Why a Leadership Camp?

Why choose a leadership camp?

Because we provide a unique camp experience that brings together traditional camp activities with leadership training for campers of all ages. We are able to do this because we are small by design. With our high staff to camper ratio, and small overall numbers, we are aim to create an environment of trust.

We focus on building positive relationships between campers and these connections allow campers to discuss, develop goals and recognize achievements in a safe space. Campers know their voice is being heard and their ideas are being listened to.

Campers become facilitators of change in their own lives. We encourage responsibility by creating expectations for campers, rather than rules. Campers gain the skills to act with confidence, courtesy, respect and responsibility at camp, home and school.

Know that your child will come home with a new view on life.

What does Leadership look like at Hidden Bay?

Everything we do, from meals, to canoeing, to campfire, encourages each camper to –

  • Make good choices
  • Set goals
  • Make plans
  • Problem solve
  • Take responsibility
  • Experience success and celebrate the success of others

Our staff is trained to support these aims in all areas camps, from meals, to games, to the nightly closing circle. The staff will ask, rather than tell, campers what to do and work with them to help them develop their inner leadership and encourage them to share that with other.

At Hidden Bay we use two specific frameworks to share our camp values, the Future Aces Creed and CRRC3.

Future Aces Creed

The Future Aces Creed was developed by the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation. As a partner, Hidden Bay shares the values of the organization and has used this framework since our opening.


I will develop a positive Attitude toward all people and toward my work.
I will endeavour to develop my talents and Ability in order that I may be helpful to society.
I will endeavour to use my talents and act upon my ability, for without Action I am limited.
I will endeavour, through a positive mental attitude, through my ability and through my actions, to Advance not only the values that are important to me, but also the values that are important to others.
I will endeavour to Achieve my goal by honest and sincere effort.


I will endeavour to Co-operate and seek understanding with all people, regardless of colour, race or creed.
I will endeavour to act Courageously, standing for what is right and speaking out against what is wrong.
I will endeavour to be Confident without being arrogant.


I will endeavour to acquire the best Education within my capability.
I will endeavour to set a good Example to others.


I will endeavour to render Service to others
I will endeavour to be a good Sport in all my decisions, recognizing fair play to all, not complaining about adverse situations. But accepting the good with the bad.

Each day, campers will have a chance to be “caught doing something good” and having that good deed shared with the group with a Future Aces Mini-Alert. These are written by fellow campers and staff and are read out at the end of each day. The staff works to ensure that by the end of their time at camp, every camper has received at least one, if not more, Future Ace to bring home.


The other system we use when discussing leadership, is CRRC3, pronounced like kirk. Standing for Courtesy, Respect, Responsibility, Confidence, Care & Compassion, CRRC3 is what many of the expectations at camp are based on. We ask that when making a decision, all campers and staff consider if what they are doing is CRRC3 before proceeding. If the action does not follow CRRC, we would ask that they not do it.

COURTESY We expect everyone to use good manners and to be polite at all times.
RESPECT We expect everyone to show consideration for all people, including their beliefs and values, as well as our surrounding environment and belongings of the camp, campers and staff.
RESPONSIBILITY We expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions and words and to help others do the same.
CONFIDENCE We expect everyone to believe in themselves and their capabilities and to promote the importance of self-esteem.
CARING We expect everyone to be kind and considerate in their words and actions and to be helpful to those around them.

Camp Awards

Our Awards Ceremony on the last day of camp is when we recognize campers, not for competitive activity, but for the personal achievement of goals and the development of leadership qualities.

Our “Big 4” Awards are given out when there is a camper deserving, and may not be given in every session.


Presented to the camper who shows amazing encouragement towards others throughout the week and has a very positive attitude.


Presented to the camper who should great initiative throughout the week and is constantly looking to help others.


Presented to the camper who recognizes the good in other people and constantly recognizes others for their actions. As well, this award is given to a camper
exhibiting good sportsmanship.


Presented to the camper who exemplifies and embodies courtesy, respect, responsibility, confidence, caring and compassion during the whole session and stands out as an example of what we expect from a Hidden Bay camper.