So what kinds of experiences should you expect? 

The first experience to get used to is acceptance.  We practice what we call “24 hour mutual respect.”  We accept everyone for who they are—a person who wants to learn how to make a difference.  Ideas are accepted without judgment.  Sarcasm and put-downs do not exist.

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Experiential Learning

There is an old adage that experience is the best teacher.  Well, SLTP is proof of the falseness of that statement.  

Yes we are an experiential program. But the experience doesn’t teach.  Our staff and the kids who attend teach. The experience is merely the vehicle that provides the learning platform.

So what kinds of experiences should you expect?  The first experience to get used to is acceptance.  We practice what we call “24 hour mutual respect.”  We accept everyone for what they are—a person who wants to learn how to make a difference.  Ideas are accepted without judgment. Sarcasm and put-downs do not exist.  

And it isn’t hard to see that inclusion is not simply an ideal—it is the way of things.

Almost instantly the entire camp is immersed in a wave of positive risk taking.  It starts slowly and builds throughout the week.  To lead effectively, it will be necessary to take risks and take risks that others will follow.  Learning which risks to take is as easy as knowing why.

Your eyes and ears will tell you all you need to know about another primary experience.  Anyone within earshot or anyone who sees our group traveling across campus can hear and see it.  The enthusiasm and the smiles underscore the absolute positive energy generated by our group.  It is definitely attitude in action.

There are other things easy to notice about our group.  The laughter.  The genuine  kindness and caring.  Everyone makes the effort to include, to welcome, to catch others doing things right.

These are the everyday, every moment parts of the experience.  In the classrooms and crew rooms the experiences are just as real and just as tangible.  Each of the leadership skills are practiced and the students are coached in their use.

The end result is that students come away learning more than they thought they would about leadership and about themselves.