Summer Leadership Program
The program, at a glance:
This Leadership Program will give campers ages 15-18 a chance to experience two weeks of camp at Brigadoon and to experience them through the lens of being a leader within the Brigadoon community. Campers will learn skills which will help them to succeed as leaders within our community, as well as within their own community. Campers will also have an opportunity to get more actively involved in Brigadoon and to give back to camp as a whole.
This program is separate and distinct from our off-season teen camps (Winter Retreat and March Break). Having attended one of these camps does not necessarily mean that a camper will be accepted to the Leadership Program. The requirements, expectations, and age limits of these two programs are different.
- Campers who typically come to camp weeks 2-6 (Camp Braveheart, Carpe Diem, Camp JoinTogether, Camp Kedooopse,
- Camp BELIEVE, Camp Treasure Chest, Camp Lotsa-Wata, Trailblazers) will join us during Camp See-Ya (July 1st – 6th) for their training week.
- Campers who typically come to camp weeks 7-9 (Camp Guts & Glory, Got2Go, Camp Goodtime, Camp Silly-Yak) will join us during Camp Lots-a-Wata and Trailblazers (August 5th – 10th) for their training week.
During this training week, campers will have a chance to spend time with campers who have a wide range of conditions and will participate in a program which will be comprised of a combination of typical camp programming and intentional leadership skill training. Training sessions will cover skills such as behaviour management, mentorship skills, and program facilitation skills, among others.
Campers will then join us during their own condition-specific week as a Leadership camper. Though campers will have an opportunity to take part in our program areas as participants, the focus of this week of camp will be to get more involved in camp and applying the skills learned during their Training Week. Campers should be prepared to take on a leadership role at camp, including:
- Setting up/cleaning up camp programs
- Assisting in cabin groups during mealtimes and at bedtime
- Assisting a programmer in running a Pursuit for the week
- Taking responsibility for running a campfire, evening program, and other camp activities as appropriate.
Campers will be expected to assist staff members in the behind-the-scenes aspects of camp and will gain a greater understanding of what is required to run a successful camp program.
Who We’re Looking For
In order to be a good candidate for this pilot program, we are looking for campers who:
- Are hardworking
- Have a positive attitude
- Are able to effectively manage the majority of their own care
- Are mature
- Are willing to help out in any way necessary (some tasks assigned will not be the most fun!)
- Are kind and compassionate
- Are interested in giving back to Brigadoon and helping our campers to have a positive camp experience
How to Apply
Campers will register separately for this Leadership Program and will be required to fill out a supplementary leadership application, answering questions related to their skills, abilities, and reasons for wanting to be involved in the leadership program.
Camper applications will be assessed and spots will be offered based on the discretion of the Brigadoon Leadership Team. Campers will be offered places in the program based on suitability for the program, as determined by the Brigadoon Leadership Team.
For the Service Week of this program (the week which falls during the camper’s typical condition-specific week,) the cost scheme will remain the same as the typical registration cost.
For the additional Training Week of this program, the cost will be $500 per week, in order to cover the extra costs incurred by Brigadoon for the additional campers.
Each of these weeks will follow our typical pay-what-you-can structure, and families will be offered the same tiered payment system as campers in all of our other programs.
What if my child is a camper from See-Ya?
We are happy to discuss alternate arrangements for campers who join us for these camp sessions. We are happy to offer a place in the program to campers from any of these sessions and will work out a solution on a case-by-case basis for those campers. These weeks have been chosen based on where they fall in the calendar, and based on the lower camper numbers within these camp sessions.
What if my camper’s training week occurs immediately before their service week?
In cases where Braveheart/Carpe Diem campers or Camp Guts & Glory/Got2Go campers have been accepted into the program and are unable to travel back and forth in between their two camp sessions, arrangements may be made for them to remain at camp in between sessions. Further details will be made available closer to the start of camp.
What if my camper is not accepted into the program?
In cases where it is determined that a particular camper is not a good fit for the program in 2019, we will encourage them to apply again in 2020. This camper will still have a place in their typical condition-specific camp as a camper. We may be able to find additional opportunities for this camper to take on more of a leadership role within the camp session.
What if my camper is not old enough for the program?
We will continue to offer the LIT Pursuit program during our camp sessions, which will be open to campers who are unable to join the program (due to age restrictions, not being accepted into the program, or other circumstances). We may look to offer additional leadership opportunities for younger campers in future years, but are unable to offer any more than this to campers under the age of 15 at this time.
Campers aged 13+ are eligible to attend our off-season leadership/teen retreats taking place over Winter Teen Retreat and March Break.
What will my camper’s schedule look like?
More specific details of the program will be made available as we approach the beginning of camp.
Who will run the program for my camper?
Our Leadership Coordinator will be responsible for the facilitation of the program, in conjunction with several Leadership Counsellors. These staff members will facilitate training sessions, will deliver feedback on performance, and will coordinate the schedules and responsibilities of each Leadership camper.