What Is It?
The Engineering Science Quest Leader In Training (LIT) Program was introduced to engage high school students applicants who have finished grade 9 or higher and are interested in becoming staff with Engineering Science Quest. The program builds leadership skills through group problem solving, hands-on program development and delivery, first-hand experience working with children and the opportunity to complete volunteer service hours.
The Leader In Training program is split into two components. The first component is a one week (40 hours) training session which prepares the LIT's to enter a camp room and provide support to Engineering Science Quest staff and campers. The second component is two weeks (approx. 80 hours) of volunteer placement with an Engineering Science Quest camp.
*The 2022 Leader in Training program is tentatively planned to run in-person with volunteer placements taking place in our in-person camps.
Curious about what the differences are between the Engineering Science Quest Leader In Training Program and Catalyst Summer Program? Learn more about the Leader In Training vs. Catalyst Summer Program.
When Is It?
*Dates for 2022 are yet to be announced but will run in July and August. Please join our mailing list for the latest updates!
Applications must include:
- ESQ LIT Application Form 2022
- Personal Interest Application
The Personal Interest Application is a creative way to express your interest in this program. We have a few previous applications if you need examples of Personal Interest Applications. You can be as creative as you like with it. Video, audio, artwork, a poem, letter... the format is up to you! Make sure to tell us about:
- Yourself and your interest in science, engineering, leadership and beyond
- What you think the skills of a good leader are?
- An idea for an activity you'd like to teach to other participants your age.
Maximum size: approx. 1 sheet of paper or 2 minutes of media
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We will continue to accept applications until we fill the available spots in the program. For that reason, we recommend applying as soon as your application is complete.
Applications for 2022 are now closed. We will reach out to all who applied shortly. Check back at the end of the year for 2023 info!
Please note that this program is not an overnight program
Please send all submissions through the above application link. If you are unable to submit a piece of your application, you may email it to us at email@example.com after submitting your application form.
The Leader in Training Program includes a registration fee and includes one participant T-shirt. A special bursary program is available for those in financial need through our registration system. Please see the registration page for more details on accessing this form.
The registration fee of is due only upon acceptance into the program. If accepted, applicants will receive an email which provides information about session placement and paying the registration fee.
If arrangements for cancellations are made with Engineering Science Quest with more than 2 weeks notice to the start of the intended registered session, a full refund minus a 25% processing fee will be given. Cancellation requests with less than 2 weeks notice will be charged a 50% processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations given with less than 48 hours notice.
Note: There is no charge for switching sessions (pending availability).
Debit or Credit
Catalyst accepts MasterCard, VISA and American Express as well as Debit cards (non-Interac). Card numbers are kept with the utmost security. All charges are processed directly by the university and will appear on your credit card bill as either "U of W Cashiers Office" or "U of Waterloo ESQ (Engineering Science Quest)".
We do not accept cash or cheque payment.
Credit Card and debit payment must be made through our online registration system, we are not able to process payment on the phone or in person.