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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 5A Learning the ropes: lessons in leadership Students gathered in the low-hanging branches of a tree, which they learned could set the for- Safety first: Students are geared up and were schooled on the fine points of safety before and est ablaze if lightning were to strike it. during the ropes course. Through the:re, st of the after~ioon, teachers offered a series of challenges ~i~f students could only meet as a team. Each began with lawn exercises to build communication skills. Encouraged with open-ended questions, each team reconsidered its strategy after failure and made adjustments. Ultimately, success opened the door to the next level, the ropes course. Team members had to define a good leader -- someone who is nice; does the right thing; takes charge but knows how to step back; has communi- cation skills; works well with others; is tenacious, persevering and patient. With that, teachers took students onto the ropes, a course of increasingly difficult tasks each team worked its way through by exhibiting the leadership qualities the team mem- bers themselves identified. Teachers selected appropriate chal- lenges from the more than 25 rope and cable obstacles at Grizzly Creek Ranch designed to promote group cooperation and devel- op individual leadership skills. AN ON ~ LI N E DAILY NEWS PAP ER! ..... .... !~ ~f~i~l:~ p ~,: ~:. ,~ ....... S ORTS ..... .: ,;:, : : ::.,; ~:i~~ : ON-OEMANO Auo'O ~~~ /~ UTDOORREPORTS : :: ........ 'i :~i :~:!C:~