Tiger Leadership Camp (TLC) – a summer school option for Waynesville middle and high school students – helps students learn to be the best version of themselves.

From June 4-15, 24 Waynesville Middle School students participated in TLC, a leadership development program. Waynesville High School students are participating in TLC now through June 29.

In TLC, students perform a variety of team-building activities and develop leadership tactics and resiliency styles, while learning about themselves through personal development assessments. Students keep daily journals where they reflect on the day's activities, sharing what they learned.

“I made a goal to try to keep my emotions in control, which is something I struggle with, but I just kept remembering to take deep breaths like we talked about in class,” said one 8th grader.

Camp topics include culture and leadership, self-control, problem-solving, perspective and more. Students advance their skills through team-building activities and a confidence course.

The middle school students then utilized their skills by presenting lessons and activities to 3rd graders at East Elementary and then finished out their two weeks with a canoe trip.

“I didn’t want to come to this class because I didn’t really know what we were going to do but now I am glad I did,” said a 7th grader. “I learned so much about myself and did things I never thought I would do. I am afraid of heights, but I climbed a really tall ladder and I am proud of myself for that!”

A group of nine AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates (VSA) were trained on the curriculum and they facilitate the lesson plans, games and activities for the students. Jena Hale and Stephanie Peace, teachers who served as camp administrators, collectively stated, “It has been a successful two weeks with our middle school TLC group. The VSAs have served as great mentors for our students. It has been awesome watching them inspire our students to be the best version of themselves as leaders in their school, home and community.”

Tiger Leadership Camp is coordinated through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.