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Leaders in Training
Introduction

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.

Programs

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.

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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.

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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 meg@ekon.ca before registering for the program. Two qualified trip leaders accompany every wilderness trip.

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Dates and Prices

Summer 2018

Registration Now Open!

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)

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
GLO July 8 to July 28 $1500.00 $195.00 $1695.00

Boys Leaders One - Age 15 (involves selection process)

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
BLO July 29 to Aug 18 $1500.00 $195.00 $1695.00

Girls Leaders Two - Age 16 (involves selection process)

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
GLT July 1 to July 28 $1500.00 $195.00 $1695.00

Boys Leaders Two - Age 16 (involves selection process)

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
BLT July 29 to Aug 25 $1500.00 $195.00 $1695.00
Refund Policy

Camp Cancellation

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.

Daily Schedule

LIT 1

Time Activity
8:00 am Wake-up
8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am 1st Instruction (What are instructions?)
10:30 am 2nd Instruction
11:30 am 3rd Instruction
12:30 pm Free Time
12:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Afternoon program (What happens during afternoon program?)
4:00 pm Snack
4:15 pm General Swim or TSLIPs (What is general swim?)
5:00 pm Optional Mass or free time (What happens during free time?)
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Evening program (What happens during evening program?)
10:00 pm End evening program
10:30 pm Lights out

LIT 2

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.

Time Activity
8:00 am Wake-up / breakfast setup (What's this?)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Instruction / Lunch Set-up
12:45 pm Lunch / Serve
Afternoon Afternoon program for LIT 2s (What happens during afternoon program for LIT 2s?)
6:00 pm Dinner / Set-up and serve
8:00 pm Join program / dishes
9:00 pm Seminar / check-ins / free time
10:00 pm End evening program
12:00 am Lights out!

What is Wake-up/breakfast/house maintenance?

Each morning the LIT 2s rotate setting up the dining hall and helping the cook with breakfast.

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What are instructions?

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.

Click here to see a complete list of instructions.

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What happens during afternoon program?

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.

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What happens during afternoon program for LIT 2s?

After dishes are finished, the LIT IIs will gather for either a seminar or ropes team- building activity.

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What is general swim?

LIT Is will alternate between TSLIPs and General Swim.

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What are TSLIPs?

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.

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What happens during free time?

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.

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What happens during evening program?

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.

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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.

What to Pack

The following are lists of what to pack for on-site sessions, tripping, as well as what to leave at home.

Suggestions:

  • Old clothes that are not your favourites are always best.
  • Clearly mark your child's name on all belongings.
  • Expect some items to succumb to the rigours of camp life.
  • Odds of clothing returning home are increased if a list of items is put in a pocket of your child's suitcase or knapsack.
  • Further suggestions, alternatives and recommendations can be found throughout...

What to pack for on-site camp sessions:

  • All medications (please label and pack separately or in the top of suitcase)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket and pillow (a fitted bed sheet is recommended)
  • Shoes: be sure to have a pair of running shoes (a second pair of shoes or sandals is recommended)
  • T-Shirts (3 per week)
  • Shorts (2 per week)
  • Pants (2 per week)
  • Pyjamas, underwear, socks
  • Toiletries (biodegradable soaps preferred)
  • Sweatshirt or Fleece
  • Bathing Suits (2)
  • reusable water bottle
  • hat/bandanna
  • raincoat/windbreaker
  • Towels (2 per week e.g. 1 for showers, 1 for the beach)
  • Bug Spray, Sun Screen (Please be sure to label these)
  • Flashlight (and an extra set of batteries)
  • Suggested: Books or magazines to read, a deck of cards, pre-addressed and stamped envelopes, pen and paper to write home, plain white shirt for arts and crafts, laundry bag (extra pillowcase)

Please leave at home:

  • Bottled water
  • Nut products
  • Electronics (iPods, MP3 players, video cameras, Game Boys, radios, etc.)
  • Cell phones
  • Hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons
  • Any valuables that may be lost or damaged

What to pack for trip:

  • All medications (please label and pack separately or in the top of suitcase)
  • Day clothes: lightweight T-shirt, shorts and a bathing suit
  • Pyjamas, underwear, and socks
  • Waterproof stuff sack/dry sack (20 L is the appropriate size, and for durability at camp try to avoid thin nylon versions)
  • Raingear
  • Site clothes: long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt/fleece and long pants
  • Small sleeping bag (needs to fit in the 20 L dry sack)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • 1 pair running shoes or hiking boots
  • Site shoes (these should be sturdy footwear that let the air in, like sandals or Crocs)
  • A waterproof whistle on a string (like a Fox 40)
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Hat/bandanna
  • Waterproof sunscreen and non-aerosol bug spray
  • Complete change of clothes and a towel to be left at camp in a small backpack

Optional for trip:

  • Deck of cards
  • Small 'pack' towel
  • Book or magazines (please send in a ziplock)
  • Journal, supplies to write letters, etc. (please send in a ziplock)
  • Camera (disposable is recommended)
  • Toque and warm socks for cold nights (especially good for trips later in the summer)

What if my child returns without a piece of clothing?

  • Please check your child's clothing as soon as s/he returns from camp. Any clothing that is not claimed after each session will be donated to a charity. We are not able to store unclaimed items

Please email info@ekon.ca with any questions

Instructions

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:

Swimming

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.

Canoeing

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

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.

Windsurfing

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.

Sailing

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.

Archery

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.

Basketball

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.

Ropes Course

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.

Climbing Wall

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.

Drama

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.

Pottery

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.

Jewellery Making

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.

Ultimate Frisbee

This instruction is perfect if you already know the game, or are curious to try it. We offer it when there is sufficient demand.

Sports

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

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

  1. Go east on Steeles Avenue (towards Bayview Avenue)
  2. Turn right on to Maxome Avenue... if you reach Bayview Avenue you have gone too far
  3. Turn left on Otonabee Avenue (the third street on the left)
  4. Otonabee Avenue dead ends in a turn around circle
  5. The school is on the left and the van or bus will be waiting in the circle for pick-up and drop-off

Do you need a map to St. Agnes School?

If you do, enter your street number, street name, city, and province in the field below. (For example: 1325 Bay Street Toronto Ontario). A map with directions will appear in a new window.



Directions to Camp Ekon

  1. Take Hwy 400 north past Barrie
  2. When the Hwy splits, take Hwy 69 towards Parry Sound, NOT Hwy 11
  3. Go north on Hwy 69 until EXIT #189 (the old Hwy 69 just south of Mactier)
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 169 (at Foot's Bay) towards Gravenhurst
  5. Turn left onto Hwy 118 towards Port Carling/Bracebridge
  6. Turn left on to Muskoka Road #7 (also called Peninsula Rd to Rosseau)... if you reach Port Carling you have gone too far
  7. Go through the towns of Port Sandfield and Minett
  8. Make a left on to Stanley House Rd (about 10 minutes after Minett - Peacock Rd is just before Stanley House Rd)
  9. Go right at the first fork in the road
  10. Go left at the second fork in the road, our driveway is 1.5 km on the right

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.
At the end of camp the shuttle is available on Saturday morning for planes departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport from 12 noon to 4pm. Our staff will assist your camper with check-in and will escort them to the security gate. The cost of the shuttle each way is $60.
The camp office must be notified of your camper’s flight arrangements by June 1st.
There are no refunds for airport or bus transportation after May 1st.

Trip Article

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.

Contact

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Winter Office

Jesuit Offices, 3rd Floor
43 Queen's Park Cres. East
Toronto, ON
M5S 2C3
E-mail: registration@ekon.ca
Phone: (416) 778-1505
Fax: (416) 962-4501

Summer Office

Summer Office
Camp Ekon, RR #1
324 B/C Stanley House Road
Rosseau, ON
P0C 1J0
Phone: (705) 732-2222

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