Student Council Leadership Camp to be Held at WWU

The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) will hold its annual leadership camp on the campus of William Woods University June 7-13.

Each year approximately 600 students from across the state of Missouri descend on the WWU campus to learn about student council, leadership, organization, team building, project planning and most importantly community service. All of these skills will be taken back home to assist the students and their home councils to improve their schools and communities.

This year the Fifth Annual FREE Carnival will be held on Tuesday, June 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. Twenty-six booths of all kinds will be available for students and children through the 6th grade. Booths will range from face-painting, ring toss, milk jug throw, moon bounce, and basketball shoot to name a few. Drinks, popcorn, and cotton candy will also be available at no charge.

“The purpose of the annual carnival is two-fold,” said Mark Blakley of the Missouri Association of Student Councils. “First, it teaches campers the necessary steps in planning a project and seeing it to completion. Secondly, it allows the students to do a community service project for the children of the Fulton area. Our organization stresses the importance of teaching service. Part of our mission is to help student council leaders learn the value of doing good deeds for their schools and communities. True leadership is serving your fellow man.”

Blakley added, “We realize many people do not understand that the carnival is TRULY a FREE event. We hope that with the help of the community and William Woods, we can get the word out and more children and their parents will attend our event.”

An additional service project that will be conducted at camp is the Special Olympics Duck Race on Wednesday, June 11. The MASC state-wide charity is Special Olympics.

Campers are encouraged to adopt a rubber duck for $1. The ducks are then “raced” across the pond on campus, with the help of the Fulton Fire Department. All proceeds from the race are contributed to Special Olympics. Last year the race contributed more than $3,000 to this worthwhile cause.

“We would encourage campus and community members to adopt a duck and help Special Olympics,” Blakley said.

Ducks must be purchased/donations accepted through 2 p.m. Wednesday in the McNutt Campus Center.

“We appreciate the community’s support and are thankful to WWU for sharing their campus with us,” Blakley said.

For more information, contact Blakley at (314) 805-6724 or