LITES Overview

The Leaders in Training for Excellence (LITES) program at Kamp Kiwanis provides a summer camp leadership experience for youth finishing grades 9-11. The camp session lasts for 16 days and focuses on building the fundamentals of strong leadership through personal and group development.

At Kamp Kiwanis we believe that great leaders all share similar traits. In our LITES program we focus on the communication and interpersonal skills of enthusiasm, positive attitude, resilience, selflessness, problem solving, group morale, and safety. At the same time we develop outdoor technical skills such as back country camping, paddling, and route planning. We strive to be a leader in the Alberta camping industry in the development of camp leaders with our training program that includes well-rounded coaching of leadership skills.

LITES participants participate in a 3 day backpacking trip in the Elbow - Sheep River valley region of Kananaskis Country, as well as, a 4 day lake water canoe trip on the Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes. These back country trips encourage the development of participant wilderness knowledge and skills.

LITES participants also have opportunities to organize and lead program activities for campers aged 10-12 years old. By being involved in the regular programming at Kamp Kiwanis, participants will learn all about the Mission, Objectives, and 6 Symbols of Kamp Kiwanis (found on the Summer Kamp Main Page). This experience provides a well rounded foundation for working with children in the outdoors. Participants successfully completing this program are top candidates for future employment at Kamp Kiwanis.

There is a fee for service and open registration for this program, but subsidies of up to 100% are available where ability to pay is a barrier to participation.

Kamp Kiwanis leadership participants canoeing on the Upper Kananaskis lake

How to attend

Kamp Kiwanis leadership program registrations are also nomination based. Just like the main program, anyone can nominate a youth for a leadership program, however the main criteria is different for our leadership programs. When the selection committee goes through the leadership program nomination forms they are looking closely at the candidates leadership potential.

Once the forms are collected, a selection committee comprised of Kiwanis Club Members and Kamp Kiwanis Staff will sort through all the nomination forms and select the participants with the greatest leadership potential. Once the participants are selected, a health and permission package will be sent to selected participants in early June.

Unfortunately, there are only a certain amount of spots available and sometimes it is necessary to create a wait list for participants. Often spots become available up to and including the first day of the session.

LITES 2019 has finished for this year. Nomination forms for Summer 2020 will be available in April 2020.