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Leadership Programs

Leadership programs at CQE are designed to provide opportunities for progressive growth and development in an out-of-doors environment. At the age of 14, enthusiastic young people looking for alternative or supplement to traditional camp can begin to develop their leadership skills with our Introduction to Whitewater and Killarney programs. At the age of 15, most of our campers choose to become DELs and join our Leadership 1 program. While no program is a pre-requisite for another, it is highly recommended but not mandatory, that participants complete the DELs program prior to enrolling in the Leadership 2 Leader-in-Training (Island or Venture LIT) programs for 16 year olds.

To register for all leadership programs, there is a lottery placement process. The lottery opens November 5, 2018 at 9:00am and closes November 9, 2018 at 3:00pm. Please complete the full registration form including payment information and prioritize up to three leadership program choices that you would like to be considered for in this lottery. The selection is done randomly based on a number assigned to each registration and applicants will hear confirmation by November 16, 2018. Applicants who receive their first choice program will be automatically registered and confirmation will be sent by email. Applicants who do not receive their first choice program will be added in order on the waitlist for their first choice and then a spot will be held in their second choice until the camping branch confirms by phone that they would like to take that spot. Applications for the lottery must be done on the 2019 registration form in person, by email, or over the phone and can only be processed with a completed registration form for the desired program. Registration is not guaranteed for any program due to limited space. After November 19 registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Register online, by phone 519.453.8858, or by email to cmacgillivray@ymcawo.ca

High School Credit

YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth partners with the YMCA Academy www.ymcaacademy.org to offer an accredited Ontario high school credit within our DEL, LIT, and Venture LIT programs. The majority of the credit requirements will be completed by everyone in the DEL, LIT, and Venture LIT programs, but will only be graded for credit participants. Participants in the high school credit program must also be registered in either our Leadership 1: DEL Program or one of our Leadership 2 programs. This is not a stand alone program. Course outlines can be found below, and Strong Kids Financial Assistance is available to families who qualify. For more information, contact campqueenelizabeth@gmail.com for more details.

  • Venture LIT High School Credit - IDC30 Course Outline now available
  • Island LIT High School Credit - IDC30 Course Outline now available
  • Delaware High School Credit - PAI20 Course Outline now available
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    PROGRAM DETAILS

    Outtrip Leadership: Killarney (August 4-17,2019)
    For campers ages 14 and 15 years of age

    The Outtrip Leadership: Killarney program is aimed at young leaders looking for a unique experience building close friendships, developing tripping and camping skills, and furthering their leadership abilities. The group is co-educational and consists of approx. 8 to 10 people plus two leadership trainers. The core of the program is a 12 day canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park.

    In this program, participants will be supported to set and achieve personal goals while on trip. They will also be encouraged to actively reflect on themselves and their personal strengths, abilities, and areas for growth. Participants will also be taught introductory navigation, campsite management, and cooking skills. This trip also has an emphasis on having fun and being active in the great outdoors!

    Prerequisites: Participants must be either 14 years old or 15 years old by December 31, 2019. It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level, however this is not required.

    Outtrip Leadership: Introduction to Whitewater (June 30-July 13, 2019)
    For campers ages 14 and 15 years of age

    The Intro to Whitewater program is aimed at young leaders who are looking to develop foundational whitewater paddling skills as well as pursue their own individual growth and character development. The group is co-educational and consists of approx. 8 people plus two leadership trainers.

    This two-week leadership program focuses on grasping the basics of moving water paddling. Participants will learn river theory and become familiar with whitewater paddling techniques during the first week through day trips and short overnight trips, and will venture to a classic Ontario river for a multi-day whitewater canoe trip in the second week. This program is suited for adventurous young people who want to develop their leadership skills and technical paddling ability. In this program, participants will be supported to set and achieve personal goals in a whitewater environment. They will also be encouraged to actively reflect on themselves and their personal strengths, abilities, and areas for growth. This trip also has an emphasis on having fun and being active in the great outdoors!

    Prerequisites: Participants must be either 14 years old or 15 years old by December 31, 2019. Participants must be strong swimmers; to this end, it is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level, however it is not required.

    Leadership 1: DEL (June 30-July 27, 2019 OR August 4-24, 2019)
    For campers 15 years of age

    The three or four week Leadership 1 program consists of opportunities for participants to experience skill development, group leadership, co-operation, problem-solving and independence. Leadership 1 participants, or DELs as they are known at CQE, spend half of the program on a canoe trip in Temagami and the other half at CQE working on skill development and leadership skills. The Del trainers lead the first few days of the canoe trip, while participants take an active role in all aspects of trip leadership during the remainder of the trip. With the help and supervision of their trainers, all DEL participants will have the opportunity to navigate, cook, take initiative, and take an active leadership role in group decisions. DELs practice various outdoor and camp skills during the time they spend at CQE. They develop skills in a diverse range of areas including: navigation, outdoor living, group dynamics and interpersonal skills. Throughout the morning, they will participate in activities, with the aim of achieving the highest level in at least one skill area (canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or windsurfing). Growth of the individual is also part of the group experience. Working together to succeed collectively is part of the fun, challenge and adventure of being a DEL. As part of the program, DELs will receive both formal and informal feedback sessions throughout the month.

    Prerequisites: Participants must be 15 years old by December 31, 2019. It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level, however this is not required.

    Leadership 2: Island LIT (June 30- July 27, 2019 OR July 28- August 24,2019)
    For campers 16 years of age

    The Island LIT program is one of two options as the second step in Camp Queen Elizabeth’s leadership training program. While the Leadership 1 program focuses on personal skill development and leadership within their peer group, the Island LIT program focuses on leading, teaching and role-modeling to younger campers at CQE. Island LIT is a co-ed one month program (either July or August). Participants spend two weeks as a “Resource LIT”, where they help team morning activities at camp, and spend the afternoons and evenings with the other LITs in programs that develop their programming and teaching skills. The other two weeks are spent as a “Cabin LIT”, where each LIT is paired with a cabin group for the session. They will participate in all cabin programs, and be given the opportunity to help lead several programs, all while under the guidance of experienced CQE Staff.

    Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years old by December 31, 2019. It is recommended that participants must have completed CQE’s Leadership 1 program, or an equivalent leadership program elsewhere and that they have their Bronze Cross swimming level, however these are not required.
     
    Leadership 2: Venture LIT (June 30-July 27, 2019 OR July 31- August 24, 2019)
    For campers 16 years of age

    This program is one of two options as the second step in Camp Queen Elizabeth’s leadership training program.  The Venture LIT program is a co-ed one month program (either July or August), featuring an a three and a half week wilderness canoe trip on the Missinaibi River in July and in Wabakimi Provincial Park in August. While the Leadership 1 program focuses on personal skill development and leadership within their peer group, the Venture LIT program focuses on leadership in a wilderness environment, decision-making, and the further development of tripping skills.

    There will be a whitewater clinic offered for all participants May 31-June 2, 2019 held at CQE. Transportation is provided and participants will be contacted in May to provide details for the weekend.

    Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years old by December 31, 2019. It is recommended that participants must have completed CQE’s Leadership 1 program, or an equivalent leadership program elsewhere and that they have their Bronze Cross swimming level, however these are not required. Participants must be comfortable and competent canoeists and swimmers, with past experience on canoe trips.

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