U15 Leadership Camp – Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Over the April holiday break I went to an under 15 leadership camp run by Life Saving Victoria. It was held near Gembrook at a place called Lyrebird Park. The camp was all about leadership and who you are as a person. Most of the activities were all about building confidence and trust in you, your team and the equipment you are working with. For example you had to trust that when you were jumping from a 5m tall tree that your harness would support you and that your team would catch the rope holding you up, so you wouldn’t fall. It was an amazing camp filled with activities and challenges that tested your leadership and teamwork. We did rock climbing, 4 way tug of war, low ropes and many fantastic initiative activities. I had so much fun and learnt heaps about leadership.

Over the course of the 3 day camp I learnt so much about who I am as a person. We learnt that everyone is special and needed for something, everyone is in a team for a reason. You had the Planters, Manager Evaluators and the Resource Investigators. These people were known as the Starters. They are always the ones to generate the ideas, the ones to start the team off. Then there were the Shapers, part Manager Evaluators and Implementers these individuals were known as the Task Doers, this group is the doing group the ones that get stuff done. Another group you had was the People group. These guys were part Resource Investigators, Team Workers and Coordinators. The People group are the ones that keep a team together. They are interested in common things like what you are doing on the weekend, how’s your day etc… Then you have the Complete Finishers. Part Implementers and part Coordinators. These are the ones that dot the I’s and cross the T’s, the final touches guys. The next day we picked teams and it was really nice to know that you were on that team for a reason and that you are needed. I think that Fairhaven could do something like this within every patrol so that you know every person’s strengths and weaknesses. This leadership camp can really help your club and your daily life, it can help at school, friends and other activities that you do. You need leadership where ever you go in life but this camp taught me that you can’t just be a leader you need to have a good team.

This camp really highlighted to me that you need a good team around you and even though I don’t have a major leadership role like patrol captain, I know that I am part of a team and I am needed. This camp also taught me that as a leader you need to know your team and your equipment. We learnt all about how much weight a rope and harness can take and I think that people on patrol need to know more about what they are using. For example do you know how much weight a tube can take before it sinks? Your team, in particular the leader needs to know who can do what and where their weakness lay. This can be really important when you are on patrol.

I would really like to thank Life Saving Victoria for giving me this amazing opportunity and to Imogen Dingle and the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club for letting me go on this camp, it is one of the best things I have ever done. I think I can bring a lot back to the club. This was a fantastic experience and I urge everyone to apply next year. If I had the chance to do it again I would definitely do it!!

Sarah Cohen