Teen Leadership Camps

POLARIS Teen Leadership Camp

Camp for 13 - 18 Year Olds

POLARIS (Personal Opportunities for Leadership, Activities, Recreation, Inclusion and Social Skills) is a teen leadership program that focuses on personal development, working cohesively with others and integrating their long-term goals into their daily lives.

Dates Grades
Entering
Program
Fee
FSCD
Eligible?
# of
Days
Camp
Code
Mon. June 28 - Fri. July 16
(no camp July 1)
10 - 12 $1, 600 YES 14 POLARIS2
FULL*
Mon. Aug. 9 - Fri. Aug. 20 7 - 9 $1, 100 YES 10 POLARIS1
FULL*

*FULL - We are accepting applications for the wait list

What will POLARIS campers be doing?

The first part of this program is spent working on group dynamics and teaching skills in preparation for a mandatory multi-day/night hiking trip. The goal of the hiking trip is to develop independence skills within program participants. Please note that our overnight hiking trips are tentative as we wait for AHS COVID guidelines. If overnight trips are not allowed, we will do day hike trips.

After the hiking/camping trip, the final week of the program is based out of Foothills Academy. Morning sessions focus on personal development and independence building and collaborative group work skills. The afternoons are spent putting skills into action by working on projects for camp or for the community such as our community garden.

There are two separate sessions of POLARIS. One is for younger teens who are 13 - 15 years old (two-week program) and the other is for older teens 16 -18 years old (three-week program). 

Camp Goals:

The goals of Camp Amicus are to increase the campers’ self-esteem, make friends, learn social skills, have a ton of fun and make lasting friendships!  POLARIS focuses on personal development, working cohesively with others and integrating their long-term goals into their daily lives. We typically include an overnight hiking trip and its preparation as the main tool for integrating our participants' individual learning into the program. 

Location:

This day camp is based out of Foothills Academy except for the overnight hike portion of the camp. Bus transportation is provided for the hike. 

Intake Criteria:

Teens 13 - 18 years can attend Camp Amicus POLARIS Leadership camp if they meet our Intake Criteria

POLARIS I for teens entering grades 7 - 9 is a two-week (Monday - Friday) program.

POLARIS II for teens entering grades 10 - 12 is a three-week (Monday to Friday) program.

Please note that both prospective and returning participants will be interviewed to ensure their fit for the program.

Dates:

Camps take place from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm except for the overnight hike. 

Cost:

The fee for POLARIS I (two-weeks) is $1,100 and POLARIS II (three-weeks) is $1,600. The fee is eligible for FSCD funding. We are able to bill FSCD directly for camp fees.  

Registration Process:

Once it is determined that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Amicus' POLARIS program, you will be sent registration forms. The completed registration form and a $100 deposit are necessary to secure your child's spot in the camp.

Please note that both prospective and returning participants will be interviewed to ensure their fit for the program.

Camp 2021

The above information is tentative. Final details about Camp Amicus programs 2021 will be determined based on Alberta Health Services guidelines regarding COVD-19. All program information will be confirmed and registration will open in February 2021.

The best part of POLARIS was on the last day of our camping trip. The counsellors stepped back and had us lead each other. It was great. I liked having all of the other teens be so accepting of me and each other. The counsellors were great and I made some friends. — POLARIS Participant