Our local FFA chapter hosted its creed contest last week, as most chapters were off to Louisville, KY, for the national convention. Anyone familiar with FFA knows that the contest is a career development event, or CDE, in which FFA members in grades 7, 8, and 9 present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose.
I’m a big fan of FFA and the opportunities it provides to its members. In fact, I’ve been a judge for several creed contests and have had the pleasure of watching my kids compete as well. I think it’s a great contest because it gets kids up in front of others, and teaches them to be confident and competent in speaking about agriculture.
As they always do, this year’s kids did a very good job in the competition, answering some questions that I thought were tough. In fact, I wasn’t sure how I would have answered one or two of the questions if I’d been asked and allowed no time to prepare or think about them.
I do have to admit, however, that I thought the FFA creed showed its age a little bit. I think it’s worded in such a way that it’s a little difficult to grasp some of the key concepts. After listening to the kids this year, however, I decided that it’s probably a good thing, as it forces the kids to think about life, agriculture, and the FFA organization in ways that they probably haven’t had to in the past.
I wish I would have better understood the opportunities organizations like FFA gave me at the time I participated. But it says a lot about an organization when you realize more and more of its value the longer you’ve been away from it.
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