Sydney, the Washington State Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) Student Ambassador, took a trip to Chicago to attend the FUTP60 Student Ambassador Summit. Read her experiences and find out what it is important to remember about encouraging your FUTP60 student teams.
When I first arrived at the summit I thought, "Wow, there are so many people here and I know none of them." I found my team with some help and it seemed like everyone knew each other. The first day was nerve racking to say the least, considering that we had a dance off and I had 5 mins to learn the dance. That night my roommate and I met and realized that we were on the same team. By the second day we were all writing a song on the bus and I talked to who would become best friend there. Everyone was always laughing and talking to each other when we had to take the bus somewhere. One of those rides took us to play flag football with some of the Chicago Bears! On the third day we got to film our Fuel Greatness music video and we definitely bonded over that. On the final day we had a cook off and that was extremely difficult because, our toaster oven broke and we weren't exactly sure what we were doing most of the time. We ended up winning first place with our energy balls in yogurt with fresh strawberries. When the time came to leave, you could have sworn that we had all known each other for years. It was a great experience to be able to go to Chicago and meet so many great people.
FUTP60 is so much fun and was a great opportunity for me! I think that program advisors should know that kids will enjoy being healthy and learning about how to be healthy much more if it is incorporated into a fun game, especially one with a winner and prizes. One thing to remember is to always ask the kids what they want to do because you will most likely get some great ideas from that.