THERE were giggles aplenty as 150 student leaders struggled to kick an unruly egg-shaped football in a soccer friendly at Vision Valley, Arcadia, on Friday.
And given the heat, they would have been restraining themselves not to have a water balloon fight with the water balloon ball they were slapping over the net during the volleyball game.
These were two of many games they competed in during Wacky Olympics — a team building activity of this year's Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.
"They also played captain ball but with water balloons and did the three-legged race, but with 11 people," laughed Ronie Quinn, the forum chief executive since 2008.
The forum is a 2½ day live-in non-political, non-religious program for year 11 students, based on the values of integrity, service and courage.
It was started in 2002 by then federal member for Mitchell Alan Cadman.
"He wanted to help young people cope with the final year in school and to develop their leadership capacity," Ms Quinn said.
The program consists of inspirational speakers, team-building, a community service project and group discussions.
Attendees are nominated by their principals.
"The idea being they will pass on what they learn about leadership to their school group on their return," Ms Quinn said.
This year's community service project was held at the Anglican Retirement Villages in Castle Hill on Saturday, where students washed cars and buses, helped residents with their cleaning and gardening and even sang for them.