Programs are fully customizable. Do you have a theme in mind, like following the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or would you like to address peer mentorship, anti-bullying, or how to build effective communication skills with your leaders? Our facilitators will structure activities and programs to align with your overall message for camp!
All groups participating in IROEC Leadership Programs will understand and participate in making a Full Value Contract and agreeing to Challenge by Choice concepts for participation. A Full Value Contract is an agreement to keep all participants and staff safe in a physical, mental, and emotional manner as each individual works to grow their comfort zones and take on challenges by their own choice, of various degrees in physical and mental activity. All participants understand and follow safety guidelines given by Staff facilitators at all times, including what to do during hazardous weather or other situations.
Icebreakers and Initiatives
Usually done at the start of each day, or sometimes in between activities, these quick and energetic games encourage a team to keep building on their successes and moving forward past obstacles.
Ideal for groups looking to improve communication skills, overcome physical and mental challenges, and come together as a group to successfully complete the program.
Low Ropes (ages 8 and up) – 1.5 hour program: these are program elements which take place a few feet off the ground with correct and safe spotting techniques by your team members. It takes balance and concentration from everyone! Examples include: Spiders Web, Silent Beams, Ahab Whale Watch, and The Wall.
High Ropes (ages 13 and up) –1.5 hour program: these are program elements which require harness and helmet, and an individual will travel up to 40 feet off the ground, while safely strapped in and overcoming challenges of height. There are several solo adventure such as Leap of Faith and Grapevine to take to exciting new heights!
The Breakout Box is a unique activity that is designed to challenge a team to dive deep in creative and critical thinking skills, and use problem solving methods to beat the clock to solve riddles, mindbenders, and puzzles in order to break into a series of locked boxes. Fun for all ages in the Leadership Program! Great for a team that is just beginning together or has been together for years!
Letters to Self
A debriefing activity that can be threaded through any part of the program, or used as a final reflection by individuals. Leaders can write a letter (or draw, doodle, make notes) that is to and from themselves, and is private and returned at a later date in time by a teacher, group manager, or other. Individuals are encouraged to write openly about successes and challenges in their current life stage, as a leader, as a team member, as a family and community member. By transitioning through the activities IROEC Leadership Programs provide, the individual leader is situated to reflect on their personal growth and have a future reflection period when they receive the letter back (graduation, end of year, after another milestone).
This activity can be adapted for a 45 – 1.5 hour session, with add-on challenges during extended times. Facilitated by a knowledgeable member of the Leadership Staff, this activity is a reflection on leadership personalities, and how our strengths and weaknesses contribute to our team success and ability to face and overcome challenges. Led through a series of self-reflective questions while they move around a quadrant area, individuals are challenged to think about how they personally contribute to a team or as a leader of that team. The activity becomes a group activity as each personality group draws their banner of leadership style, and shares out to the group. With additional time, a “Marshmallow Tower” challenge ensues for some healthy competition as the leadership quadrants face off in an engineering feat!