Austin is spending his 1st summer at Camp Arowhon this year! He is from Vancouver, British Columbia, and is currently studying at the University of British Columbia as an Environmental Science major. Past jobs he has held include resource conservation work for Parks Canada and tree planting in northern BC and Alberta! Austin has spent a lot of time outdoors both for fun and for work, from camping to rock climbing. He also plays recreational rugby back home in Vancouver. He used to study Taekwondo and helped teach classes to younger students. Austin is a patient and caring teacher and is looking forward to guiding trips and teaching wilderness skills this summer!
Isobelle is British by nationality, but grew up in Africa. She went to Sedbergh School, in Cumbria, finishing her final year last July. In September she is going to the University of Edinburgh to study Physics. Isobelle has volunteered in Indonesia and Thailand teaching English to young kids and has also volunteered at an orphanage school near her home in Tanzania. Isobelle competed in cross country and has completed the London Marathon. She was a member of the Conservation Club at her school for 2 years and has always dreamed of coming to Canada. Isobelle is so excited to be a canoe tripper this summer and explore the Algonquin wilderness!
Lucas Redeker – White Water
Lucas is from London, England and graduated from Bournemouth with a degree in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. This will be Lucas’s 1st summer at Arowhon and he is super excited to paddle whitewater with campers. Lucas has international outdoor work experience diving in Egypt, Turkey and Cornwall, working as an outdoor instructor in Thailand and working as a field biologist studying scorpions in Laikipia, Kenya. Lucas has paddled whitewater kayaks on the Legacy course in the Olympic whitewater centre, London, and canoed whitewater on the River Severn in Wales.
Max Dolman – Jr. Tripper
Max is from Toronto and attends high school at Crestwood Preparatory Collage. Max has been going to Camp Arowhon for 9 years now, and this coming summer will his 1st year on staff as a Junior Tripper. Max was an LIT at Camp Arowhon last summer, but also worked at Camp Arrowhead on Lake Simcoe as a Swim Instructor. Max is very active in team sports having played on his schools Soccer team, Swimming team, and Rugby team. Max also plays rep hockey for the Leaside Flames where he is the Assistant Capitan. Max is a member of the Art Club and Athletic Council at his school. Max has always enjoyed the tripping at Camp Arowhon having participated in many of the white water long trips. Max is thrilled to be able to share his passion for tripping with all the campers at Camp Arowhon.
Sasha Koch – Jr. Tripper
Sasha is from Toronto where he attends North Toronto Collegiate. This will be his 9th summer at Camp Arowhon, and his 1st year on staff. Sasha’s passions include all forms of fishing (open water and ice fishing), windsurfing, canoe tripping and hockey. Sasha is an executive of his school’s Environmental Club. Outside of school, Sasha teaches young kids to skate, and works for the North Toronto Hockey Association. Sasha’s favourite hockey player is Jake Gardiner – ‘nuf said!
Maddy Toker – Jr. Tripper
Maddy is returning for her 10th summer at Camp Arowhon after completing the LIT program last
summer. She is from Toronto and attends Northern Secondary School. Maddy absolutely adores
canoe tripping and is extremely excited to return as a Junior Tripper! She can’t wait to meet and
bond with campers from all the different sections in camp! Outside of camp, Maddy has taught
swimming to children, organized youth activities at Holy Blossom Temple, and participated in the
annual Northern United Way Fashion Show as a dancer and the Junior Producer. She was also
a student volunteer at Baycrest Hospital and a part of Northern’s peer support Buddy Program.
Maddy is thrilled that she is able to return to her home away from home on Teepee Lake in just
a few short months!
Noah Hitzig – Jr. Tripper
Noah is from Toronto, Ontario and attends high school at Harbord Collegiate Institute. This will be Noah’s 9th year at Camp Arowhon, and his 1st year as a junior tripper, after completing the LIT program last year. When Noah was a camper he enjoyed kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing, as well as completing a 10-day white water trip and Brent and Back. Outside of camp Noah coaches ski racing at Mansfield Ski Club. In his spare time, Noah kayaks and plays hockey. Noah is very excited to spend another summer at his favourite place in the world.
Jared is from Dundas Ontario, and is going into his 2nd year of a Zoology Degree at the University of British Colombia, Okanagan Campus. This will be Jared’s 1st year at Camp Arowhon, though he has worked at another camp in Ontario as an Outtripper Counselor and as a Swim and Lifesaving Instructor. He has been going on canoe trips at Summer Camps for years and is very excited to be working as a Canoe Tripper at Arowhon this Summer. He has also volunteered working with children as an assistant swim instructor. Jared plays many sports such as hockey, ultimate frisbee, and fencing. Jared hopes to pursue a career in Canoe Tripping and other Outdoor activities.
Shannon lives in Hamilton, where she is attending her final year at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary. She will attend university next year to pursue a degree (or several) in biochemistry. Shannon is a member of a local dragon boat team and races with them in the spring and fall. She volunteers as an instructor with a youth violin orchestra, and has been a member of her school’s math club for several years and school champion of several contests. Shannon previously attended two wilderness leadership programs at another camp, where she paddled through Quetico and along the Seal River to Hudson Bay. Last summer, she was an assistant counsellor teaching canoeing, kayaking and earth education. Shannon is extremely excited to join Camp Arowhon as a tripper this summer, where she can share her passion for canoeing and the outdoors with the campers and staff.
Rachel is from Halton Hills, ON, currently studying Economics and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. She has been active in many activities, such as rugby, skiing, cheerleading, dance, and outdoor recreation. This will be her 1st year at Arowhon, but she is no stranger to the camp scene, having been a camper for 8 years, and a counsellor for 2 years at Camp Muskoka. Rachel has travelled to 8 provinces, throughout the United States, and through parts of South America and Europe. She is fluent in French and English, working towards fluency in Spanish. Rachel will be joining us this summer fresh off of her 900 km solo thru-hike of the Bruce Trail. She is looking forward to taking a break from the city life and spending the summer in the great outdoors!
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Kyle is from the small city of Thorold, Ontario and is very excited to get to explore the outdoors with new and returning Arowhon Campers! This will be his 2nd year as a flatwater tripper for Camp Arowhon. In 2017, Kyle graduated from Brock University with a Bachelors Degree of Outdoor Recreation and Leisure. Before Arowhon, Kyle’s passion for the outdoors grew from all the camping experiences he had as a kid and has since went on multi day trips in various places including areas in Muskoka, the French River, Algonquin, Frontenac, and more!
When Kyle isn’t at camp, you can find him exploring the outdoors in places throughout the Niagara region. His favourite places are the waterfalls that flow along the Bruce trail, including popular ones like Decew Falls and Webster’s Falls. He also loves to participate in recreational sports and is also frequently found lifting weights in the gym. When winter comes along, Kyle can be found exploring those frozen waterfalls, or shredding the slopes on his snowboard. Kyle hopes to one day lead outdoor programs that help create positive lasting impressions of the outdoors, and bring awareness about the impacts people have on nature and vice versa!
Kevin Fraser – White Water
This is Kevin’s 1st year working at Arowhon. He is super excited to be guiding white water canoe trips! When not at camp, he works as an outdoor educator and guide for organizations such as Adventure Works, MHO Adventures, Alive Outdoors and YMCA camps. In his free time he enjoys exploring and learning about nature, fishing and camp craft.
Johnny Lively – White Water
Johnny is from Waterloo and will be spending his 2nd summer at Arowhon as a White water canoe tripper. He goes to school at the University of Waterloo and is in his 2nd year studying Geography & Environmental Management and Geomatics. He has grown up going to and working at various YMCA outdoor canoe tripping camps, as well as working as a head lifeguard teaching swimming lessons at the local YMCA. Johnny just finished his first Co-op term with the Durham District School board at the Durham Environmental Science Outdoor Center. Very Recently Johnny has traveled to Hawaii where he spent time working on a organic fruit farm called “ Kanekiki”, learning about permaculture and farming. Thailand was the next destination for Johnny, where he spent a couple weeks exploring and getting his diving and massage certification. Johnny is very passionate about the environment and sustainability and is very excited to spend another summer in the park learning about White water canoeing.
Laura is from Hockessin, Delaware but currently goes to school in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh. She just finished her 3rd 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 at Arowhon previously, and is so excited to be spending her 2nd summer at camp as a tripper. She can’t wait for another amazing summer and to make more memories with old and new campers!
Victoria Peterson – White Water
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 2nd summer at Camp Arowhon and she is very excited to be a white water 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 5 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.
Nathan originally hails from the county of Yorkshire in England and is excited for his 2nd year as a tripper at Arowhon. He attends the University of Bristol and is in his 3rd year studying for a degree in Neuroscience. He found his 2017 summer in Algonquin a uniquely exciting and challenging experience and can’t wait to build on the skills that he learnt. His highlights from last year included perfecting his canoeing technique, being immersed in the Canadian wilderness and its wildlife, and getting to know the staff and campers that make Arowhon such a great place. Nathan has previously volunteered for St John Ambulance for three years, giving him an interest in First Aid and wilderness medicine. In his spare time, he is an avid martial arts fan, mountaineering enthusiast and has recently also developed a keen interest in white water kayaking. He hopes to pursue a career in either medicine or neuroscience research after graduation.
Mireia is super excited to be returning for her 2nd year on staff and her 5th year at Arowhon. Mireia grew up in a multi-cultural environment, having a German mother and a Spanish father, and speaks 5 languages fluently. She is graduating from the German School in Madrid, Spain and will spend the following year travelling, doing internships and volunteering in different countries around the world. After that she will study medicine in Germany. In her free time, Mireia rides and takes care of her horse Novak and participates in regional competitions. She enjoys music very much and is a member of her school’s choir. She volunteers at her school’s peer mediation program helping kids aged 6-12 solve their fights while respecting each other’s needs and emotions. Mireia can’t wait to further explore Algonquin Park, perfect her marshmallow-roasting skills and build strong bonds with the campers!
Noah is from Montclair, New Jersey and is entering into his 1st year at University of Wisconsin-Madison. This will be his 9th year at Camp Arowhon, and his 2nd summer on staff. Noah has led white water canoe trips, 10 and 15 day canoe trips, as well as achieved his 1st class award in tripping. Noah spent the second semester of this past year studying abroad in Israel—studying the language, meeting locals, and going on as many hikes as possible. Noah is hardworking, energetic, and eager to share the treasures of Algonquin Park with campers as a canoe tripper.
Simon comes from the New Forest National Park area on the south coast of England. This summer will be his 2nd year as a Canoe Tripper at Arowhon. He is entering his final year of studying Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where he is involved in the University Canoe Club, paddling in rivers all across the South Coast on the weekends. Simon completed his Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, was Head Boy at his high school and a keen rugby player. Simon and is looking forward to another amazing summer of sharing his passion and excitement for the outdoors and paddling with campers once again. He is very excited to pick up where he left off last year exploring Algonquin park.
Jaeden Muller – Long Tripper
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 2nd summer at Arowhon, but he also has experience working as a Canoe Trip Leader for Camp Outlook based out of Kingston, Ontario. Recently, Jaeden has worked as a Junior Water and Power Consultant for the city of Los Angeles, striving towards bringing sustainable, safe and clean drinking water to the municipalities associated with the LADWP. 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! Jaeden also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer and drawing.
Devon Martin – White Water
Devon was raised in Barrie, Ontario but now spends all her time hiking out west in the Rocky Mountains. She attends the University of British Columbia where she is currently entering her 3rd year in Social Work. This will be Devon’s 2nd fabulous year leading adventurous white water canoe trips in her second home, Algonquin Park. She can not wait to be home again sharing her love for the outdoors with all of you. Devon has guided canoe trips in this park for many years with various high school groups. She is an outdoor enthusiast and can’t get enough time outside. Outside of camp, Devon spends a lot of her free time rock climbing, camping and volunteering. She volunteers teaching swimming lessons to disabled youth, cleaning up trail systems, with Kelowna Inn from the Cold, and Food Banks all over Canada. Two summers prior Devon volunteered abroad in Switzerland with the Geneva Scouts at an overnight camp. She was a Jr. Girls counsellor and English teacher. Devon spent the beginning of this summer in South East Asia, aiding an ocean cleanup project and travelling around the continent. During the school year Devon helps to manage the UBC Varsity Outdoors Club Okanagan and recently helped lead a surfing trip in Tofino, BC. Devon is very passionate about creating exceptional tripping experiences for all campers and can’t wait for more memories to be made this summer.
Sally Draper – Trip Food Services Coordinator
Sally is from a small town near St. Jacobs, Ontario, and is excited for her 2nd summer at Arowhon! She is in her third 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 14th 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 in Algonquin.
Mairead Maloney – Long Tripper
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 2nd summer at Camp Arowhon, after speding last summer as a White Water Tripper. Mairead is looking forward to sharing her whitewater skills with Arowhon camper this summer on longer expeditions; Over the past three summers she has loved her trips on big rivers known for their huge rapids, such as the Moisie and the Broadback, as well as the Madawaska, Temagami and Magnetawan Rivers.
Conor Maclean – Head Tripper
Conor MacLean is going into his 3rd year at Arowhon, and his 1st year as co-head trip. Conor recently completed his undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a minor in History, at Lakehead University. Conor has been guiding canoe trips for more than 4 years, and in the summer months can be found paddling and guiding whitewater canoe trips. Conor has an athletic background as the captain of Lakehead University’s Ultimate Frisbee team and as a goalie for top competing Junior “B” hockey team in Northwestern Ontario. Otherwise, Conor can be found fly-fishing in the summer and Ice-fishing in the winter. Conor is very excited and looking forward to his new role within Arowhon’s tripping community.
Jenn Davis – LIT Tripper
Jenn is from Winnipeg and attends the University of Winnipeg where she is studying Theatre. This summer will be Jenn’s 4th year at Camp Arowhon! Jenn had gone to a wilderness summer camp since the age of seven and fell in love with the outdoors. She continued to work at that camp for three years beginning in 2012 in various positions, ranging from a camp counsellor to a Tripper 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, practice hot yoga and box. Jenn is looking forward to another summer of working with the L.I.T’s, being surrounded by the beautiful environment and making positive connections with campers and fellow staff members.
Hagan Say – LIT Tripper
Hagan is returning for his 4th year at Arowhon and has a strong background in counselling and people skills from an eight-year stint in working with homelessness and at-risk youth, as well as now being an experienced canoe tripper. Last year he co-led the girl’s Brent and Back trip and it was the best challenge he has ever had the pleasure to complete. Hagan is currently studying for Forestry and Woodland Management in the UK, and hopes to eventually move to Canada and work in Canadian Forestry. Outside of school, Hagan is a keen singer and guitarist, and also has interests in current affairs, history, politics. He is also an experienced martial artist, and most recently has started training in Brazilian Jujitsu, as well as enjoying kayaking, hiking, cooking and socialising with friends and family. Hagan can’t wait to hit the ground running working in the LIT trip program full time!
Emily Grainger – Head Tripper
Emily is excited to come back for her 5th year at Arowhon! Emily completed a Biology degree at McMaster University in 2016, and subsequently attended teacher’s college at Brock University. Emily hopes to teach high school general science and biology courses, and continue her work in outdoor education. Emily is originally from Kingston, Ontario where she started canoe tripping over 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She is looking forward to her 3rd summer as Head of Tripping, and is so excited to send everyone off on amazing adventures this summer!
Rob Brodeur – Long Tripper
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 14th 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 Long Trips as lively and exciting as possible.