Six youth members and two advisors from Riverside Police Explorer Post #390 attended a two day leadership training at the Outdoor Wisconsin Leadership School (OWLS) in Williams Bay, Wisconsin this week. The two day intensive training provided opportunities for hard work, leadership, teamwork and communication.
“My experience at OWLS taught me to not be afraid to take a first step into something that holds you back, such as a fear or a past experience. OWLS gave us the opportunity to overcome those challenges and try things that we would not normally have a chance to try,” said Explorer Ashleigh Murphy.
OWLS is designed to challenge groups physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially while completing a variety of puzzles and problem solving activities. These events included activities designed to make the Explorers work together, listen to each other’s ideas and collaborate to reach a common goal. The Explorers closed the two day event by participating in a high ropes course strung 40 feet above the ground before zip lining to the ground 200 feet away.
“OWLS provided our Explorers chances to work as a team, develop their communication skills and be leaders amongst their peers. It was empowering to see our youth overcome their fears on the high ropes course and encourage each other to do their best,” said Advisor Officer Brian Greenenwald.
Riverside Police Explorer Post #390 is a cooperative effort between the Boy Scouts of America and the Riverside Police Department. For more information about the Riverside Police Explorer Post #390, contact Officer Brian Greenenwald at BGreenenwald@Riverside.il.us
Riverside Police Explorers complete the “Spiderweb” team building exercise