Youth Leadership Camp

Youth Leadership CampThe okPORK Youth Leadership Camp is a complete pork industry experience. Camp participants will learn all phases of the industry from breeding sows to selling pork chops. Participants will complete a live animal evaluation and actually harvest and process the hogs they evaluate. 

When: Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30, 2017

Who: Youth who have completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade but not yet started college are eligible to apply. Interested candidates must complete the application and provide letters of reference.  In addition, each applicant must include a written essay on why they want to participate in the okPORK Youth Leadership Camp.  All parts of the application should be returned to the Oklahoma Pork Council postmarked by March 28, 2017. Following an initial review of the applications, interviews will be held with the top 15 applicants. The interview committee will select up to 12 participants for camp.

One 4-H Educator or Agriculture Educator will be included as a participant in the camp. Interested candidates must complete the application for 4-H Educator / Agriculture Educator.

Where: okPORK Youth Leadership Camp participants will travel to many locations as they learn about the stages of pork production in Oklahoma. The first scheduled activity is an orientation and media training on Sunday, June 25. The last activity is the Capstone Dinner & Presentation on Friday, June 30.Why: One of the great challenges facing today’s pork industry is a lack of young people interested in pursuing careers in the industry. This opportunity will allow camp participants to see all aspects of the pork industry – from live animal production, processing of hogs, further processing of pork, and retailing pork as well as career opportunities. During the Camp, issues that affect pork production from outside the farm will be topics of discussion.

Costs: The Oklahoma Pork Council will cover all costs of the Camp. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Camp and any spending money they wish to bring. okPORK is providing all the transportation, lodging and meals during Camp.

Applications will be availabine again in January 2018 for next summer's camp.