Alumni Conference and Board Meeting
Many blue FFA jackets were on the Camp Courage grounds recently! The group’s alumni, board members and advisors gathered for their annual board meeting. Meeting at Camp Courage makes perfect sense, given their history of amazing support for camp. The FFA has supported Camp Courage and True Friends for the past 60 years and has helped to construct buildings and provided financial scholarships to help campers in need. The Speech Therapy building was originally built by the FFA and this past weekend a handful of FFA alumni and advisors were given a tour to showcase the building.
History of True Friends, Camp Courage and the FFA
Over this 60 year time period, True Friends and Camp Courage have had the great joy of working with hundreds of FFA students and advisors and these students are bright, dedicated and hard-working. The Minnesota FFA has an amazing history of philanthropy towards Camp Courage. The FFA motto is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. That last portion, “Living to Serve,” is what drives them to give back to their community.
In 1964, an FFA chapter from Freeborn, MN took to local corn fields and asked the farmers if they could pick up the corn after a damaging storm. These FFA students walked the fields picking up corn; they sold their corn and donated the proceeds to Camp Courage. This very first corn drive raised $87 for camp. Since that first chapter and first corn drive, over 80 chapters have joined the “Corn Drive for Courage,” and turned that $86 into a 60 year tradition and over $5.5 million donated to our camps. Not only do these students donate money, they donate their time as volunteers and counselors at camp. Next time you see a student in a blue jacket – be inspired by them and by all they have given to our campers.