often asked is, "What is Operation Snowball?"
||The answer is
hard to give because Snowball is a lot of things. The themes of the
weekend are to make healthy choices and take smart risks in life, to
build and have a high-self esteem and positive attitude, to set your
goals high and persevere to overcome failure.
|So what do we do to support these themes?
lot of things need to take place on the weekend in order to accomplish
all of these goals in less than 48 hours. The weekend consists of team
building activities to learn how to work together and respect others
for who they are and what they bring to the table. There are team
discussions and team activities that allow for everyone to get know
each other as well as possible as quickly as possible.
We also teach students that stepping out of your comfort zone can be
rewarding when it is making a healthy decision to try something new. We
encourage participants to sign up for activities that are new to them
and to be willing to try something new and different on the weekend.
Participants that do this realize that there is much to life that they
have not tried that is healthy and can be enjoyable. Many end up
learning new things about themselves through their willingness to enjoy
life and live it to its fullest.
|Do students have fun?
||For every participant, the experience of the
unique. They enjoy different things and take away from the
weekend what speaks to them personally. It is hard to know what each
individual will think when the weekend is over, but overwhelmingly the
thoughts are positive and enthusiastic.
|Who should attend the weekend?
||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Females,
ANYONE! We encourage all students in the school to attend the
weekend because we think everyone can benefit from meeting new people,
listening to speakers and learning to respect others and themselves for
who they are.
One common lament from seniors who attend the weekend is their
inability to experience Snowball again.
Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors have the opportunity to apply to be
staff members after attending one Snowball weekend. This is a
great leadership opportunity and source for community service hours.
||The weekend retreat takes place at YMCA
McClean in Burlington, WI. Students travel by school bus
directly after school on Friday and returning around 12:30 pm on
Sunday. More details for planning for the weekend are
during a parent meeting that is held before every Snowball for parents
of the current retreats participants.
the Operation Snowball and Illinois Teen Institute Website
||"Operation Snowball (OS) is an alcohol and drug
use prevention program focusing on leadership development to empower
youth to lead drug-free lives.
The name originates from the idea that "If I have a positive impact on
you, you can have a positive impact on someone else and the effect
snowballs." Out of this concept emerges "A Community of
Caring" - the success of Operation Snowball.
|Contact the Sponsors
|To Apply for Staff or Participant Leadership Program
||Forms are currently available to download from this site!