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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


LAUNCH is an accelerated, problem-based camp. The camp is limited to the first 15 qualified campers who apply. Children must be in grades 4-8 as of September 2017.

Our campers:

  • Are working more than three grade levels above his/her grade (documentation* required).
  • Are self-directed learners.
  • Have deep knowledge in several different topics.
  • Are able to consider a problem situation from many diverse perspectives.

Twice-exceptional learners are also welcome to apply. We welcome children from the homeschool community.

*Documentation consists of a psychoeducational assessment, an IPRC recommendation for gifted services, or the completion of the supplemental application survey.

Registration

The registration deadline is May 26, 2017.

If you believe your child would be a good fit for LAUNCH, submit the following documents to launch@wlu.ca:

If you have any questions regarding application and/or eligibility, email launch@wlu.ca.

Note: We recognize that these registration documents may not include best practices in accessibility. We are working to create a more accessible version of this material. If you do require an accessible version, please connect with launch@wlu.ca and we will work with you to ensure you receive the information in a format that works for you.

2017 Camp Description

Simulations in Crisis Resolution: Developing Empathetic and Compassionate 21st-Century Leaders

By Jessica P. Clough

Conflict is a fact of life. No matter the context, the time or place, varying levels of conflict shape human interaction. Some would argue that some conflict is needed to achieve progress in hand with constructive problem solving. With this in mind, being able to mediate conflict and assist with conflict resolution is an invaluable skill to have for future success in all career paths.

In this interdisciplinary and dynamic LAUNCH series, campers will delve into an experiential study of conflict resolution. The group will explore sources of conflict, and learn about effective conflict resolution strategies, including negotiation and mediation, at all levels, from personal to international conflict. Students will examine direct and indirect participants in conflict, learn techniques for identifying the needs of those affected in conflict, and gain an awareness of differences in ethics across the globe. Students will also brainstorm strategies for encouraging the involvement of participants in conflict resolution. They will apply strategies that will allow them to better recognize different points of view and allow them to effectively translate between contentious parties.

Experienced professional and distinguished local faculty will be invited to discuss conflict resolution theory with participants. Special guests will enhance the impact of the hands-on activities planned over the course of the week. Participants will develop public speaking, writing, creative and critical thinking skills through activities related to conflict resolution.

The exploration of conflict resolution will culminate with a CRISIS simulation that will require participants to not just utilize preexisting information learned in various academic content areas, but also further develop important interpersonal skills needed to achieve effective conflict resolution.

Content for the LAUNCH series is developed in consultation with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Office of Dispute Resolution.

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