The first time I was team leader it was very challenging. Today, while my team was doing the Bushmaster Challenge, I had the chance to show my place and make final decisions on issues and tasks for my team. Something that I can still work on is making it so my team realizes that there is a leader for a reason, and the leader's decisions are final. My team has grown tremendously and I feel like I have known them forever. I trust that my team is there for me and they support what I decide to do. With only a couple more days, it's nice to know we finally understand each other!
Having a second-go at team leader, I believe my team has become a strong, reliable, and amazing group over these two weeks, and I'm glad to be able to call them my friends and teammates. I can see now that I have become a better leader over the past two weeks because FLC taught me imporant leadership skills, such as treating my teammates with respect, but earning it in return. I see myself being a great leader by taking what I've learned today and using it when I become captain for my track and cross country team, and hopefully in the future as a U.S. Army Officer. As for today, even though I am a marksmen gun shooter in Las Vegas gun club, I actually really enjoyed archery because I turn out to be pretty good!
I am from Carlisle, Massachusetts. I am seventeen years old and I have no prior experience with a military-lifestyle camp like Future Leader Camp. The most valuable lesson I learned while being team leader is that you are not only in charge of yourself, but also your entire team and to make sure they are always accounted for. The greatest challenge I encountered today was navigating the Bushmaster Course. My team occassionally got lost from point to point, however, I successfully led them back to where they needed to be. With what I have learned today, anything in the future, whether it be college or a career in the workplace, everything requires responsibility and a positive attitude, both of which I attained today. The activity I found to be the most fun was the the air rifle range today. I was surprised at how well I performed!
I am from Groton, Massachusetts. I am sixteen years old and I have no prior experience with a camp like Future Leader Camp. The most valuable lesson I learned today was that all members of the team may have differing ideas and you need to take opinions into consideration when making a decision. The greatest challenge I faced today was keeping all members of the team from aruging and having a negative attitude because of differing ideas on how to do the tasks at hand. In the future, I would discuss the plan with all members, then set the best plan in place and stick to it. I had the most fun shooting the air rifles today. I enjoyed it because it was a fun, friendly rivalry on who could shoot the best!
As a leader for the second time, I feel like I have improved in many ways. For example, my confidence has been boosted immensely. When I call cadence, I am much louder and less nervous than before because of how confident I have become with sounding off and keeping step. I feel that because of Future Leader Camp, I will be much better prepared to lead my high school baseball tteam this season, being able to capitalize on effective communication and responsibility with my teammates. I am definitely more inclined to motivate others, and to raise my voice either to motivate myself and teammates, or to correct mistakes!
As a leader and individual, before Future Leader Camp, I was content with the person I was by being a leader on only the soccer field by only giving direction but no motivation. As I have gone through this camp, I have realized motivaiton is the key to success. Less than 2 weeks ago, Foxtrot was an assortment of strangers who came together over thousands of miles of travel. With FLC almost over, and all the participants having been team leaders, I have noticed a bond formed over this time. This is simply because of a combination of teamwork and leadership. This feat could not have been accomplished with a group of individualistic thinkers and doers. Without leadership being our strongest team virtue, these two weeks would have been a bigger struggle than a learning experience.
Today, I led my team through the Bushmaster Challenge on Paine Mountain. It was a culmination of all the survival skills we learned during FLC. Some of the challenges included archery, knot tying, orienteering, and first aid. The biggest challenge today was keeping accountability of my team members. We had to navigate our way to each station having been given nothing but a compass bearing and a distance. Instead of following a path, we bushwacked our way through rough terrain until we reached our goal. This created difficulties in keeping the team together when traveling, especially when we were under time pressure. The skill I improved most on was team accountability, since I had plenty of opportunities to practice it today. Our team's unity improved over the course of the day. The fact that we work well together and stayed focused was seen in how we practiced our drill routine!
I am from Watertown, Massachusetts. I am fourteen years old and I have never had any previous experiences before like Future Leader Camp. The most valuable skill set I learned today was performing a leadership role and caring for one another in my team. I learned this skill when one of my teammates was not feeling well, and I thought what if I were in that position? I would want my team to slow down for me, and so I took that into account and slowed down the team as we were going down the mountain, finishing the Bushmaster course. The greatest challenge I encountered today was marching my team to chow. I still have to learn to raise my voice with confidence. I would use the skill of performing a leadership role in the future in case I want ot become the captain of a team, or if I become a United States Marine Corps Officer, and I have to lead men and women. The activity I had the most fun with today was archery beause I have never used a bow or arrow in my life, and I finally got to shoot one!