Leadership & Adventure
Geneva Park Leadership Experience and Adventure Progression
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers youth leadership programs at YMCA Geneva Park. Participants will live, learn and have fun in our Geneva Park Leadership Experience and Adventure Progression (GP LEAP) Programs. GP LEAP Programs provide youth with a great opportunity to meet new people, develop individual and group skills and build confidence in a safe, inclusive environment. Please note that all registration for the leadership programs are fully online this year. If you are not able to register online please contact the Park office at 705 330 0378 x 641.
This program is focused all around a recreational canoe expedition. Participants will stay at basecamp for 2 nights prior to trip to prepare, and 1 night at the end of the trip to celebrate successes. The middle 5 days and 4 nights will be experiencing the enjoyment, fun and play elements of a canoe expedition. This expedition is focused on the ‘Experience’ component in an adventure based learning program and where the experience speaks for itself!
Pre-requisites include: Must be 14 at start of the program; previous experience in canoeing, camping and swimming proficiency required. Participants must pass a swim test to participate in program.
SESSION 1: JULY 21-28
SESSION 2: AUGUST 18-25
This program focuses on Outdoor and Adventure experience. Participants will get the opportunity to take action in many adventure recreational activities filled with enjoyment, fun and play in an outdoor setting. They will learn the basics to camp out in a tent all week long and feel the rewards of an overnight canoe trip. The focus is on the ‘Experience’ component of an adventure based learning program where the experience speaks for itself! (Note: this is replacing the former Junior Leaders (JL) program)
Pre-requisites include: Must be 15 at start of the program; ability to pass a swim test (to go on the canoe trip), accommodation exists if unable to pass.
SESSION 1: JUNE 30-JULY 7
SESSION 2: JULY 28-AUGUST 4
This program is focused on building your ‘hard skills’ in adventure programs and getting you to begin to think, discuss and reflect about your experiences. Opportunities to become certified in Bronze Medallion/Cross alongside adventure education training in our many program areas at Geneva Park. Building knowledge and skills in land, water and challenge based activity areas. The group will embark on a 3-4 day canoe trip that will focus on action and reflection. This program focus is on the ‘What’ component of an adventure based learning program where we unpack what the experience is in reality and prepares you for future leadership in adventure programming. (Note: this is replacing the former Young Leaders (YL) program)
Pre-requisites include: Must be 16 at start of the program; ability to pass a swim test.
SESSION 1: JULY 7-21
SESSION 2: AUGUST 4-18
This program focuses on the development of your ‘soft skills’ and learning to behave as a Leader. Focused placements in your skill areas will help forge the behaviours required to move onto an instructional leadership role in your future. Leadership skills will develop further on a 5-day canoe expedition and consolidate with an overnight-supervised solo experience where your actions and reflections will integrate into behavioural leadership change.. This program focuses on the ‘So What’ component of an adventure based learning program where we begin to take our experiences and knowledge from them and apply new action and behaviour into daily life. (Note: this is replacing the former Advanced Leaders (AL) program)
Pre-requisites include: Must be 17 at start of the program; ability to pass a swim test.
SESSION 1: JUNE 30-JULY 21
SESSION 2: JULY 28-AUGUST 18
This development program is an opportunity to fully integrate your ‘hard and soft’ skills into action at Geneva Park. Now is the time to behave like a leader and volunteer in a specific program area at the Park. There will be a variety of program specific positions available. Volunteers will report to Supervisors of their program area and the Program Coordinators. Volunteers will be independently living on-site, and can potentially obtain 40 community volunteer hours.
Pre-requisites include: Must be 17 years old or older by program start; successful application and interviewing, bronze cross, first aid and CPR.
Cover letter and resume to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Volunteer Program” as the subject line.
SESSION 1: JULY 21-28
SESSION 2: AUGUST 18-25
This development program takes place at the YMCA Fairthorne Manor Camp in the United Kingdom. Participants will share this leadership development experience of connecting, supporting and learning with youth from around the world. The program provides youth with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and apply them in a job shadowing experience at the camp. Participants will partake in supervised day trips to local cultural experiences.
Must be 17 years or older by program start date
JULY 21-AUGUST 13
Financial Assistance: At the YMCA, we want to be sure that all children, youth and families have the opportunity to reach their full potential. If you are unable to afford our programs, we offer financial assistance to ensure everyone in our communities who wants to, are able to benefit from a YMCA experience.