Teen Leadership Camps

POLARIS Teen Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp for Teens with LD or ADHD

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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.

What will POLARIS campers be doing?

Our teen leadership program is centred on the development of independence and social skills. The first week of this program is spent at overnight camp working on hiking skills, group dynamics and cohesion. The goal of hiking is to develop independence skills within program participants. The second week of programs is based out of Foothills Academy with day hikes and additional skill development. The final week of the program has an overnight hiking trip for our participants to put their skills in action with their new friends.

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. 

Intake Criteria:

Teens entering grades 7 - 12 can attend Camp Amicus POLARIS Leadership camp if they meet our Intake Criteria and complete the Intake process.

  • POLARIS I for teens entering grades 7 - 9.
  • POLARIS II for teens entering grades 10 - 12.

2022 Schedule

Dates Grades
Entering
Price Name
July 3 - 8 & July 11 - 15 & July 18 - 22 10 - 12 $3,000 POLARIS2
July 24 - 29 & Aug. 2 - 5 & Aug. 8 - 12 7 - 9 $2,800 POLARIS1

Location:

Week 1 - Sunday to Friday based at Camp BB Riback (stay overnight)
Week 2 - Monday to Friday based at Foothills Academy with day hiking trips (9 am - 4 pm)
Week 3 - Monday to Friday based at Foothills Academy with overnight hiking trips. POLARIS 1 will do 3 day/2 night front country hiking trip. POLARIS 2 will do a 4 day/3 night hiking trip.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status:

For POLARIS camps, campers must be fully vaccinated (2 vaccinations). If your child has a MEDICAL EXEMPTION, we are able to accept a copy of that in place of a vaccination record.

Registration Process:

If your child has never attended an Amicus program before, please complete the Parent Intake Form to begin the process. Once it is determined that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Amicus' POLARIS program, you will be sent registration forms. Returning camper families will be sent an email with a registration link. 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.

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