Teachers at The King’s Academy were looking for an opportunity to develop leadership on their campus from the ground up. They were specifically looking for an experience to counter the “entitlement” attitude that was becoming more and more prevalent in their student body. They approached Summit Adventure with their goals, and their goals became the four-day Leadership Retreat in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
The entire ninth-grade class (typically around 160 people) prepares months in advance to be challenged both physically and mentally, think about what God is doing at their school, develop leadership skills and set the tone for the year ahead. Some activities offer challenges for the ninth-grade class as a whole, while others require close one-on-one teamwork between students. Senior leaders who experienced the course as freshmen return to help facilitate the adventure for incoming freshmen. Students spend the four days working through problem-solving challenges, hiking to a nearby lake to swim, rock climbing and rappelling. At night, they return to their campsites where everyone pitches in to prepare dinner before relaxing around a campfire. Guest musicians lead the group in worship.
Compared to when we arrive, the camaraderie and community-mindedness has improved dramatically. This is the single most influential experience during the education of a King’s Academy student. The leadership gained from this experience becomes contagious throughout the student body and the effects from this time last throughout the year.
James Terrell, Biology Teacher at TKA