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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, volunteer hours for placement week(s), meaningful friendships, positive role models and many long-lasting memories!

SLP 2023 Applications are now open!

Application Process

Download the SLP Application Package (click the button below):

Fill out the SLP Application Form and email it to the: Camp Director.

Download the reference form (click the button below):

Contact 2 references (Minister, Employer, Sunday School Coordinator, Coach, Teacher) and have them complete the Reference Form.

Send completed reference forms to the: Camp Director.

Wait for confirmation of acceptance to the SLP Program.

Register for SLP online through our online registration portal.

What do we look for when selecting SLP participants?

We are looking for youth who are mature, responsible, and excited to develop their leadership and explore their faith.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and willing to contribute positively to the team-oriented environment of the Cave Springs community.

It is essential that participants have an interest in working with children and serving others.

We expect participants to take the experience seriously and to try their best at everything they do.

While our SLPs are learning, they will work closely with campers at different times in their schedule. So it is essential that they understand and follow all of our safety policies and procedures for community and camper well-being.

Our SLPs bring great energy and positivity to our camp, both for the present and the future. We look forward to hearing from you!

SLP Details

The Servanthood Leadership Program is designed for youth ages 14-15. Priority will be given to applicants who are 15 before December 31st, 2022. Please contact the office for questions regarding age eligibility.

The cost for our Summer SLP Program is $450

Bursary options are available for participants in need of financial assistance. Please contact Tim at 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 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 High School volunteer hours for their placement week(s).

Leadership Development Camp (LDC)

Minimum age is 16 (as of Dec. 31, 2023).

Cave Springs Camp, alongside Ryerson Camp and Silver Lake Camp, two other United Church camps (often referred to as our “Sister Camps”), are affiliated with Leadership Development Camp, which is aimed for youth who are looking for an expanded and more comprehensive leadership experience. This program is highly recommended by Cave Springs Camp. Participation creates a strong road to successful camp staff leadership.

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

4410 Cave Spring Rd, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0