Missouri Association of Student Councils to Meet at William Woods

More than 600 students and staff of the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) will convene at William Woods University June 9-14 for leadership camp.

“This year, approximately 130 public and private schools will send 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 nearly 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.