PROFILE: Camp Olympia Leadership Training Weekend

 

Out of 863 students who applied for Focus On Youth, 261 remarkable students were hired to participate in the Focus On Youth (FOY) Program. Participating in FOY required the students to attend a leadership training weekend in order to prepare them for their respective jobs (as a camp counsellor, custodian, in administration or in media). On June 6th, successful Focus on Youth applicants from different parts of Toronto arrived at Camp Olympia, a leadership/sports camp. They were trained by the FOY coordinators and teachers until June 8th .

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FOY employees getting ready for lunch.

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FOY employees cheering

Since there was an overwhelming number of participants, they were divided by their school or centres, with 12 centers in total. Throughout the weekend, the students participated in a rotation of five different workshops. Each workshop’s goal was to sharpen their leadership skills and to build character as individuals. The workshops were:

Anger Management: To sharpen participants’ patience and understanding.

ANGER MANAGEMENT

FOY employees doing some exercises (Anger Management)

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FOY employees doing some exercises (Anger Management)

Games: They are given a booklet filled with different games. They must choose one and clearly explain/demonstrate it to their fellow participants. They also have to run the game.

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FOY employees playing a basketball game

Equity: To educate the participants about the different kinds of oppression people face.

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FOY employees having an outdoor activity (Equity)

 

Communication: This teaches the participants to speak less and listen more—a critical skill when dealing with campers.

 

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FOY employees attentively listens (Communication)

Coaching: Similar to the Games workshop, in which they have to pick a sport and they have to explain it clearly.

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FOY employees explaining the game of volleyball (Coaching)

Arts and Crafts: To give employees ideas of different activities they can offer to campers

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FOY employees playing around with paint (Arts and Crafts)

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FOY employees having fun with all the art supplies (Arts and Crafts)

 

There was also the Positive Discipline workshop, which helped the employees learn how to resolve difficult situations and to deal with misbehaviour. Mike Consul and Greg Rogers also led a 7 Habits Workshop.

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Greg Rogers during the 7 habits workshop

 

A talent show was held to conclude the training weekend. A huge number of students participated in the show! The night was filled with enthusiasm and cheering.

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A team of FOY employees performing their cheer

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Some of the FOY employees waiting for the show to start

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Another Cheer performance by a group of FOY employees

Furthermore, Mike Consul asked the Media Team to lead the FOY participants throughout the weekend. The Media Team is a small group of FOY participants that document and record the highlights of the training weekend.

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FOY Media Team 2014

The Media Team was also responsible for the directing the two music videos and a slideshow shown in the end. They managed to finish filming and editing in just two days.

“HAPPY” MUSIC VIDEO:

“LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD” MUSIC VIDEO:

FOY CAMP OLYMPIA 2014 RECAP:

Everyone returned to Toronto with a burning passion to share their leadership skills!

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FOY coordinator, Andre Fullerton!

Special Event: Camp Olympia, Day 2

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WHEN I GET OLDER, I WILL BE STRONGER

Saturday, June 1st marked the second day of the Focus On Youth Leadership training at  Camp Olympia. The day began with breakfast in the Dining Hall, followed by Workshop #2. The workshops include Coaching led by Justin, Carm, Andrew and Matthew, with students from Francis Liberman and Neil McNeil.  The goal of this activity was to educate Focus on Youth students on effectively leading games, giving clear instructions, and catching the camper’s attention.

Along with the coaching workshop, there was also an arts and crafts session with Blessed Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier students, led by Luisa, Nick, Pam, and Peter, to give employees ideas of different activities they can offer to campers. Azniv and Consul led Don Bosco, Father Henry Carr, and Msgr. Percy Johnson at the Field House for the Low Organized Games, which aims to provide Focus on Youth students activities to use during down time with the campers. Lastly, Mario and Genny conducted the Positive Discipline workshop with Romero and James Cardinal McGuigan, which helped the employees learn how to solve situations and misbehavior in a positive manner.

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Arts & Crafts!

Afterwards, right before lunch time, the energetic leaders enjoyed free time, while teachers held meetings with their groups. With full bellies, FOY leaders and teachers attacked workshop #3, which was a school rotation of stations. This time, Don Bosco, Father Henry Carr and Msgr. Percy Johnson attended the Coaching workshop, while Romero and James Cardinal McGuigan participated in the arts and crafts activities. Blessed Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier took part in the Low Organized Games, while Francis Liberman and Neil McNeil were in the Positive Discipline workshop.

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The mic was then given to Mike Consul, who give the leaders a motivational talk. Later on, more free time was given before the Mass ceremony by Father Mike. Father Mike concluded the Mass by saying grace for dinner. All the Focus on Youth employees were gathered into a large group for the beginning of the 7 Habits Workshop, taught by Michael Consul and Greg Rogers, followed by Large Group Games.

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Get ready, set, TALENT! FOY Employees began to prep and stretch for the 9:00PM talent show and Lord Of The Dance. At 11:00PM, snacks were distributed alongside the debrief. Lights out for beauty sleep at 11:30PM.

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Sunday, leaders were up at 7:00AM, and ready to tackle the day as they headed to the Dining Hall for breakfast. In the last rotation of workshops, Romero and James Cardinal Mcguigan partook in the Coaching workshop, while Don Bosco, Father Henry Carr, and Msgr. Percy Johnson decided to be crafty in the Arts and Crafts session. The Francis Liberman and Neil McNeil student employees headed to the Low Organized Games, as Blessed Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier hit it up at the Positive Discipline session.

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The FOY leaders gathered once more for their last lunch together during the weekend training, before proceeding to the Commissioning and Closing Info. Greg Rogers ended the entire weekend with laughs and screams as he initiated the Roller Coaster activity with all the leaders. At 1:30, participants gave their quick goodbyes and hugs to their new friends, before boarding their buses back to Toronto.

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Special Event: Camp Olympia, Day 1

Before we send our staff to work, we send them to be trained at Camp Olympia. At Olympia, they focus on skill building, teamwork, and communication, all of which are essential in being successful in the Focus on Youth program.

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Student leaders from schools across the board, such as Archbishop Romero, Neil McNeil, Don Bosco, Francis Liberman, Jean Vanier, Blessed Mother Theresa, James Cardinal Mcguigan, Msgr. Percy Johnson, and Father Henry Carr are trained by the Camp Olympia staff and teacher moderators over the course of the weekend, and assist our staff in developing the skills they need.

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The first day at camp includes the welcome, leadership workshops, large group games, and campfire activities. The goal of these workshops and activities is to strengthen and enhance the skills the Focus on Youth staff need for their summer jobs. This will allow them to become effective and efficient as staff.

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