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 is from Mississauga and this summer will be his 1st as a Tripper at Camp Arowhon. For the past few summers Andrew has canoed the Hood River, the Magnetawan River, the Chapleau Game Preserve and the French River. Andrew spends his winters as an alpine coach, playing soccer and ultimate frisbee throughout the rest of the year. Andrew was his school’s head boy and a volunteer at Lawyers Feed the Hungry. Andrew is eager to start tripping this summer and paddle Arowhon’s yellow canoes all over.
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.