More than 650 students and staff of the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) are meeting on the campus of William Woods University today through Saturday (June 9-14) for leadership camp.
Highlights of the week will be a community children’s carnival and a fund raiser for Special Olympics. Free carnival games, prizes, popcorn, sno-cones, cotton candy and drinks will be available for Fulton area youngsters from pre-school through sixth grade from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday on the WWU campus.
The camp will also feature a duck race for Special Olympics. Rubber ducks will be adopted by the delegates and raced in the lake. All proceeds from the race will benefit MASC’s state charity, Special Olympics. The duck race will be on Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m.
This year, approximately 140 public and private schools have sent selected high school and middle school students to participate in the camp designed to develop and enhance their leadership skills. The association has been meeting on the William Woods campus for about 30 years.
Each school is responsible for choosing students who will participate and does so based on its own criteria. According to Terri Johnson, executive director of MASC and the camp director, a school can send anywhere from one to 15 delegates to participate. Students will stay in the residence halls during the week they are on campus.
The activities are specially designed to help the students sharpen their problem-solving and communication skills, as well as help them improve in such areas as self-awareness, decision-making and project planning abilities. The sessions also stress the development of project and activity ideas the students can use when they return to their schools.
“The purpose of the Summer Leadership Institute held at William Woods is to train and develop leadership qualities in students and advisors,” Johnson said. “The camp is open to student councils who are members of MASC. They send delegates to learn skills in leadership, solving problems, project development, evaluation, and fund raising.”
She added, “After attending the Summer Leadership Institute, the students return to their schools with enhanced leadership skills and the ability to provide quality student activity programs in their schools and community.”
“Our program teaches and encourages students to be excellent role models for other students and to involve all kinds of students in their schools in student council and government activities,” she explained.