For the third consecutive year, Transylvania College, the only school in Romania accredited on Romanian curriculum and Cambridge curriculum, organizes in Cluj the American Camp of Mindfulness and Leadership, an activity that is attended by about 60 students. At this edition, the participants will be advised by Alex and Andrew Walworth (photo) , two American journalists with an experience of more than 25 years in print and television, who along with the three daughters, will bring in Cluj the spirit of the American camps.
The two editions of the camp of this year, have started on July 16 and are hosted in the educational complex Village on the Hill in Mountain Baisorii resort, and will end on July 30.
Currently, the two journalists together are leading the Grace Creek Media company, a multi-platform of media production that is generating programs for Discovery and History Channel. Also, before starting their own business, the two have worked in the media industry too, Alex having an experience of over 25 years in political journalism in CNN, PBS (Public Broadcasting System) and Associated Press, as well as strategist in communication for The Presidential Library of George W.Bush.
The main goal of this camp is to instill the children the desire to know themselves and each other, to identify their passions in a natural way, learning at the same time to communicate without the gadgets of next generation and to adhere to an active and healthy lifestyle. Also, every day, the students with ages between 12-16 are taking part in the creative workshops, designed to teach them the main principles of leadership, based on the “The Seven Habits of Leadership” book signed by Stephen Covey.
“The activities of leadership have become a tradition in our institution, taking into consideration the adoption of Leader in Me program, which gives the students the opportunity to arm themselves with the skills they need in the 21st century, starting from the strong premise – that every child has unique capabilities and can become a leader. Through this camp, we are addressing not only to our students, but also to other children who want to acquire the habits that underlie the future leaders, “said Ruxandra Mercea, Executive Director Transylvania College.
Thus, during the camp, from July 16 to July 30, the leadership skills are available in practice daily, in a creative way, by hiking, learning the techniques of survival, improvisations, sports, camp games and activities of practising the public speaking. Also, the school representive has added, the pupils from Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara and Germany, will learn to cook healthy and will increase their knowledge about jazz or hip-hop.
“We are honored by this invitation and proud to have the opportunity to offer our experience to some passionate young people, eager to learn and to shine in the future. From our point of view, the leadership is a skill that is formed through education and events that gets us out of the daily routine, that is precisely what Transylvania College promotes in this camp” , explained Alex and Andrew Walworth.
The concept of this camp was created with great passion and attention to details by Dr. Dan Baciu, the founder of Transylvania College, who brought with him American instructors and teachers of the school, all having a vast experience in coordinating programs for young people.