On Nov. 19, ten Georges Valley High School juniors and four adult mentors participated in a weekend leadership training with Trekkers, Inc., a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects caring adults with young people.

Held at the Kieve-Wavus Leadership School in Nobleboro, the training serves as the starting point for students interested in entering Trekkers’ student leadership program, which offers older Trekkers an avenue to mentor younger seventh- to ninth-grade Trekker students.

Throughout the weekend, the students and mentors discussed what it means to be a leader, and participated in several initiative activities that developed leadership skills and confidence. Partaking in a high ropes course, they challenged themselves physically and mentally and also encouraged each group member as he or she endeavored to complete the course.

When asked what he learned from the experience, one student commented in the press release, the training “taught me that being who you are and realizing the potential you have can help other people find their potential,” and added, “I enjoyed every moment.”

The students will meet throughout the year to continue discussing leadership qualities, challenges and implications, and how they can best serve their community. Having completed the training, they also will have the opportunity to be student leaders for Trekkers’ seventh- to ninth-grade programs.

For more information about Trekkers and its leadership program, please visit www.trekkersonline.com or call 594-5095.