The Canadian Youth Coordinating Forum (YCF) annually offers a residential summer program for Ismaili youth between the ages of 15-17 (born between 1992-1994).  The program, which began in 1987 as Camp al-Ummah, continues to be memorable and rewarding experience for youth across the country.

The Horizons program objectives are:

  • To provide the participants with a deeper meaning of society, community, faith, responsibility and self-identity
  • To inculcate / enhance Islamic values within the participants
  • To enable the participants to explore, express and debate issues of importance to them in a safe environment
  • To strengthen participants’ ability to think critically thereby enabling them to deal effectively with issues confronting them
  • To develop a deeper understanding of the unique Canadian values that the participants embody
  • To promote life-long learning

The academic curriculum is developed and facilitated by the Academic Director, Resident Scholar and Guest Speakers who have an in-depth knowledge of religious education material, elements appropriate for outdoor experiential learning, and techniques necessary for optimum group-based learning.

Curriculum activities included topics such as:

  • The Aga Khan Development Network
  • Ethics and Controversial issues within Society
  • Diversity and Pluralism
  • Devotional Expressions
  • Identity and Gender within Islam

Non-academic components included:

  • Sports, Canoeing and Fishing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Icebreakers and Campfires
  • Talent and Dance Show Night
  • Cultural Activities

Click HERE for a typical daily schedule.

Session 1: July 4, 2010 – July 17, 2010
Session 2: July 27, 2010 – August 9, 2010

Location: Twin Lakes Resort, Minden, Ontario

Note: Staff Training will take place on June 27th – July 3rd for session 1, and July 20th – 26th for session 2.

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