Leadership Programs (Ages 13 – 16)
Our Leadership Programs offer incredible experiences for teens to help them improve their confidence, communication skills and independence. Participants will leave these programs inspired to better themselves and the world around them! Pine Crest Leadership participants are between the ages of 13 and 16, and sorted into programs based on their age. This ensures that leadership programs meet the developmental needs of participants, and build on one another if campers participate year after year.
All junior programs are intended as a bridge between camper and leader. A variety of elements from the camper experience are still present in this introductory leadership program, although additional learning and responsibilities are added. Campers will begin developing self-awareness to understand their own strengths and struggles. Participants will also be encouraged to act as role models at the camp on a daily basis. Additionally, campers will participate in placements to help teach skills or facilitate activities for younger campers.
Intermediate programs have a greater focus on group development and performance. Groups will examine topics like group formation, communication and conflict resolution, and healthy group dynamics. Participants are expected to take responsibility for themselves and others to ensure that learning objectives and positive experiences are achieved. Small group success on the out-trip is a main component for learning and performance in these programs.
Senior programs aim to prepare participants for leadership in all areas of their lives. Senior programs focus on planning, delivery, and evaluation of programs, camp or community initiatives, and the out-trip. Skills are practiced during placements around camp, working with cabins or support departments, and on the canoe trip.
High School Credits
Participants in many leadership programs will also have the opportunity to earn a High School Course credit. Leadership programs that are 4-8 weeks in length can participate in a Grade 10 Physical Education course or a Grade 11 Physical Education course.
In addition to registering for an eligible Leadership Program, campers who are interested in earning a credit must also register for the High School Course ($250). The credit courses have been designed around the leadership curriculum so the assignments fit seamlessly into the program delivery. All leadership participants will complete the work and demonstrate the skills needed to earn the credit.
The course is delivered in partnership with the YMCA Academy, a school run by the YMCA of Greater Toronto in the city. Credit reports will be generated after the summer and sent to the Academy. From here, reports will be mailed to each student’s school and home. Families are encouraged to check in with their guidance office once they receive their report to ensure the student’s transcript has been updated.
Please email email@example.com if your participant has an IEP or will require any additional support.
Intro to White Water
The white water skills clinic is a program for anyone who is new to white water paddling!
For one week on the Madawaska River, participants will learn all about canoeing in rapids. Most of their time will be spent paddling rapids with brief breaks to discuss how to understand the features of a rapid, paddling strokes, white water rescue, and how to swim in white water. The white water clinic is short and sweet — participants are always surprised by how much fun they have and how much they learn. Participants will set up a home base camp on the first day of the clinic and spend the entirety of the trip on the same camp site. The program will start and finish at Pine Crest.
White Water Clinic - Leadership
The white water clinic is a program designed to teach the skills associated with paddling in rapids. Anyone who has paddled white water in the past but would like to improve their skills or build confidence should also consider this program.
For one week on the Madawaska River, participants will learn all about canoeing in rapids. Most of their time will be spent paddling rapids with brief breaks to discuss how to understand the features of a rapid, paddling strokes, white water rescue, and how to swim in white water. The white water clinic is short and sweet — participants are always surprised by how much fun they have and how much they learn. The white water clinic is always offered in the first week of the summer so participants are able to pair it with a Leadership program involving white water paddling.
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