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Camp L.E.A.D. is a partnership between Brock University Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, RAFT (Resource Association for Teens), and the United Way. The agencies received a start-up grant from the Niagara Prosperity Fund to develop a recreation and life-skill based March Break camp program for kids aged 10-16 who live in stressed neighbourhoods.
Thus, Camp L.E.A.D., which stands for Learning through Experience and Adventure, was born.
The camp was developed by a group of students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, who took charge of not only program planning, but also risk management, marketing, communication, logistics, fundraising, and evaluation. Because the camp was designed around the philosophy of inclusion, the camp had to not only be free for campers to attend, but also cover the additional costs of food and transportation.
The semester began with students applying for grants, visiting service groups to ask for donations, and running a fundraising event on campus. Through these events, students raised an additional $1500 and found a sponsor to supply campers with sleeping bags, backpacks, bathing suits, and hockey helmets. Thus, the camp is providing valuable learning opportunities not only for the campers but the student leaders as well.
The camp runs from March 14 to 18. You might see them on campus from March 14 to 16, before they head to Caledon to spend a night at an overnight camp. You might see them around campus in their bright green Camp L.E.A.D. t-shirts.