Leadership, Camps & Retreats


Radiant Girls offers summer camps designed to inspire a love of health & wellbeing for a girls mind, body, & soul. We lead activities like pilates, yoga, and nature hikes. We teach healthy eating through hands on cooking. We inspire self expression through our art programs. And our Life Coach leads girl talk on handling anxiety, self esteem, friendships & leadership.


2019 Dates

March Break Leadership
March 11-15 -FULL

Teen Leader in Training Overnight Retreat
July 2 - 5

Radiant Girls Day Camps
July 15 -19
August 19 - 23

Radiant Girls Creative Café Camp
July 22 - 26

Leadership with Horses Retreat
August 6 - 9

Girl Boss Entrepreneurship & Contribution Program
August 12 - 16

Leadership Adventure Overnight Retreat
August 26 - 29

Leadership Camp

Radiant Girls Day Camps

July 15 -19 & August 19 - 23, 2019 (8-12 yrs.)

Our camps empower girls with the tools to grow into a self-assured, healthy young ladies. Healthy lunches, snacks, spa products, and professional art supplies are included in this camp. Although each week is different, we will be following a theme for each of the days in our summer camps. This will form the foundation for the activities and lessons we will be teaching each day. The themes include:

• Inner Beauty Spa Day
• Strong, Brave & Proud Party
• One with Nature Goddess Adventure
• Culinary Queens Master Chef Day
• Creative Genius Self-Expressionist Event

Fitness

A day in the life of a Radiant Girl's camper looks like this... Activities include at least 2 hours of movement exposing girls to a variety of fitness activities, like pilates, yoga, zumba and nature hikes. We'll play with Bosu's, balls, and all kinds of fun fitness tools.

Nutrition
Girls will learn about nutrition through hands on, interactive cooking classes, making healthy food fun. We'll make smoothies in the morning, a fabulous lunch, and an afternoon dessert each day. Our cooking incorporates teamwork, creativity, and nutrition. We will make everything from scratch, using local organic ingredients when possible. All of our meals are kid friendly, and we can accommodate food allergies and preferences.

Art
The art projects always involve meaningful and thought provoking self reflection activities like dream boards, painting, journals and meaningful jewelry. These art projects are designed to solidify new concepts, and changes in perspective from the day's lessons/learning.

Adventure
Our activities range from a professional ropes course, to board breaking, scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, leadership games and team building events. Each one of these activities is built on teaching choice, communication, resourcefulness, confidence, and life lessons.

Values
Our week will be based on the following themes: strength, courage, leadership, independence, kindness, gratitude, inspiration, positive thinking, self care, and all the things that make a girl radiant.

Life Skills
Our program is designed to facilitate transformations in thinking, understanding, and unconscious behaviour. Each activity has a purpose that leads to the next. Some with more instruction for a specific outcome, others with less direction to support creative, independent thinking. These experiences involve movement, games, group chats, guest visits, team building, and leadership activities. Each one of these helps us to evoke an environment for rapport, trust, observation, questioning, creative thinking, discussion, and self refection.

Each week our offerings change based on the needs of the group, guest speakers, and creative ideas from our students and staff. Here is just a list of some of the amazing things we’ve do at Radiant Girls camps:

Splatter Paint Party
Partner Yoga
Manicures and Pedicures
Learning how to Meditate
Orienteering
Hiking and Nature Exploration
Making Smoothies and Desserts
Cooking Homemade Lunches
Tea Parties
Journal Creation and Writing
Pilates, Yoga, Zumba
Mandala Making
Board Breaking
Releasing Chinese lanterns
Creating a Dream Catcher
Team Obstacle Courses
Making a Movie

Chocolate Facials & Sugar Scrubs
Dream Boards
Bracelet Making
Photo Booths & Selfie Exhibits

With all of this packed into a week, you can be confident that our camp will change the way she sees the world, and delivers many of the tools and skills required to grow into a self-assured, healthy and loving young lady. Day Camp includes fresh organic smoothies, lunch and snacks, all art supplies, spa supplies, and everything required for a week that will last a lifetime!

Day Camp Location:

Our day camps are held at Sidrabene Retreat Centre in Burlington Ontario. Sidrabene is located at 5100 Appleby Line in North Burlington, Ontario. Sidrabene Retreat Centre is conveniently located on the west side of Appleby Line just 5 minute (6km) drive north of Hwy 5 (Dundas St.), and a mere 4km from the 407 highway.

Sidrabene is a 80 acre campground in the Niagara Escarpment. The grounds have been used for summer camp for decades. This unique property includes trails, woods and a river. Plus a salt water swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball courts, basketball courts. The facilities include a main lodge, a cafe building, an outdoor stage and dance floor, and many acres to run, play and lounge. It’s a summer camp oasis! Spaces fill up fast! We recommend you reserve your space before Mar 15th. We are usually full by May 1st.

Cost is $479, Early Bird $50 off before March 1st

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soul sisters

Radiant Girls Creative Café Camp

July 22 - 26 2019 (8-12 yrs.)

This fun week goes beyond our fun cooking activities and includes our entrepreneurial content, leadership skills and creativity programming. Along with a hearty day of cooking nutritious and delicious food, these girls will work together to design their own restaurant. Throughout the week the girls will create a restaurant name, business philosophy, theme, atmosphere and menu. While designing there cafe, girls will gain confidence in the kitchen, experiencing new foods, appliances, recipes and techniques. On the final day, girls will host a grand opening of their restaurant complete with a meal for parents. Girls will leave with a new knowledge of healthy choices, new found favourite foods, and recipes to enjoy these discoveries. Although each week will result in a unique restaurant and menu, girls will experience the following leadership skills during our process:

• Collaboration
• Communication
• Decision Making
• Team work
• Creative Design
• Event Logistics
• Leadership
• Resourcefulness
• Time Management

Held at Sidrabene Retreat Centre, 5100 Appleby Line in Burlington Ontario.

Cost is $479, Early Bird $50 off before March 1st

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Leadership Camp

Girls Boss Entrepreneurship & Contribution

Leadership Program

August 12 - 16, 2019 (12-16 yrs.)

This Girls Boss event will be facilitating a unique leadership camp designed to teach girls between 12-16 how to make a difference in our community. Attendees of the program will design and implement a charity fundraiser for underprivileged youth in Burlington in just one week. Their mission's intent will be to provide much needed food and resources for the ROCK (Reach Out Center for Kids) community centres.

This leadership program incorporates all the necessary skills to design and implement a successful event, be a leader and a solid team player, and appreciate the value of contribution to the lives of others. All of these skills will be taught through fun, interactive and playful activities. Girls will experience Art & Design, Photography, Acting Games, Team Challenges, Mindfulness, Outdoor Activities and just down right fun! Girls will work hard, play hard, and take pride in their achievements.

The first day girls will gain an understanding of the needs of a community, determine what there mission will be, and identify the values they intend to live by for the week. In the afternoon, they will work together to design a fundraiser from scratch. A name, an outcome, purpose, and plan of action will be established using leadership tools, activities and games. On day two, girls will create a solid business plan for implementing their concept with the help of strategic coaching and guest speakers. The day's focus is on developing skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity. Day 3, girls learn how to get their message out to the world using their own voice, talent, and courage. Day 4 is designed to put the concepts into action, and learn more about marketing. This day will help girls strengthen their focus, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Day 5 is event day! Girls pull it all together, learning to stay calm and resourceful while having a blast! The event will close with a group celebration to recognize each girl for their hard work, unique skills, and dedication to the project, and reflect on the fun and friends they made along the way! Tools, Skills & Values Taught:

• Brainstorming
• Decision Making
• Teamwork
• Creative Design
• Managing a Budget
• Speaking
• Event Logistics
• Leadership
• Resourcefulness
• Managing Time
• Making a Difference

Speakers/Facilitators include:
Youth Leadership Coach
Social Media Experts
Community Advocate for ROCK
Business Development & Thought Leader

Cost is $479, Early Bird $50 off before March 1st

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Please note: This event will require girls to travel to a few locations throughout the week. We will need volunteers to help drive. Each attendee will need to have parental consent to carpool.

 

equine therapy

 

Leadership with Horses Retreat

Aug. 6 -9 (10-14 yrs)

Join us for a week of horse play! There is just nothing like the bond that develops between girls and horses. It's an experience, a connection like no other and they teach us so much in the process.

This program allows girls to get up close and personal with our horses. They'll teach girls to build trust and confidence, develop new communication skills and self awareness, and experience first hand how our horses respond and embrace them as part of their herd.  Each day we will have new and exciting exercises that will have you working with our horses through obstacles and problem solving exercises that will build on the last, promoting learning, self discovery and a unique horse experience that will create life long lessons.

Through participation in our Leadership with Horses Retreat, girls will learn to:

• Increase self confidence
• Uncover personal issues
• Practice setting boundaries
• Trust intuitive knowing
• Learn emotions are information
• Improve communication skills
• Deepen trust and respect for self & others

The horse activities will be guided experiences, each with a leadership concept being taught throughout. Some activities will be on the ground, others on the horse, but no experience is necessary. No matter what your experience with horses, you will be asked to try something new, while staying safe. No horse experience necessary.

Our equine camp will also include art and movement activities. We'll being holding yoga classes, introduce meditation, and explore the farm and trails on the property, and maybe even a water fight or two… Art projects include making a journal, a dream board, and an inspirational canvas painting. Each day will also include games for creating rapport, communication, and just plain fun.

Includes:

• Horse, Tack and Equipment
• 60 page Leadership Manual
• 15 hours of Equine Assisted Learning
• Activities like Yoga, Hiking & Meditation
• Art Activities & Supplies.

Cost is $599, Early Bird $50 off before March 1st

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teen Retreat

Teen Leader in Training Overnight Retreat

July 2nd - 5th, 2019 (12-16 yrs.)

This program teach girls to build trust and confidence, develop new communication skills and self awareness, and experience first hand how to build strong bonds with other girls.  Each day we will have new and exciting exercises that will have you working through obstacles and problem solving exercises that will build on the last, promoting learning, self discovery and a unique experience that will create life long lessons.

Through participation in our Leader in Training girls will learn to:

• Embrace courage and awareness verses automatic, 'learned' responses.
• Build trust in relationships and teams.
• Develop skills to work through uncomfortable, emotionally charged situations.
• Move from conflict into resolution and agreement more quickly.
• Face fears and learn new behaviours to gain personal power and respect.
• Experience breakthroughs that increase the depth of emotional intelligence.
• Expand cohesiveness and productivity within teams and partnerships.

Our program creates experiences to inspire girls to reach their full potential and provide the leadership skills to help them overcome challenges to cope with the pressures they face today and in the years ahead. Girls are encouraged to be creative, innovative, accept responsibility and be accountable. Through effective communication, girls recognize the value of mutual trust, respect and personal integrity to help guide them in their every day life. The end result is girls discovering ways to overcome barriers and achieve objectives, while developing self awareness and solid relationships.

Leadership skills we'll be teaching include:
• Appropriate assertiveness
• Building healthy relationships
• Confidence & self esteem
• Creativity & adaptability
• Goal setting
• Team building
• Listening skills
• Negotiation
• Problem solving
• Respect & trust
• Responsibility
• Communication

Cost is $599, Early Bird $50 off before March 1 st

This program includes our adventure, arts and wellness content plus 3 meals a day, campfire programming and overnight camping. Through completion of our Leader In Training retreat, attendees can apply for assistant camp counsellors in our summer programs.

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Overnight Leadership Retreat
August 26th - 29th, 2019 (10-15 yrs.)

camp firesOur overnight retreats include all of the amazing experiences we offer in our day program, plus a chance to create an even deeper experience for our attendees. Once the evening unfolds, relationships are created, discussions deepen, and group coaching or as we call it "girl talk" unfolds naturally. These fireside discussions are some of the most powerful lessons we teach. ropes course

Overnight Camps allow girls to be fully emerced in the experience of being on there own, trying new things, discovering their strengths, and overcoming there fears.

Each day we'll have breakfast and a smoothie demonstration, a lunch that we make together, an afternoon snack, and an elaborate buffet dinner& dessert in the school house. Our chef is known for our kid friendly meals, and we can accomidate your daughters food prefrences and allergies while still providing healthy options.

In addition to our activites, cooking and wellness program, we also include a half day professional ropes course event. She'll learn teamwork, courage, and focus, and build self esteem through out this process.

Over Night Accommodations

Crieff Hills Community, a Retreat and Conference Centre, is located on 250 acres of land west of Crieff, Ontario, a small village about 30 minutes north west of Burlington. We will be Retreat housestaying in one of the retreat houses surrounded by forests and meadows. This is a magnificent two storey stone farmhouses ideal for our group. Thereis a fully equipped kitchen, a large dinning room where we will have breakfast and preparing our lunches. This retreat house has 7 bedrooms, comprised of simple but comfortable bunk beds and 3 bright and clean bathrooms. There are several lounge areas inside and out, and a wood burning fireplace.

dinning hallOur activities will take place either outdoors or in one of the lodge's meeting rooms. Our dinners (and lunch on the last day) will take place in the main dinning hall. Their chef is known for her ability to prepare healthy and delicious meals for any palate.

The overnight camp includes accommodations, hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, a ropes course event, all fitness classes, and art supplies, and spa activities.


Dates & Location for Overnight Retreats
crieff hills map
Mon. Aug. 26th at 9:00 am to Thurs. Aug. 29 at 3:00 pm
(4 days, 3 nights)

Crieff Hills Retreat Centre
RR#2, 7098 Concession 1
Puslinch, ON NOB 2J0

Spaces fill up fast! We recommend you reserve your space before March 15th. Our camps size is very small. Our groups are just 16 girls each week.

Early Bird: $799 before March 1st. $879 after March 1st. $949 after May 1st. $25 off each registration when registering for multiple weeks or with a sibling or friend

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Who Attends Radiant Girls Programs?

These programs where designed because we meet far too many girls who seemed to be happy go lucky girls on the surface but once we got to know them, we discovered there was something more impacting there ability to thrive. exploring the forestSome of the girls who attend our programs suffer from anxiety, depression, or poor self confidence. Some really struggle with making friends, trusting others or communicating easily. Others have anger or resentment bottled up. The transition from child to young adult is a tough one. Girls are stumbling through this stage learning how to relate to themselves and the world around them with little skills and often times no self awareness. All of these hot topics are incorporated into our teachings, providing strategies and awareness to overcome their limiting thoughts.

We consistently get calls and emails before camp with concerns about their child being shy, anxious, withdrawn, or picky about eating. We have develops great strategies over the past 8 years to address these concerns on day 1, so that everyone is comfortable and happy right from the start!

 

Our Team


yoga teacherOur team of leaders consists of a professional coach, child therapist, and a mindfulness expert. We also bring in leaders who have been trained to support our group with special training in wellness, leadership, or camp skills. We are all trained in first aid, Gina Faubertand have police checks and professional insurance.

We have a minimum ratio of 1:6 in our programs at low times, however during activities our average the ratio is 1:4. In addition, we provide each girl with one on one coaching during the week.


More About our Camps

What to Expect from our Awesome Camps...

She'll become soul sisters with a small group of incredible girls. She will explore, laugh, contemplate and bend. She'll spend time in nature, and find her inner strength. She will taste new things, try new ways of moving, and express herself in ways she never imagined.

Most days begin with a yummy smoothie and a discussion on our daily positive focus. Next we’ll head out for our morning adventure to enjoy the beauty of the escarpment or take part in a yoga or pilates class. After a delicious lunch that we create, we’ll have a fun discussion about food, relationships, or emotions. In the afternoon we’ll come together for project time, usually an art project that prompts her to reflect and discover more about herself through her creative expression. We’ll finish the day with another experiential activity to further solidify our daily theme. The day concludes with a handmade healthy treat. But most importantly, throughout the day, we’ll revel in just being girls.

Our overnight camps have special visits from trained massage therapists, local artists, professional chefs, dance instructors and musicians. Our campfire programs allow the girls to bond, learn meditation techniques, and personal growth through story telling.

Additional Support Before & After Camp


For most girls attending our camp, this will be the first time staying overnight with a group of people they don't know. Often times the hardest part of this kind of camp is overcoming the fear of the first day. For this reason we will be providing a tour of the facility in June, and a live group call "meet & greet" to go over the essentials to pack, and prepare for a fabulous week. The tour and call will take place in early June.

river walk

It's been our experience, that encouraging healthy eating, and positive lifestyle choices is better received when it comes from an outside source. Once a safe, comfortable environment has been established, young girls tend to open up and be more responsive to us. During camp we encourage self awareness and examining new perspectives. Sometimes changing thinking and behaviours takes time, and support is needed to fully integrate new learnings. If you feel your girl would benefit from private coaching, these can be arranged following our camp experience. These sessions can be done in person, or over live camera calls.


Radiant Girls Philosophy & Teachings


Self Image
Even though young girls today seem to have more opportunities, many girls are less confident, happy and satisfied with their lives. And it's no wonder – girls are girls spaconstantly given the message by media that they don't measure up. The resulting pressure and negative reinforcement they face during this critical period in their lives can derail their self-esteem and judgment and shake the foundation of their future. During our movement component we spend a great deal of time discussing self talk, loving what you've got, and achieving personal bests.


Empowerment
In our empowermentweekly camps, we work to uncover each girl's true passions, discover the values they have created, and the beliefs that are currently limiting them. Through group coaching, journaling, and self reflection exercises, girls develop a better understanding of who they really are and how to stay true to themselves. These strategies are based on Coach U's (the top coaching school) philosophy's on developing confidence, empowering beliefs, and smart goal setting. The intent is to help each Radiant Girl transition into their teen years with strong communication and leadership skills.


Healthy Relationships
Through a variety of activities designed to help the girls learn more about themselves making friendsand their emotions, the girls will also learn to build healthy relationships. We'll discuss the importance and value of creating healthy relationships, and we'll experiment with skills and actions that teach young minds how to nurture relationships so they can grow and flourish. We will weave these discussions in our activities, and provide a forum to discuss issues (one-on-one or in a group) that are important to the girls.


Self Discovery
As we board breakintegrate the message of a healthy mind, body and soul through the week, we'll have the girls explore their thoughts and feelings through scrapbooking, journal writing, creative art activities, photography, and crafts. This creative expression component allows them to reflect, and listen to their inner voice. Coaching tools and techniques will be used to open them up to new ideas and discoveries that are unfolding daily.


Nutrition
Through research based education, we will explore growing food, preparing nutritiouscooking meals, and trying new foods. Each day will consist of a visit to the garden to pick foods that we will include in our lunch. Girls will help to prepare the meal, while the nutritionist leads them through cooking tips and techniques. The group will sit down and enjoys their meal together, and discusses the nutritional value and importance of eating well. Juicing, sprouting, smoothies, and healthy snacks are often part of this program. Our goal with nutrition is to expose girls to new and healthy options, and have them discover a love for nutritious foods. Our lunches resemble a buffet style approach so they can pick and choose from a variety of options. We take great pride at the end of the week to winning over even the pickiest of eaters. Based on the requests of previous camp attendees, we now send our recipes home with each girl.


Fitness
There is a strong physical component to our camps. Each day the group will be Zumbainvolved in at least 2 hours of structured activity. We'll try to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. Hiking the bruce trail, a visit to a local organic farm, spending some time in our vegetable garden, or participating in an outdoor fitness class are just some of the activities we have planned! Indoors girls will get a chance to try pilates, use bosu's, bands, balls, and rollers and learn about their core, posture and balance. We'll have a yoga class component to improve flexibility, improve mental focus, and relieve stress. We'll shatter some preconceived ideas about what they like, how it feels to be a leader and what they really feel about their amazing bodies. Our activities are always centred around feeling safe, comfortable with the exercises, and testing the boundaries to discover new personal bests. This component is guaranteed to inspire girls to get involved in a regular exercise program following the camp.


Stress Management
In a world full of multi media, technology, working parents, school pressures, social pressures, and busy schedules, it's no wonder our young girls are in need of tools meditationand techniques to unplug from the world. These camps will help to teach them about relaxation, breathing, meditation, self care, and relationship strategies to better deal with the difficulties that come with being a girl. These skills will be extremely valuable for the years ahead. We will introduce them to being mindful of their thought patterns, how to quiet the mind, and introduce them to the many forms of meditation. Our favourite is the gratitude meditation, that teaches them to contemplate all that they have to be thankful for.


Creative Arts
Each day the girls will have some time to play with a project that allows them to inspirational artexpress themselves. The activity will be guided with questions to encourage self refection, expression, and focus. Each day will be filled with a new art project. Here are just some of the activities they will be involved in: create dream boards, make meaningful jewelry, design a personal journal, create treasure boxes, design a family gratitude game, personalize an apron and so much more.


Food Philosophy
Our nutrition philosophy is grounded in the latest health research. Our food program will revolve around whole foods with a focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and meat.eating healthy We will limit our intake of dairy, grains and sugars and encourage minimal use of processed and refined foods. We are mindful that young palates need familiar foods. And we are aware that food likes and dislikes are sometimes stressful situations. We accommodate picky eaters with lots of choices at each meal, and have great strategies and games for trying new foods. We are proud to say that we have never had someone go hungry because they did not find something yummy to fill their belly. In fact, the recipes we use at camp are requested by just about every child at the end of the week. We love great food and we want girls to love it too!


Register for Camp:


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For more information on any of the above programs, please request a camp information package by emailing us at gina@radiantgirls.ca or 905 335-9591. Please indicate the week you're interested in, along with your daughters name and age.

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Campership Fund & Sponsors


Every year we offer campers a credit of $375 towards a day camp program, and an overnight retreat. Campers requesting this scholarship must send in a request and include an recent experience where they have given back to someone in need in their community. Photos, short video or supporting documents explaining the event and the impact it has had will contribute to who receives this scholarship. The camper and/or a family member should also include some information about why this program is of interest to them.

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We regularly have people in our community who want to support us in creating these amazing experiences for girls. These people believe in what we do, and want to be a part of uplifting our girls with us. These special people sponsor a few girls each summer to attend one of our events. If you know a girl who would greatly benefit from our program, but may not have the financial means to attend, please reach out to us. We may be able to send her to camp!

We also contribute a few camp spaces to local school fundraisers each year. If your school has an event in which we can contribute, please send information to gina@radiantgirls.ca

We run programs during Halton & Hamilton PA days, Christmas Break, March Break, and retreats throughout the year. Please check our Upcoming programs page for details…