Volume 51 - Number 1 - 2010 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2010.01032
FFA camps have provided members with recreational, social, and leadership development for decades. Since the first FFA camps were established in 1928, they have served as a vital piece in the puzzle of FFA leadership development. This historical research study investigated the origins of FFA camps in the United States, the use of camps for leadership development, and the current status of FFA camps by state FFA associations. The study found that three states, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina established state FFA camps shortly after the FFA was founded in 1928. Several southern states operated separate camps for African–American boys who were members of the New Farmers of America. FFA camps offered a variety of recreational activities, social events, and leadership development programs. Approximately 24 state FFA associations currently offer some form of summer FFA camp for their members.