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Out of Comfort Zone, Into Dynamic Leadership

by SAI Admin

30 May, 2023

The Adventure Troops from SAI International School embarked on their leadership trip to Mussoorie-Dehradun-Rishikesh. Troop 1 that comprised of SAIoneers from Classes VII-X who started their trip from May 22- 2023. After receiving a briefing on arrival at the airport, they had a smooth flight to Delhi and were then hopped onto the buses to leave for Rishikesh. They then headed towards Camp Carnival in Kanaltal through hill coach & jeeps. Troop 2 comprised of SAIoneers from Class XII who headed towards Dehradun after their smooth flight to Delhi, and eventually made it to Mussoorie, looking forward to more excitement & adventure.  They were on this leadership mission from May 23 to May 29, 2023. One of the most significant components of this 7-day trip, is the development of leadership by opening up avenues for honing adventure skills, soft skills, social skills & problem-solving skills where students get to learn various survival and life skills that help to remove fear from their minds and encourage them to face challenges with confidence.

From Followers to Leaders: The Transformative Impact of Leadership Trips

Such leadership educursions are designed by SAI International to engage the students actively in mentally and physically challenging tasks to provide them a healthy risk-taking experience. Signing up for such trips stands crucial as it pushes young learners to step out of their comfort zones, into the real world, which can sometimes serve them with uncertainty. From settling in their tents to indulging in the bonfire, the camp site was filled with many exciting activities. Starting from self-cooking in the woods, to making rafts to cross the waterbody to rappelling and many more. Students actively partook in the entire process of cooking like collecting woods, lighting a fire & making their favourite comfort food-Maggie as they sat together to witness beautiful sunsets. The other activities included Camping, Team Formations and Simulation based on Communication, Leadership & Teamwork, Commando Challenge Course, Zipline and Giant-swing, Survival exercises, Sky Cycling, Night Trekking, Bonfire, Morning Energizers & Musical Evenings. Students worked both independently and as a team to complete the given assignments. The activities were critical in teaching the students survival skills which are techniques that a person may use to sustain life in case of any predicaments & be more resilient as individuals. The SAIoneers also got an opportunity to indulge in White Water River Rafting in River Ganges & participate in the Ganga Aarti, a visual treat at the banks of River Ganga during their overnight stay at Haridwar. It was almost like a shining beacon of devotion and bliss for the students.

An Unforgettable Journey of Self-Discovery

Self-discovery through self-exploration happens through simple questions and proposals. The process brings out the leader within everyone. This trip made that possible for every SAIoneer who signed up for a roller coaster of adventure & adrenaline. Self-discovery is about exploring and understanding self, others, and the rest of the universe. It awakens leadership by developing the right understanding and harmony with everything and everyone. Instilling the the 21st century leadership skills & increasing awareness of the fundamental human aspiration, innate acceptance, significance of relationships, and all-encompassing human goal,  this leadership trip has greatly aiding in each learner's holistic 360-degree development. Away from familiar settings of their school & home, into the wilderness of a forest accompanied by a gamut of intriguing adventurous sessions, the SAIoneers discovered themselves & the leader within through self-retrospection.