Students Expand Their Understanding of Leadership

CampreachAbilityBanner reachAbility Association is getting post-secondary students excited about summer employment opportunities. Camp reachAbility, entering its fifth year, has adapted its Leaders in Training (LIT) program specifically to meet the increasing need for leaders working with individuals with disabilities. The program is expected to attract a wide range of post-secondary students studying everything from kinesiology to social work.

The LIT program was implemented at Camp reachAbility in the summer of 2011. Originally, it provided individuals with disabilities an opportunity to build leadership skills while enjoying a traditional camp experience. Participants then returned as junior counselors to those campers whose leadership skills proved exceptional during training week, providing support and encouragement to both campers and staff.

LIT Feb 13Today, reachAbility’s LIT program is designed to help post-secondary students develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities. Workshops in areas such as recreation, disability awareness and non-violent communication are currently being organized.

“We developed this new LIT program to reflect what last years’ camp staff said would make them even better leaders,” says Manda Gryba, reachAbilitiy’s LIT facilitator and Camp Coordinator. “It’s a great opportunity for people to get grounded in new ways to approach working with people of all abilities.”

The first LIT session will be Thursday, February 13 at 4 p.m. at reachAbility and will focus on Play for Purpose - why play is an important learning tool for developing skills, self-awareness and community, facilitated by reachAbility’s CEO Tova Sherman.

About Camp reachAbility

reachAbility runs two summer camps in Orangedale, Cape Breton, and Paradise, Annapolis Valley. Camp reachAbility is committed to offering individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities the best possible summer camping experience. In partnership with the Department of Community Services we are invested and excited to provide an exceptional residential camping service to individuals of all abilities, aged 12 years and older, free of charge.

To learn more about Camp reachAbility and LIT, please contact:

Manda Gryba

reachAbility Association

3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201

Halifax, NS B3L 4H9