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FOCUS Youth Leadership Training Workshop 2009

November 27-29, 2009 – Cabins #2 & #3, Camp Samac, Oshawa, Ontario
Based on Scouts Canada National Youth Committee's Focus 2009

FOCUS is a peer-to-peer training program developed by the Scouts Canada's National Youth Committee and is intended to provide an opportunity for Leadership Skills Building and Personal Assessment. The workshops will occupy about 6 hours during the weekend. Many other activities both indoors and outdoors will break up the formal learning portions.

Target audience is Venturers, Rovers and senior Scouts.

There is no direct link to the Venturer program, nor is this to be confused with either a Youth Forum or V.E.I.W. (Venturer Executive Training Workshop.) After the weekend, youth will have learned a little more about their abilities, goals, leadership skills and made many new friends.

Weekend fee for youth $40, Advisors and escorts $20 (includes indoor accommodations, course manuals and food.)

The Location

The following link has details and directions to Camp Samac, 1711 Simcoe St N., Oshawa, Ontario
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The Plan (subject to change)

6:30pm Arrival at the “Camp” (after dinner)
8:00pm Opening: “Ice breaker exercises”
9:30pm 1st session: “Who Am I”
11:00pm Cards, snacks, etc.
1:00am All quiet
8:00am Rise & prepare for the day
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am 2nd session: “Effective Communications”
11:00am Spoons (wide game) & Outdoors and Mapping exercise (Outdoorsman Award Requirement 2.c.)
12:30pm Lunch
2:00pm 3rd session: “Group Dynamics& Teamwork“
3:30pm Outdoors activity
5:00pm 4th session: “Goal-Setting”
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm 5th session: “Situational Leadership”
9:30pm Night hike and Campfire
10:30pm Cards, snack, etc.
1:00am All quiet
9:00am Rise and breakfast
10:00am Pack up gear and clean cabin
11:00am Spiritual reflection, debrief impact of weekend, evaluations
11:45am Departure

Weekend Menu


Friday:  Mug-Up
Saturday am: pancakes and sausage
Saturday noon: Homemade soup & hot dogs
Saturday evening: chicken & pasta.
Saturday late: cheese & crackers.
Sunday am:  Egg & cheese WicMuffins


Youth: Each Cabin accommodates 18 in bunk beds with separate sleeping areas for male and female participants. The cabin has electric heat, electric lights and cooker, indoor washrooms. (Registered so far: Trainers (4), 1st Bramalea Venturers, 1st Uxbridge, 1st Lakefield, Toronto Downsview Medvents, 6th Pickering

Adults/Leaders: Depending on the participating adult's needs, mentoring for Wood Badge requirements can be conducted. Otherwise, this is a great forum for peer to peer discussion on program development and execution. Leaders should plan to stay the weekend. (Adult meal plan may vary slightly.)


Send your intention to attend by email to Brian Wick, phone 905-922-5678.
Registration Form

A new training manual used, as edited by the National Youth Committee in 2009.

Unit Name and Contact Person
Postal Address, Phone Number
Email addresses for email list
Names of participants, including adults (include age and sex, dietary restrictions)

Please indicate your intention as soon as possible to reserve bunk places. Additional accommodation will be on the floor (bring a mattress) or in your own tent you supply. Please send your intention to attend ASAP, payments should be sent by November 20 or at the door. (No refunds after Nov 25, 2009.) Made cheques payable to Scouts Canada-1st Whitby Venturers.

Brian Wick, Advisor
1101-711 Rossland Rd E, Whitby, ON L1N 8Z1
905-922-5678, Fax 905-430-8716

Link to FOCUS 2003 Leadership Training weekend summary.
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