Each summer the OASC sponsors an extensive student council leadership workshop program. The summer schedule includes five-day workshops for Middle Level students, five-day workshop I for High School students, and a one five-day advanced leadership training workshop for High School students that have attended a Senior High Workshop I program.
Senior High Progression
Middle Level Progression
Currently, our summer workshops start on Sunday and end on Thursday. Our focus is to allow students to learn by doing. So special emphasis is placed on experiential learning activities and mock student council situations. Large and small group discussions are also used. We cover such topics as group dynamics, communication, meeting & organizational skills, and effective projects. And all of this is done in a relaxed atmosphere where students learn and have fun. At the present time, Oberlin College and Wright State University is hosting our summer workshops.
History of Workshops
The first OASC sponsored workshop was held at Ohio University the summer of 1957 under the leadership of Dr. Edward P. Lynn of Ohio University and Mrs. Helen Braun. Dr. George Mathes, student council authority from Denver, Colorado, was the consultant for this first workshop. Increased interest in the workshop program resulted in the formation of a second workshop on the Kent State University campus in 1961. The workshops featured lectures, work sessions, mock-council situations, special activities and opportunities for recreation and fellowship. The emphasis was on acquainting the students with the purposes, projects, organization and management of a successful student organization. Also in 1961 the first advanced leadership training workshop was held at Ohio University. The advanced leadership workshop provided a more intensive student council and community leadership training for the delegates. It included a study of local, state, and national relations through the creation of a hypothetical city in which the delegates role-play major community leadership groups.
During the summer of 1964 the workshop schedule was expanded still further with the addition of a Junior High workshop at Otterbein College. In 1967 all workshops were moved to the campus of Ohio Northern University. To accommodate the growing number of students wishing to take part additional Junior and Senior High School workshops have been added making a total of seven workshops in 1969. The Middle Level workshops are geared especially to the unique problems of the Middle Level council. Workshops continued to be offered at Ohio Northern until the mid-70s.
Since then, our workshops have been hosted by various colleges including Ohio Northern, Kenyon College, Bluffton College and Walsh College. In addition, we also try to provide a more rustic setting by offering one of our Middle Level Workshops at Beaumont Boy Scout Camp Reservation and at Inspiration Hills.