Updates to the CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp will be made when available.
At CAIS, we are dedicated to fostering student leadership at all levels. We recognize that one of the key factors to having strong, capable, confident leaders in our senior schools is helping students gain some experience and practice being leaders at a younger age. The CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp is committed to harnessing our student’s budding leadership potential and working with this age group's fearlessness and energy to design an exciting and engaging weekend.
The program is designed and led by educators who have dedicated their careers to character and leadership development both within their own schools and the wider community. Students are given the opportunity to support and challenge each other as leaders so they can make their own unique mark on their schools and on society. The experience provides them with the tools, experiences, and connections to help them think about the type of leader they aspire to be and how they can begin to put that into action at their own school.
This year, over 160 students representing 22 CAIS schools from across Canada attended and went through our specifically designed program. New experiences, new perspectives, new challenges, new friends, and a stronger sense of self are all things the participants take home with them.
This year, the warm, mostly sunny weather created the ideal conditions for outdoor sessions workshops and camp activities on the water, in the ropes course and for land activities. Two campfire sessions including the talent show were spectacular out on the point.
Students attended sessions that included: strategies for resolving conflict, elements of effective teams, tools for impactful communication, diversity and the different roles in leadership, how to be effective without the stress of being perfect, what ideas do Middle School students have to green our schools and the importance of Middle School leadership in the school community. All these sessions were facilitated by our own CAIS Leadership Advisory Group led by Tiziana Patella (St. John’s-Ravenscourt School) and Mark Burleigh (The Country Day School). We are grateful to them both for organizing and leading the program at Onondaga Camp.
We are also grateful to our other facilitators: Brenden Burnell and Tammy Flora (St. John’s-Ravenscourt School), James Darling (Holy Trinity School), Julie Clement (Pickering College), Jeff Adams and Tanay Naik (Havergal College), Zyoji Jackson and Shannon Williams (St. Michaels University School)
Thank you to all the school advisors for the care and support for your students at camp and now back at school as they take on their leadership roles.