Leadership in Training
By Anne Mead
Well, in case you are still wondering, we do have this program and it is as fabulous as it sounds. Rising seniors in high school and college freshmen are eligible and we openly accept both returning GRP campers and new folks to GRP. The program is 4-weeks long, beginning with a week of “staff training.” This helped prepare the participants for the remaining 3 weeks they would be “adopting” and spending with a cabin.
TBX participants have been living in cabins since the start of the three-week session. During the day, they are participating in leadership activities or going on hikes with set goals and intentions. For example: what are three behavior management tools the mentor utilized with the group on the hike this morning? Where they effective? Would you use these tools if you were teaching? Why or why not? Afternoons are spent learning more about a select set of activities. TBX’ers are charged with assisting (week 1) and later helping to lead activities to our campers (week 2). During free time each day, we debrief and discuss the days intentions and talk about what we learned. Evenings are spent assisting with our evening programs and helping get the campers ready for bed.
All in all our TBX’ers are getting an incredible amount of hands-on leadership experience. They have jumped in and taken the bull by the horns which is all we could hope for and ask with our leaders. This group is fantastic and we are excited to see how they continue to grow and learn as leaders in our community.