William Woods to host Missouri Association of Student Councils

Student Council representatives show their enthusiasm during last year’s summer leadership institute.
Student Council representatives show their enthusiasm during last year’s summer leadership institute.

Student Council representatives and their advisers from across Missouri will participate in “The Great Leadership Adventure” June 12-17 at William Woods University.

The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) annual summer leadership institute is a six-day/five-night action-packed leadership training and development workshop. The institute is open to all students in grades 7-12 from both public and private schools in Missouri. This year approximately 740 student and adult delegates are expected to attend.

Students listen attentively during one of the sessions at the 2015 Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) summer leadership institute.
Students listen attentively during one of the sessions at the 2015 Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) summer leadership institute.

The curriculum is an active, hands-on, and high energy learning experience. Daily topics and breakout sessions include problem-solving, project planning, self-esteem, parliamentary procedure and meeting skills, teambuilding, large and small group activities/projects.

Each day has a special focus relating to student leadership. Students work with their “council” to compete in Olympics, create a carnival booth for area children, develop presentations, sing crazy songs, learn how to plan a project to do back home and participate in a Special Olympics of Missouri duck race.

Skills acquired during the institute will be taken back home to assist the students and their home councils improve their schools and communities.

A delegate prepares for the carnival.
A delegate prepares for the carnival.

For the 13th year, a free children’s carnival for students in preschool to sixth grade will be held on campus from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Booths include face-painting, ring toss, milk jug throw, moon bounce and a basketball shoot. Drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy also will be available at no charge.

The annual carnival serves a twofold purpose. It teaches campers the necessary steps in planning a project and seeing it to completion. It also allows the students to do a community service project for the children of the Fulton area.

Special Olympics has been the MASC charity for 25 years, and again this summer Special Olympics athletes will attend the MASC summer leadership workshop to enhance their own leadership skills.

Delegates promote their Adopt a Duck project, which raises money for Special Olympics.
Delegates promote their Adopt a Duck project, which raises money for Special Olympics.

For the past 12 years, MASC also has held a “Duck for a Buck” race to support Special Olympics. Campers and others are encouraged to adopt a rubber duck for $1. The ducks are then “raced” across WWU’s Senior Lake at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, with the help of the Fulton Fire Department.

All proceeds from the race are contributed to Special Olympics. Over the years, MASC schools have raised more than $250,000 for Special Olympics and participated in 15,000-plus-hours of volunteer activities.

Members of the Fulton community can adopt a duck by visiting the workshop headquarters inside the McNutt Campus Center before 2 p.m. the day of the race.

For more information about the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) annual summer leadership workshop, contact Terri Johnson at (816) 261-7079 or masc@masc1.org.