Sam’s Adventures in Leadership Camden County Part 1

Assistant Director Sam Henley is a member of the 26th class of Leadership Camden County! Director Ron Gentry nominated Sam so she could begin building a network here in Camden County and learning about our county through the eyes of the organizations, agencies, and businesses who serve our area!

From the Chamber’s webpage:

During the 9-month program, participants had an opportunity to learn about a number of aspects of the community, including history and natural resources; state government; social services; health care and education; economic development and tourism; law enforcement and the legal system; and infrastructure.  Several sessions focused on leadership skills, group dynamics, team building, and creating a vision for the future.

The goals of the program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Camden County’s future; familiarize participants with the community’s opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the community’s future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.

The class is filled with activities that help with teambuilding and exercises which push the members of the team to come up with creative and sometimes extreme ideas on how to meet a challenge or solve problems. The first day culminated in the participants choosing one of three ways to scale a forty foot tower to zipline from, with a fall back option of scaling the wall with a forty foot ladder.

Side one is a sheer wall face, seen below, side two is a cargo net, and side three has an inverted area. Sam chose the sheer wall face, though she ended up having to use the ladder. She made it to the top and ziplined for the very first time, facing her fear of heights!

It was disappointing that I couldn’t get all the way up the wall, but hey, now I have ziplined, too! It was AWESOME and exhilarating! One more thing off the bucket list!

~Assistant Director Sam Henley

Sam has actually now met numerous people face-to-face she had previously only spoken to on the phone due to COVID-19 restrictions.

I was thrilled to finally meet people and so many in the class are passionate about what they do, are real about who they are, and are huge benefits and assets to Camden County! The activities we did throughout the entire day were unique and we were always encouraged to think outside the box. I can’t wait for the next class!

~Assistant Director Sam Henley

The Leadership Camden County XXVI class will follow this schedule *subject to change:

  • September 22 (Completed)
  • October 27
  • November 24
  • December 22
  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 25

The program covers topics from the following sectors: Infrastructure, Law & Order, Health & Education, State Government, Economy & Tourism, and Natural Resources.

Make sure to follow our blog so you receive updates from this multi-part series of our coverage of Sam’s adventures in Leadership Camden County!

Published by camdensam

I am the Assistant Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA). In this role, I assist with the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the budget and webpages for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), oversee and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am a certified CERT and WebEOC trainer, as well as a trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency for numerous in-seat courses such as the 191, 300, and 400.

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