The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Junior Leadership Program

Camp Tiffin’s Junior Leadership Program is a two-week camp for 13-15-year-olds, which builds valuable leadership skills and provides hands-on practical experiences. 

First, there will be one week of training with an environmental outdoor educator where they will learn how to work with children and maintain a leadership role.

With training underway​, the junior leaders will volunteer for a second week, paired with a camp counsellor whom they will work with for the week. That way they get to know the children in their group, and develop relationships. No fee applies for the practicum style week as they are getting practical experience via volunteering. 

Together, the 2 weeks earns them a Junior Leadership certificate. This is a certificate unique to Camp Tiffin!

We are located at the Tiffin Centre ​for Conservation in Utopia, 15 minutes from Barrie, Angus, and Innisfil.​


Junior Leaders are expected to be at Tiffin by 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

We will meet them in the Jose Education Centre. 

This program is a two-week certification, these weeks include:

Level 1 – Week 1: Foundations

Level 2 – Weeks 2 – 8: Practicum
​Choice of any Camp Tiffin week following Foundations


NVCA’s Junior Leadership Program is now open for registration! Families are welcome to register their children for:
  • A week of camp (July 4 – 7) 
  • A volunteer week (Any week between July 10 – August 4 & August 14 – September 1). 

​There will be no camp during the week of August 7 – 11.

Please visit the registration page to register.​

To view your registration, sign in to your Camp Tiffin Account, go to “Account” then “Order History”. Click on the receipt and check if your registration is successful. You can also email yourself a receipt by clicking “Email”.

Please register through a computer

Registration is currently not available for mobile devices. Please register on a desktop or laptop using Google Chrome. Also, please enable pop-ups. Click here for more information about enabling popups

If you are having trouble registering, please email​ with and we can help you complete the registration and payment.

Register now click here

Pricing and Hours

Junior Leadership Camp$175.449 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Extended Care*Weekly Rate: $40
Please select this option during registration

Daily Rate: $10
Cash only, must be pre-arranged
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

*Junior Leaders do not have to pay for extended care if they are helping out with camp. However, if they would like to play or read, payment is required.

Available Weeks

Camp Week 1 – July 4 – 71​ spot​ remaining​
​Camp Week 2 –
Choice of:
July 10 – 14
July 17 – 21 
July 24 – 28
July 31 – August 4
August 14 – 18
August 21 – 25
August 28 – September 1
Please send us your first, second and third choice of volunteer weeks and we will do our best to schedule accordingly.

Week 1 – Level 1:  Foundations

Under the guidance of an experienced NVCA/Tiffin Instructor, Junior Leaders will participate in the following program areas:

  • Team Dynamics & Leadership Skills
  • Wilderness/Outdoor Skills
  • Nature Awareness
  • Children’s Camping & Outdoor/Environmental Education – including age appropriate learning considerations, teaching/leadership styles, accommodation for varied abilities/special needs, use of props and so on.  Peer teaching will play a key role.
  • Health & Safety – with special attention to outdoor settings & first aid concerns

Week 2  Level 2:  Practicum

Participants will build upon foundations learned in​ the first week and work alongside Camp Tiffin Staff in the role of Junior Leader to help with day camp for children ages 5-12.  The attached list includes some of the roles Junior Leaders will play in the daily operations of Camp Tiffin. 

Junior Leaders will be encouraged to grow or challenge their leadership skills by completing an individual project/objective in one or more of the following areas. Junior leaders can also work on an area of their interest.

  • Developing and delivering/leading new camper games, crafts or activities
  • Designing education program posters/props
  • Developing orienteering skills
  • Assisting with mapping projects

Waiting List

Please email to be added to our waiting list, and you will be contacted as spaces become available, first come first serve.

Pick Up / Drop Off

Camp Tiffin is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with extended hours from  8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and  4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Please be prepared with your identification to pick up your children and also advise anyone with permission to pick up your children to do so as well.

What to Bring

  • Appropriate clothing—suitable for outdoor activity & weather conditions
  • Extra clothing—suitable for random water days when kids need to cool down!
  • Closed-toe shoes — a MUST!
  • Long pants and socks—pack an extra pair to leave at camp for forest-based activities
  • Lunch—nut free along with a freezer pack
  • Healthy snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen with camper name on it
  • Insect repellent with camper name on it
  • Rain gear, rubber boots and extra clothing can be safely stored at our site for the week.

Leave valuables at home

Leave cell phones and other valuables at home. These have a habit of falling out of pockets and getting lost in the woods! If campers do bring valuables we are not responsible for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Tiffin is held at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation. We are 8 km West of Barrie (between Barrie and Angus). If you are driving West on Hwy # 90 from Barrie you would drive South along the 8th line.  Or, from South End Barrie you would drive West along Mapleview and continue West past Hwy # 27 as Mapleview turns into the 25th side road. We are on the 8th line.  

To view your registration, sign in to your Camp Tiffin Account, go to “Account” then “Order History”. Click on the receipt and check if your registration is successful. You can also email yourself a receipt by clicking “Email”.

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