Camp Kawartha

Our Summer Staff Team

Summer Staff 2016

Summer Staff 2016

Summer Camp Staff 2016

Why Camp Names?
A camp name is a reputation, and a right of passage to becoming Camp Kawartha staff. More than a title, it becomes a definition of a staff’s character. It also protects the privacy of that staff member. The camp is happy to share the real names of our staff at a parent’s request.

“Erin absolutely loved the staff. When she got home she went on the website to check them all out. We were both amazed at the depth of talent and stewardship that each possessed. Certainly rubs off on the campers.” (From parent/camper survey)

Executive Director

Jacob Rodenburg : Executive Director

Jacob Rodenburg

Executive Director

Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for more than 20 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. In 2010, Jacob received the Award for Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society of Environmental Educators, offered annually to one or more persons who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in Environmental Education for at least five years.   In 2007, he was awarded the Richards Education Award for excellence in Natural History Education from Ontario Nature.  He teaches several courses at Trent University in education and environmental education.  Jacob graduated from Trent University with a joint major in environmental studies and geography. He holds a teacher’s certificate and a Master’s in Education.  He has published a number of articles on children, nature and the environment.   Jacob recently spearheaded the construction of one of Canada’s most sustainable buildings at Trent University.  This unique environment centre will teach children and future teachers about sustainable living practices, alternative energy and conservation.
email LinkedIN

Senior Staff

Adam Strasberg (aka “Wham”) : Summer Camp Director

Adam Strasberg (aka “Wham”)

Summer Camp Director

I came to Camp Kawartha back in 2003 and it was one of the best decisions of my life! Now, I'm coming up on year 14, and I still get the same rush for camp as I did back in 2003.  Much of my reward comes from working with such an awesome staff and our families that value camp just as much as I do!  I've been a qualified teacher since 1996. I love Camp Kawartha because it puts such a high premium on having a positive attitude and being a role model.

We pride ourselves on environmental sustainability and teaching these lessons to our campers - our future leaders. Camp is about having fun, making lasting friendships, and building character. I cannot imagine spending my summer in any other place. I'm looking forward to a wonderful summer in 2016, meeting new campers and seeing old faces.

Summer Camp Director's Messages

Feye : Assistant Summer Camp Director


Assistant Summer Camp Director

Hi everyone! I am so excited to come back to Camp this summer for my tenth summer and sixth on staff, especially because this summer I get to return as one of your head counsellors with Fabio in July and then become the Senior Head Counsellor in August. This year I finished my fourth year studying kinesiology at Queen’s University. A highlight of my time at Queen’s was starting the Healthy Heartbeats program with two other girls, it’s an exercise program for adults with developmental disabilities in Kingston. Before I join you all for another wonderful summer I am travelling to Europe for five weeks with my sister, Pablo, to indulge in some delicious food, beautiful scenery, and European culture, I can’t wait! While this trip will be wonderful, nothing compares to Camp! I come back to CK every summer because of the warm, inviting, and loving people, and because of how much I learn from the campers and staff alike. I love being able to spend my whole summer out in the sun playing with you guys! I can’t wait to share my favourite place in the world with all of you soon!

As I have lived in Kingston for the past four years, the proximity of everything has made it very convenient to walk almost everywhere and if it’s a little too far, I choose public transit instead of cars. I also make a conscious effort to compost, recycle, and use reusable containers, mugs and water bottles. Remember, every little bit helps!

Pepe : Managing Director


Managing Director

Hi everyone, Pêpé here! Believe it or not, this will be my sixteenth year overall at Camp Kawartha, and my fifth as a staff member. I’m more excited than ever to return for my second summer as Managing Director. Essentially, my job entails facilitating day-to-day camp operations, both on the front lines and backstage, while supporting the newer staff members as they take on their own diverse responsibilities. My favourite part of camp is meeting all of the different campers. It’s always fantastic to see kids come out of their shells as each session progresses. Camp Kawartha is a place where campers can truly be themselves while developing lifelong friendships along with way. Outside of camp, I have just finished my undergraduate degree at Western University’s Ivey Business School, where my studies focused on finance and accounting. In the fall, I look forward to attending the University of Toronto to pursue a law degree to hopefully work in securities, estate, or tax law in the future.

I try to be ecologically green by walking to every single one of my classes, every day of the week. It can sure get chilly in London in the middle of January, but if you take a car or bus to class, you don’t get the opportunity to enjoy all of the beautiful nature on campus!

Baloo : WLIT Director


WLIT Director

This summer will be my 12th summer at Camp Kawartha and my 9th summer working here. Camp has always been a large part of my life and this year will be my 18th at an overnight summer camp. I am currently studying mathematics, philosophy, and English at the University of Toronto and find myself drawn to teaching at the high school level, but only time will tell. In my free time, I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee and am a volunteer coach at my old high school (Harbord Collegiate Institute). I am very excited to be running the LIT program with Breezy in July and the WLIT program in August.

As for keeping it green, I love to take advantage of good weather and hang my laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer. I also do my fair share of recycling and composting. Living in Toronto, I try to get around on foot or by using the convenient transit system.

Bulma : PLC Director


PLC Director

Hi Friends, I’ll be returning for my sixth year on staff (eleventh overall) and could not be more excited for this summer! I’m thrilled to go a third round with the PLC Program, which is near and dear to my heart. I’ve moved around a lot during university but I’m currently attending Western University and studying film which has been great (it’s just an excuse to watch movies all the time). Camp is a great place, because it provides an environment where we can all learn, have fun and really be ourselves. And PLC is extra-special because it allows our eldest campers a chance to take on responsibilities as a leader while also having the time of their lives. Catch ya on Clear Lake! B-)

To keep green I do all the classics: switch off lights when they’re not needed, recycle, compost and bike or walk instead of driving. I make an effort to pick up trash when I spot it, I’m vegetarian, and do my best to eat local foods when I can. I also avoid plastic water bottles like the plague.

Breezy : LIT Director


LIT Director

Hello campers and parents! I’m super excited for my thirteenth beautiful CK summer and my fifth on staff. I'm currently wrapping up my third year at Bishop's University in Quebec where I'm pursuing a double major in Biology and Psychology. I'm very involved at school as a peer tutor, orientation week staff member, and volunteer for various school events. In my spare time, I love to cook, read, and spend time outside. I am incredibly excited to be working with the LITs this summer! I love camp for the amazing people that it has brought into my life, the canoe trips, and the magic that is camp. Most of all, I love that even months after I’ve gone home, just the thought of camp brings a smile to my face. The countdown to the beginning of camp starts the second I get home!

Camp has taught me the importance of living greener. I walk to campus every day, carry a re-usable water bottle with me everywhere I go, and try to make eco-conscious decisions every day!

Dyson : Waterfront Director


Waterfront Director

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be coming back for the 11th summer at camp and my 4th year on staff. The waterfront has always been one of my favourite places on camp so I could not be more excited to be returning this summer as the Waterfront director. I have just finished my 2nd year at Queens university where I major in Economics and minor in World Languages. It has been a great year but I truly can’t wait to return to Camp Kawartha, my home away from home. It is a place where everyone is encouraged to be himself or herself, where amazing memories and friendships can be created. Camp has always been the most incredible time of the year and I can’t wait to share my love for camp and swimming with all new and returning campers.

Camp has taught me the importance of living green, Living in Kingston everything is so close so I walk or bike everywhere.. I try to encourage my friends and family to be more environmentally friendly by doing simple things like turning off lights and recycling and I can never be found without my reusable water bottle in hand.

Fabio : Head Male Counselor


Head Male Counselor

I can’t wait to be back at Camp Kawartha for another great summer! I’ve been going to camp here for 11 years now, and this will be my sixth year on staff. This summer I will be the Male Head Counsellor, which is extremely exciting for me! I just finished my final year at University of Western Ontario where I studied Geology. Actually I was just kidding about the final year part, I will be returning to Western in the fall for my first year of Teacher’s College! Throughout the year I’ve been teaching a robotics class for kids aged 8-12 using LEGO which has been really fun. I went to a few day-camps as a kid but Camp Kawartha was my first overnight camp and I never considered going anywhere else afterwards. Camp is one of my absolute favourite places and an environment I think all kids should experience!

To live green during the year I make sure to recycle as much as possible, and to always use a reusable water bottle. I also walk almost everywhere, or take public transit if somewhere is too far for walking. Living green is important, especially if we all do our part!

Fang : Head Female Counselor


Head Female Counselor

I could not be more excited to be returning to camp for my fourth year on staff and tenth year in total! This July I am thrilled to be directing the CSD program once again alongside the wonderful Oz. CSD was always one of my favourite years as a camper and I cannot wait to pass on my love of the program to all of the CSDs. In August, I am very excited to get to know all the younger campers, as I will be taking on a new role as Head Female counsellor! I just finished up my second year at Dalhousie University in the Kinesiology program. In my free time, I have been very involved with both Dal’s dance society and dance team. This year, I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with Autism Nova Scotia, which I have absolutely adored. Camp continues to be my two favourite months of the year – the best part being the warm, welcoming staff and campers! I love how much camp helps you grow as a person, regardless of your age. I look forward to spending lots of time at our beautiful waterfront this summer and cannot wait to get to know the CSDs and younger campers!

Camp has taught me so much about the importance of the environment over the years and I try my best to live greener by doing small things in my everyday life. I always use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug. Halifax is a small city – I love this because it means that I am able to avoid driving and can walk almost anywhere!

Jaws : Tripping Director


Tripping Director

Hey everybody, Jaws here! This summer I will be returning to camp for my 8th year, and am so excited to be coming back as Trip Director! Tripping has had a huge impact on my life and I am confident this summer will be filled with some incredible adventures in the outdoors. I am currently finishing my second year at Dalhousie as a microbiology and immunology major. I spend my free time dancing with the Dalhousie dance society. Right now we are preparing for our end of year performance, so my weekends are swamped with rehearsals. I am so excited to spend another summer at Camp Kawartha-I've been counting down the days! See you all very soon!

As I spend a large majority of the summer outside, I have become much more aware of how fragile our environment is. In order to live a greener life, I make an effort to walk as much as possible, use a reusable water bottle, and turn off the lights when I leave a room.

Loki : Environmental Director


Environmental Director

This is only my second year at Camp Kawartha and I am so lucky to be returning to share my love of nature and the outdoors. I spent the last year researching Environmental Education and am excited to share my findings with my colleagues and help create great environmental programs. When I’m not at Camp Kawartha I spend my free time camping and exploring Peterborough with my wife and young son Arthur.

I try to bike to camp whenever I can to reduce my carbon footprint, and during the year when I work at Camp Kawartha I always try to carpool with my fellow instructors.

Oz : CSD Director


CSD Director

Hi! My name is Oz, and this is my fourth year as part of the CK team, and 10th overall! I'm currently studying at the University of Ottawa, where I'm taking a commerce degree specializing in Human Resource Management. I'm absolutely delighted to come back for another year to work with the CSDs, and I can't wait to be spending my days on the Clear Lake waterfront! Camp Kawartha is an absolutely incredible place, and I'm super stoked to be spending the entire summer here.

I walk almost every, and take public transportation when I can't. I actually can’t remember a time when I didn’t carry around my Nalgene water bottle with me.

Peatri : Program Director


Program Director

Hey, everyone! I’m beyond excited to be coming back to camp for my 9th summer! This will be my 5th year as a staff member at CK and my second as the Program Director. As the Program Director I will be working with our incredible staff to make whacky, fun, and imaginative programs for all campers; from evening programs like Bamboozled, Phobias, Jurassic Park, Joes Schmoes, to interest choices like Cloud Watching, Prank Patrol, and Deep Sea Adventures! When I’m not dreaming of my summers at camp, I’m attending the University of Toronto for a double Specialist in Drama and English where I specialize and train in acting and playwriting! This summer I hope to continue to focus on allowing all campers to develop their own creativity and to use programs to further develop their understanding of the environment. Camp has brought so much creativity and a sense of community to my life and I can’t wait to see old faces and new this summer!

Living green is a value Camp Kawartha has instilled in me since I was a camper, and in my day to day life at school, I make choices that help keep the planet healthy. Small things like walking to school, eating locally and using reusable water bottles and food containers really add up and can make a difference.

Percy : Day Camp Director


Day Camp Director

This will be my 12th summer spent on Clear Lake and 7th year on staff and I am thrilled to be back! This past year I have been working on a collaborative research project between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT). Our research hopes to assist refugees, political prisoners, and survivors of torture transition to post secondary education. When I’m not researching I enjoy going for hikes, volunteering at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation hospital, and reading! This coming fall I will be heading to McMaster University for their occupational therapy program.
Camp Kawartha is a place I am proud to call my home. Our staff is a mosaic of compassionate individuals who dedicate their summer to fostering environmental stewardship, leadership development, and of course, having fun! Camp is like the bridge in a song. It’s different than the tune of the melody- but it’s the perfect accompaniment to the beat of your summer.

To live greener, I follow my toes wherever they need to go! I am also a supporter of water conservation by turning off the tap while I brush my teeth. And I always try my best to flick off the lights when they don’t need to be on!

Rio : Co-WCSD Director


Co-WCSD Director

Hey Guys! I’m Rio and this will be my tenth summer at Camp Kawartha. I just finished my second year at McMaster University in the gerontology and health studies program. My time at McMaster so far has been extremely rewarding as it has a friendly community atmosphere just like Camp Kawartha. I am looking forward to another two years there! I have had so many amazing experiences this year including volunteering at a long-term care home and being part of my program’s social/volunteer committee. When I’m not at camp or at school I love to windsurf and sing.
This year I have the opportunity of being the Intermediates Director in July and Co- Wilderness Counsellor Skills Development (WCSD) Director in August. It feels great to get to be a part of the new Intermediates program because I know it will be super special. I am looking forward to WCSD in August as I have participated in the program as a camper and am thrilled I get the opportunity to pass on the incredible experience I had. I love Camp Kawartha because it has a way of instantly making everyone feel at home. There truly is no other place like it and I wouldn't want to spend my summers anywhere else!

I try to stay green by walking to school every day and taking public transit instead of driving. I recycle and compost as much as I can and I always use reusable water bottles and bags. Every little bit counts!

Timone : Co-WCSD Director


Co-WCSD Director

Hello everyone! I’ve been going to camp for eleven years and I’m thrilled to come back for my fourth year on staff at CK as a senior tripper and co-director of the W-CSD program. I’m finishing my second year at Sheridan College in Oakville where I study Music Theatre Performance. I spend my spare time dancing (especially tap), song-writing, running, playing piano or guitar, improv acting with some friends and rehearsing for upcoming performances. I gravitated towards Camp Kawartha since it is such a welcoming and embracing environment that allows you to step out of your comfort zone and be fully authentic. I am so excited to continue passing on my love of nature and sharing my enthusiasm for the outdoors with all the new and returning campers this summer!

I continuously make steps to act greener by doing, yes, small duties such as utilizing natural light, using compost appropriately, drinking from reusable water bottles, always walking to school and picking up litter. To me, though, half the battle of living greener is finding the appreciation and respect for our environment. I am always eager to learn more about nature by reading books, exploring the outdoors and through other passionate campers and counsellors at camp!

Twist : Waterfront Activity Director


Waterfront Activity Director

This summer will mark my ninth on staff, and fourteenth at Camp Kawartha. I have been working as a carpenter building a cottage right here on Clear Lake which has been amazing. I can’t wait to be back at Camp Kawartha as it is my home away from home, and the connections I have made there just keep getting stronger. The thing I love most about camp are the people. They are responsible for all the memories and great times I remember when I remember being a camper. This year I am the Waterfront Activity Director, so if you are looking for something to do, wander on down to the boating area and come find me for a sail on a windy day.

As a kid I was always intrigued by the environment and loved exploring the outdoors. Camp has shown me the value of taking an active role living a more sustainable lifestyle and even pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies.


Barbosa : Ropes Specialist


Ropes Specialist

Hey everybody, I can’t wait to get back to Camp Kawartha for my third summer on staff and ninth at camp overall. I recently finished my first year of studies in the English BA program at Ryerson University, in Toronto. In my free time I have been enjoying working with Ryerson’s Orientation Committee in anticipation of new students arriving in the fall, as well as volunteering as a water polo coach at my old high school. This summer, I am beyond excited to take on the role of ropes specialist and looking forward to returning to this energetic and fun-filled environment. I’m especially looking forward to working with the rest of the Camp Kawartha team to make this the best summer yet! Camp Kawartha is the place for us.

I take steps to live ‘greener’ by attempting to make myself and others environmentally aware. All the small things like turning of the lights when I leave the room to using reusable containers and always remembering to recycle can help make a difference! On my commute to and from school I take the local transit system or ride my bike, which is good for the environment and a good source of exercise.

Dreval : Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialist

Hey everyone! My name's Dreval and this is my first year on staff and at summer camp, but I used to come to Camp Kawartha all throughout elementary and high school - I've always absolutely loved it! I am going into my second year of my Environmental Sciences and Geography undergrad at Trent University. I'm incredibly involved in Musical Theatre, having just been in productions of ASTC's "Heather's: The Musical" and Dancyn's "RENT: The Musical." I'm thrilled to be back at Camp Kawartha, spending my summer with some of the most passionate and driven individuals I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Camp K has made a lifelong impact on me, and I'm so grateful to be a part of the magic that happens here every day.

I take steps to live greener by constantly seeking out and making use of sustainable alternatives to combat normalization of unsustainable actions (i.e. promote green energy alternatives; recycling; water conservation, etc.).

Freud : Arts and Crafts Specialist


Arts and Crafts Specialist

Hey! After being away from camp for one summer, I couldn’t be more excited to return for my fourth year on staff! Last summer I had the pleasure of working at Trent University, where I was researching renewable materials for thermal energy storage. I have just finished my third year of Engineering Chemistry at Queen’s University, and will be taking place in a 12 month internship before going back for my final year. The part of camp that I am looking forward to the most is all the energy and excitement that is involved! The days are packed with activities, and everyone is really enthusiastic about participating in them!

I try to live greener by biking and taking public transit when I can, and also by using reusable bags/containers

Grazer : Resource Specialist


Resource Specialist

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be returning for my fourth summer on staff as a resource counsellor. I recently completed my first year at McMaster University, and am majoring in french in hopes to go to teacher's college after four years of undergrad. Camp Kawartha has continually held positive influence on my life and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to give back to a place that has been so generous in opportunities for myself among others.

Small acts of environmental consciousness truly can make a larger impact. I walk to school every day and take public transit to get to places off campus. Instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles, I have invested in a reusable water bottle and a Brita filter to reduce waste.

Krista : Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialist

Hey there! My name is Krista and I am so excited to be apart of the Camp Kawartha team this summer. I was a camp counselor for the past six summers but this is my first year as an environmental educator at Camp Kawartha. I recently graduated from Trent University with a degree in biology and am so excited to share my passion for environmental education with you! I’m looking forward getting to know you and can’t wait to start learning and exploring together. See you soon!

I live greener by biking, walking or carpooling to get around, as well as making an effort to use reusable containers and bags. It is important to educate and share these ideas with others to reduced our ecological footprint.

Tripet : Ropes Specialist


Ropes Specialist

Hey! My name is Mike and I am excited to share my first summer at Camp Kawartha with you! I have spent the past few months facilitating high ropes, low ropes and initiatives among other programs for the Outdoor Education portion of the year. Prior to this some of my time has been spent working at a fast food restaurant while completing a diploma program in Recreation and Leisure, climbing cellphone towers, and instructing during after-school programs. In between all of that I love to tie flies and go flyfishing, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and pretty much anything that gets me moving.

Sustainable practices like hanging my laundry, carrying my trusty water bottle, catch and release fishing, eating everything off my plate, and practicing leave no trace are ways I try to keep the environment available for future generations.

Rally : Assistant CSD


Assistant CSD

This marks 11 wonderful summers for me at Camp Kawartha, and my third year on staff. I just finished my first year at Wilfrid Laurier University studying Kinesiology and I’m so excited for summer! During the year, I love keeping active in my school community as a member of the Field Hockey Team and by participating in intramurals, which is how I keep busy outside of camp. I am looking forward to joining the CSD team this summer which is going to be a blast! Camp K has always been such a safe, fun, and amazing environment consisting of hardworking staff and wonderful campers. I couldn't imagine spending my summer anywhere else!

The ways I easily accomplish living a greener lifestyle are turning off lights and electronics when leaving a room and unplugging appliances when they are not in use. I also try to walk or use public transit wherever I go. I believe that if everyone can do a few little things, it can have a huge impact!

Recyclops : Resource Specialist


Resource Specialist

Hi there! This will be my tenth year at camp and my second year on staff. I’m extremely excited to be coming back to camp this summer, it’s an extraordinary experience to be part of such an amazing environment each and every year. This summer I have the pleasure of taking on the role of a Resource Counselor. I am a grade 12 student at T. A. Blakelock High School in the French Immersion program. This past year in addition to being a lifeguard/instructor at my local pool, I’ve been working at my school with mentally and physically disabled children ensuring they are being safe and having fun. I can’t wait to come back to camp, it’s such a wonderful place where everyone wakes up each day with a smile on their face that never fades and tries new things.

I try to be environmentally friendly by walking to most places I need to go and by using a reusable bottle for tea, hoping to make some cedar tea in it this summer!

Sanders : Assistant Programming Director


Assistant Programming Director

This will be my 9th summer at Camp Kawartha and my second year on staff! Outside of camp i have been working on a a lot of art, including painting, cartooning, and life drawing. I am super excited to be at camp this year, and cant wait to meet new friends. This year in particular, i am stoked to spend lots of time in the arts and crafts centre, as its one of my favorite areas of camp to hang out.

When I'm not at camp, i like to stay green by managing the recycling in the art rooms at my school! People tend to throw away lots of unused paper, and other materials that can still be used. Its really simple, each sheet i save, is one step closer to a more eco-friendly world!

Toro : Media Specialist


Media Specialist

This will be my 9th year at wonderful Camp Kawartha and my third year on staff. I just started at Western University last fall for the Media, Information and Technoculture program. I've been loving it here and have been getting involved in the community by participating in Making Waves, where I teach a boy with autism how to swim.

I could not be more excited for the summer! Thinking about the amazing two months I have ahead of me is getting me through these never ending midterm exams. I love Camp Kawartha because I truly feel at home when I am there. CK has provided me with many new learning opportunities such as learning how to sail and how to portage a canoe. I'm hoping for a windy summer to make for some wild sailing days.

I live a very green life here at Western. I walk everywhere, I almost forget what the inside of a car looks like. As well, my water bottle is my best friend – I bring it everywhere! CK has truly opened up my eyes to a world well beyond the borders of my everyday lifestyle.


Rush : Sr. Tripper


Sr. Tripper

Hi everyone! I'm Rush, and this will be my fifth summer on staff and ninth year overall at Camp Kawartha. I'm super excited to be returning to camp this year as a senior tripper! Canoe tripping has always been one of my favourite things to do at camp, and I can't wait to help provide a great experience for all the campers I get to take on trip. During the year, I study at McGill University, where I just finished my third year studying linguistics and psychology. In my spare time, I'm the gear manager for the McGill Outdoors Club, and also help coordinate McGill's Outdoor Frosh. I love being at camp because you always get to learn and try new things and make new friends while having fun outside! I can't wait for yet another incredible summer!

Camp has taught me a lot about the natural world, and I try to live more sustainably by biking, walking, or taking public transit, and by using reusable water bottles and food containers.

Totem : Sr. Tripper


Sr. Tripper

I am thrilled to be returning for my ninth wonderful summer at camp, and fourth year on staff. I am ecstatic to be a Senior Tripper this year and cannot wait to get back to the wilderness! Outside of camp, I attend Queen’s University where I have just completed my second year of Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. What keeps me coming back every year is the nurturing environment of camp that has provided me with the confidence to try things outside of my comfort zone. It is not only the staff that make Camp Kawartha such a special and wonderful place to spend the summer, but the campers as well. Each one is unique and has something different and great to offer!

I live green by limiting the number of new clothes I buy, and instead doing my best to only buy second hand. I have become quite the recycling enthusiast, and have been promoting good recycling practices to my friends and family. Fun fact: in order to recycle a tissue box, you must separate the plastic lining from the cardboard box. I only use my reusable water bottle and walk or bike whenever I can. If I do drive, I do my best to carpool.

Kembe : Tripper



My Name is Kembé, and I am going to be a Tripper up at Camp this year. I have been tripping for 15 years, it’s been a part of my life as long as I can remember and I am super excited to be on the tripping team this summer. It will be my third year at camp, and second on staff. Throughout the year, I have been studying engineering physics at McMaster University, where I hope to study renewable or nuclear energy production in later years. I have also been working on my kayaking skills, as well as guitar and look forwards to teaching both of those up at camp.

The environment is very important to me.  To help save this beautiful planet that we live on, I recycle, reuse, take short showers, and carpool.  I care very much about the environment, and I want to see it used in a sustainable way.

Patcha : Tripper



Hey Everyone! To be completely honest, I’ve forgotten how long I’ve been going to CK. I am currently in my first year studying Business at Wilfrid Laurier University. Before camp, I will be working at a Tech Start-up based out of an incubator in Waterloo. When I’m not doing school work, I’m helping run events in my residence through our House Council, or planning business events with the Laurier Consulting Club. This year I’m coming back as a Tripper, and I have to say that I am ecstatic to lead some fun trips this summer! This year, I’m looking forwards to spending some quality time outdoors, playing some fun games with campers, and hopefully beating my Court of Dreams (CK’s very own basketball tournament) season record of 4 points. I can wait to help make summer 2k16 the best one yet!

I live green by perpetuating my ‘no plastic water bottle’ philosophy and trying to buy products with as little packaging as possible.
Shortstop : Tripper



Hi everyone! My name is Shortstop and for my third summer on staff and my ninth at Camp Kawartha I will be working as a tripper! I just finished up my first year at Queen’s University where I am studying politics and global development. I am so excited for the summer and I can’t wait to help campers get the tripping experience I love so much! Trip is (in my opinion) the best part of camp because it helps campers learn to dig deep and overcome obstacles all while experiencing the beauty of untouched nature and bonding with their friends. Last summer I worked as the head of Eco-Skills and am looking forward to applying my knowledge as a tripper as well. Like everything at Camp Kawartha, trip is a fun and supported experience for campers to grow and explore. I can’t wait for the summer to start and what better place to spend it than CK!

Camp has cultivated a strong love of nature and the environment in me. In order to do my part to help the environment and promote green living I am a small proponent of “the little things”, such as lights and water bottles in order to make a small difference in consumption practices. Additionally, waste-free lunches and taking pubic transit or walking have become an important part of my life. I find that the best way to change your practices and be mindful of your personal impact, we all have to do our part to conserve this beautiful planet!

Female Counselors

Pablo : PLC Specialist


PLC Specialist

Hey everyone!

I’m Pablo and I am super excited to be coming back for my 3rd summer on staff and 7th summer total at Camp Kawartha. This year I will be the female PLC specialist so I will be living in the cabin with the girls as well as helping to run most of their activities. The exciting and welcoming environment that camp provides is unlike any other which is why I couldn’t imagine my summer without it or my life without the people that I have met at CK. I have just completed the first year of my undergraduate degree at McMaster University where I am studying Life Sciences with a focus on molecular biology and genetics. Before camp this summer I will be spending 5 weeks travelling Europe with my older sister, Feye! I think it’s safe to say that I can’t wait for this summer and I have a feeling it will be the best one yet!

Camp Kawartha does a great job of reminding me every year that every little bit counts when it comes to saving our environment. In an effort to stay environmentally friendly I use many “green” cleaning products as well as taking public transit & bringing my Nalgene with me everywhere. I also try my best to buy local fruits & vegetables whenever possible.

Cher :


I have been at Camp Kawartha for seven amazing years and this would be my eighth year, and the second as a camp counsellor! I am currently at Holy Cross Secondary School in Peterborough where I play on the varsity field hockey team. Outside of school, I swim competitively for the Trent Swim Club and hold my lifeguarding certification. In the fall of 2016, I will be attending the University of Guelph where I will be seeking a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a specialty in Biology. I hope to go on to be a Genetic Counsellor.
I love Camp Kawartha because of all of the supportive and friendly people there. As a camper, I have made friends that I will keep for a lifetime and I hope to make many more. I love the water-based activities at the camp like swimming, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing, as well as the land-based activities like archery, arts and crafts, land sports and tripping. I love meeting new people!

Camp Kawartha’s environmental values stress the importance of nature. As an environmental steward, I make certain I shut off the lights when not needed, use natural light where possible, limit the time I spend in showers, drink from a re-useable water bottle, eat with a litter-less lunch every day, car pool to swim practices, and recycle. I know that each of these small efforts will have a great impact on our planet!

Eggo :


I have been attending Camp Kawartha for 5 years now. This will be my second year on staff! I recently graduated from Malvern Colligate Institute and I am off to the University of Kings collage in September. I love everything about camp. It’s my home away from home! I especially love the atmosphere at camp. Everyone is extremely accepting and loving of everyone.

Camp has also taught me the importance of being greener; I try to be green in my life outside of camp by taking public transit, not printing too much paper and recycling as much as possible.

Flale :


Hi! This will be my 5th year at Camp Kawartha with many more to come. I currently attend Riverdale Collegiate Institute as an honour roll student! I love camp because it is such an amazing community where everyone can feel included. The fun never stops at camp and I cannot imagine a better place to spend my summer!

Camp really reminds me how important being environmentally conscious is, I try to be green by walking to school everyday, turning off the lights and reducing, reusing, recycling! I believe if we all do these little things it could really have an impact on our environment.

Roshi :


Greetings campers and parents! I am so excited for my 10th year at camp and my 3rd year on staff! Every year at camp I have had an incredible experience, which is why I keep coming back. I have just finished my first year at Wilfrid Laurier University studying a bit of politics, global studies, environmental studies; a wide variety of subjects. I have had an amazing time so far and am looking forward to another 3 years! I love Camp Kawartha because it has always been like a second home to me and holds a special place in my heart. Through my years at camp I have developed leadership skills, a love for the environment and many great life long friendships. This camp is such a joy to go to because you have the freedom to be yourself no matter what. It is such an amazing and energetic atmosphere to work in and I couldn’t imagine a summer without it.

I do my best to live a greener life by using a reusable water bottle, recycling, and composting. I always make sure I turn off the taps and lights whenever possible. Camp Kawartha has taught me that by educating yourself and others about our planet and all the amazing things it does for us, further encourages us to do our part in trying to live a greener life!

Sarasota :


Hey everyone! I’m super excited to be coming back to Camp Kawartha for my 6th summer, 2nd on staff! During the other ten months of they year, I attend Bowmanville High School where recently I’ve been taking lots of arts courses and playing on my school ultimate Frisbee team. My team’s headed to Nationals in the next month so I’ve been busy training for that! I’m in grade 12 and after graduation this year, I’ll be taking a year off to work and do some travelling. I love Camp Kawartha because everyone’s so kind and accepting and I can truly be myself when I’m at camp. The positive and enthusiastic atmosphere makes me so excited for this summer!

I’m always mindful about our environment by using re-usable water bottles, turning the water off, and car-pooling with my friends! Every little bit helps!

Kendrick :


Hello everyone! This is my sixth year at camp and I could not be more excited to be back! I have just graduated from St. Stephen Secondary School where I was a part of many school programs from hockey to LINK! Next year I will be attending Mount Allison University to study biochemistry and be a part of the Women's Hockey team. I am so happy I get the chance to be a part of the Camp Kawartha environment! The energy and enthusiasm that the staff and campers bring to every activity make everything that much more fun and exciting!

I try to live green through small day to day actions such as turning off the lights and using reusable water bottles. Recycling is one of my main priorities and I encourage everyone to do their part to live green!
Synatra :


Hey everyone!
This will be my 10th year at Camp Kawartha and my first year on staff. I am currently finishing up Grade 11 at Harbord Collegiate Institute in downtown Toronto and am loving it! In my free time, I play guitar and I run. I have also been making and posting videos on my Youtube channel. My family is big on travel and I'm constantly going places. I love Camp Kawartha so much. The thing that I love the most is the amazing friendships that are made and the great memories I know I will have for a lifetime. I’m so happy to have an opportunity to continue this and to have another amazing summer

Going to Camp Kawartha has definitely made me more aware of the environment. I stay green by composting and recycling and turning off the water when I'm not using it, and turning off all lights when they are not being used either! I walk, bike or take public transit every day.

Güenza :


Hello everyone, this summer I’ll be returning for my third year to Camp Kawartha, my first as a staff member! I live in Madrid, Spain and I am currently studying to access engineering next year at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. I’ve loved Camp since the first day I arrived and I could not be happier to come back this summer to live new adventures, go on trips and make the best out of this summer!

Throughout the year, I try to live greener by taking the subway anywhere I go to help reduce the high pollution levels in the city, as well as taking short showers and turning off the lights when I’m not using them.>

Ryder :


My name is Elena Marchand and this will be my fifth amazing summer at Camp Kawartha. I am currently in grade 11 at I.E. Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay, Ontario, where I take part in the school basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams, while juggling the international baccalaureate and French immersion programs. Camp is my favourite place in the world because it is a place where I can fully be myself while I am surrounded by other like-minded people who help make each summer a blast.

I act environmentally conscious year round by saving water as much as I can through things like shorter and colder showers. I also am helping my dad plant a vegetable garden in the spring to start growing our own produce to make a family effort in being greener.

Geller :


Hi there! I could not be more excited for this summer - it’s going to be my tenth year at Camp Kawartha, and my very first year on staff! I can’t wait to be a cabin counsellor, I’ve been dreaming of it ever since my very first summer at Kawartha! I’m just finishing up my grade 12 year of high school at Earl Haig, and when I’m not in school I’m often rehearsing for plays or going for hikes around Toronto! I love the arts, and ‘Drance’ (drama/dance) and Eco Skills are my absolute favourite things to do at camp! I can’t wait to be back at camp for yet another amazing summer!

In an attempt to stay green, I like to ride my bike everywhere that I can when it’s nice out, and take public transport when it isn’t! I’m also working on growing a small herb garden in my dining room so to cut down on waste from buying herbs!

Pria :


Hi!! My name's Roksana, and I'm super excited to finally be on staff this summer! This will be my 9th summer at Camp Kawartha, and my first year on staff. I love the supportive, fun environment of Camp Kawartha, and all the opportunities and activities it offers and there's no place I'd rather spend my summer. Right now I've been finishing up Grade 11 at UTS (University of Toronto Schools), and when I'm not doing schoolwork I've been exploring Toronto with friends and directing a play for younger students. I'm really looking forward to my first year on staff, and getting to know and spend time with all the campers!

I live greener by walking and biking wherever I can, and when it's too far for that, taking public transit. I also always use a reusable water bottle, and do small things like turn out lights and take short showers.

Male Counselors

Akro : PLC Specialist


PLC Specialist

This summer will be my 11th year at camp, and my third on staff. I have always loved camp for its endless opportunities with wonderful people. I am currently enrolled at McMaster University in Hamilton and am entering the economics program in second year. I played a variety of sports at my high school, including basketball, football, and rowing. I have always loved camp because of its accepting and inviting nature. I have also worked in the Outdoor education branch of Camp Kawartha and have loved every minute I can spend there. Camp Kawartha has also taught me a lot of skills, like sailing, and how to canoe. I enjoy being active as much as possible and camp is a wonderful place to be full of energy. I’m very excited to come back for a third year on staff!

Throughout the year, I have been staying green by walking to school every day, taking quick showers instead of longer ones, and always turning off lights that are not being used. It is easy to make a big difference with a bunch of small efforts!

Bata :


This summer is my 7th at camp, and 2nd on staff. I can’t stop coming back because the community is so great and offers a home away from home. I’m currently a grade 12 student at CCI in Cobourg, and I’m looking forward to attending Ryerson in the fall. When I’m not at camp I try to keep up on my schoolwork and stay involved in my school. I also spend a lot of time improvising and (hopefully) making people laugh at Second City in Toronto.

My family and I try our best to stay environmentally friendly, using appliances as little as possible and simply turning things off when they’re not in use. And when they are in use, we’ve started energy efficient options for nearly everything.

Barnacle :


Hey everyone! As of this summer I’ve been going to Camp Kawartha for 5 years. I’ve loved every minute of those 5 summers, and I’m super excited to be returning. A couple of the things that I really love about camp is the positivity and enthusiasm of everybody. It’s such a happy place for everybody to be and we’re all just trying to make the best of our time there. I’m currently in grade 12 at T.A. Blakelock High School in Oakville. Next year, I plan on pursuing a degree in International Development, but I haven’t chosen which University I’m going to. I’ve volunteered numerous places, including helping coach minor hockey, as well as working as a volunteer counsellor at CK during Session N. Over the last year, I spent two and a half months travelling South-East Asia, Australia and Fiji during the fall of 2015. During my travels I really found that I grew as a person and it really helped me gain a better understanding of what goes on in the world, not just the bubble that is North America. As for hobbies, I regularly play music with a band and try and spend a lot of my time outdoors, hiking, biking, running and so on. I’m looking to get into whitewater kayaking over the next year if I have the funds available to do so.
Peace + Love, and I can’t wait for this summer!


As well as all of this other stuff, I do my own bit to try and help the environment. I walk anywhere within reasonable distance, or carpool and take public transit anywhere else. I try and limit my carbon footprint by drinking from a reusable water bottle, as well as doing as much as I can to limit water and electricity usage. I think this is a pretty good summary of me, so I’ll leave it there!

Channing :


Hi there! This well be my seventh summer at Camp Kawartha, and my second year on staff. I’m very excited for my seventh summer at camp- it’s always my favourite time of the year. Outside of camp I recently finished my first year at McMaster life sciences, and intend to specialize in Music Cognition in the Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour department. I’ve also been very involved musically, playing in the chamber orchestra and in bands around Hamilton. I’m so happy to come back to Camp Kawartha, because it has always proven itself to be a cherished and growth-filled experience for every one of the 7 years I’ve attended. See you all soon!

: I've been lucky enough to have a series of environmentally friendly teachers who have taught and reminded me to walk as much as I can (I literally walk everywhere), turn off the lights when I exit rooms and take colder/shorter showers than I used to. My family also tries to purchase as much organic food from the market as we can!

Frito :


This is my sixth year here and my first as a counsellor. I am attending Neil McNeil High School in Toronto and will graduate next year. Currently I am a competitive swimmer for the Scarborough Swim Club. To me the best part of Camp Kawartha is the canoe trips that we go on. They allow you and all of your camp friends to become even closer and will leave you with memories that will last for years to come.

Caring for the environment is important to me and recently I have started eating some organic foods which helps reduce the amount of fertilizers running off into rivers.

Gator :


This summer will be my 2nd year at Camp Kawartha and my 2nd time on staff. Last summer I had a great experience getting to know my fellow staff members and adapting to the camp and I'm stoked to come back and relive that great summer once again! I'm currently finishing up my last year of high school and can't wait for September to begin college at Seneca! During my school year I've been doing CO-OP at a middle school being teacher's assistant and assistant coaching the grade 8 boys basketball team. So, if any losing teams in the court of dreams tournaments need some positive motivation to become a top caliber team I'm here.

Throughout the year I act environmentally friendly by walking anywhere I go, using reusable utensils for lunches, and turning off lights whenever I can. I believe the little things are what counts the most!

Marz :


Hey everyone,
My name is Cameron for 9 and a half months but the rest of the year I go by Marz. This is my 9th year at Camp Kawartha, and my second on staff. I love camp more than anything because it is such an energetic, enthusiastic and crazy fun place to be. There is always something fun to do at CK. I just finished my last year of high school, and next year I am moving down to LA to attend the university of Southern California. In the school year I play football, basketball and hockey, as well as work hard on my studies.

I look out for the environment by walking to school every day, and turning off all the lights in the house when my little sister leaves them on. I am so excited to make this summer the best one ever, can’t wait to see you all there!

Midge :


Hey everyone! This will be my tenth summer at Camp Kawartha and my second as a member of staff. I have just finished my first year at Wilfrid Laurier University studying business, as well as being involved in clubs working with mentally challenged individuals and to develop literacy skills amongst children. Now that I am finally back home, I simply cannot wait to come back to camp and meet all of our campers! Camp Kawartha has one of the most fun and open environments I have experienced, and I look forward to making this summer the best one yet!

While at school, in order to stay environmentally friendly I am sure to walk wherever I go and to use a reusable water bottle.

Picasso :


Hello! If you are reading this, you are just as excited about the summer as I am. My name is Picasso and this will be seventh summer at camp Kawartha and second on staff. I am so excited for the summer of 2016 because I know it will be AWESOME! The reason why I love Camp Kawartha is because of the inclusive environment and wonderful campers and staff members. Everyone feels welcome no matter who you are. This year I will be graduated from Toronto Prep School. I love to play sports such as soccer, Frisbee, and basketball. Also, I enjoy doing relaxing activities like arts and crafts.

Camp Kawartha has been such a huge influence on me, which is why I try to be as “green” as possible at and outside of camp. For example, instead of using plastic single-use water bottles, I use a reusable water bottle everyday. On top of that, I make an effort to waste as little food as possible. I hope that during your AMAZING time here a Camp Kawartha, you too will learn and practice a lifestyle that is “greener”. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Pilkey :


My name is Ben Heyden and I just completed my Grade 11 year at Adam Scott C.V.I in Peterborough. I have attended Camp Kawartha for an amazing 10+ years and I look forward to summer camp every year. Camp Kawartha is a second home to me and I enjoy my camp friends and getting back in touch with nature. This is my first year as a counsellor and I am excited to pass on my knowledge, skills and love of camp to younger campers. I have my National Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Lifesaving awards and I have been a volunteer swim coach for the Trent Swim Club.

I’ve been attempting to be greener by always turning off light switches, turning off the tap while brushing my teeth and only going on the computer once a day; although I do not own a kybo, I try my best to stay green.

Llama-Glauma :


I have been going to Camp Kawartha for 10 years, and this summer will be my first year on staff. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia and go to Rockridge Secondary School were I am currently involved in the school’s rugby team as well as its theatre production program. I am also involved in my city’s youth band, in which I play percussion as well as act as a tutor and clinician for up and coming artists. I love Camp Kawartha because it has taught me countless life lessons as well as being a place were you can let your worries rest and just enjoy yourself to the fullest.

In my family we are committed to being as ecologically responsible as possible to lower our waste and carbon footprint.

Day Camp

Fifi : Assistant Day Camp Director


Assistant Day Camp Director

Hello Everyone! My name is Fifi and I have had the pleasure of spending my last 12 summers at Camp Kawartha, the last two as a part of staff. I am more excited than ever to be returning to the Day Camp staff for another great summer. Camp has always been an amazing place for me to be and has taught me so much about myself. The bonds made between myself and the fellow counselors and campers are unmatched and I cannot get enough of Kawartha. I am currently in my first year at Queens University with many other staff members where I spend most of my days playing a variety of sports and studying hard for my classes. I am most excited to be back at camp this summer to spend unlimited time in the outdoors and away from technology where I hope to provide new campers with the same welcoming experiences I received as a younger camper. See you this summer!

 I try to act environmentally friendly by walking or biking wherever I go rather than driving. I do this because it is good for the environment and I also get to enjoy being outside and enjoying the fresh air and all the people around me.

Marquis :


Hi everybody! This summer marks my seventh wonderful year at camp and second on staff. I am currently finishing up my grade twelve year at Lakefield College School, where I have been busy as student-in-charge of the music program, and am involved in a few sports, such as field hockey, yoga, and nordic ski racing. I love travelling, this year I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos on an environmental volunteer trip. Next year I will be heading off to travel abroad across Europe as a scholar for my school on deferral from Queen’s University. I love Camp Kawartha because it is such a positive and supportive environment where I always learn and grow. I look forward to returning this summer!

I live greener by composting, recycling, riding my bike everywhere I can, and drinking from a reusable water bottle.

Mowgli :


This will be my 9th summer back at camp, and my first as a day camp counselor. I have just finished my first year in Western's MIT (Media Information Technoculture) Program and will be continuing my studies in the fall. I am extremely excited to be back on staff this year and be once again welcomed back to the place I call my second home. Camp Kawartha is an amazing place filled with wonderful opportunities, great people and unforgettable memories, and I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store! See you all soon!

I try to live green by walking to school every day and using a reusable water bottle. I only pack my lunch in reusable containers and limit my showers to under 5 minutes. Go green!

Sol :


My name is Liam Kaller, and I am a grade 11 student at Lakefield College School. I have attended multiple camps since the age of 4; however, Camp Kawartha has been my home away from home for the past 5 years. I spent 3 of these years in the leadership program. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the facility offers a wide variety of activities. During my time at Lakefield College School, I have achieved scholar with distinction on every high school report card thus far. I was also awarded the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I love music, and I play many instruments including the guitar. In addition to this, I participate in two bands and two choirs at my school, as well as a community choir. I enjoy camping, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, hockey, rock climbing, acting, and reading. I aspire to be a mechanical engineer when I am older.

. I believe living a greener life is very important in order to reduce the carbon footprint we have created. I contribute to this cause by recycling whenever possible, turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, and reducing my water usage by having quick showers and turning off the tap while brushing my teeth.

Rafiki :


Hi, my name is Rafiki and this will be my first full summer at Camp Kawartha! Over the last two summers I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with the wonderful day camp staff for about a week at a time but this year I'll be here all summer and I could not be more excited. I graduated last year from The University of Toronto where I majored in Criminology and over the past year I’ve been working at the university in enrollment services. In my spare time I like to get involved with various events across the city through volunteer work and I love attempting new arts & crafts projects as often as I can. I’m looking forward to a change of scenery and pace for the summer and I can’t wait to spend it with such an enthusiastic group!

I live greener by walking to work everyday, using reusable containers and water bottles and trying to cook more vegetarian meals. Environmental education is so important and I’ve made sure to take a variety of environment courses at UofT and encouraged my friends to do the same!


Cathy Romano, RN (aka “Fleet”) : Health Care Coordinator

Cathy Romano, RN (aka “Fleet”)

Health Care Coordinator

Parents who send their children to camp are allowing the “village” to be involved with the raising of their child. We take that responsibility very seriously at Camp Kawartha.

As the Camp Kawartha Health Care Coordinator and parent of 4 adult children, I know the importance of having staff prepared for the unexpected. I have been involved at CK for 19 years and have seen our procedures and policies evolve to ensure all of our staff are prepared to care for your children.

I was the camp nurse for a few years and then developed the role of Health Care Coordinator. I spent 10 years on the Camp Kawartha Board of Directors, both as a member and then the President. To say my heart is at Camp Kawartha, is an understatement.

I ensure all staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. Our tripping staff have Wilderness First Aid. We have an AED on site. Staff are trained on anaphylaxis, tick removal and recognizing issues that need further investigation.

We offer a quality Health Care Program at Camp Kawartha and I am thrilled to be working with fantastic Registered Nurses and a Registered Practical Nurse most returning for the 5th, 6th and even 13th year. We also have a nurses assistant (presently at university doing her RN training) that stays throughout the summer. Our camp physician is off site and will see our campers if the nurse deems it necessary. Both the Lakefield Clinic and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre are utilized if our physician is not available.

My work outside of camp is working as a staff RN in the Emergency Department at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and also with Health Canada in First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. I also run my own company, LOL First Aid and CPR. I teach CPR, First Aid and Pediatric Advanced Life Saving skills. I am confident that everyone that sets foot on Camp Kawartha property is in good hands.

Thank for choosing Camp Kawartha. You can be assured that your children are in good hands.

Living green is not hard. The first R is Reduce and I do that by avoiding impulse shopping and only purchase those things that are necessary. I also love hanging my laundry outside.

Nicole Turney, RN (aka “Major Houlihan”) : Week 1 (Session A)

Nicole Turney, RN (aka “Major Houlihan”)

Week 1 (Session A)

My name is Nikki, and this will be my 8th year at Camp Kawartha. I have been a nurse for over 20 years and have changed my title many times. I currently work in the Cath Lab as a RN. I worked in the ER for many years prior to my new job; giving me the background to assess and implement a plan of care for any camper or staff that may need my assistance. Most importantly though my job is to provide preventive health care and safety tips for all the campers and staff at Camp Kawartha to ensure that everyone stays healthy throughout the summer leaving all their time to have fun in the sun!!!

Anne Struthers, RN (aka “Nelope”) : Week 2 (Session B)

Anne Struthers, RN (aka “Nelope”)

Week 2 (Session B)

Hi Campers! My name is Anne Struthers and I am a Registered Nurse and I work in the ER department at the Owen Sound Hospital and I am excited to be returning to Camp Kawartha for my 8th summer! I love my camp experience and look forward to returning each year! Camp is a great opportunity to get out of a building and into the field with great staff and awesome campers! I love the great outdoors and I continue on my long hike of the Bruce Trail. There are many other outdoor activities that I love to do swimming, canoeing, biking etc but my primary purpose while I am at camp is to ensure the safety and well being of the campers and staff! I always say "Safety First!"

My green initiatives are hanging out laundry, recycling and trying to avoid using hydro at peak times.

Pat Elder, RPN (aka “Scholls”) : Week 3 (Session B)

Pat Elder, RPN (aka “Scholls”)

Week 3 (Session B)

Amie Elliott, RN (aka “Tetonic”) : Week 4 (Session C)

Amie Elliott, RN (aka “Tetonic”)

Week 4 (Session C)

This will be my sixth summer at Camp Kawartha as a nurse, and I can't recall how many years I spent here as a camper. I am a Registered Nurse and hold my ENCC specialty certificate in Emergency Nursing. My time is split between working in the emergency department of the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, and my other career working as a veterinarian. I spend most of the year looking forward to returning to Camp Kawartha, just as much as I did when I was a camper.

I am a firm believer in the One Health concept. Our health is intricately tied to that of our environment. As such, I do my best to be mindful of my impact on the environment. Turning off lights and electronics when they are not in use, as well as recycling and reusing are ways I try to minimize my impact.

Lil Hirdes, RN (aka “Coach”) : Week 5 & 6 (Session D)

Lil Hirdes, RN (aka “Coach”)

Week 5 & 6 (Session D)

Hi! I’m Lil “Coach” Hirdes and I will be the Nurse for Session D this summer. This is my 13th year at Camp Kawartha and I am so excited I’m counting down the weeks! I enjoy the two week sessions at camp so much because I really get to know the campers and I’ve been around so long, I’ve watched at least half the counselors grow up there too! (although at camp there are no hard rules about growing up….we all get to be kids while we’re there).

I am so proud to be part of Camp Kawartha I wanted to be involved all year round, so this year I have joined the Board of Directors and I get to learn about all sorts of new aspects of Camp and how we can all be Stewards for the environment every day of the year. My picture shows me next to a planter at work, which we did as part of a contest, and our planter is designed as Pooh’s honey pot and will hopefully attract pollinators to it. It gives me a chance to share our environmental message at work too!

I use rain barrels at home to water my gardens, I shop at the local farmer’s market for local and organic products and I turn out the lights when I don’t really need them, or when I leave the room.

Eileen Ryan, RN : Week 7 (Session E/E1)

Eileen Ryan, RN

Week 7 (Session E/E1)

To live green, I recycle, do my laundry at "off peak" hours, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and use LED bulbs and energy efficient appliances.

Theresa Morris, RN : Week 8 (Session E/E2)

Theresa Morris, RN

Week 8 (Session E/E2)

My "Green Efforts" are that I make bread, cookies and yogurt at home to avoid all the packaging these foods come and all the additives they gather in their commercial preparation!

Besha Dervishi, RN : Week 9 (Session N)

Besha Dervishi, RN

Week 9 (Session N)

Interia : Nursing Assistant


Nursing Assistant

Hello! My name is Elaine and I will be the nursing assistant this summer. I’m currently a Trent University student heading into my 3rd year of B. Sc. of Nursing. I’ve recently spend 3 weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico learning about and from the indigenous communities around the city and improving my Spanish. I like to pick up new languages since it lets me talk to a lot more people. Aside from that, in my free time I love to paint, bike around town and garden.

I have always loved going to summer camp and I love all the fun and excitement everyone brings to camp. I try to get outdoors when I can regardless of the weather and can’t wait to head out to Camp Kawartha this summer!


Tina Barnes : Food Services Manager

Tina Barnes

Food Services Manager

This is my fourth year at Camp Kawartha and my second as Kitchen Manager! I love being at camp around all the youthful energy and surrounded by nature. I am passionate about cooking and feeding people simple, healthy, tasty, unprocessed food made from local ingredients. This year I'm super excited about our Thank a Farmer Program, using local, organic produce from our garden and local farms.

My family and I have made a conscious effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. I love making my own home made household cleaners (vinegar with orange peel!) and beauty products (coconut oil!), we turn off the lights and appliances as we go and I pick up garbage in the local parks while I walk my dog.

Alan Tighe :

Alan Tighe

I joined the kitchen at Camp Kawartha in 2013  and this will be my second year. I look forward to each summer and the buzz and energy in the dining hall that comes with it. I am proud to work alongside a great team of energized and thoughtful people of various ages and backgrounds who work tirelessly to ensure that our campers feel welcome. We strive each day to maintain a connection to a sustainable practice of choosing healthy ingredients in our meals at camp whether that is working with local farms and farmers to get the best possible fresh foods delivered to our kitchen, or taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape here at camp with our greenhouses and gardens that grow much of our own produce and fresh herbs used in our kitchen daily. I am especially proud of our efforts to reduce food waste with our various composting programs that aid in our efforts to grow fresh, organic food for our campers and staff.

Margaret Bonigut :

Margaret Bonigut

Consuelo Charles :

Consuelo Charles

Jen Ducker :

Jen Ducker

Fiasco :


Hi there! I’m Fiasco, and this will be my sixth year at Camp Kawartha. I’m super excited to be back this year! The atmosphere and community at Camp is fantastic, and after a year away I am ready to be back. I’m currently attending OCAD U (formerly known as the Ontario College of Art) pursuing a degree in material design, which for me means fashion design. This past winter break I went hiking in the Adirondack mountains in New York State, which was a fantastic experience. We finally had snow on our last day there, but not quite enough to break out the snowshoes. This year I’ve been rock climbing a lot at a couple of gyms across the GTA, which has been amazing and a really great break from school work every once in a while. I look forward to bringing the energy from downtown Toronto in to Camp this year!

To live greener I’ve been doing a lot of the basics this year, such as turning lights out when I leave the room, taking short showers, walking and using public transit. I compost when I can, and when I’m home I have a garden where I grow the veggies I use in the summer and through some of the winter months as well. When buying food I do my best to buy local when budget allows, and when I buy clothes I either buy second hand or from a company that donates money to eco stewardship programs and/or has positive environmental practices. In my art/design practice I try to use recycled materials whenever possible, and try to use everything that I buy when I do purchase materials.

McCoy :


Hey everyone! I’ve been going to camp for twelve years now and I have loved every step along the way! I began as a camper who was afraid of the dark and the thought of overnight camp was frightening to me. Camp’s friendly and inclusive nature as well as many activities has kept me coming back for the years to come! I am currently enrolled at Crestwood Secondary School, in grade twelve, heading off to either of the rivaled schools uOttawa or Carleton for mechanical engineering! I am currently doing a variety of sports and activities from volleyball to ultimate Frisbee. Camp allows me to get away from my busy life, and enjoy nature, as well as enjoy the people who all bring different experiences to camp!

I am always trying to become more eco-friendly everyday since I have begun coming to camp! I always eat my lunches in glass containers, clean up litter wherever I see it, and walk whenever I can!

Draxx :


Hi! This is the 6th summer I will be spending at camp and my first on staff. I am very much looking forward to getting started this June; I will be working in the kitchen as a dish-washer! Camp is one of my favourite places in the world and being on staff is a real dream come true of mine. This year I’ve been incredibly busy studying engineering at McMaster University so camp will be a really nice change of pace/lifestyle for me. Looking forward to doing all of my favourite camp things, meet all the new people, and of course washing some serious dish yo!

Reducing my impact on the environment is something I’ve come to be very passionate about because of camp. Some of the things I do in my day-to-day life to try and reduce my impact are: using a reusable water bottle, biking as my primary (and pretty much only) source of transportation, taking cold-short showers, and reducing my consumption of products (ie food, clothing etc.) that are made in, or shipped in from, counties outside of North America.

Year-round Office Staff

Karen Copson : Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

Karen Copson

Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

Karen has over 30 years experience in office administration, customer service and bookkeeping. She is a graduate of Fleming College with a diploma in Business Administration - Information Systems, and has certificates in Bookkeeping and Web Site Design. Karen has a wealth of computer knowledge and skills including computer programming, networking, software training and consulting, database management, and web site design (hence the camp name "Gates"). She has instructed part-time evening courses at Fleming college in basic HTML/CSS and Dreamweaver.  Karen is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Recipient of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and completed her gold level expedition by hiking the Pennine Hills of Scotland in her younger years. Karen has been with Camp Kawartha since 2002, and has drawn on her skills and experiences to help streamline administrative processes, work with team members to brainstorm new ideas, and maintain Camp Kawartha's website.
email LinkedIN

Shawna Foxton : Registrar, Outdoor Education Centre (Schools & Groups)

Shawna Foxton

Registrar, Outdoor Education Centre (Schools & Groups)

Shawna cannot remember a time when she did not want a career working with animals. After obtaining her BSc in Physical Anthropology from U of T, she pursued primate research in Hong Kong and Central America and worked as a zoo keeper looking after elephants and pygmy hippos at the Toronto Zoo (hence the nickname “Pygmy” ) as well as the African Lion Safari where she honed her skills chasing naughty baboons off tour buses. Life changed to studying primates of a different sort when she landed a job in the newsroom of Citytv in Toronto where she held roles such as researcher, news writer, web manager, administrative supervisor and unit production manager for 16 years. Craving a little bit less adrenaline, she moved to her cabin in the woods a few years ago and serendipitously found a position in the office at Camp Kawartha where she enjoys encouraging schools and other groups to make a booking at this magical and meaningful facility.
email LinkedIN

Paige Mahoney-Nagle : Registrar, Summer Camp and Environment Centre

Paige Mahoney-Nagle

Registrar, Summer Camp and Environment Centre

Paige is so happy to be back at Camp Kawartha! After 9 years as a camper and 2 years as Summer Camp Staff (Burnsy) working with everything from Day Camp to Leadership, she is a fantastic resource for all things Summer Camp. She has extensive experience in administration, customer service and child care. Working in aquatics, pharmacy, as a nanny and several administrative roles she has lots of experience organizing chaos and is happy to do so. It is an absolute pleasure to speak with campers and parents about sending kids to camp as she is so passionate that it is such a great learning experience and really makes a difference in creating confident, independent and caring young people. She is also very excited to facilitate bookings for one of Canada's most sustainable buildings, the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough. Paige is happy to spend her spare time with a good book, knitting needles and wool or in any body of water swimming the day away.

Diesel : Administrative Assistant


Administrative Assistant

Hello parents and campers! And congratulations on making it to the bottom of staff profile list. Although i am not on summer camp staff this year I just couldn't make myself leave. Instead of swimming and playing games all day i am now in the office, but fortunately i will still be living on camp and taking part in activities after 5! I am looking forward to another memorable although slightly different summer.
I have just finished my second year at Queen's University in Engineering and i'm loving it. Although not quite enough to commit to an engineering job yet i guess, camp is still on top!

To help the environment I reduce my impact. I do this primarily by using my bike or walking for transportation.

Visit our Summer Employment Opportunities page for summer job postings.