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…
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.