May 20th 2016 marked the start of the Sigma Beta Club’s first annual Next Generation Weekend. This three day event is geared towards establishing brotherhood among Sigma Betas across the State of Florida and in the process teach them team building skills and responsibility. The host chapter, Sigma Beta Club Of West Palm Beach, partnered with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to created an Amazing Race style competition that took place at the BSA’s Camp Tanah Keeta in Tequesta, Florida.
We were honored to have the support of Brother Errick Farmer (Vice Director of the Southern Region and State Director of Phi Beta Sigma), Bro. Jamel Canty (Sigma Beta Coordinator for the State of Florida), and Bro. Dr. Philip Harris (Director of Sigma Beta for the Southern Region). As well as the CEO of the BSA’s Gulf Stream Council, Bro Jeff Isaac. All of which took a moment to address our youth and emphasize the value and significance of the weekend.
The weekend kicked off on Friday at 6pm. In attendance were the Sigma Beta Clubs of Tallahassee, Tampa, Ft Pierce, Ft Myers, and West Palm Beach. Friday evening activities included board games and getting to know each other. Later that night we were given an amazing presentation by Coach JD of Future Flyers Foundation of Florida (F4) on the various opportunities for our Sigma Betas in the field of aviation.
The competition began on Saturday morning. The boys were divided up into teams. We made it a point to group boys from different Sigma Beta Clubs together. Through the course of the day the 7 teams worked their way through 7 different stations: Archery, COPE, Canoeing, Obstacle Course, Rock Climbing, Scavenger Hunt, and Fire and Cooking. The teams were score based on performance and spirit at each station, and at the end of the day the scores were tallied up. After all teams completed the 7 stations, we showered and prepared for dinner and the awards ceremony. The top 3 team were given medals, and individual awards were given out for performance and brotherhood.
After the awards ceremony we filled the rest of the night with root beer floats and outdoor games.
Sunday consisted of getting Camp Tanah Keeta back into the state we found it. Which includes cleaning our cabins, the eating hall, and removing any trash around the camp. We closed the weekend with Chapel and a discussion (Roses and Thorns) with the Sigma Betas and the BSA about what went well and new ideas we can incorporate into next year.
Thanks to the support of the Gulf Stream Council of the BSA and the Sigma Beta Clubs of Tallahassee, Tampa, Ft Pierce, Ft Myers, and West Palm Beach we were able to pull of an event that is the first of its kind. The inaugural Next Generation Weekend was a success.