LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Leadership programs at CQE are designed to provide opportunities for progressive growth and development in an outdoor environment. 

Our Leadership programs start at age 13, when enthusiastic young people looking for an alternative or supplement to traditional camp can begin to develop their leadership skills with our 12 night Leadership Outtrip program. 

At age 15, campers are able to start participating in our month-long leadership programs, Leadership 1: DEL or Leadership 2: Island LIT or Venture LIT at age 16. Our month-long leadership programs offer participants incredible opportunities to challenge themselves, grow and develop new skills, and create lifelong friendships within their leadership groups

In 2022, we will also be offering a third level of leadership called the Leadership 3: L3 program.  This program is for 17 year olds who missed both their DEL and LIT experiences in 2020 and 2021. 

We have made some adjustments to our 2022 leadership programs to help support the development of our young leaders and ensure they can progress their leadership skills after two summers away from camp. Please note that there will not be any age exceptions for our 2022 leadership programs as they have been designed for the specific age groups listed.

2022 Program dates and rates will be available in early December.

PROGRAMS

Leadership Outtrips: (12 nights) 
Participants must be 13-15 years of age by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.

Our Leadership Outtrips are aimed at young leaders looking to build friendships, develop outdoor skills, and further their leadership abilities. Participants set personal goals and are encouraged to actively reflect on their personal strengths, abilities, and areas for growth. Participants are taught introductory navigation, campsite management, and cooking skills. This trip has an emphasis on having fun and being active in the great outdoors. The group consists of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers.

Leadership 1: DEL (Developing Excellent Leaders) (4 Weeks) 
Participants must be 15 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year. It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level.

Our four-week Leadership 1: DEL program is designed to develop confidence and independence in our participants and allow them to grow as leaders.  The program provides opportunities for participants to focus on communication, decision making, teamwork, group leadership, tripping and skill development. Working together to succeed collectively is an important part of the fun, challenge and adventure of being a DEL. This program is designed specifically for participants 15 years of age and has been modified to help meet our participants’ needs this summer and ensure they feel successful in this introduction to leadership after two summers away from camp.

The DEL participants will spend 11 nights on a canoe trip in the Temagami region and the other portion of their month at CQE working on leadership and skill development. DELs practice various outdoor and camp skills during the time they spend at CQE. They develop skills in a diverse range of areas including risk management, outdoor living, group dynamics and interpersonal skills. While at camp, every morning they will participate in activities with the aim of achieving the highest level in at least one area (canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or windsurfing).

On trip, the DEL Trainers lead the first few days of the canoe trip, while participants take an active role in all aspects of trip leadership during the remainder of it.  With the help and supervision of their trainers, all DEL participants will have the opportunity to navigate, cook, take initiative, and take an active leadership role in group decisions. As part of the program, DELs will receive both formal and informal feedback throughout the month.


Leadership 2: Island LIT (4 Weeks) 
Participants must be 16 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.
We recommend participants complete Leadership 1 or an equivalent program and have their Bronze Cross swimming level.

The Island LIT program is one of two options for 16 year olds in our CQE leadership training program. The LIT program provides practical experience working with youth through cabin and program placements and focuses on furthering leadership, interpersonal, program facilitation and planning skills.  This program is designed specifically for participants 16 years of age and has been modified to help support the development of our leaders and ensure they feel successful in this program after two summers away from camp.

Participants spend two weeks in a program placement, where they help teach morning activities at camp, and spend their afternoons and evenings with the other LITs in sessions to develop their programming, interpersonal and leadership skills.  As outtripping is an important part of the CQE experience, part of the program placement will be a four-day canoe trip in smaller groups where our LITs can develop their tripping skills. They will also participate in a two-week cabin placement as a “Cabin LIT”, where each LIT is paired with a cabin group for the session. They will participate in all cabin programs and be given the opportunity to help lead several programs, all while under the guidance of experienced CQE Staff.  


Leadership 2: Venture LIT (4 Weeks) 
Participants must be 16 or 17 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.
We recommend participants complete Leadership 1 or an equivalent program and have their Bronze Cross swimming level. Participants must be comfortable and competent canoeists and swimmers with experience on canoe trips.

The Venture LIT program is the second option for 16 year olds in our CQE leadership training program and is also available to participants 17 years of age in 2022. This program focuses on the development of leadership and advanced tripping skills in a wilderness environment. This program has been specifically modified and designed to help support the development of our leaders and ensure they feel successful in this program after two summers away from camp.

Participants will spend a week at camp focusing on paddling and tripping skills, including moving water paddling.  They will also have opportunities to learn and develop their leadership skills within the camp community.  The group will then head out on a three-week backcountry canoe trip which is the core of this program where they will develop skills in decision-making, risk management, environmental stewardship, and group management. This incredibly unique experience and environment allows participants to form deep bonds with the natural world and their fellow leaders, while learning and growing in a supportive space.
 

Leadership 3: L3 (4 weeks)
Participants must be 17 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year. We recommend participants complete their Bronze Cross swimming level.  

The Leadership 3 program is a unique month-long leadership experience designed specifically for 17 year old participants who missed both DEL and LIT in 2020 and 2021. This program combines elements of our DEL and LIT programs and is focused on relationship building, community engagement, tripping skills, and leadership and communication skills. 

Our Leadership 3 program is centered on creating strong, active leaders in the camp community and beyond.  As part of the L3 experience, participants will take part in a 5-night canoe trip, a one week cabin placement and two weeks focused on community engagement and environmental stewardship. L3 participants will work hands on with campers in our camp community and will also look beyond the camp environment to learn, grow and be challenged to think and act as a leader and will have the opportunity to demonstrate some of these skills through their very own community-based project in the camp environment.  
 

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth partners with the YMCA Academy to offer an accredited Ontario high school credit within our month-long leadership programs, Leadership 1: DEL, Leadership 2: Island LIT/ Venture LIT, and Leadership 3: L3. The credit is included in the program and all leadership participants will earn a credit. DELs will earn a physical education credit and Island/Venture LITs and L3s will earn a leadership credit. 

For more information, contact by email.

ACCOMODATIONS

As with our traditional sessions, upon registration our in-camp leadership programs campers will have the choice to sign up for an all gender or single gender cabin group. It is important to us that our campers are able to choose an accommodation that makes them feel comfortable and to be themselves.  Please note all Leadership Outtrip and Venture LIT programs continue to be all gender programs. 

All gender spaces are open to everyone – it is a welcoming space for campers who want to share a space with campers of different genders, who have friends or siblings who are different genders, and for campers who identify as non-binary or genderqueer.  

Our all gender cabin option will be offered across all sessions in addition to our single gender cabin options and the number of cabins available will be determined by demand. Because our cabins are one open space, changing spaces and privacy options are available for campers.

Our entire staff team participates in extensive training each year and our all gender cabin staff will receive additional resources and training focused on creating positive all gender spaces for our campers. 

We are proud to be a camp that encourages friendship, belonging, and inclusiveness and we want to ensure that we continue to grow and support the needs of all our campers and families.  If you have questions about our single gender or all gender cabin option, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ask questions or to discuss at 519-453-8858.