A very busy weekend for all the students and staff indeed. New York City trips, hiking, bowling, origami, film making class, Purple Heart Hall of Honor trip, karaoke, and of course, playing basketball!
By now, everyone knows our daily routine! The day began with morning formation, followed by breakfast. Next were morning leadership, robotics, science, and art classes, afternoon kayaking, sports, dinner, and evening activities. Today, martial arts master Jonah Young was invited to work with the kids. We are sure that by 9:00 pm, everyone was tired!
Today, all of our participants spent the day at the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point. The day began with a three-hour Leader Reaction Course at West Point. At the Leader Reaction Course, each obstacle presents a unique physical and mental challenge that requires squads to plan and execute with only a certain amount of time. After having a bagged lunch onsite, our students had a two-hour campus tour provided by the professional tour guides.
After taking leadership and robotics lessons and participating in sports, we celebrated one student’s birthday. Two staff members accompanied the birthday boy to do push-ups – a long standing NYMA tradition. After dinner, LTC Jones from West Point gave a special leadership presentation. Congratulations on surviving a hot day!
Welcome to NYMA Summer Leadership Program Session II! Today, we welcomed our participants and some new staff members. At 18:00, they enjoyed their first meal at NYMA, followed by an ice breaker activity called speed-friending. What a great way to start the program!
Tomorrow, we will begin our first full day with a breakfast formation, followed by the orientation and campus tour, drill and ceremonies, leadership and robotics lessons, sports, and finally, a special leadership presentation by LTC Jones from U.S. Military Academy. The following calendar will give you a rough idea of our activities for the next 12 days. Check out daily blog updates and photos!