Leadership Programs

Are you ready for an experience that will change your life?

Providing an environment that fosters the development of value-based leaders is the foundation of all our leadership programs. They emphasize development through experiential learning, responsibility, adventure and friendship.

Participants will emerge with new skills in childcare, camping, program planning and outdoor survival. Whether you want to become a counsellor, a canoe guide, program staff or you simply want to have an incredible experience, we have a program that is right for you!

Financial assistance and other camperships are available specifically for our leadership programs. If cost is an issue for you, please get in touch with us to discuss options for your LIT-hopeful camper, and encourage them to apply!

Participants applying for the following programs will be interviewed. Please take careful note of the application process below.

26 days - Leadership Development Program - Ages 15-16 54 days - Trailblazers - Counsellor-in-training - Ages 16-17 54 days - Foresters - Canoe Guides-in-training - Ages 16-17

Applying for a Leadership Program

DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

1. Complete the Online Registration form for the desired Leadership Program. 

For our Leadership Programs, cabin mate requests are not necessarily taken into consideration when forming the sleeping arrangements. We believe that part of being an LIT is learning to live in a community with ALL others, and thus we create and change our sleeping arrangements when it suits the needs of the group’s development.

Please note: A full refund will be given should a participant not be selected for the requested program.

2. Tell us, in the most creative way possible, why you want to take part in a Camp YMCA Kanawana Leadership Program. 

Let us know what you are most looking forward to learning, how you think the program will help you in the future, and what you have to offer as a leader at Camp YMCA Kanawana. Submissions could include songs, videos, drawings, creative writing or other unique creations.


All submissions must include the following:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Leadership Program of choice

Submissions can be in English or French and should be sent:

  • by email to:
    with a subject heading: LIT Application
  • or by mail to:
    Camp YMCA Kanawana
    1440 Stanley Street, 1st floor,
    Montreal, QC, H3A 1P7

 And then what?

Upon completion of the steps above, candidates will be contacted to have a group or individual interview in person. For people who are not from Montreal, the interview can be conducted over the phone or through Skype. 

Decisions will be made within 2 to 3 weeks after all interviews have been completed. Participants will be notified by email.