Ethan Rigby – Jr. Tripper
Ethan hails from Arva, Ontario where he is finishing Grade 12 at Medway High School. As a Peer Leader and Student Executive of the Best Buddies Program, Ethan is very committed to inclusiveness. He drums in the school band and participating on the track, wrestling and football teams. Ethan is also actively involved with Scouts Canada and has been a Beaver leader for fours years for which he received an Ontario Youth Service Award. He loves the outdoors, especially canoeing. Before coming to Arowhon as an LIT last year, Ethan completed a 4 week trip through Wabikimi Provincial Park. He has teaching certificates in swimming, PADI, and snowboarding, plus he also volunteer with Track 3 and the London YMCA Swim-Able programs. In addition, Ethan is a hardworking student, who has just been named a Loran Scholarship finalist and hopes to attend Waterloo in the fall for Software Engineering. His favourite trip to date has been to the Outback in Australia! Ethan is looking forward to a summer of out-tripping with all the Arowhon campers!
Lauren is from Scotland and is currently having a year abroad before starting university in September at the Royal Veterinary College, where she will study veterinary medicine. This will her 2nd year as a tripper at Arowhon and she can’t wait to return to the beautiful Algonquin Park. She learned so much from the wonderful campers and staff last summer, and is excited to learn more. Lauren has just returned from spending 3 months in Zambia, where she volunteered with the VSO on a programme involving peer education on sexual and reproductive health within communities, schools and prisons. Previously, she has also volunteered with children living with disabilities, both in high school and at a centre for respite care. She is a keen rugby player and enjoy playing with her local ladies team.
Laura is from Hockessin, Delaware but currently goes to school in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh. She just finished her 2nd year there, and is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies. Apart from being in her schools outdoor club, Laura enjoys playing tennis, volunteering for Prevent Child Abuse America and the Girl Scouts of America, and exploring the city with her friends. She gained her love for the outdoors after a six week canoe trip in Ontario in high school, and hasn’t been able to stop ever since! Laura was a counsellor last year at Arowhon and is so excited to be spending her 2nd year at camp as a tripper. She can’t wait for another amazing summer and to make more memories with old and new campers!
Victoria, more commonly known as Radley in the camp community, is originally from Ottawa, and currently studying Outdoor Recreation and Geography at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. This will be her 1st summer at Camp Arowhon and she is very excited to be a canoe tripper. Recently, Victoria was recognized for my leadership, participation and enthusiasm by faculty and students and received the Tom Stevens Award for Leadership Excellence from the Lakehead University. She has been working at summer camps for the past 4 years specializing in aquatics, canoeing and music, and most recently was the Head of Swimming as well as the Waterfront Director at another camp. She has also worked as a ski instructor for several years teaching both beginner and advanced lessons. This spring, she is traveling to Iceland, Denmark and the Faeroe Islands with Lakehead University’s Geography department to conduct research on glacial features, volcanic landscapes and tourism. Victoria is really looking forward to getting to know all staff and campers at Arowhon.
Nathan is from the county of Yorkshire in England, one of his favourite parts of the world! He attends the University of Bristol and is in his 2nd year studying Neuroscience. This will be his 1st summer at Arowhon, and he is extremely excited for his 1st experience in Algonquin Park. He has previously volunteered with the St John Ambulance for 3 years, which provide first aid to the public. Outside of university work Nathan is an avid martial arts fan and is hoping to compete in this area in the future. He also plays the guitar, has a keen interest in world politics and has played rugby for for 10 years. He has won the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award through planning and carrying out a number of hiking expeditions, as well as his volunteer work. He hopes to pursue a research career into treatment for psychiatric disorders. It has been a dream of his since childhood to live and work in Canada as he is fascinated by the landscape and wildlife it has to offer!
Sarah lives on a farm in the woods of the City of Kawartha Lakes. She is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Gender Studies. This is her 1st summer at Arowhon, but not tripping – Sarah grew up canoeing and hiking with her family throughout Canada. Sarah has considerable environmental education experience: as campaign manager for conservation groups and provincial park naturalist, she has found her passion in teaching about nature, and facilitating others’ engagement with the outdoors. As a delegate and resource counsellor with Ontario Youth Parliament, a research assistant supervising a youth moth research trip to Monteverde, Costa Rica, or as volunteer and event manager with Ecology Ottawa, a local environmental organization, Sarah has modelled and supported youth empowerment. Sarah is patient, experienced, and excited to share her knowledge and love for the outdoors with this summer’s campers.
Sarah is from the metro Detroit area, and studies Environmental Sustainability at Michigan State University. After spending 11 summers as a camper at a different camp, and one year as a Tripper, this will be Sarah’s 1st year at Arowhon! Before coming to Canada this summer, Sarah will be traveling throughout Israel, Switzerland and Germany visiting friends and exploring. Sarah enjoys hiking, canoeing, painting and going to concerts. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and exploring the Canadian wilderness!
Mireia Isern – Jr. Tripper
Mireia is a student at the German School in Madrid, Spain. She is super excited for her 4th summer at Arowhon, and her 1st on staff! She has always been passionate about trip, having participated in Arowhon’s first 10 day whitewater trip as a camper. Mireia speaks 5 languages fluently, and is looking forward to spending this upcoming year travelling the world and doing volunteer work after graduation, before studying veterinary medicine. In her free time, Mireia rides, takes care of her horse Novak, and participates in regional competitions. She enjoys music, and will take part in a choir exchange with a school in Germany this year. She volunteers at her school’s peer mediation program helping kids aged 6-12, and she can’t wait to further explore Algonquin Park, perfect her marshmallow-roasting skills and build strong bonds with the campers!
Noah Brown – Jr. Tripper
Noah lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is entering into his senior year at Golda Och Academy. This will be his 8th year at Camp Arowhon, and his 1st summer on staff. Noah has participated in white water canoe trips, 10 and 14 day canoe trips, as well as achieving his first class award in tripping. Outside of camp, he tutors special needs children within his community, and is the current Senate President of The New Jersey Model Congress. Noah is the founder of his school’s debate team and is an active member of the National Honors Society. He spends his free time playing volleyball, listening to hip-hop, and creating crosswords. Noah is hardworking, energetic, and has a passion for the outdoors and is so thrilled to explore the treasures of Algonquin Park as a canoe tripper.
Simon comes from the New Forest National Park area on the south coast of England and this summer will be his 1st at Camp Arowhon, where he’ll be working as a canoe tripper. He is in his first year of studying Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where he is also involved with the University expedition society, providing the opportunities to go scrambling and walking in the mountains on the weekends. Simon has been canoeing and kayaking from a very early age and is keen to share this passion with campers this summer. Simon completed his Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, was Head Boy at his high school, and is looking forward to a full summer of making new friends and working with like-minded colleagues, leading groups and learning about life in the Canadian outdoors!
Jaeden is from Toronto, and is attending the University of Waterloo where he is undertaking a double degree in Geography and Environmental Management and Political Science. This summer will be Jaeden’s 1st summer at Arowhon, but he most recently worked as a Canoe Trip Leader for Camp Outlook in Kingston. During the rest of the year, Jaeden manages his school’s Faculty of Environment Coffee Shop, sketches, paints and plays basketball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. A couple projects, both long term, that Jaeden is currently working are co-writing a musical titled ‘Red Canoe,’ (which is about camping!) and looking into setting up a camp for underprivileged youth in the Seattle Area, which he would love to talk about with anyone and everyone!
Devon is from Barrie, Ontario and attends school at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC. She is studying a Bachelor of Arts focusing in Psychology and hoping to continue to masters in Social Work. This will be her 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, and she is super excited! This past summer Devon worked abroad in Switzerland with the Geneva Girl Guides at an overnight camp, as a counsellor for Jr. Girls. Devon has been an active member of the Barrie Elites Volleyball Club for many years, as well as a member of the Varsity Outdoors Club in Kelowna. Devon loves to go on hiking, rock climbing and canoeing adventures. Devon is an outdoor enthusiast and hopes to share her love with many campers this summer. Devon is extremely outgoing and wants to make every camper feel welcome and at home!
Sally is from a small town near St. Jacobs, Ontario, and is excited for her 1st summer at Arowhon! She is in her second year of studying Economics and Philosophy at University of Guelph, where she is an executive for the Parks Education and Adventure Club, which facilities trips to Canada’s National Parks. Sally has previously worked as a counsellor and most recently as an LIT Trainer for YMCA camps across Ontario, and is looking forward to her 13th summer in camping. When not at camp, she stays busy volunteering for a youth leadership charity, sailing, and serving at a restaurant. Sally is super excited to be spending this summer outside and paddling around Algonquin.
Mairead is from Montreal, Quebec and she is currently completing her CÉGEP diploma in Environmental Science at Dawson College. In the winter she enjoys hiking and skiing. She volunteers for her school’s sustainable gardening initiative and participated this year in Dawson’s Model U.N. Mairead loves working with kids, especially at the local community aquatic centre where she teaches swimming lessons, lifeguards and works with children with special needs. This will be her 1st summer at Camp Arowhon, after spending last summer completing her Wilderness Leadership Program certification. Mairead is looking forward to sharing her whitewater skills with Arowhon camper this summer; Over the past two summers she has loved her trips on big rivers known for their huge rapids, such as the Moisie and the Broadback.
One of Arowhon’s longest-serving trippers, Jackie hold 4(!) university degrees and has traveled all over the world pursuing his spiritual and educational growth. He has been training in a variety of martial arts for over 20 years, has studied with the legendary Shaolin Warrior monks, and holds the title of “Sensei” at a 3rd degree black belt level in the art of Shotokan karate-do. He has studied yoga, meditation, reflexology and Ayurvedic Marma massage therapy in India and Nepal and is a certified laughter yoga instructor. Jackie was caught in the chaos of the April 26th earthquake in Nepal after which he assisted families and friends in remote regions of the Himalayas before being be evacuated by the Indian Airforce. Jackie has been involved with social justice initiatives for many years and is the founder of Zen’s Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth where he runs camp programs for disadvantaged youth in Jamaica. His mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people by promoting the growth through leadership development and social justice initiatives. Jackie continues to take volunteers to Jamaica and Nepal to better the lives of those in need. Jackie has been accepted into graduate school where he will continue the development of his organization.
Conor is from a small town outside of Guelph and this is his 1st summer at Camp Arowhon. Conor attends Lakehead University and is majoring in outdoor recreation and geography. Although he is new to us this year, he comes with 4 years of camp work experience from YMCA camps across Ontario. Conor is an avid fan of the outdoors with years of canoe trips under his belt. Conor was the sports director at a previous camp so you know he is a ton of fun and enthusiastic in the camp environment as well as an excellent leader and role model to campers of all ages. Outside of camp and school Conor can often be found fishing or hunting and playing frisbee for Lakehead’s national team. Conor is a junior B level ice hockey goalie, competing during the school year.
Andrew (known as “Stu”)is from Mississauga and this summer will be his 2nd as a Tripper at Camp Arowhon. He is studying Commerce at the University of Toronto, and in his spare time he likes to play soccer and ultimate Frisbee. Andrew has been tripping since the age of 10 and has done trips from on the French River, Lake Superior and even Nunavut! Andrew is looking forward to another great year at Arowhon.
Jenn is from Winnipeg and attends the University of Winnipeg where she is studying theatre. This summer will be Jenn’s 2nd year at Camp Arowhon! Jenn had gone to a wilderness summer camp since the age of 7 and through those experiences fell in love with the outdoors. She continued to work in camps for 3 years beginning in 2012 in various positions ranging from a camp counsellor to a tripping instructor, which involved teaching children trip skills to prepare them for their canoe trips. In addition to Jenn’s outdoor interests, she loves to dance, sing and practice hot yoga. Jenn is looking forward to a summer of wonderful opportunities at Camp Arowhon; being surrounded by the beautiful environment and making positive connections with campers and fellow staff members.
Hagan is from the Portsmouth area of England and is returning to Arowhon as a tripper for a 2nd year. Last summer was a life-changing experience for him and he can’t wait to be back at camp, sharing his passion for the outdoors with campers.Hagan spent the winter running a dog sledding kennel in Ontario. His background is in homelessness work where he spent 8 years working with homeless and at risk teenagers and adults, which has given him well-developed interpersonal skills. Hagan also harbours a life-long love of nature and the outdoors. Hagan enjoys playing guitar and singing, martial arts, reading and keeping up with global current affairs. Hagan’s plans for the future involve outdoor education and music and he intends to apply for residency in Canada, he loves it so much out here he wants to be an honorary Canadian!
Quinlan is from Mississauga, Ontario but spends his year at Lakehead University where he studies outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism. Quinlan is excited to return for his 2nd summer as and Arowhon Tripper. Before joining the Arowhon team, Quinlan worked with children at swimming and hockey camps and went to camp himself just north of Manitoulin Island. Quinlan loves the outdoors so much that he hopes to own an outdoor-centered company in the future. In his spare time Quinlan loves to slackline, climb, play hockey, or anything that gets him moving. Quinlan is looking forward to another summer of outdoor fun, adventure, and the great feeling of pride at the end of every portage!
Carlton (Titoe) Parr – Trip Food Services
Known as “Titoe” at camp, Carlton is from Leicestershire, England. Titoe has a degree in modern music (drums), which he earned at Brighton BIMM College Sussex University in Southern England last year. Since then he has taken a year off to work on his other passion… the great outdoors! Titoe spent 5 months on an outdoor program where he gained qualifications for teaching canoeing, kayaking, climbing and mountain leading. Tito has also worked as a climbing instructor, a high ropes instructor and a ‘camp-out’ specialist at Timberlake Camp in New York in 2012 and 2013. Titoe works for a large primary school in Leicestershire where he supports the music department by developing music routines by teaching kids to perform “stomp routines” (drumming with pots and pans whilst moving and dancing). Titoe is looking forward to being a Tripper in the fantastic country that founded paddling sports.
Emily Grainger – Head Tripper
Emily is just wrapping up 4 years at McMaster University where she completed a bachelor of science degree in biology with a psychology minor. She was a tripping coordinator on the McMaster Outdoor Club Executive and enjoys leading wilderness trips in her spare time. Emily is always up for exploring and had a fantastic time rappelling and zip lining in Costa Rica, and snowboarding in British Columbia during her breaks from school this year. Emily is originally from Kingston, Ontario where she started canoe tripping over 8 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She is so excited to come back for her 3rd summer at Arowhon and utilize her canoeing, kayaking, and hiking experience in her new job as Head Tripper. Emily is looking forward to sending everyone off on exciting adventures this summer!
Josh Loeb – Trip Shed Manager
Josh “Wilderness” Loeb is among most the loyal staff Arowhon has ever known and is coming back to camp for summer number 17! Josh takes deep personal pride in every aspect of camp and is unafraid to tackle any task. Josh is at camp every year from ice-out to freeze-up; he also has many seasons of spring and fall Camp Arowhon Outdoor Centre under his belt, where he is Assistant Director. Over his past 9 years on staff Josh has introduced several generations of campers to the wonders of the wilderness. As the spearhead of our LIT Solo Program, Josh creates 24-hour wilderness solos that introduce 16-year-olds to their inner selves. This year, he will be redefining the trip skills program as ‘Wilderness Survival Skills,’ teaching campers everything from the basics of camping to how to survive in the wild with nothing but your wits. He comes to us from Michigan where he holds a degree in zoology from Michigan State University, but we know his passion and talent are best suited to making Arowhon’s tripping program run smoothly and will be returning home to Tepee Lake as Trip Shed Manager and Wilderness Survival Skills Instructor.
Though native to Toronto, Rob makes his home in Vancouver where he studies engineering at the University of British Columbia. This summer Rob will be returning for what he believes is his 12th summer at Arowhon though at this point he has just about lost count. Being an avid outdoorsman Rob enjoys hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, camping, and generally taking advantage of all the activities the Canadian Rockies have to offer. In future Rob hopes to be admitted to UBC’s engineering physics program and help out at TRIUMF, UBC’s particle collider. Rob is super stoked to return to his favourite place on earth and make the the Arowhon high ropes course as lively and exciting as possible.