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Becoming 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.


Teaching with LEAP

LEAP camps are designed and taught by certified teachers and/or experts who are passionate about learning. If you are interested in teaching with LEAP, you can apply two ways:

  1. Submit a proposal for a camp you are interested in leading. Previous camp themes include: robotics, diseases, optical illusions and art, electricity, chocolate, under the sea, computers, photography, archaeology, the oceans, and more.
  2. Submit your resume and preferred grade levels/topics. We may be able to match you with a camp that requires an instructor.

Sessions

  • LEAP Summer Enrichment Programs: Half- and full-day sessions during the first and second full weeks in July.
  • Sensational Saturdays: Runs for six Saturday mornings from the end of January until the beginning of March.

Hiring

Our hiring for summer 2020 is now finished. In September we will begin accepting applications to teach for us in Winter 2021. 

Topics that have worked well in the past or that have been suggested by parents include: space, mythology, natural disasters, technology, computers, coding, aviation, inventions, STEM/STEAM, art, math/logic, debate, architecture, the science of sports, robotics, business and the environment/sustainability. This is definitely not an exhaustive list; we welcome any topic(s) as long as the activities are engaging, hands-on, challenging and utilize higher order thinking skills.

If you are interested in teaching for us, please contact us at leap@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3173.

Please feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues. If there are any questions regarding the process or your proposal, contact LEAP at leap@wlu.ca.

Volunteering with LEAP

Would you like to get volunteer experience working with children? Are you considering a career in education? LEAP welcomes volunteers to assist program teachers with leading innovative, theme-based camps for youth in grades 1-9 who are gifted/highly able.

LEAP volunteers include high school students looking to complete their community service, university or college students, as well as educators and other community members. Volunteers who are 13 and 14 are welcome to help out as junior volunteers. Junior volunteers are not required to complete a police check as they are never left alone with campers.

Applications

After careful consideration and planning, the Faculty of Education has made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person LEAP and LAUNCH program for Summer 2020. As a result, we will be no longer accepting volunteer applications.

Donating to LEAP

As a result of generous donations, we have been able to offer bursaries for campers for past Sensational Saturday and summer day camp programs. We wish to thank the Optimist Club of Westvale-Waterloo, the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Grand River, the Elmira Kiwanis Club, the Kiwanis Club of North Waterloo, and others whose contributions have made LEAP's bursary program possible to date.

LEAP hopes to continue the bursary program for our future camps. This will be dependent on receiving more donations in the future.

LEAP welcomes donations from anyone interested in assisting campers in financial need who would benefit from our enrichment programming. We accept donations in any amount. $145 will send one child to a half-day summer camp or a six-week Sensational Saturdays winter session, and $290 will send a child to a full-day summer camp. If you or your organization are able to donate funds to help send children to camp, please contact our Development Officer Dean Sherk at 519.884.0710 x2094 or at dsherk@wlu.ca.

Wilfrid Laurier University is a registered Charitable Organization and will provide Income Tax Receipts for all contributions.

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