Youth Leadership Camp

Youth Leadership Camp

Sunday, July 2 – Friday, July 7, 2017

Leadership Camp at C.Y.O. Camp Brébeuf is an adventure based, faith filled week designed for high school aged students entering grade 9, 10 or 11. Leadership camp is a 1 week, overnight program that runs the first week of our summer.  Our Leadership Program offers young people the chance to connect with old camp friends and staff, meet new friends and develop their abilities and confidence while deepening their faith and having fun.

After completion of each week, the goal is for the campers to bring their newly learned skills and ideas back to their homes, schools and parishes. Leadership camp is based on a “track model” where campers are encouraged to learn not only from the individual track programs, but also from each other. All tracks run simultaneously each week. Our expectation is that participants will return year after year to experience an increasingly more intensive program. In the final year of ‘Emmaus’, campers are given the opportunity to return as “C.I.T.”s , Counsellors in Training, to volunteer for 4 weeks of summer camp.

More information on each of the program follows:

For campers who were born in 2002.
Track Focus: Confidence, “Self”

Biblical Reference: Jeremiah 1:4-8

The Jeremiah track is created for younger teens with little or no leadership experience.  The minimum requirements are that the camper be 13 years of age and entering High School in the fall following the summer of the leadership program.

Our overall goal for the Jeremiah program is to open the door to the discovery of SELF; to build confidence and to help the campers feel sure of their abilities to be leaders , as well as proud of and secure in who they are as they begin their journey through high school.

Building confidence is a process: it requires self understanding—especially an understanding of personal values—and an ability to use abilities in accord with these values.   Above all, confidence is: knowing yourself, trusting yourself, and being yourself.


1)      To identify personal values, abilities and limitations.
2)      To develop trust in one’s own abilities and to develop an aptitude for self-challenge and finding ways for self improvement.
3)      To understand what it means to be oneself and to find ways of communicating this ‘self’ with others.

For more information in our Jeremiah Program click here: Coming Soon.

For campers who were born in 2001.
Track Focus: Giftedness, ‘Others’

Biblical Reference: Luke 19:1-10

The Zaccheus track is focused on supporting leaders already involved or looking to increase their level of leadership back home.  Challenged to explore their own giftedness and self-imposed limitations, the Zacchaeus team spends time understanding the value of all those they meet in our culture.

Building on the understanding of one’s own abilities and gifts—as well as weaknesses and limitations—acquired in the Jeremiah track, the Zacchaeus group will primarily work on identifying the gifts and abilities of others and using the gifts of the group to accomplish something as a team.   In this track, building on the giftedness of all track members the focus will be teamwork.  The core components of teamwork are listening, questioning, persuading, respecting, helping, sharing, and participating; in this track the group will challenge themselves to work together to improve in each of these aspects thus improving both communication and teamwork. 


1)      To recognize gifts in others and affirm these gifts
2)      To understand types of communication and how to communicate effectively in a group
3)      To develop the ability to synergize with others as part of a team.
4)      To identify ways of using ones gifts for others

For more information on our Zacchaeus Program click here: Coming Soon.

For campers who were born in the year 2001.
Focus: Giftedness, ‘Others’

Biblical Reference: Isaiah 40:3-5, Hosea 2: 14-15

Like Zacchaeus, the focus of Brebeuf Wilderness program is OTHERS. This program revolves around the ideas or service and teamwork, specifically in a wilderness setting. In this out-trip style program, Brebeuf Wilderness campers will spend the majority of their week camping out at one of our campsites, and as a team will be responsible for preparing their own meals, setting up their own site, as well as completing leadership-based challenges. Wilderness campers will take part in important all-camp activities, but the focus will be on their service to one another away from camp.

Brebeuf Wilderness Overall Goals:
1) To develop a better understanding and appreciation for the great outdoors
2) To learn new skills related to outdoor survival
3) To develop a better appreciation for the giftedness of others
4) To develop a mindset of service
5) To understand different types of communication and how to communicate effectively in a group
6) To grow in faith and learn to live it.

NOTE: Campers can choose to register in either Zacchaeus or Brebeuf Wilderness, depending on their interest and availability. Both tracks have a similar focus, but in a different setting.

For more information on our Brebeuf Wilderness Program click here: Coming Soon.

For campers who were born in the year 2000.
Track Focus: Service to the Community, Social Justice.

Biblical Reference:  Matthew 10:37-42

The Prophet’s track serves campers who return to Brebeuf with extensive experience in leadership and want to explore their faith as it relates to service in the community they serve.  We challenge participants to look at the world through eyes of faith and require prophets to be prepared to travel off-site to become more aware of the poverty and injustice around them

From the skill of using one’s gifts and talents to work with others in a team comes the skill of using gifts and talents to serve others—alone or as a member of a team.  Thus, service is a worthwhile goal for developing leadership skills.  Anyone who wishes to be a good leader must be first and foremost be a servant who leads others with the best interests of the others in mind.  Practically speaking, service involves identifying the needs of another person or group, developing a relationship with that person or group, taking steps to meet the needs of the other and empowering him or her to be responsible for maintaining these needs.


1)      To identify and understand the needs of others.
2)      To understand the reasons for the needs of others and to develop problem solving abilities in analysis of causal relations.
3)      To build relationships serving, getting to know, and empowering others.

For more information on our Prophet Program click here: Coming Soon.

Please note there is an application for the Emmaus/C.I.T. program for the 2015 season.
For campers who were born in the year 2000.
Track Focus: Service the Camp Community. 

Biblical Reference: Luke 24:13-34

The Emmaus track is our leadership option for senior camp veterans already active in schools or faith communities that want a challenging, intensive week of program design, and implementation.  The Emmaus program is focused on helping these leaders learn how to work in a community, support campers, and ultimately become a camp leader.

Building community is a task that requires confidence, teamwork, service abilities, and above all personal presence and love.  In coming together as a group, be it to break bread or to participate in some shared experience, we understand more fully who we are by recognizing who others are.  In a community that shares, cares, and is focused on inclusion, our eyes can be opened and our hearts will burn within us.  In this track, then, the leadership potential of the previous tracks is integrated as the group works together to perform specific community building projects learning organizational skills, programming, incorporation of creativity, and how to coordinate community building activities that are fun, but also meaningful.


1)      Learn the importance of visioning, planning, and communicating ideas to different members of the community
2)      To learn about the centrality of role modelling and sharing experience in community life
3)      To develop facilitation skills such as debriefing and/or front loading an experience, dealing with problems in a group setting, and programming

For more information on our Emmaus Program click here: Coming Soon.


(for those that are enrolled in Emmaus only)

What is C.I.T. ?
C.I.T. stands for Counsellor in Training.  C.I.T.’s will be given counsellor specific training and work alongside counsellors in our residential and day camp programs.  The C.I.T.’s will be supported and supervised by a senior staff member and have opportunities throughout the four weeks to discuss and reflect on their experiences together with their support staff.  This program is designed to help the C.I.T.’s learn how to be Camp Counsellors at Camp Brébeuf.

There is no additional charge for the C.I.T. program.

Please note that attendance during the Emmaus program is mandatory.  C.I.T.’s will have the option of picking which of the 4 weeks they will attend of our summer camp program with our co-ed campers.

Emmaus/C.I.T. Application 

For Registration


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