Applying for a Leadership Program

How to apply for a Leadership Program

Basic eligibility requirements:

  • Trailblazer (June 24 - August 16): must be 16 or 17 years old by September 30, 2024, and be available for the entire summer.
  • Lit Forester (June 24 - August 16): must be 16 or 17 years old by September 30, 2024, and be available for the entire summer.
  • Rangers (June 24 - July 19): must by 15 or 16 years old by September 30, 2024, and be available for the entire month of your chosen program.
  • Exceptions may be made to miss a couple of days of your program for educational conflicts – please mention your date restrictions in the interview process

To apply for a leadership program:

  1. When registration opens, fill out your registration form on our online registration system. Please note that for the LIT programs, cabin mate requests are not necessarily taken into consideration when forming 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.
  2. Candidates: Tell us, in the most creative way you can think of, 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 we’ve received in the past include such things as songs, videos, drawings, creative writing, or other unique creations.

Applications for our LIT programs are still being accepted, but availability may be limited based on the first-choice program. For more information, please contact us!

ALL submissions for part 2 of the application must include the following:

  • Name
  • Age by September 30 th, 2024 (birth date is helpful)
  • Leadership Program of choice (Forester, Trailblazer or Ranger)

Submissions can be made in English OR French, and should be sent:

  • By email to with a subject heading “LIT Application”
  • Or by mail/in person to: Camp YMCA Kanawana, 1440 Rue Stanley, RC, Montreal, QC, H3A 1P7

What next?

Once we receive your camper’s creative application AND your online registration, candidates will be contacted to have a group or individual interview in person. We will send you information on how to book a date and time with one of our interviewers. Please be prepared to have a video interview, or let us know if that’s not possible for you.

We will do our best to send out decision notices as soon as possible after all interviews have been completed. Participants will be notified by email.

Please note with our new online registration system, we intend that no payment will be taken for leadership program registration until your camper has been accepted into the program – we will notify you if that changes before online registration opens in January. Please also note that financial assistance AND specific campership subsidies are available 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!

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