The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is a five-level program, designed to teach life-long leadership skills. Each level has a unique focus on Teamwork, Goal Setting, Expression, Wilderness Connections and Community Engagement. Additional resources for YLP participants can be found at www.thcfylp.com.
Also, all of our program graduates are eligible for post-secondary education funding through the Carolee House Bursary Program.
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We hold participants of the Youth Leadership Program to a very high standard. We have high expectations for their behaviour, attitude, and engagement in the Program. Participants are actively involved in planning their time at camp while in the Program and play an important role in workshops and discussions. Participants will be expected to set goals for themselves, both at camp and when they return home.
Level 1 – Roots
The first level of the Program is focused on an introduction to the basic concepts of leadership. Participants engage in conversations about past volunteer experiences and take part in special projects contributing to the camp community. With their cabin mates, they take part in an introductory wilderness experience on a canoe trip in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Level 2 – Embark
During the Embark level, participants further explore their leadership as they advance their paddling and camping skills during a four-day canoe trip with their cabin group. Time at camp is spent focusing on trip preparation, skill development and choice activities.
Level 3 – Reach
Putting their leadership skills into action, participants become leaders within their group, assuming the role of “Leader-of-the-Day” on their backcountry trip. Participants are given more ownership over their individual experience as they have their choice of varied length canoe trips or a hiking trip. Time at camp is balanced between trip preparation and camp-wide programming.
Level 4 – Ascent
To coincide with the final years of high school, the Ascent level uses backcountry canoe trips to challenge the leadership, teamwork and communication of participants. Varied length canoe trips are offered to meet the unique interests of these older participants. Taking advantage of being close to Winnipeg, participants receive tours of local universities and colleges to encourage their pursuit of post-secondary education.
Level 5 – Summit
A strong emphasis on the transference of learning from camp and backcountry travel to home-life is focused on during structured workshops and debriefs. The final backcountry trip culminates in a choice of backcountry paddling trips, utilizing skills learned throughout the Program. At camp, they are challenged with a Static High-Adventure Course and participate in a Sweat Lodge.
Every Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp experience is designed to support participants in becoming more responsible, caring and motivated individuals. We would like potential participants to consider applying for the Youth Leadership Program if they are truly committed to developing as individuals and members of their communities. Through the Youth Leadership Program, participants will develop the skills and resources to:
“The Youth Leadership Program made me a stronger, more resilient person. I made it through so much more because the program fortified my spirit and instilled in me an optimism I hadn’t known.”
– Adam, Youth Leadership Program Graduate
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