And right in the very center of Georgia, many children will attend Camp John Hope which has been under new leadership since April when Norman Gay was appointed as the director.
Camp John Hope FFAFCCLA Center
is owned by the Georgia Department of Education
and operated by the Georgia FFA
has been affiliated with FFA for a number of years as an Alumni member, serving at the local, state, regional and national levels.
Gay served as the Georgia FFA Alumni president for two years.
received the Blue Blazer Award for his
efforts in increasing the state membership during his
term as president, as well as the Legion of Merit Citation for his
work in recruiting members.
He has served as the Southern Regional Representative for the National FFAAlumni Counsel.
He serves as a Board Member and a Taskforce Chair and holds Honorary Chapter, State and American FFA Degrees.
The facility is used by many groups including educational, civic, athletic and religious organizations.
Gay is the fifth director of the camp since its inception in 1938.
With each new leader Camp John Hope has seen enhancements in the facilities, and Gay's management will not prove any different.
According to Gay
, there are plans to renovate two of the cabins and make semi-private rooms out of them.
The plumbing in the other cabins will be updated, as well.
Another big project is to clean up around the lake so it can be used for recreation.
Gay hopes to have most of the work done by the end of the summer.
Regardless of the pending renovations and upgrades the site will have plenty of campers this summer.
says, "We have a number of diverse groups booked for the summer - church groups, State FFA
Officers, football camps, band camps, family reunions, and one week we will host a group of disadvantaged children."