Here at HOC, we believe that staff development begins with candidates who are eager to build their leadership experience within our summer camp community, and who show strong initiative.
The Leader in Training (LIT) program is ideal for campers who have just completed grade 9 and are looking for a multi-week program that can help them start the process of becoming a leader in their community and everyday life. The ideal camper for this program is interested in enjoying the fun and excitement of summer camp for the first week in our senior section but then is ready to develop and work on their leadership skills over the second week of camp.
This program is ideal for campers who want to develop these skills in order to possibly work at camp or in their community or participate in school organizations in a leadership capacity.
The LIT program provides participants with a strong foundation to build upon using their own personal experiences. The curriculum includes the 3C model known as Confidence, Communication, and Character. Participants familiarize themselves with different leadership styles and further experience the many principles and skills required to be their own great leader. Skills that are reviewed include time management, role modeling, self-confidence, communication, organization, and goal setting.
Although they are given many tools to get them started, participants are also given independence to express their own personal style and positive attitude. Participants then get to experience (through observation) how these leadership skills work within the structure of our own HOC summer camp community and the various job responsibilities and expectations.
Participants in the LIT program will have the opportunity to earn their Emergency First Aid & CPR, as well as their Bronze Medallion Certification through the Royal Life Saving Society. These certifications will better prepare them for our Counsellor In Training Program and a potential future as a HOC staff member.
Each LIT will be given a final written evaluation to take home, based on their personal leadership achievements and performance over the week.
The program is based on a two-week session designed for participants aged 14/15 who have completed at least grade 9. During the first week LITs will participate in camp programming in our Senior Section (choice of Overnight Hockey + Camp, Overnight Ultimate Camp or Overnight Waterski Program, program cost vary), enjoying all the features and fun HOC has to offer. For many participants, this week is significant as it is their last experience as a camper and the beginning of their journey as a leader and or future staff member.
During the second week, LIT participants make a distinct transition from camper to leader. They are housed in separate cabins from Senior section campers and their focus shifts from camper to leader. The second week consists of in-class leadership sessions, activity assists, practical teaching instruction, staff observation assignments, and an overnight camping trip.
Check out a sample LIT Schedule from our 2023 Program.
1) Do LIT's get to go on the ice during the program? LITs do not have the opportunity to skate or assist on-ice activities at the rink during their LIT Week. Mentorship of staff members occurs in our Counsellor in Training Program.
2) When do they complete their First Aid Training? LITs will complete their First Aid Training during their Camper Week (one hour per day of training).
3) How do you register?