While opening the café was a big part of our work in student council that year, we did organize other activities. Two interesting events we hosted were the Indoor Campout and the Lip-Sync Battle.
The Indoor Campout was, essentially, a Lock-In. I proposed it to the council with the intent of strengthening school spirit. Plus, everyone loves a Lock-In. As with every proposal, I set up committees: one for administration, one for activities, and one for food. A schedule was also set up with deadlines. And there was where the problems began.
Students procrastinate. Some people work well under strict deadlines, and are able to push themselves to achieve them. Others produce quality work at their own pace. I had intended for the council to first decide on dining choices next meeting, then have the food committee set a preliminary budget on food costs and the activity committee on activity costs. After that, they’d transfer that information to administration for them to formulate a suitable fee per students and send out permission forms. My plan would take around 1 month to set up.
Deciding the dining choices took…2 weeks. Eventually, we handed it over to the food committee to settle, figuring that a smaller group would be able to reach a decision faster. After that, however, things began to move faster. The budget was handed over to administration, the permission forms were sent out, and there we were halted once again.
As a student, I confess that sometimes I would forget to bring permission forms back in. I predicted that only around half the forms would be in by the deadline. And true to my prediction, hardly any permission forms (complete with the money) were brought back in. We gave the homeroom teachers another week to collect the money, and by the end of that week, we collected the money.
Then, of course, we bought all our necessary items, set things up, and had our indoor campout! The whole process took 2 months…twice the time I had anticipated.
It turned out amazing, however. We had subway for dinner, then had a school-wide capture the flag nerf battle late at night. Although not everything worked as planned, it was, in the end, a great success.