Leadership starts early…

Our CAIS Senior School Leadership Camp has been such a success – it is run by students for students – and schools across Canada take turns hosting it.  But a number of years ago, people started talking about a real gap in leadership opportunities for students in grade 7 and 8 and CAIS created a Middle School Leadership Camp.

So after considerable planning, here I am at Onondaga Camp with over 100 kids from CAIS schools across Canada, and I am finding it hard to write about how exciting it feels to see this camp come to life.  A group of campers told me they have been looking forward to this since the summer; I heard one girl on the high ropes course yell that she has never done something so exciting in her life; I watched as one girl hung on to the high swing, not letting go, as her peers shouted their encouragement:  “You can do it!” and “Just go for it!”; I watched the students write down their passions then talk about them – with enthusiasm – at breakfast!  These are kids that are gearing up to change the world…I can see it!

I try to write blogs each week, but today I am stumped.  How do you write about the importance of these kinds of learnings?  How do you describe the excitement I am seeing radiating from these students, especially when you know that they will remember this opportunity for years to come, and likely far more than the lessons learned in a classroom?

Someone wisely once said, “A picture is worth a thousand words”….  So here goes…

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Camp Photo

Sometimes we forget what contributes most to raising great kids.  But when you see it – the joy and the mixed emotions running around – and you think about how this will impact them, you can’t help but be reminded of the importance of these national opportunities, and I am gratified that CAIS has made this possible.

Thank you to Mark Hord and his team – including the Onondaga staff – for making the first CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp such a great success.

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