At Camp Kahquah, we believe that leadership is developed through opportunities to learn, serve and lead. These pillars are the foundations of Aspire, Crew & LIT. As youth journey through these programs they gain the skills and experiences to become successful leaders at camp and in their communities upon returning home.
We believe that learning the teachings of Jesus will equip participants to understand how He lead and will enable us to serve and lead others more effectively. Participants learn through sessions, personal devotional time and hands-on learning experiences with each other and campers. (Matthew 7:24-25, Luke 6:46-48, 1 John 3:11)
We believe serving Jesus is synonymous with serving everyone around us. Our programs offer many opportunities for participants to follow His example and serve campers, showing them what it means to put others before themselves. There is also a focus on developing a servanthood mindset where we are transformed from the inside out and ultimately will not just serve others at camp but in our communities at home. (John 13:12-17, 1 John 3:16)
We believe that our youth are not only the future leaders of the church but also our current ones. Not only do we learn about leadership styles but participants are given daily opportunities to put them into practice and reflect on their development as a leader. Our hands-on approach and intentional reflection equips our participants with a better understanding of who they are as leaders which helps them flourish at camp, in their schools and society as a whole. (1 Timothy 4:12, 1 John 3:18)
Do you want to begin your journey as a staff member at Kahquah? Feeling too old for SUMMIT, but not old enough for CREW? ASPIRE is a one week camp for younger teens who desire to become leaders at camp and in their communities. Running alongside SUMMIT, ASPIRE campers have the unique opportunity to participate in kids camp programming and also receive leadership training. Highlights include separate ASPIRE team challenges, “Shadow a CREW member for a day”, and gaining a basic understanding of the principles of servant leadership. Participants will be challenged to grow in their faith and are given opportunities to practice their new skills in different settings. Register early, as there are limited spots available.
Age 14 • July 14-20
CREW is a service-oriented program for teens wanting to make the transition from camper to staff. If you are interested in taking this step, join us for one of our two-week sessions, which includes a mixture of service, teambuilding, and recreation, with an emphasis on spiritual growth. Are you ready to get your hands dirty as you serve during kid’s camp, performing kitchen, cleaning and maintenance duties? Do you want to grow in your relationship with God and make friendships that will last a lifetime? Then please consider joining our CREW this summer! Deadline to apply is March 25. Due to the popularity of this program and the number of people applying, not all applicants are selected.
Session 1 • Age 15 • June 30 – July 14
Session 2 • Age 15 • July 14-27
LEADERS IN TRAINING
LIT participants begin their five-week development program during staff orientation and throughout the four weeks of children’s camp. The program includes extensive preparation to be cabin leaders, and a four-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park where they have the opportunity to learn team-building skills and be personally stretched. Participants conclude their program with a two-week practicum as assistant cabin leaders where they are placed with and mentored by an experienced cabin leading staff member. LITs must have a growing faith and a commitment to Christ, as they will represent Him to campers throughout the summer. Individuals applying for this program are not assured of a place until their application is reviewed. Deadline to apply is March 25. Due to the popularity of this program and the number of people applying, not all applicants are selected.
Age 16-17 • June 30 – July 27
NEW THIS YEAR! We’ve partnered with Niagara Christian Collegiate to make the LIT program even better!
LIT participants can now earn an optional Ontario Grade 11 Leadership and Peer Support credit upon successful completion of the program. This credit is issued by NCC and is transferrable to all Ontario Secondary Schools. OCT Teachers & LIT Directors Matt & Amanda Riest, have planned and implemented creative and engaging assignments throughout the five-week program and are qualified to assess and determine final course evaluations. Lighten your course-load and take advantage of this amazing opportunity this summer!