Our campers are gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9 who are looking for a day camp experience that piques their curiosity and has a large “fun” quotient.
The Faculty of Education is once again offering a series of Saturday morning enrichment camps, Sensational Saturdays, for local gifted/highly able children and youth in grades 1-9. The focus of the LEAP (Laurier Enriched Academic Program) camps is on enrichment, where basic skills are supported through imaginative activities. All camps are proposed and led by certified teachers who are assisted by volunteers. Camps will be held in the Bricker Academic Building on the Waterloo Laurier campus.
The camps will run from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon on January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4, 2017. Each camp includes a 15 minute break about halfway through the morning. There will be 10-20 participants in each camp and camps will run based on a minimum enrollment. If you would like to design and run a camp with a theme that is of interest to you, this is a great opportunity. All six sessions must relate to a single theme. We are looking for highly interactive teaching methods, integration of the arts and creative and critical thinking skills, and all of the multiple intelligences. Please see the attached info sheet for more details.
If you are interested in proposing a camp, please fill out the attached curriculum template completely and return it, along with a current resume, to LEAP via fax (519) 884-8697 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 14, 2016. We will determine which camps will be offered by late October/early November and thereafter send out promotional materials to schools and parents. Registration closes in early January 2017 and decisions regarding the final camp offerings will be made at that time. Please feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues.
If there are any questions, please contact LEAP at email@example.com.
Teachers are paid $775 for the planning and teaching of the six Saturday mornings. If you choose to team teach, you will need to split the pay. Part of your planning should include challenging activities for campers who finish assigned projects ahead of the other campers. There will be a teacher training/orientation session in January 2017 (details to be
determined). We will also ask teachers new to LEAP to meet with us individually prior to the beginning of camp. All new LEAP teachers must provide a copy of a recent (dated March 4, 2016 or later) Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector even if you have one on file at your workplace. If you require a record check, LEAP will cover the fee. It can take a number of weeks for this request to be processed at a local police station so you will be expected to order your police check by a certain date (in November/December). You will also be expected to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Teachers will provide campers with an outline of camp activities on the first day, and will fill out a short feedback sheet (checkliststyle) for all campers to go home on the final day. A template for this will be provided.
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LEAP is fortunate to attract hard-working volunteers, many of whom return for multiple sessions of camp. We assign at least one volunteer to each camp. Our volunteer base includes students in high school and university, as well as OCTs. We always welcome new volunteers. If you know of someone aged 16 and over who might be interested in being a volunteer, please direct them to our website at wlu.ca/leap where a volunteer form will soon be posted.