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What are Leadership Programs?
****2021 Update: Due to many complicating factors due to the pandemic, we are unable to offer our leadership programs for the 2021 season. Instead we are finding the need to simplify our offerings and have chosen to concentrate on our efforts on our summer camper sessions. Leadership at Davern will return for the 2022 season. We apologize for the inconvenience.****

Davern’s Leadership Programs are designed to teach young people what it takes to be a peer leader in an outdoor context. Campers can sign up for a given year, but the programs build upon one another with the aim of producing young people who are ready to mentor, teach and lead their peers and younger campers on adventures. In essence, Leadership Programs at Davern produce great counsellors armed with many traditional and transferable skills. Enrolment in each each program is limited, and exists on a first-come first-basis. Make sure you check the appropriate program enrolment box in the camp registration form. Currently, the following programs are offered at Camp Davern:

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Leader in Training (LIT)
(Ages 14-15)

At Davern, we think the transition from grade 8 to 9 is a big one. As a result, we’ve developed the Leader in Training program. Focusing on the leadership of decision making and discovering the benefits of positive leadership and role modelling, we work with tomorrow’s leaders to help shape their ethical compass. This three-week leadership program runs parallel to camper sessions. Adding onto the already terrific camper experience, LIT Candidates give up one of their elective periods to take part in leadership sessions. In addition, the group participates in a three night camping trip emphasizing shared leadership principles.

Dates: July 9 – 29
August 6 – 26
Rate: $2,650
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Counsellor In Training (CIT)
(Ages 15-16)

The CIT program is a four-week adventure that focuses on the hard skills of the camp experience. Candidates work to achieve certification in swimming (Bronze Med and Cross),as well as training in canoeing, team building and outdoor living skills. Candidates also take part in some of the elective options available to all campers in addition to a wilderness canoe trip that is both challenging for the kids and memorable. The program strives to encourage each candidate to shine, building character, self esteem, patience and empathy.

Dates: July 3 – 29
July 31 – August 26
Rate: $3,450
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junior volunteer counselor program
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