Leesburg Today | Extreme Journey Campers Premier Videos At Tally Ho
07/31/2012 02:31 pm
By: Patrick Szabo
If there is one thing that the students who took part in the two-week Journey Through Hallowed Ground Extreme Journey Camp took away from their time exploring and learning about some of the region’s most historic sites it was they did not simply learn about great leaders, they had the chance to become leaders themselves.
“You build leadership for yourself. You don't just learn about it,” 12-year-old Alex Hess, from Waterford, said.
The Extreme Journey Camp ended last Thursday, and the following morning the campers presented videos about their experiences—and what leadership means to them—to their friends and family at Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground stretches from Gettysburg to Monticello, and during their two-week adventure, the campers learned attributes of leadership through physical activities and studying famous historical figures who impacted history at places like Dodona Manor, Antietam Battlefield and Harper’s Ferry.
While many of the campers came from Leesburg, there were a few who traveled to Loudoun from afar. One camper even came from Georgia.
As a culmination of the camp, the students created videos in small groups to display what they think leadership really is about. Edgar B. Hatrick, superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, was in the audience to witness their final projects.
Jimmy Cunningham, 13, was one of several students from Smarts Mill Middle School who participated in the journey. "I learned that you have to really persevere through a lot of things and leaders can really help you do that,” Jimmy said.
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