I am thrilled to announce that the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board to provide an opportunity for youth in our camp leadership development programs to obtain an Ontario Secondary School credit this summer.
This program is an encouraging demonstration that by working together, we can find new ways for youth to experience academic success through alternative learning environments.
Learning opportunities the program offers are outtripping, conflict resolution, team building, collaborative problem solving and leadership development.
An Ontario certified teacher, along with YMCA camp staff, will deliver the program and evaluate the participants’ standing as it relates to the available credit. The program is open to all young people aged 15-16, and sponsorships are available to those who cannot afford the full fee for this camp experience.
Through this partnership, we will be offering the following credits:
- Leadership One Program Credit: Healthy Active Living Education – Outdoor Education (Grade 11, PAD3O) This credit is available at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana
- Leadership Two Program Credit: Leadership and Peer Support (Grade 11, GPP3O) This credit is available at both YMCA Camp Kitchikewana and YMCA Geneva Park
Cam Norman, Director of Residential Camping has worked with the SMCDSB for months on this initiative and it is through the strength of this community partnership and a commitment to youth that we are able to offer this opportunity to over 100 youth this summer.
The success of the program will be measured by the number of program participants this year, but its real success will be proven next year when the program’s reputation will have become more established. Currently, spaces are still available for youth interested in participating. Those who have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to learn in an experiential environment are encouraged to call: (705) 325-2253 to learn more.