At the Bob Hope School we want to develop tomorrow’s leaders today.
I mentioned in previous articles that our goal is to transform a community. This certainly takes a lot of effort, but the rewards are well worth it. The investments we make in the first few years enable our students to be accepted into major colleges and universities after they graduate.
How do we teach our students to learn right from wrong, to help others, and to invest in themselves?
At the BHS, we start in elementary school by offering students the opportunity to take part in leadership programs. These students meet regularly to discuss ideas on how they can make a positive contribution to their campus.
They also work together on real projects and activities and then complete that process by presenting their work to other classes.
This process of developing our managers continues through middle school. In these classes we have special guests who come to speak to and spend time with the group of leaders. The group continues to attend various leadership events throughout their middle school years.
Once these students enter high school, they will further hone their skills by attending Camp Takula in Woodville, Texas. This experience takes place twice during the school year.
The first camp is for the 9th and 10th grades and the second for the 11th and 12th grades. Students spend three days immersing themselves in leadership activities led by our staff.
At Camp Takula, the students work together in co-educational groups of a maximum of ten students per team. You will participate in a variety of goal-oriented activities that develop team-building and problem-solving skills.
Upon arrival at camp, students gather in their meeting lodge room. You will then listen to an invited guest speaker tell his or her story and motivate the group to achieve their goals.
Past speakers include Michael Perez, past chairman of Rotary’s RYLA; Gabriel Najera, bestselling author and motivational speaker and former Hughen Center client; and Damon West, nationally known keynote speaker and bestselling author.
Our students are offered many activities that focus on leadership development. Most recently, Michael Perez spoke to the group about his experience growing as a leader. He mentioned how he spent time helping others and that while it was not what he originally targeted, it ended up producing a meaningful outcome.
The entire investment from first grade to this moment is geared towards enabling our students to face future challenges when they leave the security of our school family.
Camp Takula’s agenda includes identifying color personalities, creating chants that focus on leadership, and performing skits. We also have a great time around the campfire with smores and music, hiking the trails and climbing the rock face.
The three-day event ends with an adventurous zipline activity. Many of our students would never have the opportunity to spend the night in a camp, but they can experience it through the Bob Hope School.
The offering of this great retreat is one that the Bob Hope Administration started more than eight years ago and is still committed to enabling students to participate and enjoy. We continue to look forward to building the leaders of tomorrow as it will create a better future for all of us.
Dr. Bobby Lopez, CEO, has been Superintendent of the Bob Hope School since 2010. Contact him at [email protected] or 409-983-3244.