The Serteens Club of Hawaii sponsors three primary types of activities -
- Leadership Training and Mentorship
- Service Projects
- Social Activities
Leadership Training & Mentorship
Leadership training is provided primarily in the form of two annual camps, guest speakers throughout the year and one on one mentorship with Serteens Advisors.
Leadership Camp is a 3-day camp normally held in July at Camp H.R. Erdman on the North Shore.
At Leadership Camp, Serteens:
- Meet each other - especially new members getting to know returning club members
- Roast marshmallows around a campfire
- Participate in leadership activities
- Enjoy games and seminars meant to promote social interaction - along with life lessons.
And for one weekend, their parents get a break!
Knights Motivational Camp
The Knights Motivational Camp, the highlight of the year, is a 5-day camp normally held at Kilauea Military Camp in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii in February. Not only do Serteens look forward to it - so do the adults! Serteen alumni and Advisors fly in from around the United States (and occasionally internationally) to teach the serteens.
Experiences at Knights Motivational Camp include:
- Hiking along the crater rim at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Climbing Mauna Kea,
- Bonding in front of the fireplace
- A crash course in ballroom dancing
- Seminars from guest speakers about goal setting, time management and general life skills.
Guest Talks from Community Leaders
During the year, leading members of our community come to speak to the club at the monthly meetings on a variety of topics, often related to leadership and their personal life lessons.
Former speakers include Members of Congress, sitting as well as retired Governors and Mayors, CEOs, and all manner of professionals from teachers to engineers to biologists and even comedians.
Service projects are an opportunity for students to give back to the community, and often also expand their perspectives and learn about the world.
Past service projects have included:
- Support for the annual State Advisory Council for the Gifted and Talented (SACGT) Conference,
- The Contemporary Museum’s ARTSPREE,
- Cleanup projects at Magic Island and Keehi Lagoon
- Groundwork at the Manoa Heritage Center
- Support for the Honolulu Zoological Society
At some projects, socials are conducted afterwards.
Sometimes, such as at the Manoa Heritage Center and the Zoo, students have the opportunity to speak with and learn from experts as well as tour facilities.
At other events, as as the SACGT Conference, Serteens have had the opportunity to be guest speakers and practice their public speaking.
Social Events and Appreciation Banquet
Social events provide members the opportunity to meet each other outside of club meetings and services projects.
One of the reasons the Serteens are so unique is the diversity of the members. Students come from around the island, from public as well as private schools, and range in age from 12-18 years old.
Because of this, the socials provide a unique opportunity to meet with a wide variety of gifted and talented students, and make friends with people that the students would otherwise never meet.
Past club socials have included
- Mini Golf
- Ice Palace
The Serteens year comes to a close with the annual Appreciation Banquet.
We relieve the outgoing officers of duty, and recognize the new incoming officers.
The outgoing President gives a speech recapping the highlights of the Serteen Year, and the incoming President presents their vision for the next year.
We also award the Serteen of the Year to one student who is nominated by their peers for outstanding work in the Serteens Club, and conduct becoming of a Serteen.
Finally, after a slideshow reliving some of the memories of the year, Serteens say farewell to our graduating seniors as they go forward to the next stage of their life.
Who Can Join?
We welcome gifted and talented teens, especially those in middle school, to join the club and be a part of what Serteens has to offer.
The Serteens Club of Hawaii has members ranging in age from 12-18 years old, and students get the most out of the club by joining early.
I learned to live with purpose and enthusiasm, to be persistent, and always live a life I could be proud of by setting a code of conduct for myself. Virtually all of my leadership skills can be traced directly back to what I learned from George Carter and the Serteens Club of Hawaii.
As I continued on in my life, through college and my career in the real world, I continued to refer back to my notes from seminars given at the Knights Motivational Camp and Leadership Camp.
The lessons are as relevant in my adult life as they had been during my teenage years.
Even better - many of the students I met in the club have become friends for life.
Being introduced to Serteens, and then accepted as a member, was the best thing to happen to me in high school."
- Sid Savara, Mililani High School