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YMCA Youth Leadership programs help teens connect to and become involved in their camp community. They are designed to encourage greater independence and foster skills in collaboration, teamwork and leadership. Participants will learn more about themselves, while being supported by adult role models. Our Youth Leadership Programs are offered at two locations, and there is something for every teen!
*Free busing is available to and from Valens at 12 bus stops

Youth Leadership camp is perfect for your child if they:

• Enjoy unique opportunities to develop leadership skills
• Want to become a YMCA volunteer or staff member
• Are looking to obtain certifications to work with people
• Enjoy opportunities for overnight experiences

Leaders in Training (13-16 yrs)        $390/3 weeks
Weeks 1-3: Valens        Weeks 4-6: Valens        Weeks 7-9: YMCA
In this three-week program, campers will focus on developing leadership and team skills that can be easily applied to all facets of your life! Get ready to participate in team-building activities, group initiatives, active games and sports, and be involved in a group initiated community project. Participants will be provided with a certificate upon successful completion of this program. During the three weeks at camp, there will be an overnight camping trip.

Counsellors in Training (14-17 yrs)        $440/4 weeks
Weeks 1-4: Valens        Weeks 5-8: Valens
This fun and intensive four-week program will provide campers with the leadership skills necessary to become a camp counsellor. Some of the objectives of this program include learning how to work with children, understanding group dynamics, planning and facilitating activities, and learning how to be part of a camp team! This program also includes Emergency First Aid training. Upon completion of the CIT program, participants will be provided with a certificate, may have the opportunity to volunteer in one of our camps. During the four weeks at camp, there will be a three-day, two-night overnight camping experience.

Wilderness Leadership Trip (12-14 yrs)        $900/3 weeks
Weeks 3-5: Jul 15-Aug 2
Mandatory Information Night: Tuesday, July 9
Wilderness Leadership is a great option for those that love the outdoors! Campers will spend the first 2-weeks getting to know each other, participating in group initiatives, democratic living, portaging, and the fun camp activities Valens has to offer. During the second week, there will be a double-overnight experience, and campers will be trained in Emergency First Aid & CPR.

During the last week of our Wilderness Leadership Development program, participants and staff will travel to YMCA Camp Pine Crest to start out their six-day, five-night tripping adventure to discover Ontario’s breathtaking Boreal forest, pristine lakes, and beautiful campsites set on ancient granitic rock. This trip is designed according to the group’s interests, goals and skill levels and is led by two of YMCA Camp Pine Crest’s skilled and certified staff. YMCA Camp Pine Crest’s staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid skills, paddling and tripping skills, and lifeguarding. Additional support and supervision will be provided by highly-trained YMCA of Oakville summer day camp staff.

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