LENS Program | Partial Overnight
AGE: 14 – 17 Years Old
TIME: 9am – 3pm (Mon & Fri) + Overnight (Tues to Thurs)
PREREQUISITES: Open to anyone with basic camera camera knowledge.
REQUIRED: Mandatory ability to swim. Any camera with manual mode + 2 camera batteries.
LOCATION: 25 Toronto St. (Yonge & Adelaide) + Algonquin Provincial Park (partial overnight)
Leadership Experience for Next Steps (LENS)
1 Week Program (Including: 3 days in Algonquin Park)
Join us on an unforgettable, partial overnight experience to Algonquin Park, where we will explore and photograph the wonders of nature! This program is specifically designed for youth looking to build on their leadership skills and acts as a stepping stone for those interested in learning more about what it takes to become a camp counsellor or instructor and how photography can be used as a leadership tool! Contribute your photography to Citizen Science Projects that will help real-world scientists better understand changes in global biodiversity! At the end of the week, you will also visit one of our cities largest green spaces to explore urban biodiversity and discuss the important role that photographers play in creating positive change within our own communities!
- No Camping Experience Required
- Mandatory Swimming Ability Required
- Program Includes:
5 Days of Leadership Training
LENS Program Certificate upon completion
Sleeping Bags & All Required Camping Gear
All Meals & Snacks in Algonquin Park
Transportation | Departure & Return | To and From 25 Toronto St.
- Please Refer To FAQ’s for Details
LENS PROGRAM will be exploring topics and gaining experience in the following areas:
- Human impact
- Climate change
- Reviewing famous examples for inspiration for an independent project that you’ll work on while at Algonquin!
- Team building exercises around camp unique to that program (i.e. exploring camp counsellor scenarios and stories)
- Leadership experiences by leading activities among our Algonquin Adventure students!
Jake Borchenko, Leadership Instructor
At the heart of our programs are passionate and knowledgeable instructors, like Jake Borchenko! His positive energy and enthusiasm toward arts education has encouraged hundreds of our students, to reach new heights! Jake is a Broadcasting and Film graduate of Centennial College and is currently studying at the University of Toronto. He has led youth trips across Ontario as a mentor with Skatelife Canada and has travelled the world, to places like India and Nepal to shoot professional documentaries and work on his own passionate projects in street and documentary photography. As our Leadership Instructor, Jake will work directly with teens who are interested in developing their leadership skills and empower them to begin using photography as a tool to inspire others in their own communities and make a positive difference in the world!
Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitefish Lake Campground
|MONDAY||Mandatory First Day
Mandatory first day for all participants. Review Citizen Science Projects, camera equipment and review what to expect!
|TUESDAY||Depart from our studio at 25 Toronto Street first thing in the morning! When we arrive, we’ll set up in our camp site, and then we’ll grab our cameras and hit the trails to explore some of Algonquin’s most beautiful sites! In the afternoon, we’ll settle down by the campfire and assist our adventure group with some night-sky photography!|
|WEDNESDAY||Enjoy a full day exploring and photographing nature and biodiversity in the park. Participate in and help lead fun activities around camp! Enjoy your last night cooking and hanging out by the campfire!|
|THURSDAY||Enjoy your morning with some fun outdoor activities before departing for Toronto. Drop-off at our studio (25 Toronto Street) mid-afternoon.|
|FRIDAY||Meet at 25 Toronto Street for 9am to review your images! Student work will be showcased at our end of week exhibit!|
Deposit required upon booking and a Final Payment will be due by March 31, 2019.
This program will be offered to participants on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to opportunity to join Jake and other fellow teens up north for a 3 day adventure program, please fill out this form below as soon as possible.
Space Is Limited | Secure Your Spot Before The Rush | Program is limited to 15 participants
Register by filling out the for below.
$500 Deposit Required Upon Booking & Final Balance Due by March 31, 2019