What age of students can participate in Camp?
The Summer Camp is open to Grades 9 to 12.
Why do you call the students 'Champions'?
At Radhoc Youth Leadership, you're not "just a student", but an individual who recognizes their own ability to contribute in both big and small ways to fostering a better world. That's why we call you "champions" - because "students" or "delegates" (or worse, "kids") simply doesn't do it justice. At Radhoc, we are all equals - from grade 12 student to university volunteer to teacher to grade 9 student - and we want to set that precedent from the start.
What is the fee/cost of this camp?
The cost to attend summer camp is $20, and this will include all your meals and accommodations for the five days. As always, you can apply to have your $20 fee covered by us, so don't let that stop you!
Is there a waiver that I need to sign?
Yes. ALL participants in our summer camp must sign a Liability Waiver regardless of age. If the participant is under the age of 19 then their parent/guardian must sign the waiver; participants 19 and older can sign on their own behalf.
Are there funding/reimbursement opportunities?
We do accept and consider each application for reimbursement of travel costs independently. Due to our limited budget as a student group at the University, we cannot guarantee the reimbursement of all travel costs for the delegate but we will work closely to make the camp as accessible as we possibly can. We encourage all Champions to carpool or share transportation whenever possible and we also do our best to connect delegates from similar geographic areas to arrange transportation. We may also be able to offer assistance related to fundraising. After acceptance emails are sent out a form for applying for travel reimbursement scholarships will be sent out!
Do schools need to provide teacher chaperones?
Chaperones from schools are NOT required for this camp. The chaperones of the camp are the Committee Members, all of whom are post secondary students/graduates from Memorial University. A chaperone to student ratio of a minimum of 1:10 (though usually much smaller) will be maintained constantly.
Where is Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre?
Brother Brennan is located on Salmonier Line, it is about an hour of St John’s. You don’t need to worry about finding it as we are providing transportation from Memorial University!
Can a teacher still attend as a chaperone regardless?
We generally don't involve chaperones outside of the committee. In the past, however, we have had teachers attend for a handful of sessions for their own interest and at their own costs. A key aspect of Radhoc that students love is that they are more comfortable talking to the Committee Members because we are closer to their age, an aspect that would be lost with one of their teachers being around as students automatically feel somewhat subordinate to teachers.
What if a Champion can attend most of the camp but must leave for a few hours for another commitment?
We understand that Champions can have very busy schedules and we approach this on a case by case basis. The availability of a Champion for camp week will impact whether or not they may be accepted as we want as many students as possible to have as full of an experience as possible. In the event that a Champion is both accepted to the camp and approved to leave at some point for another commitment, they will need to have their parent/guardian/teacher sign a Consent of Absence form ahead of time that would be provided to them by email.
Is Brother Brennan/ Camp Safe?
The Brother Brennan Centre is located in an extremely safe area, it is fairly secluded but remains only 75 minutes from St. John’s. Although there will be no professional security, there will be multiple committee members and volunteers to lookout for all of the champions at all times, we also follow camper to adult ratios consistent with city run camps. All committee members and volunteers are also required to complete Vulnerable Sector Checks prior to camp.
We will have a nursing student, a pharmacy student and a first-aid trained medical team on site for the entirety of camp ready to address any medical concerns. In addition nearly all committee members have undergone standard, advanced, and/or wilderness first aid training and many members have other trainings such as mental health first aid!
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
During the event, you will be sleeping in the Brother Brennan cabins! There are several bunks per room. This means you DO NOT need anything to sleep on as it will be provided. You WILL need a sleeping bag and a pillow. We may suggest a lighter pair of pyjamas and a warmer pair of pyjamas depending on weather. Please note, however, there is no air conditioning at Brother Brennan. There are showers at Brother Brennan but you will need a towel/face cloth and a pair of flip flops or sandals to wear in them!
What about electronic devices?
We understand the value of technology as we use a lot of technology ourselves to plan and facilitate this camp. However, while we do encourage you to have your cell phones as a means of quick communication with home, we strongly encourage you to limit your use of them so that you can be present throughout the week. If you're not on your phone, you're more likely to get more out of the camp and to make more friends from around the province! **We do have to warn champions that service may be spotty due to the location of Brother Brennan. There will also be no wifi available!**
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