Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New fall break service trip available to students

Students at Randolph College can take advantage of a new kind of fall break experience beginning this weekend.

The College is creating a new option for alternative fall and spring break trips, during which students will develop their leadership skills through service activities. This weekend, a group of students will travel to Camp Friendship, in Palmyra, Va., to participate in a weekend focused around service and leadership.

Evan Smith ’15 and Sandeep Poudyal ’16 planned the trip under the direction of Amanda Denny, Randolph’s director of leadership and engagement.

At Camp Friendship, students assist with several projects around the site as the camp management prepares for upcoming camps and a fall festival. They will remove graffiti, clean up trails, prepare meals, and clean camp buildings.

Denny expects to see the this trip’s impact go far beyond fall break. She has seen service trips like this help students develop leadership abilities and friendships. “There is nothing like being able to go into a different culture, community, or environment, and to be selfless in providing a service to those in need; but also to develop a friendship and relationship with the people with which they worked,” she said.

The alternative Fall Break trip is part of a new grouping of service and leadership opportunities being offered to students. First year students from the Emerging Leaders program recently attended a weekend retreat where they engaged in team building and leadership activities. There are also program offerings for sophomores and seniors. The benefits of these programs are numerous, but the ultimate goal is to help students learn about and practice leadership skills.

Any student is welcome to attend the fall break trip to Camp Friendship, and it is free to attend. Spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and anyone interested should contact Amanda Denny (adenny@randolphcollege.edu).