Illinois Leadership Camp has arrived and gone. The chapter was able to send four members, Delyn Marshall, Jalyne Herren, Sara Glab, and Cody Wrobel to the four day camp. The purpose of the camp was to focus on what a leader is, and the qualities that go with it. “We came as strangers. We leave as one”...
Day marked the arrival into camp. Upon arriving, members settled into their cabin, and then went out to find their groups. No SLS member was in the same group or cabin. This meant members had to settle in a group of complete strangers. Once members found their groups, they had about two hours to talk and introduce themselves, as they waited for other group members to show up. After the short time of introducing and talking, groups where put to the test of trust, communication, and basic leadership. They where being taken out to the camps “Challenge Course”. At the course, each group was assigned a station for 30mins, then rotated. One of the stations consisted of climbing a vertical wall of 15ft. To do this, group members on the ground lifted the climber as high as they could. At the top of this wall was another member who pulled up the climber once in range. Once the climber was pulled over, that climber became the “puller”. This cycle repeated over until the whole group was over the wall. Other activities included a 5ft trust fall into the groups arms, members getting in order of middle name silently on a service pole, roping across an area, and lifting members through a spiderweb of bungie cords. After group bonding on the course, groups headed back to the main camp area and enjoyed some group time. During this time, groups talked about the course, and who they are. Dinner was served after. Following dinner was a camp meeting. Clayton Carley presented a keynote about camp, and how its new beginnings. He explained how we all come as strangers, and leave as friends. With Clayton giving his motivational speech kicking off camp, camp members headed off to do reflections. During reflections, camp staff talked about the days activities, opportunities, and what leaders possess. After, campers headed back to their cabins for the night.
Days 2, 3, And 4 Coming Soon!
Today the chapter got “pumped up”. The goal of today was to spray the field for Cucumber beetles. As part of this, we enlisted the help of the greenest member, the gator. First we headed out and weeded, and put the plants back into their rows. After that was done, we used the gator to spray the majority of the field. In the places where it couldn’t reach, we used the backpack sprayers to spray. The plants are getting big, and the bigger they are, the more area we need to cover. The chapter spent around 3 hours in total spraying in the field. Great work today!
**REMINDER, There is NO WORKDAY MONDAY, 8-6-12, due to the Officer Retreat!!**
Despite the hot weather today, FFA members really pulled through! Today the members worked in the pumpkin patch weeding, spraying, cultivating, and even working on the Somonauk softball diamonds. The plants are really growing, and so is velvet leaf. Ms. Saso, Chapter Advisor, provided a field lesson on the difference between velvet leaf, and pumpkin plants, as they can look very similar. Once the velvet leaf was removed, we then sprayed the plants in the field for cucumber beetles. The Broom Corn field also got cultivated around the edges to keep the weeds down. Once finished, members took to the softball field to remove weeds around the softball diamond and dugouts.
Today was a hot one! 14 FFA members worked in the field today. They weeded and watered pumpkins. With the pumpkins growing fast, members had also moved the plants back into their rows. This makes defined rows. It also helps when going to pick the produce, and also so we do not have to step on the plants. Overall the field looks great.
FFA members where busy today! Today’s work day consisted of spreading 25 yards of mulch around the Somonauk Middle School and High School Complex. Members first weeded the areas, then used bucket loaders to help dump the mulch around school. For the more delicate areas, we used the gator to dump the mulch. From there, members used shovels and rakes to help spread the mulch. It took about 4 hours to mulch the complex. Great work FFA’ers!
Cooperative Update: The pumpkins are growing! We have no “pumpkins” yet, but the vines and plants are in bloom! We have been moving the vines back into their respective rows to create a more organized field.