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Leadership I Training


     Leadership I is designed to foster and develop the essential skills and qualities of a great leader. Geared toward students in Grade 10 and up this program is perfect for those looking to gain job skills, experience, volunteer hours, and have a whole lot of fun!

     For 12 weeks from late January until the end of April, we meet for one evening a week to work on leadership styles, communication, time management and professionalism, personal development, and theory on group management and working with children.

     Weeknight sessions are perfectly complimented by weekend trips including overnights at Sasamat Outdoor Centre where youth can opt to gain certifications in Standard First Aid, Food-safe BC, High-Five, and RCABC Canoeing levels.

     This program builds the essential skills and knowledge necessary to help land rewarding jobs and impact the community around you. Make new friends, gain volunteer hours, references for your resume, experience running programs for children, and even a chance to win a scholarship! Don't miss out; it starts this January and registration opens November 1!


The 12 week program involves weeknight activity sessions one night per week from late January through to the end of April with 3 weekends at Sasamat and a one day workshop in Vancouver.

Registration opens on November 1st. There is a nominal registration fee, with additional costs for each weekend trip and certifications. Transportation is provided.
Participants registered at Port Moody Rec Centre and  Douglas College David Lam Campus will attend weekly meetings over the 12 weeks in addition to attending the 3 weekends here at Sasamat Outdoor Centre and a one-day trip to Vancouver.
Participants must complete 3 of the 4 weekends to receive a Leadership Certificate at the end of the program.  

Leadership Training prepares you to apply for work at agencies operating children's programs. Graduates have been employed at neighbourhood houses, community centres and summer camps. 

Leadership I Begins:

  • Port Moody Recreation Centre -Wednesday, January 29, 2014 -- 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Douglas College David Lam Campus, Coquitlam -Tuesday,  January 28, 2014 -- 7:00-9:00 pm

Registration Fee $50


Sessions - Offsite Leadership One - 2014 Coquitlam Registration
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Sessions - Offsite Leadership One - 2014 Port Moody Registration
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Sessions - Leadership One - February 2014 Skills Development Weekend 1
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Sessions - Offsite Leadership One -2014 Weekend 2- One day Workshop
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Sessions - Leadership One - 2014 March Break Weekend 3
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Sessions - Leadership One - 2014 April Day Camp Weekend 4
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  • Tues - Douglas College David Lam Campus
  • 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam -- Classroom B2050
  • Wed - Port Moody Social Recreation Centrte
  • 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody (next to Arena & Library) -- Multipurpose Room 3 
Note: If student is unable to attend a full weekend - partial participation is ok - parent must pick child up. There is no discount for only attending partial weekends.
  • program from late January to end of April
  • an introduction to leadership styles
  • program planning skills
  • safety and discipline techniques
  • insight into working with different age groups
  • invitation to participate in advanced outdoor activity training with our Community Leadership partnership program
  • Invitation to participate in further training with our fall & spring Leadership Institute workshops and winter Leadership II Program.

Fees for Leadership 1 Weekends/Activities

Payment: Please note payment must be received on-line or a cheque mailed to Sasamat Outdoor Centre prior to the start of the program.  You will not be considered to be registered until your payment has been received in full.  

Our office must be notified of any cancellations at least 14 days prior to the start date of the event in order to receive a refund.  There is no refund if less than 14 days notice of cancellation is given. See Refund Policy below.

Weekend Costs

See below for additional weekend costs The registration fee for Leadership 1 training is $50. There is an additional fee for each weekend field trip. Three weekend field trips are required for basic program certification.

  • Weekend #1 February 21-23
  • Weekend #2 March 1  (day trip -Vancouver) 
  • Weekend #3 March 14-16  (Spring Break) 
  • Weekend #4 April 11-13
  • $85/weekend (all meals included)
  • $10 (bring lunch or $ to purchase)
  • $85/weekend (all meals included) 
  • $85/weekend (all meals included)

Additional Certification for Leadership I - Optional

Courses are offered during weekend #3 & #4 only. Please do not choose more than 2 per weekend.

  • RCA of BC Tandem Canoe Course  
  • RCA of BC Solo Canoe Course 
  • Emergency First Aid Course (must be 16 yrs old)
  • Food Safe Course 
  • High 5 (min 15 yrs old)
  • $ 35
  • $ 40 
  • $ 90
  • $ 65
  • $ 60
Upon completion of the Leadership Training, participants are invited to join us for our annual Recognition Night at 6:30 pm. (no fee) date to be determined in May at Sasamat Outdoor Centre

Opportunities Include:

Fun Activities

  • weekends at Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Belcarra
  • hiking, nature activities, games, outdoor cooking, crafts
  • tandem, solo, and voyageur canoeing & kayaking
  • ropes course, archery & challenge activities
  • social activities

Skills for Employment

  • practical experience with children
  • First Aid, C.P.R. and Food Safe courses
  • RCA of BC canoe courses

References for Schools & Employers

  • employment opportunities
  • volunteer requirements for schools
  • supporting documents for scholarships

 Refund Policy:

Youth unable to attend a weekend session for any reason will receive a refund, less a $30 cancellation/administration fee, provided our office is notified fifteen days before the start of the session.  No refunds for regular weekly meetings. Registrations for any Certification will be fully refunded if youth is not able to take due to the certification program being full.  Please note that the cancellation/administration fee is non-refunable/non-transferable.  Refunds can take up to 4 weeks.