Look at this picture to the right … did you smile? Do you remember that kind of feeling when you were a kid? Your imagination was in overdrive and you BELIEVED that you were living in that superhero moment?! It was magical, wasn’t it?
So there I was sitting in Tonyan Hall with a group of other parents. We were sort of nervous to find out what our children had been up to for the week. It was that “I hope they had a good time and didn’t break anything” kind of feeling.
(As a High Performance Coach, I am always on the lookout for frameworks or programs that make a difference in people’s lives. I believe that teaching our children these skills and reinforcing them as a family, gives them such an advantage both academically and in life.)
As I sat there wondering what’s next, the music starts to pulse and the parents exchange glances. Then, Claude, the camp leader, starts to chant “Keys open doors, keys, keys open doors” and we follow in time. As he talked more and more about what they had learned, how they grew and what was next, I felt like a little kid again! The anticipation, energy and enthusiasm made me want to play full out, too! When I see that kind of excellence, it inspires me to do more and to be more in my own life, hence, I had that “superhero” kind of feeling! 🙂
In the span of about 10 minutes, Claude had us memorize the 8 keys of excellence that our children learned to use and apply during their week away from us. Those 8 keys were taught to us in a framework that was fun and engaging AND I still remember the signs for each one and what they meant! There was some powerful teaching methodology going on, because he used kinesthetic, visual and auditory cues to make the information stick!
Keys open doors. Keys, keys, open doors – Claude, Camp Director
This camp is based on the work of Bobbi DePorter, who is the founder and president of Learning Forum International. She developed the 8 Keys of Excellence as a character education tool and has been running Supercamp since 1982!
One of the things that strucked me besides the energy, enthusiasm, and excellence displayed by all of DePorter’s staff was how much they cared about their students and how much they wanted them to succeed.
After attending the “Trade Show” where our children taught us how to use what they learned at camp, we witnessed the “Key Ceremony” in which our children received their Key to remind them of who they committed to be and how they committed to live once they left camp. It was the culmination of a week of learning that included study habits, speed reading, retention strategies, team building, priming one’s state, outdoor adventure day, making life long friends and so much more. I have to say I may have shed a tear or two or three.
These keys have made a difference in the quality of my family’s interactions and the focus of my daughters’ endeavers. Below is a summary, from their website, of the 8 keys program that you can participate in – for free – with your family at home:
The 8 Keys of Excellence family character development program gives parents a simple and engaging eight-week action plan for establishing core character principles in their kids, strengthening family relationships and deepening the feeling of belonging, safety and connectedness.
When you register for this free program, you gain login access to the family area of this website, which contains a wealth of 8 Keys resources, videos, a MyFamily page where you can keep notes throughout the program and a discussion board to interact with other families.
Each week for eight weeks, your family will receive an email that links to the Key-of-the-week’s web page. Each Key’s page leads your family through a 20-30 minute conversation and activity designed to give meaning and insights into that Key. When the eight weeks are over, we’ll continue to send you information periodically to reinforce and enhance your family’s learning and character development.
8 KEYS OF EXCELLENCE
- INTEGRITY – Match behavior with values. Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.
- FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS – Learn from mistakes. View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow and succeed.
- SPEAK WITH GOOD PURPOSE – Speak honestly and kindly. Think before you speak. Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere.
- THIS IS IT – Make the most of every moment. Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.
- COMMITMENT – Make your dreams happen. Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering.
- OWNERSHIP – Take responsibility for actions. Own the choices you make and the results that follow.
- FLEXIBILITY – Be willing to do things differently. Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal.
- BALANCE – Live your best life. Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life.
By using this framework with your family, you teach your children the discipline and the freedom that comes with living from your best self each and every day. You can learn more about the 8Keys.org and how to get involved here and to learn more about Supercamp go here.
I wanted to share this information with you, because when you have a program like this, the quality of your life and your family’s life changes for the better when you use it. What could be possible for you and for your children if you used this kind of framework everyday? Check it out, you will be happy you did.
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