Many people do not realize that Camp Tecumseh serves groups all through the year, even in December and January. One such group is the North American Interfraternity Conference which brings in men from fraternities all over the country for an intensive 3 day leadership conference. This conference has always been held in December and January and we have always gone forward with the outside portion of the program, even when temperatures were in the teens. This year, we had record temperatures in the low 50′s during the weekend and the men celebrated by playing a pick up game of touch football…..divided up by shirts and skins! Development of trust is an integral part of leadership and the men explore this by participating in an activity known as a “Trust Fall.”
They actually fall backward from a high platform and are caught and supported by their team members. This can be a very powerful exercise as it takes the idea of “trust” and makes it more than just a concept. One of the parts of their leadership training program requires them to use their leadership skills to work to get a three-man team as high as possible on the 40 ft. climbing wall.
This task is supported by the rest of the men in their group who provide encouragement, direction, and most importantly, belaying support which enables them to take risks knowing that the rope will catch them if they fall.
Director, Tecumseh Leadership Center