Experiential Day gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in Leadership Baylor classes. A full day is set aside in the fall for each class (grades 10-12) to gather at Camp Vesper Point, a sprawling wooded camp located 40 minutes from Baylor’s campus.
Once the buses arrive, students break into small groups and spend the morning and afternoon working together to complete a fast-paced schedule of activities specifically designed to test their group cooperation and problem-solving skills. Although the activities vary in degrees of difficulty, most students are challenged to step out of their comfort zone at some point in the day. Leadership Baylor faculty are also on hand throughout the day serving as facilitators.
Comments from Students
“I had a great time. I enjoyed the activities and I liked how we had to work together in order to finish them.”
“I got to know many people better, some of whom I have really never met, and we all got to hang out and work together. It was effective for me…it showed me how you didn’t have to be the main leader to be a leader.”
“It’s easy to talk about leadership, but it is a lot harder to put it into action. I thought this was a fun day as well as an educational one. I saw how different people lead in different ways.”
“The activities required participation, so this day taught me to be more active in taking on leadership roles.”
“I had to trust people I don’t know very well. I learned how my way of being a leader is different from other group members.”
“The day taught me that a quiet person who never says a word can step up and take control of a situation. People think being a leader as tough and scary, but it is really not that bad because a lot of people are looking for guidance.”
“The day taught me that teamwork is the key to making things work.”