Leader in Training (LIT)

The Leader in Training (LIT) programme puts the concept of "leadership" into motion by providing participants with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experience in a camp setting.  This programme is ideal for participants who are 17 years old and who possess a high-intermediate to advanced level of English.

Morning lessons focus on examining theories, models, and meanings of leadership. LITs learn various techniques used by educators to lead and support younger children, including strategies for different scenarios that apply within a camp setting.

Afternoons provide LITs with an opportunity to apply their new knowledge, as they assist camp staff in leading various camp activities and organizing different events. Participants leave the programme with new skills and experience that will serve them for a lifetime.

LocationLakefield, Ontario
Leaders in Training (LIT)10 weekly hours
Session Length3 week sessions
Excursions1 full day Toronto trip

Leaders In Training Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 25
July 05
3 Weeks

Leader in Training (LIT) Practicum

July 26 - August 15

1 Week $1,000
2 Weeks $2,000
3 Weeks $3,000

Students must enroll in the 3-week LIT programme to be eligible for Practicum weeks

*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. Information updated: September 26, 2018


Optional Excursions

Clients wishing to pre-pay for Optional Activities should indicate this at time of booking.

Select optional excursions are offered for an extra fee. Excursion schedule depends on session dates and duration. All excursions are fully supervised by camp staff and include transportation, admission costs and meals, as required.

Trips may be paid for upon arrival at camp or pre-paid to the representative prior to arrival at camp.

Duration       Excursion Detail Cost 
Full-Day Niagara Falls (includes Hornblower boat tour) $120
Full Day Canada's Wonderland (Amusement Park) $80
Half Day Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario $65

Included Excursions

Participants enjoy 1 full day trip to Toronto that is offered every 3 weeks.


For anyone who has never been away to a summer camp before, Lakefield offers the ideal experience.  Comfortable and modern facilities are sure to please even the most sophisticated participants, while the extensive fields and natural waterfront provide the perfect backdrop for a truly Canadian summer camp experience.

The extensive grounds of Lakefield College School include a calm lake with boathouse and waterfront facilities, playing fields, and comfortable residence accommodations. The lake is your swimming pool; the fields are your playgrounds. Well maintained, the facilities include fields, courts, and classrooms in a clean, safe, natural environment. 

Facilities include:

  • Classrooms
  • Lounge areas
  • Dining hall
  • Playing fields
  • Four tennis courts
  • Two basketball courts
  • Running track
  • Dance studio
  • Boathouse
  • Extensive waterfront facilities for swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking
  • High and Low ropes course
  • Climbing wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Infirmary with health-care provider

Campers live in residence houses in a double or triple room with washroom and shower facilities on every floor. Rooms include a bed, desk, chair, dresser and wardrobe for each camper. All bed linens are provided, however, campers must bring their own towels and toiletries.  We try to ensure your roommate is a camper of a similar age but different nationality. Campers of different genders live in separate houses.  Safety is our top priority so staff live on the same floor with the campers providing constant supervision. 

We provide three meals plus a healthy snack each day.  Meals are served in the dining hall with various buffet stations offering a wide choice of salad and sandwich options, in addition to hot meals. Meals are a lively time and campers are encouraged to join in with the songs and cheers that regularly take place.  Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards.

Leader in Training (LIT) Director

Mark Mingail

I’m thrilled and humbled to be your camp director for the 2020 Lakefield summer camp season!

I have over 20 years of camp experience as a camper, waterfront and head staff, and ultimately as a camp director. I have worked in numerous residential camp settings as well as work throughout the year as Coordinator of Social Work in the York Region District School Board.

Camp flows in every part of my being and I find I am at my most authentic self when at camp.

I’ve known from a young age that camp is the ideal setting that contributes to the healthy social and emotional development of all that attend!

Lakefield Camp is filled with adventure and opportunity.

It’s a place where you can be your true self, exposed to the great Canadian summer splendour, surrounded by nature with all of the comforts of home. Lakefield Camp is a place where you learn new skills, acquire improved English and make lifelong friends. More than this, at camp you will feel better about who you are, amongst a caring and supportive staff and camp community.

It is nothing less than a true pleasure and my professional commitment to help facilitate your summer camp experience and ensure that your stay with us will be filled with much comfort, safety, fun and adventure as we can muster up! I want to hear from you if ever you have a question, concern or just need to talk, I am here for each and every one of you to ensure that the Summer of 2020 at Lakefield Camp is everything you dreamed it will be!



  • Enthusiastic 16 or 17 year olds with high intermediate to advanced English proficiency (equivalent to IELTS 5.0+)
  • Individuals seeking to improve their leadership skills in a camp setting with hands-on experience
  • Those prepared to help teach campers various activity skills

For Parents

What is included in the price?

  • Residence accommodation
  • Three meals daily plus an evening snack
  • Supervision
  • All scheduled activities
  • Use of lifejackets and paddles, and other sporting equipment
  • Study materials
  • 10 or 15 hours/week of ESL instruction (optional)
  • English through Drama Programme (optional)
  • Outdoor Education - OE (optional)
  • Toronto Trip with CN Tower*
  • Laundry service once a week
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows (students must supply own towels)
  • Linen change once weekly
  • CISS T-Shirt and water bottle upon arrival
  • CISS Certificate upon completion of programme

*not guaranteed to participants enrolled for less than three weeks

International students also have included:

  • Toronto airport meet & greet plus transfers to/from camp
  • Emergency medical and dental insurance

Does my child need a study permit or a visa to enter Canada?

Students who come for a summer camp (or any programme with a duration of less than six months) do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for details: www.cic.gc.ca

Do I need to purchase out-of-country emergency travel medical insurance for my child?

CISS provides emergency medical and dental insurance to a maximum of $100,000 CAD for international campers attending a CISS summer programme. Campers coming from the USA, however, are responsible for their own out-of-country insurance. Canadian campers are covered by their provincial health-care plans.

Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport? 

For international campers, and Canadian or US campers who have requested transfer to/from the airport - staff from Lakefield Camp will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff hold signs showing the name of the camp. Students should look for this sign and remain in the arrivals area until he/she has met the staff member. Students travelling with a group and a group leader should remain together. The group leader will assist the students to find the staff member. If your child is registered as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM), the person that CISS has designated to you during the UM registration will be there to personally receive your child. 

How will I know that my child has arrived safely at camp?

CISS maintains regular contact with your Representative, and will immediately inform the Representative if a student has not arrived as expected. Otherwise, it should be assumed that all students have arrived safely.

What happens if my child has a medical emergency? 

Our staff is trained to handle all medical emergencies. Lakefield Camp has an on-site health-care provider.  The camp is also in close proximity to hospitals and clinics. CISS will inform both you and your representative (if applicable) of any emergencies that arise and the details/treatments involved.

Do you have a clothing list available? 

Yes. Please download the Lakefield Camp Clothing List (PDF) here.

IMPORTANT - the gymnasium and climbing wall in Hadden Hall at Lakefield will be open for use.  Due to its specialized surface, the school requires that indoor-only shoes be worn in the gym.  Campers must bring with them a pair of sport or running shoes dedicated for indoor use only.  Additional outdoor shoes as well as water shoes should be brought for other sports and outdoor recreation.

Clothing Labels:

To ensure your child returns home with all of his/her belongings, we also recommend that all clothing and personal items be labelled with your child's name.  For your convenience, we have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a Canadian company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible and fun! This company ships both domestically and internationally. To purchase labels go to www.lakefieldcamp.mabel.ca