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Servanthood Leadership Program (SLP)

What is SLP?

The Servanthood Leadership program is an opportunity for youth to gain additional camp knowledge and valuable leadership experience. It focuses on 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 good team member and a positive role model.

Participants gain relevant work experience, leadership skills, 40 volunteer hours per placement week, meaningful friendships, positive role models and many long-lasting memories!

We are now accepting applications for SLP 2021!

Applications are due June 21

Download the SLP Application Package Below:

The Servanthood Leadership Program is designed for youth ages 14-15. Priority will be given to applicants who are 15 before December 31st, 2021. Please contact the office for questions regarding age eligibility.

The cost for our Summer 2021 SLP Program is $350 and will cover:
July 19-23 SLP training week, all program costs, dinner and breakfast for extended day and daily snacks, all camp activities, supervision and evaluation during placement week(s), staff t-shirt for their placement week(s).

Bursary options are available for participants in need of financial assistance. Please contact Sharon at director@cavespringscamp.on.ca with any questions.

SLP Participants will cover training topics and activities such as:

●  Effective Communication
●  Ages & Stages of Child Development
●  Conflict Resolution
●  Leadership Styles
●  Digging deeper into Faith
●  Leadership beyond camp
●  Camp Community Projects
●  Hike to Ball’s Falls
●  Outdoor Tips & Tricks
●  Leading Camp Activities Effectively
●  Camp Games
●  Team Building
●  High Ropes belaying

SLP Participants must complete 1 placement week as either a Day Camp Counsellor or Program & Logistics Staff. Participants may choose to request more than one placement week, in which case they will have the opportunity to experience both roles.

During their placement week, SLP participants will be assigned to assist 2-3 staff members who will mentor them. SLP’s will have the opportunity to lead camp programming with assistance.

Participants will receive 40 volunteer hours per placement week (with the exception of the short week, August 3-6, for which participants will receive 32 volunteer hours).

The health and safety of all camp participants is of utmost importance to us. SLP Participants will be required to complete a pre-screening form prior to their arrival on site each morning. Upon arriving on site, temperatures will be recorded.


SLP Participants should not attend the program if they are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been exposed to anyone experiencing symptoms.

Masks will be worn at designated times during their time at Cave Springs- while indoors or while doing an activity that does not allow for adequate physical distancing. The majority of their time spent at Cave Springs will be outdoors, cohorted with their designated group. . During their placement week, SLP’s will be required to follow the same guidelines regarding PPE as staff members- which will be made clear to the participants.

Leadership Development Camp (LDC)

*LDC is moving forward with planning for Summer 2021. More details to come! 

Cave Springs Camp, alongside Ryerson Camp and Silver Lake Camp, two other United Church camps (often referred to as our “Sister Camps”), offer a program called Leadership Development Camp, which is aimed for youth aged 16+. 

This program is lead by a curated group of individuals who have been members of the United Church camping community and who are excellent teachers and spiritual role models. The focus of this program is to foster leadership and delve into the Christian faith in a community-based, outdoor setting. This program runs for two weeks at the beginning of the summer. Campers spend time at all three camps (Cave Springs Camp, Ryerson Camp and Silver Lake Camp) and also travel to Algonquin Park where they complete a portage trip. The participants also plan and execute a worship service which is presented at the end of their two-week program. In the weeks following, LDC participants may have a placement week (or multiple) at either of the three camps where they will work alongside the respective staff and continue to grow in their leadership as counsellors, program staff or kitchen staff. 

More information and how to apply can be found at www.leadershipcamp.ca.