The Discovery Conference is a wonderful opportunity for middle school FFA members. It is a great way to get young people excited about the FFA and introduce students to the opportunities that FFA has to offer.
This year’s Discovery Conference will be held January 23-24, 2015, at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center near Covington. Students should plan to wear casual dress for the entire conference. Conference registration is from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23. The conference will conclude before noon on Saturday, January 24. Lunch will not be provided on Saturday. A tentative schedule is attached.
The cost to attend the 2015 Discovery Conference is $40 per person. That fee includes all conference materials, a t-shirt, meals and lodging at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. Each student attending the conference must have a completed Parental Consent Form and should receive a copy of the Camp Policies. Please be prepared to turn in the Parental Consent Forms for your students at on-site registration. Participants should also bring linens or a sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries, towels/washcloths, and warm outerwear.
Every person attending the Discovery Conference must be pre-registered. There is a $20 per person, non-refundable deposit due with the registration form. Please completely fill out the form and return it with the deposit. All forms and payment must be postmarked by Thursday, December 18. No faxed or emailed registration information will be accepted. Any registration and deposit postmarked after December 18 will be charged a $10 per person late fee or may not be accepted.
Please be aware of these new conference policies:
· No refunds will be issued. Please keep this policy in mind as you request checks for the final payment due at registration. If a student cancels, that student can be replaced with a different student at any time.
· There will be no lodging/meals cost for non-advisor chaperones. Chapters are encouraged to bring a chaperone for each gender and have a ratio of one adult per 10 students. As always, there is no cost for bus drivers. T-shirts for bus drivers and chaperones are $10 each.
An FFA Quiz activity will be conducted at the conference. All students will individually complete a written quiz. The top ten students based on written quiz scores will participate in an oral quiz to determine the winner. The winner will have the choice to receive a free FFA jacket or a $50 Summer Leadership Camp Scholarship.
Again this year, One Less Thing has graciously agreed to set up a few ID practicums for students to explore CDE opportunities available in the FFA. The ID events are optional for chapters to participate in and will be set-up from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday. More information about these events will be sent to teachers who register for the conference.
If you have any questions about the Discovery Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (706) 552-4457. I look forward to seeing you and your students at the conference!
Hope H. Carter
Leadership Program Specialist
Georgia FFA Association
316 Poultry Science - UGA
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 552-4457
Fax: (706) 552-4458