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PH FFA celebrates 50th anniversary of Canada trip

In late June, 15 members of the Prairie Heights FFA and chaperones made the 50th trip to Skookum Lake in Ontario, Canada, for a week of camping, fishing, and relaxation.

The first Canada achievement trip was made in August 1968 with agriculture teachers Ned Stump and Richard Grubaugh along with Superintendent Brice Diehl as chaperones.

To celebrate this milestone, the Prairie Heights FFA Alumni and Friends will host a reunion for all who have been to Skookum Lake (students and chaperones) and their families. This event will be Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Prairie Heights School Farm Pavilion. Come share memories and photos beginning at 4 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a passing dish to add to the Dutch oven supper served at 6 p.m. Drinks will be provided but please bring your own tableware.

Crystal Leu, daughter of Ned Stump, is currently collecting Skookum memories to write a book. She would welcome any written stories of the Skookum trip as well as oral accounts.

One fun activity planned for the evening will help raise funds for the FFA Alumni and Friends scholarship fund. Attendees should bring lots of spare change to pay “fines” for pranks played in Canada, such as putting rocks in the advisor’s backpack or snagging another camper with a fish hook.

Also on the agenda is campfire and vespers complete with s’mores and pudgy pies, so search photo albums and closets for any mementos or awards from past Canada trips and join the FFA Alumni and Friends on August 13.