Outdoor Leadership Course

Empowering youth from across the city to become outdoor leaders at Evergreen Brick Works

Applications are now open!

 

There is no pre-requisite for the OLC program. Apply today by completing this intake form and submitting a letter of intent, after which applicants will be contacted for a meet & greet call with our Camp Leadership team.

 

Once applicants are accepted, they will register through our online registration portal, Camp Brain, and proceed to make payment. Should your desired program be full, applicants will be added to a waitlist.

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About Outdoor Leadership Course

Our Outdoor Leadership Course (OLC) is our 4-week camp program designed to guide, mentor and certify youth (ages 14-17) who are interested in building their resume and gaining leadership skills while working with children in informal outdoor settings.  

 

The OLC program is intended to provide the foundational tools for enriching ecological knowledge, fostering a growth mindset and exploring professional pathways. OLC participants will be mentored by seasoned outdoor educators to practice their leadership and communication skills, participate in seminars & workshops, earn certifications to build their resumes and gain insights about potential educational and career opportunities in the outdoor and recreational fields.  

 

As part of the program, OLC participants will also earn 50 hours in a camp-based practicum focused on experiential and practical learning, which can be applied towards their Ontario High School Diploma.

 

View our Adventure Camp Handbook to learn more about our Outdoor Leadership Course, our Adventure Camp programs and policies at Evergreen Brick Works.

 

Apply today and realize your boundless potential as an outdoor leader.

OLC Schedule

CohortAgesTimesFees
July 2 – July 26 Ages 14-17 8:45am - 3:30pm$1,200 per 4-week program
July 29 – August 23 Ages 14-17 8:45am - 3:30pm$1,200 per 4-week program

OLC Learning Outcomes

OLC participants will learn about the following: 

  • Naturalist & Wilderness Knowledge 
  • Skills & Techniques Working With Children 
  • Outdoor Play Principles & Risk Management 
  • Group Dynamics & Conflict Resolution  

OLC participants will earn the following: 

  • Emergency First Aid & AED/CPR 
  • Leave No Trace Youth Level 1 
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation Project Wild Certification  

Additionally, OLC participants will also earn 50 hours in a camp-based practicum focused on experiential and practical learning, which can count towards the Ontario High School Diploma.

FAQ

Is this program right for me?

Are you between 14-17 years old living in Toronto? Are you looking for ways to build your resume? Do you have a desire to work with children and youth in an outdoor setting?

 

Our Outdoor Leadership Course is meant for you! This program is intended to provide you with the foundational tools for enriching ecological knowledge, fostering a growth mindset and exploring professional pathways. This program is open to youth (ages 14-17) interested in learning and gaining experience working with children in informal outdoor settings. Those interested in art, education, recreation, social and community work are also encouraged to apply.

 

Apply by completing this form and realize your boundless potential as an outdoor leader.

What does the program fee cover?

The Outdoor Leadership Course fees cover the cost for certifications, seminars, program materials, resources and mentorship from our seasoned outdoor educators. Additionally, OLC campers will earn 50 hours in a camp-based practicum focused on experiential and practical learning, which can count towards their Ontario High School Diploma.

 

Evergreen strives for transparency and inclusivity. We offer tiered pricing to ensure our camp stays accessible to families, while providing the following to our staff and community:

  • We are a living wage employer, certified through the Ontario Living Wage Network
  • We offer a bursary program to provide subsidized camp rates for up to 10% of our campers
  • We provide 1:1 inclusion care at no additional cost
What is the weekly breakdown of this program?

Week 1

  • Introductions & Welcome
  • Certifications & Workshops

 

Week 2

  • Camp Practicum I
  • 1:1 & Group Mentorship
  • Reflections & Journalling

 

Week 3

  • Learning Seminars
  • Planning & Discussions

 

Week 4

  • Camp Practicum II
  • 1:1 & Group Mentorship
  • Course Reflections & Next Steps
What are the application requirements for this program?

There is no pre-requisite for the OLC program. 

 

This program is open to youth (ages 14-17) interested in learning and gaining experience working with children in informal outdoor settings. Those interested in art, education, recreation, social and community work are also encouraged to apply. 

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Our OLC application includes completing an intake form and submitting a letter of intent. Applicants will be contacted for a meet & greet call with our Camp Leadership team. Upon camp registration, you will have option to pay in full or select our instalment plan option where you would pay 50% at the time of registration. Remaining instalments will be processed on May 7th, 2024.  

 

Payments can made using a valid credit card or by setting up a direct deposit (e-check) option. Note that paying through our direct deposit (eCheck) will allow you to avoid the 3% credit card fee and help keep our processing costs low. 

Can my child be in the same group as their friend?

The OLC program offers two sessions over the summer. If your child and their friend have applied for the same session, they will be in the same cohort. If you have been placed on the waitlist, feel free to write to camp@evergreen.ca for any further queries.

Do you provide financial assistance for this program?

Evergreen offers bursaries for our Day Camp programs! 

 

Bursaries are available on a first come, first served basis. Please click here to submit your bursary application for Outdoor Leadership Course and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible. To learn more on our bursary program and application process, please write to us at camp@evergreen.ca. 

Does the program run in inclement weather?

In case of extreme or unexpected weather such as thunder, lightning, hail, extreme heat/cold, we will move camp programming in a sheltered space or indoors for campers to continue to have fun while staying safe. 

 

In case of flooding at Evergreen Brick Works, or other unforeseen circumstances, Evergreen has the right to cancel camp programming as weather conditions may change unexpectedly, cancellation may be issued after camp programming has started.

Can participants opt for extended after care?

Yes! We are pleased to offer an extended after care program from 3:30pm-5:30pm for an additional fee of $100/per 5-day week. Pro-rated options are available. You can add extended after care through our online registration portal, Camp Brain, any time prior to your registered camp session.  

 

If you’d like to add extended after care to your camp registration, we strongly encourage you to contact our camp office at least 14 days in advance to your registered camp session. This gives our camp team enough time to accommodate for any late adjustments or changes to our camp planning. 

 

We also provide the option for caregivers to give permission for their child to sign themselves out of camp on selected dates through a self-sign out form available on our online registration portal, Camp Brain. We ask for caregivers to understand that once a camper has signed themselves out of our camp, they are no longer in the care of Evergreen and it is the camper’s responsibility to connect with a buddy, sibling, or caregiver on their own. 

Do you have a refund & cancellation policy?

Yes, we do! No refunds will be issued if a reservation is cancelled within 21 days of the session start date. Otherwise, 75% of program fees are refundable (25% will be retained as an administration fee).  

 

Registrations are non-transferable. Cancellation requests for major medical reasons must be received in writing and submitted to camp@evergreen.ca. Cancellation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Program Manager. Mild illnesses (i.e., common cold & flu) and changes in personal circumstances are not considered valid for refund. 

 

Refunds will not be issued should Evergreen cancel programming days due to inclement weather (including flooding), changing public health regulations or COVID-19 related closures. Evergreen retains the right to change our refund policy without notice to adapt to the evolving public health situation.  

 

Requests for refunds or cancellations must be made in writing and submitted to camp@evergreen.ca.

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