There are a lot of camps students around Christian Brothers attend during the summer. Whether they go for service, academics, leadership, or to grow in their faith, CB students always seem to go for good reasons and to take new skill-sets to take home. Christian Brothers provides many of these camps, including Senior Retreat Leadership […]
There are a lot of camps students around Christian Brothers attend during the summer. Whether they go for service, academics, leadership, or to grow in their faith, CB students always seem to go for good reasons and to take new skill-sets to take home. Christian Brothers provides many of these camps, including Senior Retreat Leadership Team and Student Council Camp. However, a camp not as familiar to CB students is the annual LSL camp.
From July 15th through 20th, 200 high school students across the nation went to to St. Mary’s College in Moraga to participate in a camp to grow in leadership and faith. Lasallian Student Leaders camp, better known as LSL, is a full week of prayer services, leadership classes, guest speakers, and group projects that helped students learn how they interact with others .
Schools from Colorado, Oregon, Louisiana, Minnesota, Arizona, and New Mexico arrived in their school’s spirit shirt and left with their new Lasallian Student leader shirt. It all starts at the end of the school year when 2-3 leaders from various programs that help around CB are chosen by the Student Activities directors, Mrs. Rose Ann Holmes and Ms. Stephanie Roybal. Leaders from clubs like Falcon Force, Student Council, KBFT, the Talon, and Campus Ministry were selected and put into committees at LSL based on those clubs they are involved in at CB.
“The committee work that they do at CB and the committee work we do at LSL has to mesh in some ways,” Ms. Roybal says. “The students who are responsible for putting on the same kind of programs that they put on at LSL are also the students the would be responsible for it here at CB”.
Throughout the week, each student was surrounded by students from around the United States who are in the same programs they are in at their own school. Students took a range of classes relating back to leadership and what that student might need to take back to their school depending on their committee. For instance, senior Haley Strack (’19) was put into the banquet committee, where she learned all types of skills that she could take back with her to CB.
“I learned how to communicate efficiently with group members about various projects we were working on around LSL,” she said. “We learned new ways to present ideas in better ways that would help the decision making process.”
The teachers on this trip were able to participate as well. Besides teaching classes, holding large group discussions, and guiding the students in the committee work, the best part about being a teacher at LSL was watching the students grow.
“It’s not so much the things that happen, its the changes that get made in you guys that I really love to see,” Ms. Roybal says.
Students came back from LSL with new skill-sets and ideas to make CB an even better place to be. Although the camp is all about learning, there is also a social aspect about camp that everyone adored. Students made friends with other schools from different cities and states, even keeping in touch after camp. Although he didn’t realize it until the drive home, moderator Mr. Dave Levasseur said this is what he valued the most at camp.
“The drive home, listening to everyone in my car talk about their experience, that was one of my favorite parts, I heard a lot of people in my car saying stuff like ‘oh my gosh I know people from Colorado now and I know all these people from New Orleans, and all over the country’ and ‘I didn’t think I’d be friends with, any of these people, but now I’ve got this whole group of friends I didn’t have before'” he said. “For me as a moderator, that was cool to see. ”
Students that went to LSL came back with valuable skills in organization, time-management, and communication. These are put into action in CB dances, liturgies, rallies, and KBFT packages. Next time you take part in CB spirit, be sure think LSL team for their week of hard work.