Day Camps LIT Program - CKW YMCA

Day Camps LIT Program

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YMCA of Three Rivers Camps

The YMCA of Three Rivers is excited to announce the official unification of the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo, The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, and the YMCA of Stratford-Perth as one regional entity. 

Our camping department is thrilled to be working together to offer you the same great camp experiences that your family has loved over the years. This year, all registration will be online.

For any day camp specific questions that you have, please email daycamp@ytr.ymca.ca

 

Registration Opens

7:00am, Monday February 1, 2021

**Please be advised that all programs and dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 Provincial Guidelines**

 

Day Camp Leaders in Training Program (LIT)

Ages 13-15

The Leader in Training (LIT) program is designed to help youth develop their leadership skills that will not only apply in a day camp setting, but in all areas of their lives. This program is a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment where youth will feel accepted, find their voice and become engaged in their community. Youth will develop leaderships skills, build self-confidence, and improve their communication skills through team-based activities, challenges, group initiatives, games and mentorship opportunities.

The LIT Program can be a steppingstone to help youth build skills and transition from being a camper to volunteering in a day camp setting, and eventually into a day camp counselor role, or other leadership roles within their schools and communities.

The Day Camp LIT Program is a two-week leadership program with 3 unique progressive levels. Levels are based on the age of the youth at the time of participating in the program. Upon successfully completing the two-week program, youth will have the opportunity to volunteer at Y Day Camp this summer, as a LIT placement, if they so choose. For the placement, LIT’s will be partnered with a Camp Counselor and their Camper group for the week, they will help to support the campers, lead camp songs, games and activities. 

LIT Level 1

LIT Level 2

LIT Level 3

This summer, the LIT program will be held at the following camp locations. Please click or scroll to view the schedule for each site:

Camp Conestogo

Camp Heidelberg

Shade's Mills

Stratford

Questions?

 



LIT Level 1 – Youth age 13

In the Day Camp Leader in Training Level 1 Program, youth will be introduced to the basic concepts of what it means to be a leader. They will work to develop fundamental leadership skills, improve communication and team building skills, and build confidence in themselves. Youth will also be introduced to a variety of day camp games, activities, songs, skills and more.

Leaders in Training Level 1 includes:

  • Leadership fundamentals
  • Communication skills
  • Team Building
  • Responsibility and roles
  • Advocacy
  • Planning and delivering games/activities
  • Group Instruction delivery
  • Ages & Stages of development
  • Supporting campers
  • Goal Setting and personal growth

Upon successfully completing Level 1, LIT’s will have the opportunity to volunteer at Y Day Camp this summer, as a LIT placement, if they so choose. For the placement, LIT’s will be partnered with a Camp Counselor and their Camper group for the week, they will help to support the campers, lead camp songs, games and activities. 

LIT’s will supported through this program by youth specific staff. Staff will complete a constructive feedback evaluation of each LIT based on performance and engagement, that will be given to youth upon completing the program.

Prerequisite: Youth must be 13 years of age

Cost: $300.00


 

LIT Level 2 – Youth age 14

In the Day Camp Leader in Training Level 2 Program, youth will build on the skills they learned in Level 1 to further develop these skills, while also learning new skills through engaging activities and more hands-on experience. Youth will also complete their First-Aid & CPR Certification.


Leaders in Training Level 2 includes:

  • First-Aid & CPR Certification
  • Team Building
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving
  • Behaviour Management Techniques
  • Inclusion and integrating children with special needs
  • Social Inclusion & Advocacy
  • Supporting Camper Groups
  • Goal Setting
  • Delivering activities at camp

Upon successfully completing Level 2, LIT’s will have the opportunity to volunteer at Y Day Camp this summer, as a LIT placement. For the placement, LIT’s will be partnered with a Camp Counselor and their camper group for the week, they will help to support the campers, lead camp songs, games and activities. 

LIT’s will supported through this program by youth specific staff. Staff will complete a constructive feedback evaluation of each LIT based on performance and engagement, that will be given to youth upon completing the program.

Prerequisite: Youth must be 14 years of age; completed LIT Level 1

Cost: $300.00


 

LIT Level 3 – Youth age 15

In the Day Camp Leader in Training Level 3 Program, youth will build on the skills they have learned in Level 2 to become confident leaders. This level focuses on further stepping outside of your comfort zone and confidently implementing learned skills in particle hands on settings. The majority of the program is a mentorship opportunity for youth to be paired with a Camp Counselor and Camper group, at a Y Day Camp. They will support campers, lead games, songs, sports and camp activities.

In LIT Level 3, youth will complete their High Five - Principals of Health Child Development Certification (Parks & Recreation Ontario).

Upon successfully completing Level 3, LIT’s will have the option to extend their LIT placement at day camp. They can opt to have an additional week of placement to be partnered with a Camp Counselor and camper group for the week.

LIT’s will supported through this program by youth specific staff. Staff will complete a constructive feedback evaluation of each LIT based on performance and engagement, that will be given to youth upon completing the program.

Prerequisite: Youth must be 15 years of age; completed LIT Level 1 & LIT Level 2

Cost: $225.00


 

LIT Program Sites, Offerings, and Schedules 

Camp Conestogo 

Camp Weeks Offered

Dates

Levels Offered

Ages

Week 1
Week 2

Jul 5-9
Jul 12-16

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 3
Week 4

Jul 19-23
Jul 26-30

Level 2

14

Week 5
Week 6

Aug 3-Aug 6
Aug 9-Aug 13 

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 7
Week 8

Aug 16-Aug 20
Aug 23-Aug 27

Level 2          

14

Camp Heidelberg

Camp Weeks Offered

Dates

Levels Offered

Ages

Week 1
Week 2

Jul 5-9
Jul 12-16

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 3
Week 4

Jul 19-23
Jul 26-30

Level 2

14

Week 5
Week 6

Aug 3-Aug 6
Aug 9-Aug 13

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 7
Week 8

Aug 16-Aug 20
Aug 23-Aug 27

Level 2

14

Shade's Mills

Camp Weeks Offered

Dates

Levels Offered

Ages

Week 1
Week 2

Jul 5-9
Jul 12-16

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 3
Week 4

Jul 19-23
Jul 26-30

Level 2

14

Week 5
Week 6

Aug 3-Aug 6
Aug 9-Aug 13

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 7
Week 8

Aug 16-Aug 20
Aug 23-Aug 27

Level 2

14

Stratford

Camp Weeks Offered

Dates

Levels Offered

Ages

Week 1
Week 2

July 5th – 9th
July 12th - 16th

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 3
Week 4

July 19th - 23rd
July 26th -30th

Level 2

14

Week 5
Week 6

Aug 3rd – Aug 6th
Aug 9th -Aug 13th 

Level 1

13

Level 3

15/returning LITs

Week 7
Week 8

Aug 16th – Aug 20th
Aug 23rd  – Aug 27th

Level 2

14

Questions?

Please connect with us

Call: 519-699-5100

Email: daycamp@ytr.ymca.ca 

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