The Camp Ekon leadership programs are designed to teach and mold young leaders of the future. Leaders will participate various activities to build essential team work and leadership skills. The Leaders will learn how to be role models within everyday camp life and in their community as well.
The Camp Ekon Leadership Development Programs are designed to grow young leaders of the future. LIT’s will participate in various activities to build essential teamwork and leadership skills. The Leaders will learn how to be role models within everyday camp life and in their communities. The program is split into two groups, Leaders in Training One (LIT I) and Leaders in Training Two (LIT II). Each group will spend time both at Camp Ekon, and on a wilderness canoe trip.
LIT 1 (15 years old/completed Grade 9)
LIT I is a three-week program. It combines regular camper programming with an introduction to leadership. Two weeks of the camp session is spent on-site at Camp Ekon in the Bear Hut. The LIT 1 daily schedule has the same structure as our other camper programs. Afternoon and Evening Programs, however, will be a mixture of traditional camp programming, ropes initiative sessions, and leadership seminars. The remaining week of the program is spent on a 5-day Wilderness Canoe Trip in Algonquin Provincial Park. On this Canoe Trip, campers will learn to work as a team to complete challenging tasks. They will paddle and portage a route through the park guided by two experienced Camp Ekon Staff.
LIT 2 (16 years old/completed Grade 10)
LIT II is a four week long program. For two weeks of the program, the LIT II’s will live in the main house, taking on responsibilities in the kitchen and throughout the camp. Afternoons and Evenings consist of seminars, ropes initiative sessions, helping out in programs, instructions, and all-camps. LIT II’s are given freedom to act responsibly and independently in their roles as leaders. LIT II’s may help teach morning instructions, and will have the opportunity develop and run a program for campers. LIT IIs are privileged to a day off-site. This will include a trip to St. Marie among the Huron, Martyr’s Shrine and Midland, Ontario, for the evening. This trip is always a fun bonding experience, and places Camp Ekon in the greater context of the Jesuit missionary experience in Canada.
LITs on Trip
All Leaders in Training will also participate in a 10-day Wilderness Canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park or Algonquin Provincial Park. Each leadership group will leave the luxuries of camp behind and partake on a canoe trip deep into the wilderness where sightings of moose and rare birds are not uncommon. These leaders will have to test their limits both physically and mentally. While on these trips, teams will be working together to set up and take down camp each day, propel their canoes through various lakes and transport canoes and supplies over portage routes. These trips provide a valuable team-oriented experience, where strong lifelong friendships are formed and great leadership skills are developed. LIT’s will pack their food and supplies themselves, and be responsible for planning their days while out in the wilderness. Each participant will have the opportunity to be Leader of the Day. The LIT II program focuses on the education of the leader as a whole, on the initiative of the LITs to challenge themselves, and on ways in which leadership skills can be used in everyday life.
Tripping is among the most cherished memories for many staff and returning campers. Non-swimmers and anaphylactic campers need to contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering for the program. Two qualified trip leaders accompany every wilderness trip.
Registration begins in December.
PLEASE NOTE: Full payment of all outstanding camp fees must be made by May 1st. If this is not possible, please contact the office to make late payment arrangements.
Campers receive a free Ekon T-shirt.
Sessions in red and struck through are full.
Girls Leaders One - Age 15 (involves selection process)
Boys Leaders One - Age 15 (involves selection process)
Girls Leaders Two - Age 16 (involves selection process)
Boys Leaders Two - Age 16 (involves selection process)
The $250 deposit is non-refundable.
Prior to May 1st forfeit the $250 deposit only. Cancellations after May 1st receive no refund. Campers withdrawn in the course of a session are not entitled to a refund.
Bus and Airport Shuttle Cancellation
There is no charge for cancelling bus and airport shuttle transportation before May 1st. Bus and airport shuttle transportation cancellations after May 1st receive no refund.
The LIT II schedule is flexible, as much depends on availability of the LITs, on weather and on timing. LITs are also divided into groups, with each group having a slightly different schedule at different times of the day.
Each morning the LIT 2s rotate setting up the dining hall and helping the cook with breakfast.
Each morning campers and LIT 1s participate in three instructions. The camp offers a variety of skill building instructions, where campers are taught the skills of swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, ropes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama, or basketball. Each camper selects four instruction choices, three of which they are registered in. Campers attend the same three instructions for the entire duration of the session. For many, choosing instructions is one of the most challenging decisions in preparing for camp each summer!
LIT IIs will also choose 3 instructions. They will be encouraged to help out where they are needed to support staff. Alternating between groups, LITs will leave 3rd instruction early to help set-up and serve lunch.
Each afternoon LIT 1s participate in a group activity. LIT IIs will rotate between groups, with one finishing lunch dishes and the other joining a hut program.
After dishes are finished, the LIT IIs will gather for either a seminar or ropes team- building activity.
LIT Is will alternate between TSLIPs and General Swim.
TSLIPs are our Teamwork and Leadership Skills Program. The goal is for LIT Is to have the chance to see what its like to run a program in a small team. The new challenge of running a program creates an environment in which LITs can challenge themselves, try new things and take initiative as leaders. The goal of this program is to teach LIT 1s teamwork, instill creativity, give opportunities for leadership and management, group development and to learn about the challenges of working with other people and with campers.
During free time, LITs may mingle at the flagpole, MPC or around the huts. LIT IIs are encouraged to take this time to interact with campers. LIT IIs may also go swimming at the Ski Dock with a buddy in their free time.
Each evening LIT 1s participate in a group activity, either a program or a seminar. LIT IIs alternate between dinner dishes and joining a hut program. They will then gather as a group for a seminar, activity or check-ins.
Can my child use trip as part of his/her qualification for a merit award or a school program?
Check with your school or guidance counselor to make sure Ekon qualifies for your program. We do not provide volunteer hours for LIT IIs for their time spent in the program. Any materials that need a trip leaders or LIT leader's input (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh record book) MUST be brought to camp, completed and signed by the end of the trip. We are not able to accommodate any such request after the session is finished.
The following are lists of what to pack for on-site sessions, tripping, as well as what to leave at home.
What to pack for on-site camp sessions:
Please leave at home:
What to pack for trip:
Optional for trip:
What if my child returns without a piece of clothing?
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Each morning campers (including LIT 1s) participate in three instructions. The camp offers a variety of skill building instructions, where campers are taught the skills of swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, ropes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama, or basketball. Each camper selects four instruction choices, three of which they are registered in. Campers attend the same three instructions for the entire duration of the session. For many returning campers, choosing instructions is one of the most challenging decisions in preparing for camp each summer!
Campers indicate their preferences in the instruction form provided on the registration page. We will make every effort to accommodate your choices. However, please be aware that instructions have limited spaces available. All first time campers take canoeing.
Here is the list of instructions:
Qualified instructors follow the Canadian Red Cross Aqua Quest Program and Canadian Lifesaving Society Program.
All campers are swim tested on arrival day and those who have chosen this instruction will be placed in their appropriate class level. Parents are asked to provide a photocopy of their child's most recent level attained. Please note that swimming in a lake is quite different from swimming in a pool, which might have an impact on the swim level chosen. Your child will be put in the most appropriate level, at the discretion of the examiner.
Certain levels may not be offered if there is insufficient enrolment. Bronze Medallion (min. 13 years old) and Bronze Cross (min. 14 years old and completion of Bronze Medallion) are only offered during the two-week sessions. These levels will take 2 morning instructions.
FOR ALL WATER SPORTS, AT LEAST AQUA QUEST LEVEL 4 AND COMFORT IN WATER ARE RECOMMENDED.
All first time campers take canoeing. Ekon is a member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA). Campers are progressively led through the parts of the paddle and canoe as well as the basic strokes necessary to safely control the canoe. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills to enjoy a safe canoeing experience.
Kayaking helps to develop self-confidence and a sense of independence. The instruction teaches proper entry, exciting manoeuvres, and the different paddling strokes necessary for the safe and efficient use of the kayak.
This instruction begins with an introduction to the parts of the windsurfer and the proper positioning of the body of the board. While on the water campers are further instructed on the skills of windsurfing by staff in a motorboat.
This instruction begins with an introduction to the parts of the sailboat and proper use of the sail. Sailing helps to develop self-confidence and teaches teamwork. While on the water campers are further instructed on the skills of sailing by staff in a motorboat.
Campers are taught the components of the bow and arrow and the proper stance. With an emphasis on safety and respect for the bow and arrow's power, Archery helps the campers develop skills of concentration and focus.
Campers in this instruction are encouraged to develop their basketball skills and knowledge. Campers are taught the basic elements of footwork, dribbling, passing and catching, shooting and defensive techniques. Teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized.
The ropes course instruction gives campers the opportunity to develop trust and confidence through a series of group building and personal challenge activities. Low ropes elements develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Challenge by choice and setting personal goals are promoted. We make use of both the high and low ropes elements during this instruction.
The climbing wall instruction gives campers the opportunity to develop trust and confidence through a series of group building and personal challenge activities. The initial trust games develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Challenge by choice and setting personal goals are emphasized as campers experience various routes on Ekon's three-story climbing wall.
Using our own mini-theatre with stage, campers are led through a series of activities to develop communication skills, self-confidence, and creativity. The instruction usually culminates in an original presentation performed by the drama students for the camp.
Arts and Crafts
This instruction offers a wide exposure to a variety of art activities including bead work, crafts, painting, candle making, puppetry, modeling clay, etc. Campers are introduced to the elements of design in a fun and creative atmosphere.
Offered only in 2 week sessions. This instruction is an introduction to pottery methods including slab, coil, glazing, and firing. Other 3D sculpture techniques such as wire sculpture and plaster of paris are explored. Campers are encouraged to develop their artistic talents as they enjoy creating their own work at one of our pottery wheels in the studio.
When there is sufficient demand, we offer jewellery making. Here we use embroidery thread, bead looms and much more to make anything from hairclips and key chains to bracelets, earrings and our own beads.
This instruction is perfect if you already know the game, or are curious to try it. We offer it when there is sufficient demand.
Anything from soccer and ultimate, to basketball and dodge ball. This instruction is offered with sufficient demand and will involve a variety of sports throughout the session.
Transportation from Toronto to Ekon
Transportation to Ekon is available at a cost of $50.85 and departs from St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School Sundays at 2:00 pm. Families driving their child to camp should arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. DO NOT ARRIVE before 2:00 pm. We will not register campers and are not responsible for supervision of campers prior to 2:00 pm.
Directions to St. Agnes School (Bus Pick Up)
From the intersection of Yonge & Steeles
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Directions to Camp Ekon
Transportation from Ekon to Toronto
Transportation from Ekon is available at a cost of $50.85 and arrives at St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Families picking their child up at camp are asked to arrive on Saturday between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.
Parents who wish to have their camper picked up from camp or from the bus by some one other than a legal guardian must supply written authorization to the camp director in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no refunds for bus cancellations after May 1st.
Airport Shuttle Bus:
An airport shuttle bus is available for campers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport on the first day of a camp session. Arrival times should ideally be between 10:00am and 12:00 noon. We will do our best to pick up your camper as close to their arrival time as possible. We cannot guarantee that we will be there as they land due to the distance between Camp Ekon and Toronto and the uncertainty of arrival times.
An article about LIT tripping by Christopher Krall, SJ called "Portaging Life as Leaders in Training" appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Jesuit Journeys. Click here to read the article. You will need Adobe Reader to open the PDF, which you can download here if you don't already have it.
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