The Indigo Warrior Course is a unique certification program specifically designed for teenagers who want to spend one-week learning new life skills and challenging themselves. They need to be mentally mature, physically capable, and personally committed to completing the 7-day course and examinations. On completion of the course, each teenager will receive a written evaluation report in addition to certificates for those modules passed.
Training and Certifications:
There are three potential certificates that you can earn. Certification is not guaranteed - you must attend all the workshops and pass any required theoretical tests and written exams in order to qualify for each certification. Under the supervision of qualified instructors they will be trained and certified in the following:
1. International Emergency First Responder (EFR) Certification Course:
First Aid Training
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Training
2. Primary Aquatic Water Safety (PAWS) Certification Course:
Water Safety Principles
Pool Lifeguarding (Theory and Practice) Including Swim And Rescue Drills, Carries, Drags, Grip Releases
B.O.K: Basic Ocean knowledge (Understanding and identifying waves, currents, tides and rips)
Introduction to Surf Lifesaving (principles, basic signals, equipment and fitness)
Using a Spine Board And Head Splints On Land And In The Pool
3. Indigo Warrior Certification Course:
Marine Biology & Conservation (Including rock Pools and inter-tidal studies)
Leadership Training Principles
Communication Skills & Conflict Resolution
In addition to the certificates, each student will receive a written evaluation report at the end of the Indigo Warrior Course week, based on their performance and potential to do the CTT (Couselor Teacher Training Course) The students will receive all their certificates and evaluation at the final campfire. If the students do not pass one of the modules, they will still receive the other certificates for modules that they passed. For example, if you cannot swim, you will not receive the PAWS certificate (which requires swimming and rescue practicals) but you will still be eligible to receive the First Aid and Indigo Warrior Course certificate (which will indicate that you attended all the PAWS training even though you might not have passed the practical exam). If you show huge promise during the Indigo Warrior Course, you may receive an invitation to do the Counselor Teacher Training course when you turn 16.
Course Duration and Dates:
This is a one-week course that is currently scheduled to run four times a year, one per holiday season (April, June, August, and December/ January). Applications for the course must be made prior to the student's arrival at camp.
The cost is the same as attending Sugar Bay as a holiday camper. There are no added costs for the training and certifications. The cost will depend on which week is selected, as there are seasonal and past camper discounts available for certain weeks.
No prior camp experience is necessary, but it is highly recommended. It is recommended that this course be repeated every two years, as first aid qualifications are only valid for two years.
Due to the high amount of modules in this course, there is limited time for free choice activities (normal camp). Participants must be willing and eager to complete the entire course. Please do not apply for this course if the participant is not fully committed to attending all the workshops, and would prefer to spend time having fun at camp. Sugar Bay will not compel anyone to attend the training and sit the examinations. If they do not attend some modules, or if they show an unwillingness to be there, they will likely not receive any certifications. Participants will be given plenty of assistance and time needed to complete and pass each module, provided that they show commitment and dedication to doing so. This is a very intense training camp. We strongly recommend that you also book for the following week at camp where you can relax and participate in the free choice of all our normal fun camp activities, games, and programs. If the participant shows exceptional promise during the Indigo Warrior Course they may be invited to attend the Counselor Teacher Training Course in that subsequent week.
Participating in the program does not guarantee future employment with Sugar Bay. At the end of the course, the student is not yet a staff member.
Frequently asked questions
Who Can Attend?
Any student over the age of 13 is welcome to enrol, provided they are keen and willing and are physically able to participate in all the training modules. Prior camp experience is not necessary but it is highly recommended.
Can My Child Repeat The Course?
The course can be repeated as often as desired. We recommend that the course be repeated at least every two years as first aid qualifications are only valid for two years.
What If My Child Is Not Sure About Attending?
This is an intense training course that requires full commitment from the student. Sugar Bay will not compel anyone to attend the training modules or examinations. We recommend that anyone who would prefer a fun and relaxing holiday should book a holiday week where they are free to choose their own activities.
What Does It Cost?
The course costs the same as a Sugar Bay holiday camp. There is no added cost for the training and certifications. There are seasonal and past camper discounts available for certain weeks – please refer to the enrolment form.
How Long Is The Course?
The course is one week. Due to the high amount of training modules included, it is an intense training course, with limited time for free choice activities (normal camp). We strongly recommend that, if possible, you book a fun camp for the following week where s/he can relax and participate in the free choice of all our sports, activities, games and programs.
When Is The Course Run?
This one-week course, that is currently scheduled to run four times a year, one per holiday. Please refer to the enrolment form for the next available dates. Please note that enrolments must be submitted at least one week prior to start of camp.
Are Seniors Too Old For a Holiday Camp?
While the certifications offered in the Indigo Warrior Course are very beneficial, many seniors are tired after school and are looking to enjoy more free time in a relaxed holiday camp. Seniors are definitely not too old! High school students thrive in our relaxed holiday camp environment where they can enjoy being outdoors, unplugged and free to choose their own activities and set their own schedules. Teenagers show huge growth in maturity, independence and responsibility as they are gently encouraged to learn more about themselves under the guidance of the skilled counselors. Seniors enjoy making new friends with people who hold similar values to themselves and love their special privileges such as later bedtimes, senior programs and the ability to earn certificates for progressing through activity levels. Students in grades 10,11,12 enjoy even greater VIP status, as our elite “Advanced Campers”.
What If My Child Wants To Work As A Counselor?
Students that show huge promise during the Indigo Warrior Course will receive an invitation to do the Counselor Teacher Training (CTT) camp which they can do as soon as they turn 16. If they are 16 already, and there is space in the following week, they can do their CTT straight away. Alternatively they can come back in a subsequent holiday. The CTT course is the second of the three training weeks required to qualify as a Junior Counselor (the first week is the Indigo Warrior Course week, and the last week is the Shadow Week). Please call us for more information and dates on the CTT courses.
What Does My Child Get At The End Of This Week?
In addition to the certificates, each participant will receive a written evaluation report based on their performance and potential to become a counselor.
Does My Child Still Have The Option To Go On Excursions?
There is an optional excursion scheduled every week. Students enrolled on the Indigo Warrior Course can also have the choice to book the excursion. Please refer to the enrolment form to see the list of weekly excursions.
Is Certification Guaranteed?
There are three potential certificates that a student can receive but certification is not guaranteed. Students must attend all the workshops and pass any required tests and exams in order to qualify for each certification. Every student will be given plenty of assistance and time to complete and pass each module, provided that s/he shows sufficient commitment and dedication. If any student does not pass one of the modules, they will still receive the certificates for those that they passed. For example, if a student cannot swim, they will not qualify for the PAWS certificate (which requires swimming and rescue practicals) but they will still be eligible to receive the First Aid and Indigo Warrior Certificates.