The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up. These programs are available in Central, East, South and West Ottawa. Note that there is a registration cost for all leadership programs.
Leadership Programs for Youth
This two week program is aimed at 13 year olds and focuses on having fun while providing participants with an introduction to leadership styles, team building and communication skills.
Leadership in Action
This two or three week program is aimed at 14 year olds and focuses on leadership development, team building, enhanced communication skills, first aid training ('Basic first aid' certificate) and valuable work experience in a recreation setting.
Advanced Leadership Program (ALP)
This three or four week program is aimed at youth 15 years and up and focuses on valuable pre-employment skills, hands on work experience in recreation (qualifies for the 40+ hours of community service), certification in High Five: Principle of Healthy Child Development, Standard First aid, CPR, and defibrillator training. Participants will receive a certificate from the Mayor in a City Hall ceremony.
For more information on all youth leadership programs, visit: Youth Leadership Programs.
Aquatic Leadership and Certification
Aquatic leadership programs can lead to recreation career opportunities as a lifeguard or swimming instructor. The City of Ottawa aquatics team offers a progression of certification courses that provides you with the required qualifications to meet your goals, including:
- RC Water Safety Instructor
- LSS Lifesaving Instructor
- National Lifeguard Service
- AED (Automated external defibrillator)
- Oxygen Therapy (O2 or Airway Management)
A complete list of certification courses is included in the Certification section of the Specialty Swimming eGuide.
Camp FFIT – Female Firefighters in Training
The City of Ottawa – in partnership with Fire Service Women of Ontario (a non-profit association of women in career and volunteer fire departments in Ontario) – presents a unique opportunity to give young women a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter.
CAMP FFIT offers:
- Basic Firefighting
- Team building
- Use of SCBA – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Basics of Pump/Ladder operations
- Fitness and Nutrition Information
- Aerial ladder climb
- Auto Extrication
- Basics of technical rescue
To qualify you must:
- Be 15 to19 years of age
- Be in good physical condition
- Have a positive attitude
- Complete an application form
- Agree to follow all rules and regulations
- Participate in all activities and classes
- Must possess a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Insurance Card.
All CAMP FFIT Activities and Evolutions will be led by qualified members of Ottawa Fire Services.
Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of fire fighting. They will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to, search and rescue, aerial ladder climb, auto extrication, forcible entry, catching hydrants and high rise operations; as well as wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and fighting simulated kitchen and car fires.
Participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women of the Career and Part time Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from the Pre-Service Fire Fighter Programs at Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale.
All participants require steel toe boots to take part in all fire ground activities.
Camp Instruction will be offered in English.
Application and contact information
For additional information please contact email@example.com or 613-580-2424 x 29621.