Leaders in Training will provide youth with the necessary skills to be an effective leader in their community. Through participation in group activities focused on leadership, communication and teamwork, participants gain a valuable experience. Participants can sign up for a traditional camp program one period each day. Participants must be able to direct their own care and contribute thoughts and ideas to the group.
Summer 2019 Applications will be available to download in January 2019.
The full cost for Leaders-in-Training is $1,000*.
*Funding is available for campers who will be 18 and under as of July 1st and are not a Crown Ward of the government – please scroll down for more details.
Now offered at both camps! The Leaders in Training program helps young adults develop leadership and other practical skills, which can be used throughout their lives for their own personal growth.
Each session has 8 LIT participants, who live in a cabin with other LITs and are supervised by the LIT programmer. They gain valuable leadership skills through team building activities, discussions, journals, mentoring and evaluations.
The program is both challenging and fun. The LITs live together, hang out together and participate in a special ‘out of camp’ trip together as well as participate in regular camp programs, as LITs. There are also plenty of opportunities for everyone to practice their newly developed leadership skills within the camp community. This 10 day program costs $1,000.
Campers under the age of 19 years as of July 1 (of the camping year) and who are not a Crown Ward, are eligible to receive funding from Easter Seals Ontario. Families are asked to pay what they can, with a minimum payment of $225. The remainder will be funded by our generous donors. Campers who are 19+ are not eligible to receive funding and are required to pay full fees.
Leader In Training Eligibility
- Between the ages of 17—24 years
- Independent in own self-care or be able to direct own care (help will be available)
- Interested in developing leadership skills
This program is open to teenagers between the ages of 17 – 24 years (as of July 1 of the camping year) who have a physical disability. Participants must be able to direct their own care, participate in team building activities and interested in developing leadership skills. Easter Seals Ontario counsellors will be able to provide campers with any care they may require, however, campers should feel comfortable directing their own care, as the counsellors will take their direction from them.
A Typical Day for Leaders in Training
|9:00 a.m.||Morning LIT Program|
|1:00 p.m.||Free time – to hang out with your friends|
|3:00 p.m.||Solo time – join in the camp program of your choice|
|4:30 p.m.||LIT Program|
|6:00 p.m.||Evening Activity|
|9:00 p.m.||Free Time|
Frequently asked questions…
Where will I live?
The LITs will live together in a camper cabin. The cabins are air conditioned with large washrooms. All cabins are wheelchair accessible.
What attendant care is available?
Attendant care will be provided if needed, however, you should be comfortable directing your own care, as the attendant will take their direction from you.
What will I do during the LIT program?
During your time in the LIT program you cover a number of different topics, including: team building activities, communication and leadership skills, job shadowing, meal planning, resume writing, interview techniques, developing and running a camp wide activity and much more.
Will I get a chance to take advantage of the activities at camp?
Yes. Built into your day is a ‘Solo Time’ when you can choose a camp activity to participate in. Remember to keep in mind that you are a participating leader – you cannot turn off being a leader when having ‘Solo Time’.
What are your meals like?
A catering company provides family-style meals, served in our dining halls. The camp is able to accommodate basic diets such as vegetarian, soft, puree and gluten-free (we do not provide Halal, Kosher or low-sodium meals etc). If you have a more specialized diet, please contact Easter Seals Ontario Recreation Department to ensure your nutritional needs can be met. Easter Seals camps are peanut aware camps. Please do not bring and peanut or nut products to camp.
How many LITs will there be?
Each LIT session has a total of eight LITs (four girls and four boys).
Where is this program being offered?
There will be three LIT sessions at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood in Perth and two LIT session at Camp Woodeden in London.
Download Camp Applications here.