frequently asked questions
1. Who can apply? How do I apply?
2. Why should I go to Catapult camp?
3. When & Where is Catapult Camp?
4. How much does Catapult camp cost?
5. What is the application deadline for Catapult camp?
6. How do I submit a nomination?
7. When will students know if they have been selected?
8. What is a typical day like at Catapult Camp?
9. How many staff members are there at Catapult camp?
10. What are the living accommodations like?
11. May I leave the program to attend another event or can friends or family who live nearby come and visit?
12. What is Catapult Plus?
13. What is the long-term impact of the program?
Who can apply? How do I apply?
Our program is intended for students who will be entering grade 10 the following September after camp. Students must be nominated to attend camp by an educator in their school.
A typical Catapulter has these qualities:
• Natural leadership talents
• Limited opportunity to develop your leadership skills. Examples of barriers may include economics, family Issues, geographic isolation, lack of accessible programs, and challenges associated with minority groups.
• Entering grade 10 in September
If this describes you…ask your teacher or guidance counsellor to nominate you.
Why should I go to Catapult camp?
Catapult is a unique and enlightening leadership experience which will provide you with adventure activities, motivational speakers, and leadership skill building sessions. AND you will meet 50 other bright youth like yourself. You’ll step outside your comfort zone – and learn to embrace it. You’ll make amazing friends you can count on for support. And if you choose to continue your journey with Catapult through the Catapult Plus program, you will benefit from mentorship, employment support, post-secondary planning and additional leadership conferences each summer to further your talents.
When & Where is Catapult Camp?
Held at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in August of each summer.
How much does Catapult camp cost?
Zip, nadda, nothing! There is no cost to the student to attend Catapult camp. All transportation, meals, and accommodations are paid through the generous support of our sponsors and community partners.
How do I submit a nomination?
Nomination forms are mailed to all Nova Scotia schools (with grade 9 students) in February. Nominations can be submitted by mail:
Catapult Leadership Society, 201 Philip Drive, Fall River, NS B2T 1H7
fax: 902-576-3270 or email: email@example.com
When will students know if they have been selected?
Selections are made at the end of April and all nominators and nominees receive a response by early May. Results will be mailed to the school (c/o the nominator) for hand delivery to the student.
What is a typical day like at Catapult Camp?
We have a jammed-packed week planned for our students – with lots of learning and loads of fun. A typical day at Catapult (that is never typical!) could include:
Morning – a motivational speaker who will inspire you for the day
Afternoon – participate in an adventure activity to stretch your limits and show you that you can!
Evening – Social activities that test your skills and make sure you have tons of fun before bedtime
How many staff members are there at Catapult camp?
At least 15 amazing role models staff each camp, including directors, counselors, junior counselors, a nurse and a videographer. That’s a student to staff ratio of 3:1! Students are assigned to a family group with a university-aged counsellor (minimum age 20). Our junior counselors are recruited from our Catapult alumni. And two of our Directors have international youth-camp experience. All staff live in residence with the students to ensure that all aspects of the experience exceed expectations.
What are the living accommodations like?
Catapult has the exclusive use of Dennis House for the week, which is adjacent to Wheelock Dining Hall where we eat our meals. The ground floor of Dennis has plenty of common area space where the students can play cards, board games or ping pong, jam with their musical instruments, and “hang out”. The Camp Directors and Nurse live on the 2nd Floor and are accessible to students at all times. Male students and male counselors occupy the 3rd floor, with female students and counselors on the 4th floor. Males are not permitted on 4th; Females are not permitted on 3rd. Each floor has several washrooms with showers as well as a laundry room. Each floor also has a small kitchen area (stocked with healthy snacks) and private lounging area. Access to the building is controlled by security key-cards. Wheelock dining hall is cafeteria style with lots of healthy choices. It has been extremely popular among our students and is a beautiful facility.
May I leave the program to attend another event or can friends or family who live nearby come and visit?
While we understand why parents, friends or relatives may want to spend time with you while you are attending the program, we are not able to accommodate visitors as it can prove disruptive to the program and other students. The program is very busy and any absences can impair the overall impact to the student. Absences, late arrivals and visitors are generally not permitted unless for emergencies.
What is Catapult Plus?
Catapult Plus is an optional program following Catapult camp for students to continue to develop leadership skills. Participating students can access Catapult resources/tools to help them with questions regarding transition into post-secondary education or the workforce and gain a greater understanding of themselves as leaders. Participants must sign a contract of commitment to focus on four core areas over the course of the next year. Students are provided with a workbook to provide guidance, templates and reports for each of these areas. Each summer our students will submit a final report on their progress and will present their community project at the summer conference (also provided at no charge to the student).
What is the long-term impact of the program?
Our mission is to make Nova Scotia a stronger province … 50 students at a time. Students who might otherwise lose themselves in misguided mediocrity. Catapult shows them that anything is possible … and that current circumstance does not define who they are. We encourage them to dream big, to believe in themselves, and to pay it forward by making a difference in their communities. Perhaps Jeremy (2010 Catapulter) sums it up best – “Looking back now, it’s very clear that Catapult was the “TSN Turning Point” of not only my teenage years, but my life. It’s hard to imagine what path I’d be on today had I not been given the amazing opportunity to attend Catapult”.