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Get the Leading Edge!

Ages 13-17 years

New for 2018

The Step Up and Leaders in Training programs are now combined under the name LIT. LITs can now volunteer at Neighbourhood, City Attractions and Facility Programs. To help reduce wait times on registration nights, you now have to reserve a spot by paying your $20 fee ahead of time.

Program Overview


Develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience while having fun outdoors. Give back to your community and earn leadership or volunteer hours for your school too!

Volunteer to be a Leader in Training (LIT) and work with recreation leaders to run summer programs for children. Choose from the following:

Playground Programs

Join the fun at a playground near you. As a playground LIT you get a chance to participate in a variety of activities, from games and crafts to drama, music, sports and more. Gain experience working with 6-12 year olds in a fun, flexible setting.

Registered Programs

Work out of a community facility, City facility or City attraction with children ages 3-12 years in a week-long themed program including sports, drama, science and more. Some registered programs also go on plenty of field trips.

Flying Eagle Programs

Help participants learn about Aboriginal culture and traditions. Activities include traditional games and crafts. Gain experience working with 6‐12 year olds in a fun, flexible setting.

After an interview and training, you can volunteer for as little as 2 weeks or as many as 7 weeks.

How To Apply

Step 1. Apply and Pay $20 Application Fee

Note: Must pre-register and pay to reserve a time slot and your spot in the program 

To register for summer 2018, fill out the Leaders in Training application form. Registration closed Tuesday June 12, 2018.

Completed applications should be returned in one of these ways:

Pay options include: online, calling 311, or in-person at any recreation centre.

Step 2. Attend a Registration Night (Must be pre-registered to attend)

This process takes about an hour to complete. You will have a short interview and choose your preferred volunteer sites or programs as well as confirm training dates.

  • You need to pre-register to attend a registration night. This can be done by calling 311 or stopping by your local recreation facility starting Sunday April 1, 2018.
  • Site volunteer placements are first come, first served for selections. Registered Camp placements and some play ground sites fill up fast so register for one of the early registration nights to get your preferred dates and locations.
  • Some Facility and Attraction camps will be reserved for returning Step Up volunteers.

Remember to bring:

  • Two pieces of government-issued ID (originals as well as a photo copy of them), one needs to be photo ID for a security check: driver's license, learner's permit, birth certificate, Alberta Health card, passport, immigration ID card, citizenship card, Indian status card, permanent resident card, firearms card
  • A list of weeks when you will be available to volunteer.

Registration Nights (Must be pre-registered to attend)

  • Registration Nights can take over an hour to complete
  • Call 311 to register in one of the 7 registration nights, each with two time slots,  class codes below
  • Call 311 or 780-944-7413 for more info
Date Location Time Code
Wednesday May 23 Circle Square, Community Services
11808 St. Albert Trail NW  
Monday May 28 Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road NW  
Wednesday May 30 Mill Woods Community Recreation Centre
28 Avenue NW
Friday June 1 Clareview Community Recreation Centre
139 Avenue NW
Tuesday June 5 Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
2051 Leger Road NW  
Wednesday June 6 The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
17 Street NW
Tuesday June 12 Circle Square, Community Services
11808 St. Albert Trail NW  

Step 3. Train

You must attend a 2-day LIT training session.

These dates fill up fast so register early at one of the registration nights to get your preferred dates.

Training Dates

  Date Time
Level 1 June 23-24 (Sat-Sun) 9:30am-4:30pm
July 6-7 (Fri-Sat) 9:30am-4:30pm
July 14-15 (Sat-Sun) 9:30am-4:30pm
Level 2* June 16-17 (Sat-Sun) 10am-4pm

*Level 2 is for LITs who have had at least one year of LIT or Step Up experience.

Step 4. Volunteer

Your commitment is to volunteer at your chosen sites or programs for a minimum of two weeks. You can choose to volunteer for a minimum two weeks up to a maximum seven weeks.

Log Volunteer Hours

LIT Coordinators

There are 5 LIT coordinators who will be your guides this summer. You can reach them at 780-944-7413 starting in May.

For More Information

Leaders in Training Program




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