Adam Boys – Junior Tripper
Adam grew up in Pemberton, BC and lived for two months each year on a remote Caribbean island in Belize, Central America. He is on his school basketball team and was also in an Athletic Leadership Program teaching and coaching younger kids. Adam plans to travel across Europe and Asia and then attend University. He loves the water and spends a huge amount of time in the oceans, rivers and lakes in BC. His family also has a cottage on Rock Lake in Algonquin Park where he canoes and swims in the warm, beautiful Ontario waters. This will be his first time at Camp Arowhon, so he is really exited to gain new work experiences in Algonquin Park and make new friends with both the campers and staff!
Payton McCalla-Junior Tripper
Payton grew up in Northern Minnesota. This will be Payton’s first summer at Camp Arowhon, although she attended Girl Scouts for 6 years. She recently completed her Associate Degree of the arts and sciences from Riverland Community College, and is currently working towards a certificate in nonprofit leadership from Mankato State University. Payton is also captain of both her varsity basketball and volleyball teams!
Laura studies at Carleton University and is very excited for her first summer at Arowhon! Throughout high-school she was a member of the outdoor education program participating in many canoe trips to the French river, Algonquin park, Massasauga river, Killarney and up the Bruce Peninsula. She looks forward to exploring the beauty of Algonquin park with everyone.
Kara McCutcheon- White Water
Kara is from Barrie, Ontario and is a third-year kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo. She is new to Arowhon, but was a counsellor at Celtic Sports and Arts Camp and Ontario Educational Leadership Centre. She was part of Girl Guides for seven years, and has been on a multitude of camping, hiking and canoe trips with her family over the years. Kara is a huge outdoor enthusiast, she loves canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, rock climbing and biking! Overall, she is a very outgoing, and friendly individual and can’t wait for a fantastic summer!
Claire is an Aussie excited for her first year at Arowhon. Even though it is her first year at camp, Claire is not a stranger to the outdoors; she has been a part of the Scouting Movement since 2011. This has included attending canoe trips, hikes, bike hikes and snow camps. In her spare time, she enjoys playing basketball in addition to sewing and furniture upholstery. Most of all, Claire is excited to meet new people, and help others have a fun and enjoyable experience at camp.
Emily is from England and is very excited for her first year at camp! She has volunteered as a Girl Guide leader for nearly four years, working mostly with the Guides Kayaking Club. She is also a member of the Air Cadets, where she is now a Flight Sergeant, meaning she takes on more administrative and leadership roles within the squadron. In addition to this, she is training to be a Mountain Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh, making it possible for her to safely guide groups around the mountains and assess the Gold DofE.
Shannon Boolsen Vorster
Shannon is from Muskoka and is studying at Queen’s University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in French and English and a Bachelor of Education. In the future, she plans to teach outdoor education. Shannon has been camping in Algonquin and other parks for many years. She was an orientation leader for other students at Queen’s, and has been a part of the executive team for Queen’s French Club the past two years. Shannon has also volunteered for the university’s Breakfast Club, which visits the public schools in the area and provides students with a free breakfast in the mornings. Most of her days are spent organizing events and aiding the 40 first-year students in her role as a Don. In her free time, Shannon enjoys traveling and sports such as rugby.
Kirsty is from England and has just finished her final year studying physical geography at the University of Bristol. This will be Kirsty’s first year at Arowhon, but she has lots of previous experience working with children. She has travelled to South Africa to run a drama production with kids and whilst at university has tutored children in math and English. In her spare time, she enjoys running 5k’s and hiking in the UK national parks. Kirsty holds a Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and has plans to become a geography teacher in the future.
Gabby Lloyd- White Water
Gabby is from Toronto, but is just finishing up her last semester at the University of Guelph. She attended YMCA Camp Kitchikewana for eight summers and worked on staff there for two as a counsellor and Outdoor Programmer. She also worked at Camp Wabikon in Temagami as a Camp Counsellor and Tripper for a summer. At school, she is majoring in philosophy and minoring in English and is planning on going to teachers college next year. She is also involved in several clubs at school including the Parks Education and Adventure Club. Outside of school, Gabby is an avid rock climber, runner, and swimmer and enjoys doing anything active outside.
Aitor is from Spain, and this will be his second year on staff after being a climbing co-head instructor last summer. During the year he is a student at the University of the Basque Country where he is studying renewable energies engineering. Aitor has been working year-round with a group of volunteer counsellors organizing a wide range of activities, and is part of a team that looks after the botanical garden of Yerevan (Armenia). Aitor loves outdoor sports, especially climbing, and is excited for his summer of canoe tripping.
Elise Burton- White Water
Elise is from Northern Ireland, where she is studying for a masters degree in computer science. This will be her first year at Camp Arowhon, and she is thrilled to be working as a Whitewater Canoe Tripper. Elise is very passionate about paddlesports and was elected training officer of her university’s paddlesports club. She’s competed at Irish Intervarsity Freestyle Competitions and ICUP Canoe Polo Tournaments across Ireland. She is thrilled to be living in a country she’s never been to before, canoeing and camping in a new environment and meeting new people from around the world.
Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks- Junior Tripper
Jacob is returning for his 8th summer at Camp Arowhon, and his first as a junior tripper after completing camp’s LIT program last summer. He is from Toronto, but now lives in Los Angeles. When Jacob was a camper he loved kayaking and windsurfing, but most of all tripping. His accomplishments include, completing a 15-day whitewater trip along the Missinaibi River, the Whitney push trip, and the Brent push trip. Outside of camp, Jacob is an editor on his school’s newspaper and an actor.
Kate Austin- Junior Tripper
Kate is from Toronto, and is excited to be spending her first summer at Camp Arowhon as a junior tripper. In the past two years, Kate has gone on two 40-day whitewater canoe trips on the Missinaibi River in Ontario and the Berens River in Manitoba. Outside of camp, Kate is a dancer and choreographer. She recently produced a choreographic workshop with her team as well as mentored young dancers at her dance studio. She also volunteers at an art based instruction for kids at an arts school. Her passions include dancing, canoe tripping, and working with kids.
Izzy is from England and goes to university in Edinburgh, Scotland to study physics. She came to Arowhon for the first time last year as a canoe tripper and is super excited for her second year of leading trips! She has worked in Thailand teaching English to Thai kids, and has also volunteered in an orphanage school in Tanzania. In university she is training to be an Officer in the British army. In her free time she loves to run, recently completing the London Marathon.
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- White Water
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 is from Toronto and is celebrating her 11th summer at Camp Arowhon! 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 Producer. She was also a student volunteer at Baycrest Hospital and a part of a peer support Buddy Program. Maddy absolutely adores canoe tripping and is extremely excited to return as a Tripper this summer.
Jared Shobbrook – White Water
Jared is from Dundas Ontario, and will be going into his 3rd year of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. This will be his 2nd summer at Camp Arowhon; previously, he has worked at YLCC in Ontario as a Tripper, and as a Swim and Lifesaving Instructor in a recreational pool environment. Jared enjoys hockey, ultimate frisbee, and fencing.
Shannon Buck – Long Trip
Shannon lives in Hamilton, where she 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 Putnins – LIT Tripper
Rachel has just completed her third year of a Bachelor’s Degree in political science at the University of Ottawa. This will be her second summer at Arowhon on the tripping team. During the school year, Rachel works as a tour guide at Canada’s Parliament buildings, and as a volunteer First Responder on her Campus Emergency Team. Rachel is very experienced, spending 10 years at another camp as a camper, LIT, counsellor, and then LIT counsellor. Rachel is particularly excited for the quiet mornings on trip watching the mist on the water.
Kyle Brown – Long Trip
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 3rd 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. He also loves to participate in recreational sports and is also frequently found lifting weights in the gym.
Fergal Stapleton – White Water
Fergal is from Galway on the west coast of Ireland, he is in his 2nd year of studying science in the National University of Ireland Galway. This will be Fergals 1st summer at Camp after a busy year paddling the best whitewater Ireland can offer, and instructing with his university club. Having spent the last summer chasing whitewater in Italy and Slovenia, he is looking forward to an altogether different challenge this summer, attempting to cultivate his love of kayaking with the campers. When not in his kayak, Fergal can be found being a student.
With a love of travelling and the outdoors, he’s hoping to get as many campers as possible to enjoy kayaking this summer and to do so with a smile on their face.
Laura Peck – LIT Tripper
Laura just completed her Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies at the University of Pittsburgh and is super excited to be back at Arowhon for her fourth summer. Her first year at camp was spent working as a Junior Girls Counsellor, after which she became a Flatwater Tripper and will now be transitioning to LIT Tripper. Laura volunteers with Prevent Child Abuse America and the Girl Scouts of America, and spends most of her free time outdoors.
Nathan Langan – Equipment Manager
Nathan is from England and has completed a degree in neuroscience at the University of Bristol. He plans to pursue a career in medicine in the future, but also has a passion for outdoor recreation and education. This will be his third summer at Arowhon but his first as equipment manager, after working as a flatwater tripper for the past two summers. Nathan likes to spend his free time in the outdoors hiking and kayaking
Noah is returning for his tenth year at Camp Arowhon, and his third as a canoe tripper. He has worked with high classers, tripped on 10 and 15 day trips, and has led many fun junior overnights. Noah attends the University of Wisconsin—Madison majoring in history and environmental studies. He is a member of the UW Mock Trial team, and is an interfaith fellow at the Center for Religious and Cultural Exchange. Arowhon has given so much to him through his years as a camper and he cannot wait to be back in the park exploring with campers this summer!
Simon Bennison – White Water Long Tripper
Simon is from England and for his 3rd summer at Arowhon, he will be taking on the role of white water long tripper. He just graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in engineering mathematics. There he had an active role in running the University Canoe Club, which included paddling in white water all across the UK. Simon completed his Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, and enjoys playing rugby in this free time. He is very excited to explore beyond Algonquin park on longer trips this year.
Jaeden Muller – LIT Tripper
Jaeden is from Toronto, and recently graduated from the University of Waterloo where he studied geography and environmental management and political science. This summer will be Jaeden’s 3rd summer as a Tripper at Arowhon, but he also has experience working as a Canoe Trip Leader for Camp Outlook. Recently, Jaeden has worked as a Junior Water and Power Consultant for the city of Los Angeles, as well as, spending the last couple months volunteering as a coach for his high school Ultimate Frisbee team. Jaeden has experience guiding trips all throughout Algonquin Park, the French River and Frontenac Park. He also enjoys hockey, basketball, soccer, and foosball.
Devon Martin – White Water Long Tripper
Devon is super excited for her third year here at camp and first leading the white water long trip! She has a passion for the outdoors and is eager to share that with anyone and everyone. Along with the outdoors and tripping, Devon loves yoga, rock climbing, travelling, reading, and writing.
Conor Maclean – Head Tripper
Conor grew up outside Guelph, and has just finished Lakehead University’s outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism program. This will be his fourth summer at Arowhon, and his second as head trip. He has worked at various different summer camps in roles such as LIT director, program facilitator, instructor, and canoe tripper. In his free time, he loves to play hockey, go fishing, and paddle whitewater.
Jenn Davis – LIT Tripper
Jenn is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg. She has a degree in acting, specializing in devised theatre. This summer will be Jenn’s fifth year at Camp Arowhon! Previous to coming to camp she attended and worked for a wilderness summer camp where she fell in love with the outdoors. She has held various camp positions ranging from counsellor to instructor to tripper. In addition to Jenn’s outdoor interests, she loves to dance, teach Laughter Yoga, sing, practice hot yoga and box.
Hagan Say – Head Tripper
Hagan is from the South Coast of England and is returning for his 5th year on staff, and his first as Co-Head Tripper. He has a background in homelessness counselling and support work before running flatwater & LIT trips at Arowhon, though he is due to graduate this summer in Forestry and Woodland Management after changing careers. Hagan loves the outdoors in many of its forms, and also enjoys music, philosophy, current affairs and fitness, and has a martial arts background.