“Bonding on the Beach” as our Committee Chairs #LetTheGamesBegin

Written by: Allison Dierks – Publicity Committee Blog Writer 

On Saturday August 31, 23 of SLO FFA’s committee chairs and members gathered at the Port San Luis dog beach for a fun night full of bonding exercises, goal setting and friendly competition lead by our chapter officers (Riley O’Connor, Avery Noblit, Elena Grant, Sophia Silacci, Andrew Prater, Tate Isaacs and Kea Gildersleeve).

Chapter Officer Team

                       Chapter Officer Team


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An impromptu volleyball circle started off the night right which gave some students a chance to practice communication skills and show off their athletic ability by diving to save the ball- getting a face full of sand in the process. The meeting officially started when President Riley O’Connor welcomed everyone and gave a quick run down on the agenda. Soon after chapter Historian and Vice President lead a game of Bronco, Baby, Backpack during which partners must perform a set of three of these moves (Ex: “Baby, Backpack, Baby” or “Bronco, Baby, Backpack”) before the other teams. Camille Rolands-Reece and Sophia Silacci proved victorious by using their combined strength and agility to win. Next we played a round of “fireman”- where two teams elect one “fireman” to carry the rest of the team across the designated are faster than the other team. Tate Isaac’s team was the obvious winner, but who’s really keeping score? After that we played another called bridges where one member of the team must walk across pieces of PVC pipe that their teammates were holding. This game proved to be a fan favorite as multiple rounds were played- most memorably the “tall boys” round (Andrew vs Wyatt) and Andrews team won.

Fireman race: Goal to get all members across carrying them each a different way.

Fireman race: Goal to get all members across carrying them each a different way.


After the conclusion of the bridges game the meeting shifted gears and the committee members and leaders met to set define their jobs and set goals for the year. It was a productive and easy way to get to know one another and set the tone for the year. As people wrapped up their goals they began to roast hot dogs and marshmallows for smores over the fire pit… special thanks to Andrew Prater for getting more wood to ensure that everyone would stay warm and cozy as the sun began to set. The award for the Best-Roasted Marshmallow is a tie between Tate Isaacs and Maddy Baird, but nonetheless everyone enjoyed their sticky treat.

Marshmallow Challenge

Marshmallow Challenge


Following dinner, the most intense game yet began… Kajabe. A game where everyone is connected by holding on to ropes and as participants run in a circle they push and pull each other to try break others hold on the rope or get them to touch the trash can in the middle- both result in elimination. Three of the boys created a strong unit knocking out everyone except for Kea; Andrew and Kea battled it out for first place but there was a disputed result causing co-winners to be crowned. After two hours of fun activities some went to sit around the campfire and laugh, while others continued to play with on the beach, and a brave few decided to take a dip in the ocean despite the fog which had rolled in.

Kajabe Can Can Game

Kajabe Can Can Game


As the sun began to set, we put out the fire, packed up our beach chairs, and headed our separate ways, but if the get-together is any indication for the year to come it is safe to say that it’s going to be a great couple of months. See the link below for a video recap of the event! 


Thanks to Mrs. Bates and the officer team for putting on the event.

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