Why Middle School Camp Matters

Yesterday afternoon, I had the good fortune of spending an hour with the Faculty Advisors who are accompanying the CAIS Middle School students here at Onondaga Camp. This group of teachers left their busy jobs and families to spend four days in the woods.  And what are they hearing from their students?

– Giving directions is hard, but listening well is even harder

– Leading your peers is tougher than leading those who are younger

– Having time to reflect is important if you want to create good strategy

– It is challenging to be a leader if you do not have a specific title

– The best leaders are not necessary the most charismatic

As I listened, I had to remind myself – these are the comments of 13 and 14 year old students!

Lucky kids to begin the process of discovering their leadership potential at an early age…  lucky adults to be learning with (and from!) students in a beautiful setting… and lucky schools to have these students return ready to take on the world!


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