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Leaders-4-Life is about building character and developing leaders.

The 4 Components

  • Personal choices, Self-Confidence, Goals.
  • Supporting roles with parents and siblings.
  • Planning, Effort, Achievement.
  • Involvement, Contributing, Volunteerism.

Integrated approach to the program utilizes Camp Smitty and Clubhouse resources. Mentors / Facilitators include university and college placements. Measurable outcomes in areas of self-constructs, school performance, and volunteerism. A scholarship component encourages and supports post secondary educational goals and pursuits.

Program Overview

October - April: Weekly sessions at clubs (6pm-8pm) and seasonal outings at camp (Fall/Winter/Spring).
May - June: Special Events, group outings, volunteering and continued interaction with mentors.
July - August: Attend summer session(s) at Camp Smitty - Leader in Training, Counselor in Training.

Program Phases

Phase 1 - Ages 13-15

Focused on personal goals and foundational skills. Work with mentor, introduction to volunteerism, earn camp session (regular camp/leader in training).

Phase 2 - Ages 16 - 17

Expanded goal-setting, enhanced skill development. Work with mentor, increased emphasis on volunteering, camp experience (counselor in training/junior counselor).

Phase 3 - Ages 18+

Post-secondary education, scholarship opportunities. Act as mentor, sustained and expanded community involvement, camp staff (senior counselor, senior staff).

At a glance:

  • Pre-registration required.
  • Program open to Members of all locations, but sessions take place at Ron Kolbus, McGahan and Rochester.
  • Members participating in Leaders-4-Life satisfy the requirements for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award

For more information about Leaders-4-Life, please contact Natasha Raposo at 613-232-0925 Ext. 263 or nraposo@bgcottawa.org

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