Summer Writing Workshop
University-level writing and critical thinking, building on skills acquired in high school.  The workshop is August 13th and 14th, 2019.
A two-day event, including meals and all materials, is prices at $200.00 without residence and $266.65 with residence.  There is a family discount of 20%, as well as a reduced rate for those who cannot afford the full price.  Students may register and find more information at  
Students do not need to be attending Saint Mary's to participate.  For more information call 902-491-6202 or
Team Seafood Nova Scotia
Hot Chocolate Talk

This is an excellent resource for talking with kids about sexual abuse, particularly this page:

Radhoc Youth Leadership

We wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity for your students! Radhoc Youth Leadership is hosting a camp August 27th - 31st at Brother Brennan (located approximately 75 minutes outside of St. John’s). Camp is for students in grade nine to students leaving grade twelve. Radhoc is a for youth by youth organization that aims to educate high school students on local and global societal issues and leadership skills. We do this in the hope that they will be able to return to their own schools and communities with the motivation and skills necessary to make positive change in the world.

At camp students can expect to participate in a wide variety of workshops, activities and events geared toward leadership development and awareness of societal issues. Students will also have the opportunity to meet other students from many different localities and speak with local community leaders! Camp costs only $20, this includes lodging, transportation to and from Memorial University (St.John’s) and all meals for the duration of camp. If the $20 fee is a barrier to a student’s ability to apply to camp we are happy to waive the fee for them! For students travelling from rural localities in Newfoundland and Labrador we do have a budget for scholarships to assist with travel costs, but this is a limited amount. That being said, we do try our best to make camp accessible to everyone!

We would also like to thank our Diamond Sponsors, NL Power and Walnuts Climbing Centre. NL Power has provided us with $2000 in funding to offset the travel costs of rural Newfoundland and Labrador students. As well, Wallnuts Climbing Centre has provided us with free learn to climb passes for all attendees!

We ask that you please pass on this information to any students who may be interested. Our application for summer camp can be found under programs on our website along with any other information at You can also check us out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Attached below is one of our camp promotional posters!

We would love to have some of your students attend camp, and we hope to hear from you or receive some applications soon!

Best Regards,

Ally, Ava, Cheyenne & Maddy

Delegate Coordination

Radhoc Youth Leadership

UC-6014, University Centre

Memorial University
Summer School Registration Forms
Promoting Positive Behaviours in Children
8 week course for parents/caregivers
Weekend Job: Hospitality & Housekeeping

Where: Carleton Inn, Bridgetown (

Tasks: Making beds, vacuuming, scrubbing floors, washing dishes, etc. You will be trained.

When: Saturdays & Sundays, mornings only (Friday mornings also possible on in-service days). 

Possibility of summer work as well: 3-4 weekday mornings per week + Sunday mornings

Qualifications: age 16+ (Grade 12 preferred); organization is an asset, as well as completing work in a timely manner

Contact: Email Christine at
Kingswood Camp
Office Phone: 902.847.9161

**February-May 2019 Office Hours**
Mondays 9am-5pm
New Minas Baptist Church
Office number C18

Please contact us to arrange appointments outside of regular office hours.



Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada


It is my pleasure to announce that applications for the Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada, a three-week summer exchange program in the United States for highly motivated students and responsible adult mentors, will open on March 1, 2019 with an application deadline of April 1, 2019. 


The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together youth (aged 15 to 18 years old) and adult mentors from Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.  It is an intensive program that takes place from July 15 through August 2, 2019, and is carried out in Ottawa, New York state, and Washington, DC.  Participants have all travel, meal, and accommodation costs during the exchange covered by the program, in addition to health benefits with limitations provided in the USA.


The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is organized by the Center for the Study of Canada, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, with support from: the United States Department of State; World Learning, the United States Embassy in Ottawa; and Fulbright Canada. 


Program organizers employ content with a highly interactive approach through a range of workshops, meetings, and site visits, plus home stays with American families.  Through direct engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities, Youth Ambassadors will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon returning home, Youth Ambassadors will apply what they learned to implement community service projects that serve needs in their own communities, plus be engaged through mentoring and alumni network initiatives.


The program is seeking applicants with Canadian citizenship.  Youth applicants must be aged 15 to 18 years old, have at least 4 months remaining of secondary school (NO JUNE 2019 GRADS), and be dedicated to community service.  Preference will be given to applicants from under-represented populations, new Canadians, and Canadians from indigenous populations including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.  Candidates with a demonstrated interest in the USA and with little to no experience traveling to the USA are also preferred.  Adult mentor applications are welcomed from teachers, trainers, school administrators, and/or community leaders who work with teenaged youth.


More detailed information and the application can be found via:

SCNC 2019

Mark your calendars today for the SKILLS CANADA NATIONAL COMPETITION, taking place at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, Halifax, NS - May 28 – 29, 2019.

Join us for Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities and experiential learning in addition to viewing over 500 competitors from across Canada in over 40 trade and technology skill competitions. This multifaceted event is open to the public. Admission is free. 

Don't miss out! See skilled trades and technologies in action and register your school tour today!
*Funding for travel assistance is available on a first come first serve basis.

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For more information visit
Stanley & DeWalt Tool Enhancement Program
Attention all secondary level educators! Do you have a shop in need of new tools? 

Five junior or senior trade and technology programs will be awarded up to $10,000 worth of Stanley & DeWALT power tools. Since the inception of Skills Canada's partnership with Stanley & DeWALT, the Tool Enhancement Program has proven to be a lasting legacy for the provinces in which the national competition is hosted. 

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For more information about how to apply for the Stanley & DeWalt Tool Enhancement Program, please contact Chris Gallant  
Call for Volunteers
Want to get in on the action and take part as a volunteer at the Skills Canada National Competition? Let Bethany Dunn know. She'll be in touch with anyone interested once volunteer registration opens!

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To volunteer at the Skills Canada National Competition, contact Bethany Dunn:
Skills Excellence Awards
As a part of our 20th anniversary celebration, special recognition was recently given to our long-standing provincial technical committee volunteers for their dedication and commitment to our organization, and their efforts towards the planning and delivery of competitions. Service awards were presented on stage at the Skills Excellence Awards on Dec 6, 2018. Click here for the full story.

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Skilled Futures
A collection of one-day career exploration events offering junior and senior high school students the chance to participate in interactive skilled trade and technology workshops.

Register your students for one today!

Here are a few messages from our valued Presenting, Gold, and Silver Level Partners. For a complete list of SCNS partners, click here.

Presenting partners:

Gold partners:

Camp Courage
Camp Courage, in Halifax, is open to any young women between the ages of 15-19 and takes place on July 7th - 14th 2019.
As taken from their website "The primary purpose of the camp is to introduce young women to careers as first responders.  The camp will aim to provide information, inspiration, education and opportunities to experience the physical demands, thereby allowing a more accurate perception of what it takes to act in these roles. The ultimate goal is that young women will leave with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to believe that they can achieve any goal, career or dream they desire."
There is no cost to the camp, and we even have Bridgetown Alumni who have attended this camp in the past (Lindsay Stewart - 2006) There is an application process as outlined on the website and you can view a promotional video here or many more on their website .

Click here for more information


The NSSSA is holding a leadership conference on February 23 and you are invited! 

What you need to know:

- It's free! 

- 10am-4pm, at Acadia University

- For Gr 9, 10, 11, and 12

- Bring a packed lunch

What is the NSSSA?

The NSSSA a non-profit student-lead organization which holds leadership conferences and events for all high school students and middle school students across the province of Nova Scotia. Our purpose is to promote the growth of leadership skills among youth through these events. We accomplish this through motivation, inspiration, and demonstration within a safe environment. The skills gained by participating in the NSSSA are extremely valuable and empower youth. 

More event-specific details and registration forms can be found at the following link:

All forms are due no later than Friday, February 15th, 2019.


Marine Mammal Summer Camp

Think marine research, conservation, and fieldwork might be in your future?

Our unique 10-day overnight camp offers a hands-on introduction to Marine Biology. 

Marine Mammal Summer Camp is presented by St. Mary's University and the Canadian Whale Institute.

 -Explore the biology and diversity of marine mammals

 -Conduct scientific research on marine mammals alongside experts, both in the lab and on the ocean

 -Learn ways to positively impact the marine community


St. Mary's University and Campobello Island, New Brunswick


August 3-12, 2019

Apply by  April 5,2019


$1,700 per camper, some bursaries available.

Board Games available!

There are board games available in the outer counselling office for Gr 6-12 students to use any time over the lunch hour.  They will be available all year. Bring your friends!


 Youth Corps Summer Intern positions

There over 25 internships available throughout Nova Scotia open to High School and post-secondary students. These full-time, paid positions are 9-weeks, starting in June and ending in August. The Youth Corps provides students with hands-on environmental-based internships where they grow their network, gain career skills and make meaningful impact in their communities - You’ll find more information on the Youth Corps program here.

Interested students are asked to apply through the Clean’s online application found here along with the full job descriptions. They will be asked to fill in general contact info and upload a cover letter(s), résumé, and letter of reference. Students can apply for up to five positions. 

The posting can also be found on CareerBeacon here.

Second Language Skills

Thinking of improving second language skills and interested in travelling? See Mr. Melanson about programs available over the summer, or after Grade 12.

Legion Leadership Training Camp (Gr 10 & 11)

This is a 9-day program that takes place at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro.
The purpose of the camp is to offer students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. The staff uses elements of art, drama, athletic skills, music, and dance to allow campers to learn to develop public speaking skills, and to motivate a group to pursue a course of action for the benefit of the group or community.

The camp is for students interested in accepting and meeting a challenge. It is an opportunity for young people to grow as potential leaders.

For more information: visit

Youth Summer Programs - Medicine & Law

Offered at The University of Toronto
Med Youth Summer Program
Spend four one-week-long modules in the fields of Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxiology, and Microbiology.  
What: lectures from world-class faculty and medical professionals, and hands-on experimentation
Who: open to students in Gr 10 and 11


Law Youth Summer Program
Spend five one-week-long modules in the areas of Criminal Law, Law & Politics, International Law, Corporate Law, and Trial Advocacy.
What: lectures, interactions with justice professionals, field trips to legal institutions, and mock trial and negotiations
Who: open to students in Gr 10, 11, and 12

For more information & to apply, visit


Summer Program - Humanities for Young People (HYP)

Do you love reading?  Did you just put on a play?  Do you follow politics?  Do you dream of being a writer?  Do you ever wonder what university might be like?  If so, HYP is for you. 
HYP is a summer program that gives you a taste of university life and encourages your interest in literature, philosophy, history, politics, and art. Grapple with the following questions:  What does it mean to be forgiven for a historical injustice?  How can we create conditions of reconciliation within our communities?  How can the Humanities enrich our understanding of reconciliation, and help us answer these critical questions?  


Acting And Film-making Programs -  Berridge Programs

For the past 10 summers, Berridge Programs has been welcoming students from around the world to the Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France to live in community, develop their unique talents and experience another culture. Our programs offer the perfect blend of performing arts camp and travel abroad experience. You can read about our program here

The Acting Program includes classes in Shakespeare, On Camera Acting, Movement, Acting Techniques, Modern Performance, Directing, Musical Theatre, Writing and Improvisation.  The Film Program guides students in making their own professionally quality short film suitable for festival submission. Our programs are taught exclusively in English, however, there are plenty of opportunities for French speakers to practice their language skills both in the program and out in the wider community on field trips and excursions.

Indigenous Health Science Summer Camp

The Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Health Program in partnership with The Johnson Scholarship foundation, and The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) will be hosting two Health Science Summer Camps for Indigenous students this summer.

1) Cape Breton University
2) Saint Francis University

As a participant of this program, students will be exposed to a variety of health care professions and training programs through interactive, hands-on programming. 
Applications are available from the school counsellor or

Contact person:
Joe MacEachern, Indigenous Health Program Manager

African Nova Scotian Health Sciences Summer Camp

Dalhousie University: Grade 8, 9, 10
Cape Breton University: Grades 8, 9, 10, 11
St Francis Xavier University: Grades 8, 9, 10, 11