Leadership (13 – 16 Years)


WORKSHOPSthe general duration of each leadership-themed workshop is between 1-2.5 hours.

Program Overview & Leader Characteristics:  each program begins with a clear in-depth overview of the Leadership program curriculum outlining the workshops, excursions and recreational activities to be experienced over the 2-week program duration; in addition to an enlightened discussion on characteristics associated with great leaders and the importance of self-regulation – the ability to stay focused, goal-oriented, mindful of one’s action’s, to manage stress and ultimately the importance of making healthy life choices.  *Program Overview and Leader Characteristics Workshop conducted by Leadership Counsellors.

Invicta Self-Defense:  provides Leadership teens with an in-depth understanding of violence education and easy-to-remember and perform self-defense techniques taught by Self-Defense workshop conductor Alexis Fabricius (aka Master Splinter), UTSC alumna and former Camp Director of the All-Star Camp at University of Toronto Scarborough now known and branded as Camp U of T.

Social Media & Entrepreneurship: the first hour of this informative and empowering workshop overviews the pros and cons of social media and the inherent individual responsibility and accountability implied when using social media to create and share content (i.e. photos and videos) and general participation in social networking in addition to how social media is used in business to market and sell product and services.  The second hour of the workshop focuses on entrepreneurship through the use of social media and traditional methods.  *Social Media & Entrepreneurship Workshop conducted by Leadership Counsellors.

Environmental Sustainability (ECO-Scavenger Hunt):  The Eco-Scavenger hunt is an exciting outdoor team-building event where Leadership teens are put into 4-5 groups (aka tribes) and in a friendly spirit of competition complete a series of eco-questions/challenges all through the campus pertaining to the environment.  In the event of rain, a similar indoor challenge will be used.  ECO-Scavenger hunt workshop is hosted by UTSC’s Environmental Sustainability office student assistants.

The Personal Greatness Project:  Mentoring session that empowers teens and young adults to realize their potential, thrive in a quickly-changing world, navigate life the right way as their greatest authentic selves facilitated by program speaker, mentor and founder Cory Chadwick.

Youth Programming:  Leadership teens will learn the framework to design inclusive developmentally-appropriate games for children 6-12 as required of camp counsellors and the tools in which to lead, manage and safely oversee children in a non-discriminatory anti-bullying environment, based on the standards upheld by camp administration and counsellors at Camp U of T Scarborough.

First-Aid:  a mini 2hr course designed to educate and provide LIT teens with the ability to recognize and respond to life-threatening medical emergencies as well as those situations with the potential to become life-threatening if not treated (injury prevention).  *Teens will receive certificate of completion.  *Course is conducted by Mary-Jo Wheeldon from Rescue Plus.  It is important to note that the course is not an official certification but rather a certificate of completion outlining that the participant has a solid understanding of key principles as a first responder.

Civic Engagement:  presentation that explores civic participation promoting the quality of life in a community through individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern through both political and non-political processes (e.g. exercising the right to vote, social activism, volunteerism, active membership in a group or organization, fundraising etc.)

Public Speaking and Debating:  in the debate and public speaking program teens focus on the development of their speaking, listening and analytic skills and their ability to exhibit the qualities of a critical thinker and competent speaker to improve confidence when speaking in front of a small or large audience.

Camp Wide Event:  provides Leadership teens the opportunity to put their newly acquired leadership skills to the test assisting Senior Camp Counsellors lead an activity for campers ages 6-12 years.

Communication Café:  this workshop was implemented two summers ago when youth from mainland China participated in our Leadership program and would host a 2-hour interactive workshops exploring Chinese history and culture with a communication workshop teaching few Chinese greetings and Chinese.  Since then, the workshop has evolved where all leadership teens share aspects of their culture and history with their peers in a similar fashion.

 Personal Finance:  this highly informative workshop introduces teen to the concepts of short and long-term financial planning and goal setting pertaining to budgeting, saving, mindful spending habits, acquiring a credit card and responsible usage in addition to identity theft prevention safety measures.  Interactive discussion of these topics is discussed for 40-minutes followed by two mini group exercises.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bullying:  this insightful workshop provides Leadership teens with the understanding in how essential it is for them as emerging leaders to be knowledgeable about the factors that make for healthy work environments, which are diverse, equitable and inclusive.  Most importantly, the workshop will overview the steps to identify, eliminate, reduce and mitigate barriers that manifest in work environments that prevent harmonious, equitable and flourishing work atmospheres.  Workshop conducted by Karima Hashmani, Senior Advisor, Equity and Diversity.

Cover Letter & Resume Development: interactive hands-on work lab where teens are assigned to their own individual computer work stations and learn the required steps and components to compose a cover letter and resume from scratch and the importance for both when applying for volunteer and employment opportunities.  *Cover Letter and Resume Development workshop conducted by Camp Coordinator Rochelle Welch.

Career Day:  teens complete mock interviews with a partner and/or in mini-groups applying what they learned in homeroom class pertaining to the interview process complemented by their transferable job skills and volunteer experiences as outlined on their cover letter and resumes completed in the cover letter and resume development workshop the day prior.  Teens are welcome to dress in business attire if they wish and bring the required day wear for recreational activities during the camp day.

Job Shadowing:  Leadership teens work alongside Senior Camp Counsellors to gain first-hand knowledge and the confidence to execute the required job expectations such as head counts at every program rotation, active supervision and behavior management.

Program Evaluation:  Leadership teens have a say in how beneficial they found each workshop, excursion and recreational activities and their overall experience in the program.  Most importantly the feedback they provide continues to improve this program that continues to progressively evolve.

Outdoor Recreation:  Leadership teens engage in sport and recreational activities each day in-between each scheduled workshop and/or excursion.  Some of these excursions require Leadership teens to establish activities designated for younger campers ages    6-12yrs; in addition to making alternative activities and programs developmentally-appropriate to the physical and mental capacities of children and youth.




TARA (Horseback Riding):  a 2-hour workshop that involves indoor-arena riding basics, outdoor trail trot-riding and stable management.

TPASC (Recreational Swimming): teens simply have aquatic fun in the water with fellow peers and Leadership counsellors at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre pool.

Toronto Zoo (Overnight Camping Trip):  teens get the opportunity to feed the animals (e.g. giraffe, hippo’s etc.) and receive a tour of the facility by a zookeeper, in addition to a zoo-mobile ride to the camping grounds where teens will be assigned a large tent to share with a small group of their peers and enjoy a campfire.  The following day they will experience the “Gorilla Climb”, which is a fun interactive high-low ropes obstacle course.

Joe Rockhead’s (Indoor Rock-Climbing): teens experience team-building through a fun and interactive experience through hands-on and practical climbing techniques and partner-work sharing.  Indoor rock-climbing has long been seen by educators as an exceptional recreational tool for team-building.

Quest for Knowledge (Laser Tag/ Light & Optics Workshop):  1-hour educational workshop that follows the Grade 10 curriculum pertaining to light and optics followed by two games of Laser Tag.


Talent Show Practice (*only applies to Leadership teens enrolled in Session 4:  August 13-24):  Leadership teens perform at the talent show in front of an audience of campers ages 6-12.  Each year campers highly anticipate seeing the performance of the LIT teens who they admire and aspire to be in the not-so-distant future.