Dear Middle School Faculty Leaders,
The CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp is committed to harnessing our student's budding leadership potential. Students are given the opportunity to support and challenge each other as leaders so they can make their own unique mark on society.

It is with great excitement that we invite you and your students to attend the 5 th annual CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp. It will run from Friday, September 21 - Monday, September 24, 2018 at Onondaga Camp in Minden, ON.

This year's camp offers a unique opportunity for grade 7 & 8 students across Canada to learn how to motivate, inspire, and lead others in helping to solve four pressing issues in Canadian society. Supported by their teachers, the staff at Onondaga Camp, and other education professionals, students will discover how their leadership can provide solutions that have a global impact.

The program will take advantage of an exceptional outdoor learning environment in which we bring like-minded peers from B.C. to Newfoundland to grow, and have fun learning together. The weekend will be filled with engaging workshops, keynote speakers, camp activities, and opportunities for genuine student collaboration.

We know that students in grades 7 & 8 are just starting out on their leadership journey. Thus, our goal is to provide them with the tools, experiences, and connections to help them think about the type of leader they aspire to be and how they can begin to put that into action at their own school.

Last year, over 140 students representing more than 20 CAIS Schools attended. Last year we put schools on a waiting list, so we urge you to register early, understanding that a maximum of 10 students per school is permitted.

The cost to attend is $595.00 p er student which includes transportation between Toronto and the camp both ways, meals, accommodations, and programming fees. This is an increase over last year's fee that is a direct result of the significant increase to the Ontario minimum wage, effective January 1. The fee also covers the cost to send one faculty advisor; however, if a second faculty advisor attends, your school will be charged a nominal fee of $200.00 to cover additional costs.

There will be two steps to registration.

Step One
Registration will open on Monday, May 7 2018.
  • This form confirms your school's commitment. We will reserve spots on a "first come, first registered" basis.
  • When registering, you will indicate whether you will make payment with a credit card or a cheque. For those schools that need to postpone payment until July 1, please select the cheque option and contact Margo Jakobschuk
To register on May 7, click this link to the CAIS website: Camp Registration. Space is limited, so be sure to register early! After all spots are filled, there will be a waiting list. 
Step Two
Please be aware that a survey will be sent in the first week of September to request the following information:
  • Name(s) of student(s) and faculty advisor(s) attending  
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Allergies or medical conditions
  • Provincial health card number
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Transportation information- we have a bus for airport pickup and drop off, and a second bus for GTA schools. Typically, Montreal schools travel together via bus. More details to follow.
You will also be sent a packing list, schedule, and expectations guide.

We would like to extend a big thank you to our committee of teachers who are continuously engaged in creating a memorable camp experience for all our students: 
Cassandra Cansick (Onondaga Camp Director)
Mark Burleigh (The Country Day School)
Jeff Adams (Havergal College)
Zyoji Jackson (St. Michaels University School)
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to make this year's camp a success, please don't hesitate to contact, Tiziana Patella or Tracy Faucher CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp Co-Chairs.  
We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Onondaga Camp in September 2018!


CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp Co-Chairs 
Tiziana Patella (St. John's-Ravenscourt School) 
Tracy Faucher (Holy Trinity School)
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