Youth Leadership Program

Youth Leaders


If you or someone you know enjoys arts and crafts, the outdoors, and working with kids, you will want to be part of the dynamic Summer Discovery Youth Leadership team at the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

Registration for the Youth Leadership Program opens Monday, March 4th at 9:30 a.m. 

Register for Youth Leadership Program online 

What is the Youth Leadership program?

The Youth Leadership Program is for youth aged 14 years and older, and includes three days of training seminars, followed by a one- or two-week placement within our award-winning Summer Discovery Camps. Our training seminars will run during the first week in July and will prepare you for volunteering with children between the ages of 4 and 11. Topics in training include leadership, team building, and child development. Placements will take place in either the Junior Discovery Camp (children ages 4 to 6), or Summer Discovery Camp (children ages 7 to 11) and this time can count towards a student's community volunteer hours. 

Training days

We will be holding mandatory orientation and training for our youth leaders on July 2, 3 and 4, 2024. 

Cost of program

There is a $150 fee for this program. This fee includes three days of skill building workshops and on-site training, as well as mentorship during their camp placement, pizza lunch and t-shirt.  

Program requirements

To register, you must be 14 years of age, or entering high school as of September 2024.

If you are 18 or older, you will be required to complete a police record check with vulnerable sector. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to complete a police record check. All information regarding the police check process will be provided when you receive your acceptance as a volunteer.

How to register

You can register for our program three different ways:

  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives
  • By telephone (Visa, MasterCard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our XplorRecreation program registration system, you can now create your own account and register for programs from the comfort of home. To navigate the system quickly, be sure to search using the course code provided above.

Have you already completed the Youth Leadership Program and want to volunteer again? Please email our Education and Program Officer at to express your interest! Once you have completed the Youth Leadership Program, you do not need to undergo the training again to return. 

 What to bring
All youth leaders should come to their training days and placements prepared with snacks, drinks, water bottle, a lunch, weather-appropriate clothing, and a good attitude. We promote a nut-free environment. 
 Personal health form
Youth leaders will be required to complete and submit a Camper Health and Information Form. We keep this on file and you only need to complete it once a year. Be sure to submit your health form on or before the first training day. 
 Health concerns
Please notify the Youth Leadership program supervisors about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in this program. The museum has a protocol for anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.
In the course of all program activities, we may take photos and audio and/or visual recordings. We reserve the right to use all photographs and videos of our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.

City of Peterborough summer camp refund requests are accepted prior to camp start dates and are charged an administration levy of 10% of program fee, or $5 minimum. Refunds are not provided once the program starts unless accompanied by a medical note approved by the program supervisor or Manager designate. Front line teams will refer the request to the program supervisor for approval, and will take no action within the event roster or client account.