Pictured: Lexi Fulford, Christiane Davis, Betsy Misner, Alison Jones and Reyna Avila.
Members from White River Valley High School had a blast at the 2019 Indiana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) summer camp. This is the second year for Vincennes University to host the FCCLA summer camp.
The Humanities building is the perfect venue for the event and Lou Ann Lindsey, Professor and Chair, Family and Consumer Science (FACS), is an amazing host. This year there were over 70 high school students representing 18 Indiana schools. The theme for the year is “Be Incredible,” and each activity related to that.
During the camp, members split up into groups with high school students from all across Indiana. Within their groups they competed in challenges and attended leadership training. As a whole, members got to participate in statewide service projects and experience what Vincennes University has to offer.
The challenges are so fun to watch. The first challenge had groups working to agree on a team name and design a team flag. Then groups took their flags out onto the lawn to play an exciting game of ‘capture the flag’. That evening, teams bowled together. It was pretty funny to see all the high school students requesting bumpers be put up on their lanes and the FCCLA advisors were still outscoring them.
After bowling and pizza, members tied balloons on their ankles with yarn, a FACS teacher essential. Then the groups worked as a team to be the last one in. There were many strategies employed to pop other teams balloons and keep theirs safe. The biggest group challenge was a skit that each group performed on stage during the closing session. Each group used much creativity to come up with a skit related to being incredible. I saw “robbers” being reasoned with, grass overcoming a “green machine”, leadership tryouts gone wrong, and the teachers wore capes and stated their super power. Mine was unbreakable patience. In the end the pink team won the most challenges and were awarded trophies for their victories.
Leadership training also focused on being incredible. Groups drew a caricature of a great leader and explained the qualities that great leader poses. Then, they got to depict great leaders of history in a guessing game by drawing, acting or describing. Do you know what great leader was the territorial governor of Indiana, founded Vincennes University, and went on to become the president of the United States for one month?
If you guessed William Henry Harrison, you are correct. Other leadership trainings had students playing games to help them realize how each of us are connected and how, when we work together, we are incredible.
Community service is a major part of FCCLA, and at summer camp members chose to contribute to one of two statewide service projects. One group made bracelets for cancer patients while the other painted rocks to spread happiness.
“For my portion of the service project, my group created hand woven friendship bracelets that will be given to cancer patients,” said Lexi Fulford. “Overall, this camp has taught me that in order to be a strong leader I need to have confidence.”
Reyna Avila told of her project.
“The rocks we painted had smiling faces, and we were directed to place the happy rocks somewhere in our community to make others that see it smile.”
These service projects bring hope to others and will be part of WRVs FCCLA program this 2019-20 school year.
To learn more about what VU has to offer, students got to go into the classrooms and experience typical projects and activities in one FACS area, either interior design, child development, culinary or fashion.
“One of the goals was to provide a variety of workshops in order to expose participants to the variety of Family and Consumer Sciences careers and majors at Vincennes University,” Lindsey said.
I have been so thankful to get to host the interior design “Design a Dorm Room” session set up by Lou Ann. During the session, students discuss the duties of interior designers to make the built environment safe, functional and pleasing, tour the design classroom and sample room and create a materials board for a dorm room. Students really enjoy looking through all the carpet, fabric and paint samples and then arranging them to communicate their design ideas. I always love to be inspired by their creativity.
I am so happy to get to go to Vincennes University with FCCLA members from WRV. These girls are so pleasant to be around and truly enjoyed the experience of camp.
“At the FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp, I got to meet a lot of new people and make friends while also learning a lot about what it takes to be a good leader,” Christiane Davis said. “I also got to see a culinary arts demonstration and sample food from VU’s culinary program. Overall this trip was a success.”
Big thank you to all the Indiana FCCLA advisors and to Alyson McIntyre-Reiger.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner