Key Leader Recap (April 23-25, 2010)
Key Leader is a program for today’s young leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership— leadership comes from helping others succeed.
This year’s Pennsylvania hosted a Key Leader weekend that took place at Camp Conrad Weiser and was attended by high school students from all over the area. The activity filled weekend started Friday afternoon and continued until Sunday morning. Scott Johnson, from North Carolina, facilitated the weekend with various activities and events. Other adult volunteers also helped to ensure the weekend was a success.
April 23, 2010
Friday afternoon started with group activities to get to know each other. One of the activities included everyone standing in a circle and, one by one, saying their first name and an activity they liked to do that started with the first letter of their first name. It was a lot of fun and helped everyone remember each other’s name for the rest of the weekend. Friday night also included everyone splitting into their ‘neighborhoods’ or groups. Each neighborhood included about 5-6 Key Clubbers. Together each neighborhood thought of and presented their name, mascot, song, cheer, and skit.
April 24, 2010
The next day was focused on developing the 5 Key Leader Key’s to Excellence: Integrity, Growth, Respect, Community, and Excellence. The activities participants did for the day reflected these 5 Keys to Excellence. One activity included each neighborhood standing in a line while the leader reads a story on the screen and then must turn and tell the story to the person behind them. That person would in turn tell the person behind them and so forth. The group with the last person to say the story correctly won.
In the afternoon, neighborhoods took turns going out to the rope course. The rope course consisted of different outdoor activities meant to test each neighborhood’s teamwork and problem solving. One challenge was for two neighborhoods to try and get everyone onto a giant seesaw and make the seesaw completely balanced. Another consisted of the participants trying to walk across a rope and keep balance.
The day ended with the showing of the movie, “The Collector of Bedford Street”: http://www.thecollectorofbedfordstreet.com, which shows Larry Selman, a community activist and fundraiser who has an intellectual disability. The night also included dancing and some card games.
April 25, 2010
Sunday morning was devoted to wrapping up the lessons learned and saying goodbyes. All participants walked away with improved leadership skills that they would be able to take back to their schools and communities.
What Key Clubbers had to say about Key Leader
"Key Leader was an absolutely amazing experience! It gave me a chance to hone my leadership skills and learn a little bit more about myself. Plus, I made some amazing friends along the way!"
"It was my first time going, and I thought it was going to be a lot of lecturing about leadership, but I was definitely mistaken. I didn't expect to have so much fun while learning about so many aspects that can make you a better person/leader. Within the short time period, I met so many great, different people and experienced things I would never of had been able to try. It was definitely an experience I won't forget, and hopefully I'll get a chance to do it again."