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Leadership and Character Development Program

Our Leadership and Character Development Program gives teenagers the opportunity to turn past failures into a lifetime of successes.

In every facet of their experience at OCRS, our students are challenged to:

• Establish and communicate a clear vision
• Be accountable
• Listen to others
• Show respect for self
• Demonstrate respect and compassion for others



• Value discipline, structure and hard work
• Maintain a life of honesty and integrity
• Take Initiative. Be a self-starter
• Set high goals
• Accept failure as a logical consequence of trying
• Maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity
• Maintain humility even in the midst of personal triumphs
• Keep commitments to yourself and the ‘community’
• Embrace change

Students of all academic abilities sometimes engage in negative behaviors that are related to low self-esteem and low self-confidence. We address these behaviors by providing students with experiences that foster a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. Through our Leadership Program, teens learn how to be positive influences and agents for change in all their relationships.

  Character education helps students develop the strategies they need to make good decisions and choices that have a positive outcome for themselves, their families and their communities.

Several options are available to help students step out of their comfort zone and strive for personal excellence. They may become Residential Assistants, Teacher’s Assistants or Equestrian Assistants, serving as leaders and role models for other students.

Students participate in our unique Leadership Adventure program.. The program is designed to help teens develop important life skills in the areas of teamwork, decision making, problem solving, planning, safety and self reliance. Leadership Adventure Weekends are based upon a theme, such as Self Reliance and Survival; Courage, Compassion and Cooperation; and Leadership and the Final Expedition. Principles learned in the classroom are applied in the field while students participate in overnight camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, canyoneering and swimming.
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