Arizona DECA Leaders Go Camping

Submitted by Ryan Hamilton.

Over 280 Arizona DECA students, advisors and alumni participated in this year’s Arizona DECA DECAlympics Leadership Camp at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, AZ September 19-21, 2014. The annual camp is an opportunity for DECA Chapter Officers to participate in leadership development and training and networking opportunities as they attend a variety of workshops and compete in teams of 16 against one another in a variety of different fun and interactive leadership games and activities.

This year’s camp featured three days of different types of leadership and teambuilding activities, informative workshops and Chapter Officer Training.  Day one of camp included group activities that gave students an opportunity to meet their teammates and form team camaraderie.  Day two of camp focused on physical team challenges that forced students out of their comfort zone and challenged their abilities to trust their teammates and conquer their own fears.  The final day of camp gave students opportunities to attend informative workshops on a variety of topics including leadership, employability training and DECA competition.

Arizona DECA develops emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management and is currently operated in over 105 different high schools and colleges in Arizona with a membership of over 7600 students, teachers and business professionals.  Arizona DECA is housed and funded in-part by the Career and Technical Education Division in the Arizona Department of Education, John Huppenthal – State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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