A few weeks ago, we participated in the leadership opportunity at Camp Timberlane with the Grade 9s. This trip was a great chance to step out of our comfort zones, meet new people, and improve our leadership skills. The program offers the opportunity to connect with other students outside of your grade and that was our main focus throughout the trip. For me (Alex), as a new student, the program made me feel a lot more involved with the CDS community.
After the trip had finished we were confident that we had built a strong relationship with most of the students on the trip. We also enhanced our leadership capabilities with many opportunities to speak in front of large groups of people. We were able to guide and assist with organized activities, which was also a lot of fun. Overall, the program offers the opportunity to practice communication skills and a chance to be in nature.
This trip taught us what it really means to be a leader. Whether you enjoy nature, like meeting new people, or just want to go outside of your comfort zone, the program has something to offer for everyone and we hope other Grade 10 or 11 students will take the opportunity to choose this trip for breakout week next year, as it is a great experience!