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Leadership & Adventure

Geneva Park Leadership Experience and Adventure Progression

Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GP LEAP leadership programming at YMCA Geneva Park have been suspended for summer 2020. Families of campers have been contacted about their registration. We hope to resume operations in the fall and look forward to seeing summer campers again in summer 2021!

If you are looking for a virtual leadership program – we have one for you! Click here to learn more.


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 focuses on an Adventure Recreation experience. Participants will get the opportunity to take action in many adventure recreational activities in all departments at Geneva Park. They will also learn the basics to camp out on a Practice Journey’ and then feel the rewards of a 2-day Qualifying Journey’ canoe trip. This will qualify them to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journey at the Bronze Award LevelThe Bronze is filled with enjoyment, fun and play in an outdoor setting and the focus is on the ‘Experience’ component of an Adventure-Based Learning (ABL) Program. Concluding with a solo ‘sit-spot’ in the wilderness, participants will be able to reflect and bridge towards next adventures.

Pre-requisites Include: Participants must be age 15 by July 1. Ability to pass the Lifesaving Society – Swim to Survive. Bronze Star or greater swimming experience recommended

Certifications Obtainable: Duke of Ed – Adventurous Journey – Bronze Award, Lifesaving Society – Swim to Survive, AdventureSmart – PaddleSmart Workshop, GP LEAP: BRONZE Level.

SESSION 1: JUNE 27-JULY 4
SESSION 2:  AUGUST 15-22

Cost: $770

This program is focused on building your ‘hardskills’ with an Adventure Education lens where you will begin to think, discuss and reflect about your experiences in our many program areas at Geneva Park. They will also camp out on a 2 day ‘Practice Journey’ and then plan for the 4-day ‘Qualifying Journey’ canoe trip. This achievethe Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journey at the Silver Award Level. The Silver focus is on the ‘What’ component of an Adventure-Based Learning (ABL) Program where we unpack what the experience means in reality and help prepare you for future leadership in adventure programming. Building knowledge and skills in land, water and challenge-based activity areas will culminate in a reflective ‘duet’ campout experience that will focus on action and reflection.

Pre-requisites include: Participant must be age 16 by July 1. Lifesaving Society – Bronze Star/Medallion or equivalent ability, graduation of GP LEAP: ‘BRONZE’ PROGRAM or equivalent.

Certifications Obtainable: Duke of Ed – Adventurous Journey – Silver Award, Lifesaving Society – Bronze Medallion/CrossStandard First Aid & CPR, Paddle Canada – Lake Canoe Skills Intro and/or Intermediate Tandem, AdventureSmart – PaddleSmart Workshop, GP LEAP: SILVER Level.

SESSION 1: JULY 4-18
SESSION 2: AUGUST 1-15

Cost: $1300

This Adventure Development program focuses on building your ‘soft skills’ and leadership attributes. Focused placements in your development areas will help forge the skills required to move onto a future instructional leadership role. Leadership skills will develop further on a 2 day ‘Practice Journey’ and then in the planning for the 8-day ‘Qualifying Journey’ canoe trip. This achieves the Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journey at the Gold Award Level. The Gold focus is on the ‘So What’ component of an Adventure-Based Learning (ABL) Program where we take our experiences and knowledge from them and apply new action and behaviour into daily life. Gold consolidates with a supervised overnight ‘solo experience where your actions and reflections will integrate into behavioural leadership change. 

Pre-requisites include: Participant must be age 17 by July 1. Lifesaving Society – Bronze Medallion/Cross (Cross required if pursuing NL)Paddle Canada – Lake Canoe Skills Intro and/or Intermediate Tandem (required if pursuing Canoe Tripping Skills Intro Tandem certification), graduation of GP LEAP ‘SILVER’ PROGRAM or equivalent.

Certifications Obtainable: Duke of Ed – Adventurous Journey – Silver Award, Lifesaving Society – National Lifeguard (NL), Leave No Trace (LNT) – Awareness Workshop, Paddle Canada – Canoe Tripping Skills Intro TandemAdventureSmart – PaddleSmart Workshop, GP LEAP: GOLD Level.

SESSION 1: JUNE 27-JULY 18
SESSION 2: AUGUST 1-22

Cost: $1980

This Adventure Development program is a Volunteer opportunity to fully integrate your ‘hard and soft’ skills into action at Geneva Park. Now is the time to be 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 onsite and eating only with the staff team. 

Pre-requisites include: Must be 17 years old or older by July 1; Successful application and interviewing, Lifesaving Society – Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid & CPR, graduation of GP LEAP: ‘GOLD’ PROGRAM or equivalent. 

Certifications Obtainable: 40 community volunteer hours, GP LEAP ~ PLATINUM Level

Cover letter and resume to be sent to geneva.park@sm.ymca.ca with GP LEAP ~ ‘PLATINUM’ PROGRAM” in subject line.

SESSION 1 (2 WEEK): JULY 18-AUGUST 1
SESSION 2 (1 WEEKS): AUGUST 22-29

No Fee

This program is focused all around aAdventure Recreation style 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 (ABL) Program and where the experience speaks for itself! 

Pre-requisites include:  Participants must be age 15 or 16 by July 1. Previous experience in canoeing, camping and swimming proficiency required.  Participants must pass Lifesaving Society – Swim to Survive + test to participate in program. 

Certifications Obtainable: Paddle Canada – Lake Canoe Skills Intro and/or Intermediate Tandem, AdventureSmart – PaddleSmart Workshop, GP LEAP EXPEDITION ‘5’ Level.

SESSION 1: JULY 18-25 

Cost: $980

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.

Download the financial assistance form here

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