Lessons Learned at Camp

Teen Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader this Summer

Camp Cody Team 07/28/2021

a counselor holding her fingers together while four boys stare at her

Do not follower where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life at Camp Cody encourages campers to experience the wonders and excitement of summer camp in beautiful New Hampshire. However, at our core Camp Cody is so much more than just your average summer camp. Our camp philosophy teaches campers the importance of life-long skills and lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship, resilience, courage and of course, leadership development.

Leadership is an incredibly important trait that can positively impact the growth of your child. Studies have shown that leadership tends to arise in kids who have had a developmental experience early on in their life. And summer camp is one of these opportunities for kids to have the type of leadership development experience that will stay with them the rest of their lives.

Instilling leadership likely isn’t what you’re thinking about before sending your child off to summer camp, but summer camp plays a significant role in developing both local and global leadership skills. Campers who are able to absorb these life lessons tend to become people who lead with flexibility, think outside-the-box and infuse the workplaces and people around them with positivity and optimism.

Campers who attend Camp Cody not only get to experience a one-of-a-kind summer adventure, but also get to learn valuable life-lessons on leadership every day:

Teamwork: Summer camp as whole is a phenomenal resource for instilling teamwork and sportsmanship as a core value. All of the activities at Camp Cody rely on campers working with one another, providing campers with the chance to navigate group dynamics and support those around them through positive reinforcement.

Conflict Resolution: No matter what stage you’re at in life, being able to resolve conflicts in a respectful manner is an important part of being a leader. Empathy is paramount at Camp Cody, as campers are taught to respect each other’s differences and learn how responsible and positive methods for resolving conflicts.

Positive Reinforcement: Motivation is typically the most commonly associated trait akin to leadership, however, providing meaningful and positive feedback is equally as relevant. Effectively communicating with others through a positive outlook is much more constructive than negative feedback. Failure is a part of life, and everyone takes their lumps at some point, but through those loses there is room for growth. Camp Cody teaches that as leaders we must recognize these opportunities and learn how to positively impact change.


Let Your Child Become a Leader This Summer

Now is the time to provide your child with a positive life-long experience that they’ll cherish for years to come. Located in Freedom, New Hampshire, Camp Cody offers a number of different overnight summer camp programs that include two-week and four-week sessions, one-week Adventure Trips, private personalized lessons and even academic offerings. We hope to see you all this summer!

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