As is a yearly tradition at St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, a leadership camp was organized by the Student Council for all association heads and class representatives, on 12th July 2014. The main purpose of this camp was to allow all leaders of various groups to meet and get to know each other, and learn qualities of leadership, communication and teamwork through numerous games and team-building activities.
The day began with the division of the students into various groups. There were ten groups of students, all ready to tackle the day’s challenges. After a round of introduction, the students were taken onto the field, where they had to tackle an obstacle course. The obstacle course was simple: play eight out of the eleven field games available, tackle them as a team to earn the most points, in a time limit of one hour. The obstacle course had students jumping, running, skipping, screaming, crying and laughing; one could easily see the range of emotions across everyone’s faces as they worked hard to earn the most points for their respective teams.
Post the field games, the second set of activities were held in the auditorium. Teams were encouraged to brainstorm as they tackled a series of quizzes based on flags of countries, advertisement logos and products, movie dialogues and cartoon characters. This main purpose of this activity was to focus on collective thinking as opposed to individualistic thinking.
Following this was a stick race and a round of tug-of-war, easily the most entertaining events of the day. The day ended with prizes being given to the top two teams, and a mention of the brilliant teamwork shown by one and all, on the field as well as off it. On a joyful note of song and dance, the leadership camp concluded with a lot to learn and takeaway:
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn