• Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
The Program is designed to: The Program is NOT designed to:
  • provide participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, through structured workshops and wilderness trip experiences.
  • provide experiences to youth who are interested in personal growth, learning how to work well with others, and leadership development.
  • be an intervention for challenging behaviours, or a mental health treatment centre.
  • be a camp counsellor training program (“CIT”), although some graduates of the Youth Leadership Program may choose to apply to be counsellors at our camps.

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:

Be Responsible

  • Make decisions that reflect positive values.
  • Take accountability for their actions and respect consequences.
  • Demonstrate respect for themselves, others and the environment.

Be Caring

  • Build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Contribute to family, school, community.
  • Show empathy and reach out to others in need.

Be Motivated

  • Have confidence in their ability to shape their own personal future.
  • Try new things and take on challenges.
  • Manage ambiguity and navigate adversity.
Because of camp…®

Because of camp…®

“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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