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Wednesday , April , 26 , 2017
Leadership Initiatives

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself,
or to get all the credit for doing it.
-Andrew Carnegie

Welcome to the wide world of Leadership Initiatives. We get very excited about this program because everyone knows that “leadership” is important, but it isn't necessarily considered to be a skill that is easy to develop. 

Our approach is simple. We see leadership as a skill that must be practiced just like any other. 


More and more work in the professional world requires collaboration between individuals and teams to solve hard problems. Yet much of our traditional education is based on individual accumulation of facts and testing. Leadership is an important skill that many students don’t get a lot of opportunity to practice.


We wouldn’t expect a student to develop a great tennis serve without practicing, would we? What about playing the piano, or writing a great essay? Building skills takes practice, and leadership is no different.


So how do we practice?


We define the skill of leadership as the ability to identify and apply one’s best contribution to a group, and to help others do the same. The beautiful thing about this definition is that a group member can practice leadership from any role within the group.


Leadership Initiatives is a program built on solving problems in groups. We create dozens of games, challenges, and initiatives for groups of campers to solve together.


Campers will go through a cycle of activity-reflection-discussion to learn about what works and what doesn’t in group problem solving scenarios. Some activities will be brief and some are more involved. All campers will have the opportunity to fill and observe many different roles that contribute to the success of the group. Regardless of their role in any given activity, campers will always be practicing skills that are instrumental to success when solving problems and working in groups.


Is it fun?


You bet it is. Kids love solving problems, and they especially love solving problems in groups. It gets even more fun when the activity is facilitated by an enthusiastic counselor who is trained to process the activity after it is over. 


There is also lots of variety (just like in real life!). Some activities are 5-10 minutes and others may last up to an hour. Some feel like games and others feel more like challenges. Every camper will have a chance to fill every different kind of role during the week. And finally, sometimes we just cut loose and do something purely for fun.

Learn More About Other Project Challenge Modules


Theater Camp:
 The world is your stage! Play drama games, learn improv activities, and create a mini-production by the end of the week. 

Science Lab: Can you build the tallest tower or the most unsinkable boat? Science Lab is all about using basic science concepts to build a project to achieve the task at hand.  

Change the World CampGroups of 12-14 students go through a Design Thinking Process to create their own community service project. Then each groups gets a $400 budget and executes their project by the end of the week!

Experts and Their PassionsIt can be captivating to watch an expert share a skill that he or she has honed over years or decades. We bring in one such expert each day and ask them to share their passion with us at camp. 

Charlotte Explorer WeekCome explore Charlotte with us! This is a special program for the last week of the summer. Each day we take a different field trip to explore the Queen City. Come see a baseball game, visit a museum, and have a week's worth of adventures around town.

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