One step beyond: challenging young women to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential as powerful leaders
Two Sentinels offers an exciting leadership opportunity in the form of the One Step Beyond unit, more commonly referred to as the OSB's. All OSB's attend Session 1, where they are taught leadership basics like problem solving, dealing with common camper issues, conflict resolution, teaching camp songs and games, how to effectively lead hikes and daytime activities, and even child development and skills necessary when dealing with special camp populations. In addition, the young women spend time working with different units and in ad-staff positions, getting hands-on experience at being camp staff and leaders.
It’s not all work though; since OSB's are still campers during Session 1, they get to experience the rest of camp as a unit, too! OSB's play at the waterfront, go on hikes, and immerse themselves fully in the natural beauty of the camp. They get to enjoy all the all-camp activities, and it is not uncommon for them to volunteer to help with song leading and other fun program duties.
During either Session 2 or 3, the young women come back and put their training to the test, working in a volunteer staff position for a full session.
Many campers who have attended Two Sentinels in the past look forward to becoming an OSB someday; indeed, the success of this program is shown by the number of staff currently working at Two Sentinels who went through the program themselves. A current director was an OSB herself once, too...though she's not telling the year!
This is a valuable transition unit that teaches so much more than just how to work with campers. OSBs learn about their own leadership styles, strengths, and interests, and the ideas and techniques imparted here have a great deal of “real world” application.
OSB's who successfully complete the program are eligible for college recommendation letters and high school community service of up to 220 hours. This is a highly impacted, unparalleled program, and as such, starting in 2014 only the top candidates will be accepted. After registration, you will be sent a packet to complete; all applicants who are NOT accepted into the OSB program will be given the opportunity to register for Pioneers or another unit of her choice, and will be given preferential consideration in 2017. Applicants who will be 16-years old in the summer of 2017 are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to register for Pioneers instead.
Age: 11th Grade & ABOVE On Trail: 0 days
Campers are trained during 1st Session, then fill a volunteer staff position 2nd or 3rd Session. Two sessions are required.
OSB candidates must complete an application - enrollment as an OSB is not guaranteed.
A unique OSB shirt and sweatshirt is included in the unit cost!
The OSB unit is always staffed by enthusiastic, knowledgeable leaders!
All dressed up for Bingo Night!
The first OSB unit was held in 1979, and included a very young ZIGGY, a favorite staff member to THOUSANDS of Two Sentinels staff and campers!