LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Leadership programs at CQE are designed to provide opportunities for progressive growth and development in an outdoor environment. 

At age 13, enthusiastic young people looking for an alternative or supplement to traditional camp can begin to develop their leadership skills with our Introduction to Whitewater and Killarney program. 

At age 15, most of our campers choose to join our Leadership 1 programs and become DELs (Developing Excellent Leaders). While no program is a pre-requisite for another, it is highly recommended that participants complete the DEL program prior to enrolling in Leadership 2 (Island or Venture LIT).

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth partners with the YMCA Academy to offer an accredited Ontario high school credit within our DEL, Island, and Venture LIT programs. The majority of credit requirements will be completed by everyone, however, only credit participants will be graded. 

Participants in the credit program must also be registered in either our Leadership 1 or Leadership 2 programs. Strong Kids Financial Assistance is available to families who qualify. For more information, contact by email.

Venture LIT High School Credit - IDC30 Course Outline 
Island LIT High School Credit - IDC30 Course Outline 
Delaware High School Credit - PAI20 Course Outline

PROGRAMS

Leadership Outtrip: Killarney (2 Weeks) 
Participants must be 13-15 years of age by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.

This 12-day canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park is aimed at young leaders looking to build close friendships, develop camping skills, and further their leadership abilities. The group consists of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers.

Participants set personal goals and are encouraged to actively reflect on their personal strengths, abilities, and areas for growth. Participants are taught introductory navigation, campsite management, and cooking skills. This trip has an emphasis on having fun and being active in the great outdoors!


Leadership Outtrip: Introduction to Whitewater (2 Weeks) 
Participants must be 13-15 years of age by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.

This program is aimed at young leaders looking to develop foundational whitewater paddling skills and develop leadership skills. The group consists of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers.

The program focuses on the basics of moving water paddling. Participants learn river theory and become familiar with whitewater paddling techniques through day trips and short overnight trips, and then venture to a classic Ontario river for a multi-day whitewater canoe trip in the second week. 

Participants set personal goals in a whitewater environment and are encouraged to actively reflect on their personal strengths, abilities, and areas for growth. This trip has an emphasis on having fun and being active in the great outdoors!


Leadership 1: DEL (Developing Excellent Leaders) (4 Weeks)
Participants must be 15 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year. It is recommended that participants have their Bronze Medallion swimming level.

This program provides opportunities for skill development, group leadership, co-operation, problem-solving, and independence. Working together to succeed collectively is part of the fun, challenge, and adventure! 

Developing Excellent Leaders (DELs) spend half the program on a canoe trip in Temagami and the other half at CQE working on skill development and leadership. The DEL trainers lead the first few days, while participants take an active leadership role during the remainder of the trip. 

With the help and supervision of trainers, DELs develop diverse skills including navigation, outdoor living, group dynamics, and interpersonal skills. Throughout the morning, they will participate in activities with the aim of achieving a high skill level in one area (canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or windsurfing). DELs receive both formal and informal feedback sessions throughout the month.


Leadership 2: Island LIT (4 Weeks) 
Participants must be 16 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.
We recommend participants complete Leadership 1 or an equivalent program and have their Bronze Cross swimming level.

Island LIT is a second step option in CQE’s leadership training program. The program focuses on leading, teaching, and acting as role models for younger campers. Participants spend two weeks as a “Resource LIT”, where they help teach morning activities and spend time with other LITs in programs that develop programming and teaching skills. The other two weeks are spent as a “Cabin LIT” where each LIT is placed with a cabin group for the session. They participate in all cabin programs and help lead several programs under the guidance of experienced CQE Staff.


Leadership 2: Venture LIT (4 Weeks) 
Participants must be 16 years old by December 31st of the camp session’s calendar year.
We recommend participants complete Leadership 1 or an equivalent program and have their Bronze Cross swimming level. Participants must be comfortable and competent canoeists and swimmers with experience on canoe trips.

Venture LIT is a second step option in CQE’s leadership training program, featuring a 3.5-week wilderness canoe trip (Missinaibi River in July and Wabakimi Provincial Park in August). The program focuses on leadership in a wilderness environment, decision-making, and further development of tripping skills.

There will be a whitewater clinic offered at CQE for all participants. Transportation is provided and participants will be contacted in May with details for the weekend.