Three faculty members from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development worked with more than 300 teen campers at the Georgia 4-H Classic Teen Leadership Summit this summer.
Lauren Healey, Jenny Jordan, and Lori Tiller helped the teens identify and develop leadership and life skills, create strategies to work through conflict and determine effective messaging and communication styles.
It was the second consecutive year that the Fanning Institute has partnered with the weeklong camp, which was held at the Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Georgia, in July.
“The program allowed me to see leadership in a new way and to develop ways to work through different kinds of conflict,” a camper said. “This was a fun, informative addition to the camp.”
The campers are between the ages of 14 and 18 and are the children of current or retired Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard personnel. Each two-hour session challenged the teens to think about leadership, individually and collectively.
The campers completed individual conflict approach assessments, worked in teams to solve problems and consider approaches in the teamwork, and made group presentations.
Campers also were able to participate in several outdoor activities, such as a zip line canopy tour, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, archery and survival classes.
A similar camp — High Adventure Teen Leadership Summit — is being held in Colorado this week. Healey and Jordan are facilitating sessions on appreciating differences and strengthening communication skills.
The program, which started in 2008, helps military teens develop relationships with teens from other military families, create a sense of belonging within the military community and develop resiliency in an outdoor environment.