JUNIOR OUTDOOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Ages 13 tO 15
JOYL's will take part in special camp activities and projects. They will have the opportunity to shadow camp staff and assist with the leadership of games, free time activities and campfire programs to help develop their leadership skills and style.
If you are 13 to 14 years old, you can take part in the 6 day Junior Outdoor Youth Leadership program (JOYLS). This fun program will introduce campers to leadership training, focusing on soft and hard skill development, fun and games. Begin developing your personal leadership skills by learning about themselves and leaders around them. There will be a focus on group dynamics, communication, leadership and respect. The JOYLs group will participate in an overnight hike where these skills will be further developed and reflected on. JOYL's is an introductory version of our Outdoor Youth Leadership program and is the gateway to becoming a part of the staff team at Blue Lake Camp.
Each day at Blue Lake is filled with fun activities that will build confidence, critical thinking skills, and encourage team work. JOYLS are continually supported, encouraged, and set up for success! Together we complete duties, tackle challenges, and make new life-long friends along the way.
Waterfront: JOYLS will have the opportunity to work on their flat-water canoeing skill development.
Super Glitter Glushin Kazaam: On Wednesdays, JOYLS have the opportunity to perform their special talent in our talent show or create a skit as a group.
Free Time: Time to choose your own adventure! Canoeing, swimming, crafts, games, or quiet time. You can bring your mountain bike and helmet and join other bikers and staff on one of our many trails (optional).
Cabin Time: Half an hour to relax and have some quiet time. JOYLS are welcome to bring a book to read.
Large Group Games: The whole camp participates in games like Capture the Flag, Predator/Prey, Man tracker and more.
Campfire: The ultimate camp tradition! Campers gather around the fire for traditional stories, songs, hot chocolate, and snacks.
Duties: Duties are an important part of programming and teach campers valuable life skills and team work. Campers join their duty groups to help with setup and cleanup during meal times, and cleaning of shared camp areas.
If you're at camp on Thursday night and the sounds of the drums are heard, you may experience one of Blue Lake's most legendary events!
The JOYLS specialized activities include team building initiatives, communication exercises, leadership tasks, group and individual problem solving and conflict resolution. JOYLS will also begin to develop their program planning and group facilitation skills related to summer camp activities.
Low Ropes: Our low ropes and team challenges create exciting opportunities for JOYLS to develop group skills such as working together, sharing ideas, trust, problem-solving, and leadership. These initiatives are designed to push boundaries and promote group reflection.
On Tuesdays, JOYLS campers will participate in an overnight camp out. The afternoon begins with a 5km hike to our special camp out location. Together we will cook over an open fire, learn outdoor camping skills, sleep under the stars, and experience the great outdoors.
We provide a low camper to leader ratio and our highly trained staff provide leadership, positive role modeling, and ensure the safety of campers. Our team includes first aid staff and certified national life guards.
Camp is an active place and full bellies are important to help keep energy levels high! With this in mind, Blue Lake Camp offers delicious, nutritious, filling meals with vegetarian options. Summer campers receive three meals a day in addition to an evening snack with hot chocolate. Fruit is available all day for campers needing something extra. Nut products are not permitted at our summer camp. With advance notice, our camps are able to accommodate some special diets.
Our cozy log cabins are equipped with bunk beds, hypoallergenic/water proof mattresses, wood stoves, and safety equipment. Each cabin is assigned counselors who will provide 24-hour supervision. Cabins are set up in a dormitory style. This gives campers lots of opportunity to tell stories and share activities from throughout the day. The wash house is equipped with sinks, flush toilets, private showers, hot water, and a change area with storage cubbies.