Volunteering With

Camp Outlook

Camp Outlook trip leaders are people from many walks of life who are respectful, open-minded, and kind. There is no experience necessary! We provide all the training, certifications, and experience for our volunteers to become qualified trip leaders. Our volunteers thrive with a desire to learn, a can-do attitude, and a strong sense of cooperation. We are motivated by a desire to share fun adventures and unique learning opportunities with our campers. People of all backgrounds, identities, and life experiences, especially marginalized and underrepresented people, are encouraged to apply.

More information about the summer canoe trip leader role is available on this page.


Every summer is different for everyone, but many people walk away with lifelong friends, fun and memorable stories, and a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment after a couple of months in the woods.

Here are some things our past volunteers have to say.

"I joined Camp Outlook because I really believed in its mission and felt I could make a difference in another person's life. Little did I know that it would make a huge difference in mine as well. I should mention my prior camping experience was limited to 3 nights school trips where you get a well-heated cabin, foam mattress, and meals in the dining hall. I went on 9-day trips sleeping  in the woods, on ground padded with fallen leaves, and meals bathed in the setting sun. I will never forget the feeling of eating with others around a campfire, sharing stories and comparing our aches and pains, or laughing until crying because the fleece you packed was actually a crop top. It's incredibly challenging, mentally and physically, but you come out of it stronger. There's nothing else you can do in 4 short months that's quite like it."

Amelia Zheng

Summer Staff 2016

"In 2014, a friend of mine convinced me to apply for Outlook and it was the best, most radically life-changing decision I've ever made. I cannot express how lucky and thankful I am to have been a part of this organization. You don't get paid in dollars, but you do get paid in stories, friendship, love, sunsets, mosquito bites, adventure, growth, and some sort of literal magic. This organization has taught me more about mental health, acceptance, emotional safety and the human condition than I ever thought possible. It is possible to live in a world where you aren't defined by labels or diagnoses, and where you are accepted, valued, and love simply for being you. Outlook makes that world a reality, both for its staff, and for its youth."


Summer Staff 2014

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Outlook's Board of Directors is a team of volunteers, working hard to guide Outlook towards the future. Usually past volunteers with either winter or summer, they work on longer term goals, like finances, evaluations, implementing new systems, and looking for growth opportunities.

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Alana joined Outlook as a summer staff in 2018. She fell in love with Outlook’s unique culture of communal support and resiliency and is excited to return this year as a board member! Alana has been working with youth for over five years, is a soon-to-be university graduate of McMaster’s Arts and Science program, and has hopes of pursuing a career in social work and recreational therapy. She feels incredibly grateful for the therapeutic role that nature plays in her everyday life and stands by the mission of confronting and addressing the many barriers that prevent marginalized folks from accessing nature, wilderness and the outdoors.

Mariana - Board of Directors

Mariana is currently serving her third term on the Camp Outlook Board of Directors. She first joined Outlook in 2014, and since then has worked as a fall/winter and summer tripper and as director of the fall/winter program. Outlook combines two great loves of Mariana's - wilderness tripping and the outdoors, and working with outstanding youth. She brings over ten years of experience with wilderness tripping, and five years experience working with youth in a wilderness and recreational therapy context, as well as with therapeutic counselling and youth outreach. Mariana is currently based in Toronto, ON, and is a registered social worker holding a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree, specializing in working with children and their families.


Steph began volunteering with Camp Outlook during the fall of 2014 and had the pleasure of being a fall/winter program director in 2016/2017. Steph believes that the outdoors is a space where all youth should feel accepted, welcomed, and included, and is proud to be part of an organization like Outlook that strives to make that a reality. Steph can most often be found paying reverence to the mountains and shorelines of British Columbia, where she works in sustainable food systems. She is excited to be serving her first term on the board of directors.

Greg - Board of Directors

Greg Gransden is a television writer and director based in Montreal. He was a summer staff in 2017 before joining the Board. Greg works on fundraising and grants, as well as outreach to former staff.

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Vlad fell in love with the outdoors after long hikes while visiting family in Europe. While studying forestry at the University of Toronto, he decided to try to find an opportunity to combine his love of nature with his desire to introduce others to its therapeutic value. Volunteering with Outlook as a canoe trip leader and then as a summer camp director opened up a world of possibilities to him that once seemed impossibly out of reach. Vlad is excited to help keep Outlook thriving while serving his first term on the board.

Greg - Board of Directors

Marc joined Outlook as a tripper in 2013, and has since worked as a fall/winter and summer tripper and as director of the fall/winter program. He is currently based in Squamish, BC and works on the financial and technological side of Outlook.


Laura staffed Camp Outlook trips during the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons, and is excited to be serving her first term on the Board of Directors. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and philosophy, and plans to continue working with youth in the outdoors after graduation. Through ski instructing, gardening, and wilderness tripping, Laura has fostered her appreciation of the physical, emotional, and social benefits of time spent with nature.


John was a summer canoe trip leader in 2009, Summer Camp Director in 2010, and member of the board of directors from 2010 to 2019. John has also worked in a variety of roles at Project Canoe, Camp Kirk, and Trails Youth Initiatives. John's favourite lake in Algonquin is McIntosh.


Abby began working with Outlook as a fall/winter counsellor in 2018. She has continued with Outlook throughout her undergraduate career degree at Queen’s, and is now in her fourth and final year of a life sciences major. A lifelong lover of the outdoors, Abby is eager to continue to share this passion with youth through her work with Outlook.


Joanna has been a member of the Kingston community for over 8 years and is currently completing her PhD in clinical Neuroscience. An avid camper and community member, she was drawn to Camp Outlook and was a Fall/Winter camp counsellor for two years. She is eager to work with Cole and their team of volunteers to connect with deserving youth in the Kingston community.