Clements is a leadership/team development training facility. In fact, the word camp may be somewhat of a misnomer. Camp Clements is a modern, permanent leadership facility for Tennessee vocational students and teachers. The purposes of the facility are very specific and for student development.
Other states may have FFA Camps or Centers, but these are the primary members of this cohort group.
Each state is different in regards to facility, programs, and supervision. Not all camps use advisors for night time supervision. Additionally, day time opportunities and responsibilities differ as well. Contact any of us to learn more about our camps.
Oswegatchie Program Director