Sherwood Forest Leadership Practicum

The Sherwood Forest Boys and Girls Camp is an incorporated and State of Maryland certified youth camp. It is located 4 miles from Annapolis, Maryland on the Severn River. It enjoys 300 acres of forest and fields, with a full complement of amenities to include: multiple community activity centers, golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, multiple playing fields, and unrestricted access to the Severn River for both swimming and boating activities. The camp serves approximately 350 community children ages 2 through 16. The camp has a staff of 52 to include: group counselors, special activity and supervisory field directors, along with a small administrative staff.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Sherwood Forest Boys and Girls Camp was conceived and is designed to provide a meaningful summer program for the children of Sherwood Forest. The goal was and is to offer the best elements of a traditional “away-from-home” camp program while providing both parents and children mutual enjoyment of the summer together under one roof. The program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide competent instruction and guidance in both athletic and creative endeavors
  • Develop athletic skills within each child
  • Develop creative skills within each child
  • Instill a desire for community involvement and service
  • Develop a spirit of friendship and comradeship with others
  • Develop an enthusiasm for participation
  • Develop stewardship values for our natural surroundings
  • Develop a sense of competitive spirit through wholesome fun and camaraderie
  • Develop a sense of good sportsmanship within each child
  • Develop a respect for all

Leadership Practicum Overview

Field Leadership Practicum Overview

The Leadership Practicum provides staff with an eight week practical leadership experience in a variety of dynamic field leadership challenges. The practicum incorporates 34 classroom hours integrated with 153 hours of directed practical experience. Administration, instruction, guidance, and one-on-one mentoring is provided by three Maryland certified teachers, along with two Maryland certified guidance counselors. Of this training cadre, five instructors possess post-graduate degrees and advanced professional certifications within their fields. Performance is evaluated through direct examination and performance evaluations. The practicum provides a valuable learning experience that is accredited by the University of Maryland.

Leadership Practicum Syllabus

The Leader, Leadership, and the Human Dimension

  • Leadership Defined
  • Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability
  • Levels of Leadership
  • Subordinates
  • Leader Attributes, Values, Skills, and Actions
  • Influencing, Operating, Improving
  • The Individual, the Team, and the Institution
  • Climate and Culture
  • Leadership Styles

Direct Leadership Skills

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Conceptual Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Influencing Actions: Behavior Management & Character Development
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Responsibilities, Limitations, and Process

Organizational Leadership

  • What It Takes to Lead
  • Strategic Skills
  • Strategic Actions

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