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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 Temagami programs. At the age of 15, most of our campers choose to become Delawares 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 Delaware program prior to enrolling in the Leadership 2 Leader-in-Training or Venture programs for 16 year olds.

 

Leadership: Temagami

Who is this program for?

14 and 15 year old boys and girls, looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience building close friendships, developing tripping and camping skills, and furthering their leadership abilities.

How is the program set-up?


The Leadership: Temagami program is aimed at young leaders who are looking to develop foundational leadership skills through personal growth and discovery. 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 Ontario’s Temagami region.

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!

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Participants must be either 14 years old, or turning 14 by the end of the calendar year of the program.
  • It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level, however this is not required.


Leadership: Introduction to Whitewater

Who is this program for?


14 and 15 year old boys and girls, looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience building close friendships, developing whitewater paddling and camping skills, and furthering their leadership abilities.

How is the program set-up?

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, and will venture to a classic Ontario river for a multi-day whitewater canoe trip. 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!

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Participants must be either 14 years old, or turning 14 by the end of the calendar year of the program.
  • 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 - Delaware


Who is this program for?

15 year old boys and girls, looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience building close friendships, developing tripping and camping skills, and furthering their leadership abilities.

How is the program set-up?

  • It is a one month program (either July or August).
  • There are boy groups and girl groups each month, however the groups operate separately;  the focus of the program is on group development within each Delaware group.
  • 2 weeks are spent on a canoe trip in the Temagami region and the other 2 weeks are spent at Camp Queen Elizabeth on Beausoleil Island.

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Participants must be either 15 years old, or turning 15 by the end of the calendar year of the program.
  • It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level, however this is not required.

What sort of activities do the Delawares do at CQE?

  • The main focus of the program while at camp is to develop skills in variety of areas at camp.  Dels will aim to achieve the highest level in at least one of the following activities: canoeing, kayaking, Art Lochead Sailing School or windsurfing.
  • During the afternoons and evenings, Dels participate in activities with their group that develop their leadership and outdoors skills.
  • Dels will also take a leadership role in several camp-wide activities throughout their stay.


Leadership 2 - Leader in Training

The 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 LIT program focuses on leading, teaching and role-modeling to younger campers at CQE.

Who is this program for?

16 year-old boys and girls, who are interested in developing their abilities and skills for working with younger campers.

How is the program set-up?

  • It is a one month program (either July or August).
  • The program is co-ed.
  • 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.

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Participants must be either 16 years old, or turning 16 by the end of the calendar year of the program.
  • Participants must have completed CQE’s Leadership 1 program, or an equivalent leadership program elsewhere.
  • It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Cross swimming level, however this is not required.

 
Leadership 2 - Venture LIT

The Venture LIT program is one of two options as the second step in Camp Queen Elizabeth’s leadership training program. This month-long program consists of an extended canoe trip in Woodland Caribou and Atikaki Provincial Parks. 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.

Who is this program for?

16 year-old boys and girls looking for an adventurous, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

How is the program set-up?

  • It is a one month program (either July or August), featuring an approximately 21 day wilderness canoe trip.
  • In the spring, there is a whitewater paddling training weekend; participants are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • The program is co-ed.  
  • Due to the nature of this program, spots are extremely limited; we recommend registering early.

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Participants must be either 16 years old, or turning 16 by the end of the calendar year of the program.
  • Participants must have completed CQE’s Leadership 1 program, or an equivalent leadership program elsewhere.
  • Participants must be comfortable and competent canoeists and swimmers, with past experience on canoe trips.
  • It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Cross swimming level, however this is not required.

How does registration work?

To register for all leadership programs, there is a lottery placement process. The lottery opens October 31st at 9:00am and closes November 4th at 3:00pm. Please 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 11th, 2015. Applicants who have selected a program which has been filled will be entered in order on the waitlist for the indicated program and then contacted to confirm registration for their subsequent choice. Applications for the lottery must be done on the 2017 registration form in person 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 11th registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Online registration will open December 1st for Leadership Programs.

 

Register today online, by phone 519-453-8858, or by email to nvyas@ymcawo.ca

 

 

 

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