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Encounters with Canada

  • A one-week program of Canadian studies held at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa
  • For students age 14-17
  • check out www.encounters-rencontres.ca
  • See Student Services for more information


Camp courage is a police, fire and paramedic day camp for girls ages 15-19.  The purpose is to introduce females to these non-traditional public service careers and instill greater confidence in them.  The camp will take place at Emergency Medical Care in Dartmouth, the Knightsridge and the Lakeside Fire Stations in Halifax.  The selection process includes writing an essay on one of the two following topics 1. How you can improve your community or 2. How you can improve someone else’s life that is less fortunate.  For more information go to www.campcourage.ca 

Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command Annual Leadership Training Camp

  • offers students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. The staff uses elements of art, drama, music and dance to allow participants to develop public speaking skills, also, to motivate a group to pursue a course of action for the benefit of the group or community at large.
  • students must have completed either grade 10 or 11 and be returning to school.
  • Go to www.ns.legion.ca.

Shad Valley 

Since 1981, the Shad Valley program has been helping top students in senior high school find an edge in the competitive, knowledge-based world of tomorrow. It’s an experience unlike anything else you’ve seen; it combines entrepreneurship with science and technology, and offers academic and often paid work experience to its students. Our candidates tend to be creative and talented individuals––musicians, inventors, and young business people with strong leadership skills, the ability to work in a team, and solid academic records, particularly in math and science. Participants spend the month of July at one of twelve excellent universities across Canada, where they attend lectures and workshops, and get involved in group projects. Some go on to five weeks of paid work with Shad partner companies, combining their own talents with the skills honed at Shad to tackle real-world challenges.  Shad Valley is a program of Shad International, the operating name of the Canadian Centre for Creative Technology (a Canadian registered charity).

For more information on Shad Valley visit www.shad.ca


Writers Camp - Scholarships for Young Writers

Tatamagouche Centre offers two $500 scholarships for new and emerging young writers who want to take one of two creative writing programs offered at the Centre in 2008 (programs described below) . Follow these guidelines:

  • must be between the ages of 17 and 25;
  • show a proven interest in writing – submit a reference from a teacher, or a list of writing courses taken, or a piece of fiction or creative non-fiction (up to 800 words) published or unpublished;
  • write a paragraph (up to 200 words) outlining how this scholarship would make a difference to you, both creatively and financially;
  • include your name, address and birth date on each page;
  • submit electronically, in the body of the email (no attachments) to comwrite@gmail.com
  • submit by post to Tatamagouche Centre, RR#3, Tatamagouche, NS BOK 1V0, Attention: Scholarships for Young Writers meet the application deadline which is TBA.
Xavier Basketball Camp

Matthew de Costa Challenge

The Mathieu Da Costa Challenge is an annual creative writing and artwork contest launched in 1996 by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Challenge encourages youth to discover how diversity has shaped Canada ’s history and the important role that multiculturalism plays in Canadian society.  If you’re between the ages of 9 and 18, you can participate in the Challenge. You’ll get to use your creative talents and discover how people from different ethnocultural backgrounds have helped make Canada what it is today.   Each year, three winners are selected from each age group (9-12, 13-15 and 16-18).   The winners, accompanied by a parent/guardian, receive a three-day all-expenses paid trip to Canada ’s Capital Region where they take part in an Awards Ceremony held at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, hosted by the Minister of State (Multiculturalism).
See  www.canadianheritage.gc.ca

Kids Help Phone

Become a Student Ambassador, raising awareness about the Kids Help Phone in your school and community.  Go to www.kidshelpphone.ca for more information.
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