Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Little Leader

Not the best photo in terms of quality, but I like the content.

The boys started back up at their Leadership Camp: Banister Leadership Academy

They have breaks here and there.

It's Saturday nights from 6:30 to 10:30. It does kind of run late for all of us. It gives us time away from the kids. They seem to enjoy our boys because they for the most part are pretty positive little guys. The boys enjoy their program. 

Isaak did have problem with a bully last session. That kid got kicked out of the program. One of our goals that we wrote down for Isaak (we have to write a goal each time) was that he learns how to deal with bullies. That way the leaders know it's an issue that needs to be resolved. I wouldn't say Isaak gets picked on a lot, but he shows his emotions on his sleeve. Kids see that.

They write up forms to tell you how your kids have been. Isaak's gotten comments on the form about how he talks out of turn at times. We had him write down things for himself to help with zipping his mouth when the leader is talking. That seemed to help. The whole camp isn't about the kids being quite. It's just key times. 

What do they do at this camp?

They learn about keeping a budget, they have group trust activities, they have math exercises, they have gym/play time and more. 

Each week they talk about one key thing: Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, Honesty, Perseverance, Integrity, Courage, Unity and Creativity. 

They have new leaders this time around. Isaak's leader has been having him write down facts about different countries to take to camp the following week. 

He's learned about Australia, Brazil, and Japan. 

We have Isaak look up all the information about the country he is learning about on his own. He can use his Kindle. He only needs one fact, but he writes down about five. 

Then we talk about it. 

It's really great that he takes initiative with learning more than he needs to. For two weeks he hasn't gotten called out for talking. Yay! 

I have to say that this camp has grown on me. For awhile I was annoyed about the bully incident. It's a leadership camp. No kid should have to put up with bullies in a camp with that direction. They do try and take in all kids - especially kids that are troubled to make leaders out of them. They did deal with the bully. Our kids seem happy to go. In fact there are times when they say, "When is Banister?" I enjoy the family nights. They have lots of activities for us. :) 


Theresa Mahoney said...

What a great camp! I remember the bully issue from last year. I am glad that it didn't dampen their spirits on returning for another year.

~ Noelle said...

That would be a great camp!
The camps around here are more in ATL the city versus our area, so we don't do them, just the ones at church :)


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