Waynesville R-VI School District
Waynesville High School students expected to learn a lot about leadership during Tiger Leadership Camp, but what they didn’t expect was how much they would learn about themselves.
The 25 WHS students in the summer school program learned how to be more respectful, to overcome physical and emotional obstacles and to be more compassionate.
“These students wanted to be here and came in the right mind set. They have been willing to try new things and be proactive,” said Nadine Albrecht, AmeriCorps VISTA leader, who led TLC.
The camp included a stint on the Fort Leonard Wood Confidence Course, which tested their strength, endurance and confidence.
“At first it didn’t look that far, but I had to jump farther than I expected,” said sophomore Shannon Morrison about her experience on the “belly buster,” a log suspended in the air that requires a person to jump onto it and roll completely over the bar and then drop down to the ground. “I knew I had it once my chest was over the bar.”
Morrison was among the first in her group to successfully make it over the “belly buster,” but it wasn’t her physical prowess on the obstacle course that she mentioned when asked about what she was learning during TLC.
“I have learned to listen more and to hold my emotions in check,” Morrison said. “Initially, I learned that I am less respectful than I thought I was. Now, I am better. I am realizing that I should be more respectful and nice.”
In TLC, students perform a variety of team-building activities and develop leadership tactics, conflict resolution skills and resiliency styles, while learning about themselves through personal development assessments.