Approximately 235 student leaders from across the state of Kansas gathered at Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City, on July 25-29, for a “Superfantastic” session of KAY, or Kansas Association for Youth, Leadership Camp. The KAY program is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and is designed for all students in grades six through 12.

Students Thomas Smith and Brianna Bradley of McPherson High School attended the camp with sponsor Emilea Harlin.

KAY is a nationally acclaimed organization unique to Kansas that provides Kansas students an opportunity to assume their citizenship responsibilities and enrich their personalities through well-organized programs.

These programs educate and inspire the members into carefully planned service projects, which emphasize four areas: school, community, nation and world.

At KAY Leadership Camp, or KLC, student leaders representing their KAY organizations, receive organizational and leadership training and learn about new and exciting service projects. They are given the opportunity to meet and share ideas with hundreds of KAY members from all over the state.

Activities during the week include team and mascot meetings, leadership labs, special interest options, creative projects, housing service projects, and recreational activities. Each evening includes a special activity for campers and staff.

The camp theme this summer was “Lights, Camera, Action!” At KLC, campers were provided a memorable time as they discovered the potential they have to make a difference as well as the rewards in serving others. Student campers have the opportunity to develop lifetime leadership skills, lasting friendships across the state, a sense of responsibility and pride as they serve, and an attitude of doing for others because it’s the right thing to do.

A great deal of spirit, motivation and enthusiasm was generated from this time together. Campers return to their clubs with a better understanding of their individual potential and the KAY organization.

They realize that as an active leader in their club, they can truly make a difference with their “I Get To” attitude.