As teachers and parents, we strive to develop our children as a whole, ensuring they flourish academically and develop all aspects of their personalities. We provide our students every opportunity to grow as individuals, both in school and in the real world.
Every year, our Grade 7 and 8 students participate in the Leadership Program at the YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y. This opportunity allows students to experience independence and responsibility on this three-day, two-night trip. On a daily basis, students are given the chance to develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities and daily chores, from setting the table to taking on the high ropes courses. This combination of freedom and responsibility, while providing them with a structured program, allows students to experience leadership in an environment conducive to individual growth.
Every camp experience is reflected upon and talked about as a method of development, and students write a personal reflection of their time at camp. Reflection plays a large role as it allows the students to stop what they are doing, sit down in a beautiful location, and quietly contemplate why they are at the camp. They focus on what they have learned, and they analyse their own strengths and weaknesses.
From a teacher’s perspective, I found this camp to be a great life experience. Watching our students go through new experiences, and watching them push themselves is what makes this camp so amazing! Watching the students descending from the high ropes with smiles on their faces allowed me to see that these students believe in themselves and that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. These are the moments that make being a teacher so rewarding. Year after year, this YMCA Leadership Camp provides our students with the skills they need to succeed and the opportunities to step out on their own and experience personal success. It is a true pleasure to watch as our students develop and grow into the achievers of tomorrow.