Campers

Hello Campers!

Are you ready for an ... Over-the-Top, Crazy-fun, Island Adventure?!?

It is Camp Maple Leaf’s mission to cram a whole lot of excitement, friendship and  learning into six jam-packed days!  FUN…WOW!

Did we say ISLAND???

You bet we did! Our private island consists of 104 acres of sky-scraping trees, emerald green fields, natural trails, unending shoreline and breathtaking sunsets!

6 Days - 6 Goals!

  1. Friendships that will follow campers home.
  2. Fun and memories that will last forever.
  3. Sense of belonging to a unique camp family.
  4. Personal Growth.
  5. Learn/try something new that they can't do at home.
  6. A respect and understanding for our heroes.

Land Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Performing Arts
  • Island Survival Nature Program
  • Sports (CML Hockey League)
  • Climbing Wall & Low Ropes
  • Archery

Waterfront Activities

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Beach Games
  • Row Boating

But wait! there's more…

Hobby Hubs: Each day Volunteers, Counsellors and CITs lead a Hobby Hub which is a random skill/talent/hobby of theirs they would like to share and teach. This can be anything from "Frog Catching and Release" to "Ultimate Frisbee" ... anything goes!

Celebrating our history ...

Besides having fun, you will feel the pride of being a part of something much bigger then ourselves when we celebrate the history and tradition of our camp. We do this with the raising of the flag every morning, the lowering of it to Taps every night and the gathering around the Cenotaph as we share songs, stories and thoughts of what Camp Maple Leaf and its Canadian Military Founders mean to all of us.

Fueling the Fun ...

The food is so incredible you would never know that we have designed it with the help of nutritionists and the Canada Food Guide. We are masters in disguising healthy food with child friendly flavour! We can adapt our menu, mimicking the main menu, to meet your specific dietary needs and allergies. With three meals a day as well as snacks, and fruit available all of the time, you will never have to wait long for your next munch! It is our strict policy not to allow any nuts or peanuts onto our island.

Safety + Staff = Security

You don’t have to worry about letting go and experiencing everything camp has to offer. Just know… we’ve got you covered! From your physical to your emotional safety, we promise you to always exceed industry safety standards in everything we do. Much of this security stems from our staff. We only hire the most caring, fun, and trustworthy staff. You can tell your parents that all of our staff are carefully screened and trained and certified in First Aid, C.P.R. and emergency procedures. Many of our staff were campers and C.I.T.s themselves so they know what it’s like to be in your shoes.

CML Leadership Program

The FLITs (Future Leader In Training) * The LITs (Leader In Training) The FLITs (Future Leader In Training) * The LITs (Leader In Training) * The CITs (Counsellor In Training)

The mission of the Camp Maple Leaf 3 level Leadership program is to have an experiential learning, recreational leadership program like no other. We offer fun, education and experiences for older teens working with children that are living with unique challenges. Whether it is facilitating adaptable programs or coordinating group dynamic games, these future leaders will develop their strengths, take personal risks and learn about themselves. The Leadership Program demands a higher level of responsibility and independence while benefiting from the support and guidance that camp can provide. Volunteer hours will be given out for all volunteered time in each of the three Leadership programs.

There are five goals of the program

  1. To create a sustainable, reliable flow of volunteers and staff by recruiting, training and supporting from an ongoing pool of "our own" dedicated people.
  2. To give campers the opportunity to give back to their camp and the campers it serves
  3. To teach invaluable job skills and life skills.
  4. To create role models for our campers and to see former campers as staff.
  5. To continue to be the leaders (teachers) in adaptable recreational programing.

Three Leadership Levels:

1) The FLITs (Future Leaders in Training)
Regular registered campers who are entering High School.

5 nights 6-day session - Sessions 1 » 9.

  • Voluntarily join the FLIT program on the first night of camp.
  • A full week of camper fun participating in all regular camper activities in addition to taking on more responsibilities around camp. From entertaining the younger campers to helping give out snack or leading games they will have a chance to shine throughout the week, get some leadership experience and be seen as role models.

2) The LITs (Leaders in Training)
Entering grade 10. (age 15 in that calendar year)

Two-week program offered in July or August

Sun. July 15> Fri July 27 (sessions 3 » 4 including Weekend)
or Sun Aug 12-Fri. Aug 24 (sessions 7 » 8 including Weekend)

  • To apply to this program, 1st apply online then you will have a follow up phone discussion with a Director so that you are sure that you are ready to make the transition from camper to leader.
  • The program includes a 2 night/3-day canoe trip to the remote end of our 104-acre island.
  • LIT training covers everything from child care to leadership skills, to camp skills, to program planning to conflict resolution.
  • You will get the opportunity to shadow, learn and lead at activity areas of interest and with different age groups of campers.
  • LIT's will have a significant presence around camp but will also have a strong LIT identity as a group of their own.

3) CIT (Counsellor in Training)
Entering grade 11 or 12. (a minimum of 16 in that calendar year)

Four-week program offered the month of July or the month of August

Sun. July 1 » Fri July 27 (sessions 1 » 4 including Weekends)
or Sun. July 29 » Fri. Aug 24 (sessions 5 » 8 including Weekends)

  • Apply with an online camper application and then we follow up with a CIT application and a Skype interview.
  • Arrive as a mature camper and graduate as an aspiring staff.
  • The weeks are divided into 4 distinct experiences, each one, a pre-requisite to the next and each one building from the past.
1) Campership: You learn about yourself and leading others through the preparing, planning, and participating in a 3 night/5-day wilderness canoe trip.
2) Apprenticeship: Participate in training sessions taught by a variety of head-staff, directors and guest speakers. Practice what you have learned through exposure to various campers and activities.
3) Internship: Act as interns by job shadowing the activity areas of interest to you as well as assisting the Group Leaders in the various age groups of campers.
4) Fellowship: You are now ready to begin your transition from camper to staff. This session, aside from sleeping in CIT cabins, all CITs will be assuming all the duties of a counsellor under the supervision of staff. As well you will be specializing in an activity area or be a group leader (as your day job). From meals to tucking the campers in at bedtime, you will get a first-hand experience of what being a CML staff member would be like.

Leadership Q&A:

Who can apply for the leadership Programs?
  • Priority to our returning campers and those that are a part of each of our summer session population.
  • After May 1st the LIT and CIT program will be open to those young adults that are outside our groups yet show tremendous leadership potential.
What is the cost of the programs?
  • As with all our programs, we accept participants regardless of their ability to cover the full cost of camp. We have funding available for any of those who need it. The cost is $825.00 for each program regardless of length. This is because, the longer the session, the more opportunities the participant will have to volunteer at camp.
How many participants are there in each program?
  • For the FLIT program, space is unlimited. There is space for 10 LITs and 10 CITs for each session.
Do you focus on swim qualifications and training?
  • For those who show an interest we will be offering an opportunity to work on swimming skills and qualifications leading to Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and National Lifeguarding Society.
If the program runs through weekends when no camp is in session what will I do?
  • Learn life skills training on days off in between sessions (For LIT and CIT). This would include everything from laundry to leaning how to work a tool kit, to cooking to resume designing and interview skills. LITs and CITs will also have some much-needed downtime to relax and prepare for the upcoming session. (For CITs there will be some scheduled off the island time as well.)
Can I receive volunteer hours?
  • Yes. The number of hours you receive depends on the on the length of program and how many hours you volunteer
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