Teen Leadership Camps

POLARIS Teen Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp for Teens with LD or ADHD

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Our teen leadership program is centered on the development of independence and social skills

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 develops independence and social skills through backpacking and outdoor experiences. The first week of this program is spent at our overnight camp (Intervarsity Pioneer Lodge in Sundre) building hiking skills, group dynamics and comfort in nature. The second week of the program is based out of Foothills Academy with day hikes to Kananaskis and additional wilderness skill development that will be needed in week three. In the final week of the program, the group will complete a front or back country hiking trip to put all the skills they have learned 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.


Program Grades Dates Dates Cancelled Cost Registration Status
Polaris II 10 - 12

July 2 - 5
July 8 - 12
July 15 - 19

July 1st, Canada Day $3,080 FULL (Registering to waitlist)
Polaris I 7 - 9 July 22 - 26
July 29 - Aug 2
Aug 6 - 9
August 5, Holiday $2,800 FULL (Registering to waitlist)


Week 1 - Sunday to Friday based at Pioneer Camp Lodge Overnight Camp
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.

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 see the schedule above. The fee is eligible for FSCD funding. We are able to bill FSCD directly for camp fees.  

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