Students thrive at FFA Camp in Adirondacks

A group of 10 Fonda-Fultonville FFA members are connecting with nature and peers from around the state at Camp Oswegatchie in Croghan this week.

Girl steps into a large tire that is laying flat on the groundThe students are with teacher Sheri Boardman, who says they are participating in programs including hunter safety, horses, high/low ropes, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding and arts and crafts.

“There are about 136 fellow campers from across the state at camp this week, and our FFCS students are having a great time thus far!” Boardman said. “There is no cellphone service at camp, so it’s great to see kids disconnected for six days.”

Fonda-Fultonville students in attendance are Elizabeth Magai-Townsend, Grace Bell, Kami Myles, Alyssa Colletti, Jenna Downing, Emma Agnes, Garrett Gottier, Annie Agnes, Aiden Boulay and Charlie Yurkewecz.

10 boys and girls line up in front of a school bus

boys play a game in a sand pitCamp Oswegatchie was established in 1946 by the New York FFA Association. According to its website, the association combined all of its resources to purchase 1,200 acres of Adirondack forest and start a summer camp for teenagers. Their primary goal was to give youth a place away from home for them to recreate who they are, and to learn what it takes to meet new people in a new place.

The camp gives youths an opportunity to have experiences in leadership development, environmental education, and outdoor recreation.

Boardman said Gottier enjoyed his first time in a kayak on Long Pond.

boy in a kayak on a pond