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Servanthood Leadership Program (SLP)

This summer Cave Springs Camp will once again host our Servanthood Leadership Program (SLP). This is a program for youth age 14-15 that offers an opportunity to combine learning sessions and at camp experience in order to build upon leadership potential. 

The Servanthood Leadership program is an opportunity for youth to gain additional camp knowledge and valuable leadership experience. This program teaches practical camp skills (such as leading activities, practical counselling, and group leadership) and contains faith building sessions and opportunities to serve peers, children, and the community. The intent of SLP is to develop a servant-like attitude in youth, as well as create a unique and individual understanding of what it means to be a mentor to campers through camp activity training and behind-the-scenes projects.

Check back soon for 2020 SLP dates and rates

Please note: there is an application process for the Servanthood Leadership Program. Applications will be sent out in March. If your child would like to be sent an application form, please email director@cavespringscamp.on.ca to let us know and we will send an application form to your child when they are available.

We offer two options for SLP participants:

OPTION 1:

SLP Part 1     
Participants will attend a single week of training at campThis week will focus on “soft skill” training for young leaders. SLP Part 1 program components include practical counselling and faith sessions, team building and leadership activities and a hike to Balls Falls conservation area. 

OPTION 2:

SLP Part 1 AND Part 2      

In addition to attending the SLP Part 1 soft skills training, participants who attend Part 2 will focus on “hard skills” training such as belaying for high ropes, steering canoes, and working closely with campers in a group. It will include an extended canoe camping trip, as well as an Emergency First-Aid Certification. We are very excited to offer teen leaders the amazing opportunity to work more closely with staff and find practical ways to share their faith with children.

SLP candidates must complete SLP Part 1 in order to attend Part 2

Placement Week

If SLP applicants (of either option) show sufficient leadership abilities, they will be offered 1-3 weeks of Assistant Counsellor Placements.

We are looking for youth who are mature, responsible, and looking to develop their faith. It is essential that participants have an interest in working with children and serving others. Please note that this program is different from a regular week at camp and it is expected that all participants give their best throught the program. Each participant will be evaluated on their performance as a leader in training. We aim to cultivate an experience of fun, learning and growth.

There are a limited number of spaces in the SLP program. Youth are selected based on applications and reference letters. Emails and/or phone calls will be sent to all applicants ASAP stating their status of acceptance. 

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Stoyles or Sharon Millar at (905) 563-8487, or email the camp at director@cavespringscamp.on.ca 

Leadership Development Program (LDC)

Cave Springs also offers leadership development opportunities for those aged 16+ years old. Cave Springs is affiliated with two other United Church camps and through these three camps, there is a program called the Leadership Development Camp. This camp is run by a separate group of individuals and runs for two weeks at the beginning of the summer. Campers spend time at all three camps (Cave Springs, Ryerson and Silver Lake) and also travel to Algonquin as well as plan and execute a worship service. More information and how to apply can be found at www.leadershipcamp.ca.