SMILE Camp: 2017 Elementary

From November 24 to 28, 60 elementary school students, 10 high school mentors, and 14 teachers from across the Toronto Catholic board alongside 6 police officers were invited to participate in the 2017 Students & Staff Maximizing Inter-Community Leadership Experience (SMILE) Camp. Up north at Camp George in Parry Sound, students are given the opportunity to connect and build community with other student leaders, teachers, mentors, and police.

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The view from the dining cabin.

DAY 1

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After unpacking and meeting their facilitators and mentors, Michael Consul gives the student leaders a lesson in participation. “What you put into is what you get out of it.”
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Mama G leads the “I am” activity so everyone can get to know each other better.
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The mentors present the weekend’s first reflection- “The Cold Within.”
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Family groups create paper towers to determine who gets their snack first.
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School groups present the 19 steps of leaderships and what they think the most important step is.
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Rachelle reads “Zero” by Kathryn Otoshi before bed.

DAY 2

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Mentors lead the morning stretch.
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Student leaders fill in their silhouettes.
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Creating power structures to emphasize Powerade.
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The police reveal themselves to the students.
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Mass with Father Pastor Pastor Father
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Schools present their campfire songs.
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Student leaders are read “I Am” by Wayne Dyer before going to bed.

DAY 3

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Writing in others’ silhouettes.

DAY 4

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One final picture before boarding the bus.

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