Camp Outlook trip leaders are people from many walks of life who are fun, open-minded, dedicated and kind. No previous tripping experience is required, but a good attitude, love of learning and love of adventure is a must. Although trip leaders are not paid, they do benefit from the chance to trip and spend time with some pretty incredible youth, and learn from their experiences leading campers in small, self-reliant groups. Outlook volunteers are motivated by dedication to share a love of wilderness camping, a desire to learn, and a can-do attitude with our youth in a fun and cooperative social group.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Laura joined Camp Outlook in 2011 as a summer staff looking forward to a season of challenges and adventure in the great outdoors. Now working in environmental consulting, she brings a combination of camp and professional experience to the role. Laura is serving her first term on the Board of Directors, and is excited to support Outlook for another great year.
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.
John was a trip leader for the 2009 summer season, Summer Camp Director for the 2010 summer season, and joined the Board in the fall of 2010, and is currently serving his seventh term. John has also worked as a summer staff at Project Canoe and Trails Youth Initiatives, and is working at Camp Kirk this summer as Leadership Director. John's favourite lake in Algonquin is McIntosh.
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.
Jesse joined Outlook as a summer staff in 2016. Outlook combines her passion for getting outside and building community, and reinforced her love for sunny paddles, smoky campfires, and swimming at the end of portages. Jesse spent the last 2 years recruiting and coordinating volunteer placements for Toronto-based non-profits, and is excited to bring her non-profit experience to her first term on the Outlook board. Currently a law student in Toronto, her favourite lake in Algonquin is Burnt Island.
Marc is serving his second term on the Camp Outlook Board of Directors. He first started with 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. Marc is currently a financial analyst in Toronto, ON, and is working to help streamline Outlook's technical processes.
Tim Richardson is the Executive Director of Project Canoe, a Toronto-based charity. He was previously a Camp Director at Camp Outlook, and a canoe trip leader at several other organizations. He has served on Outlook’s Board since 2012, and is currently serving as chair of Outlook's Advisory Board. Tim has a postgraduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Seneca College and has worked at the Ontario Nonprofit Network. He is inspired by his passion for building community, engaging youth and the great Canadian outdoors.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Honours in Biology, Kirstin dove into a few adventures and jobs that still left her feeling like something was missing. She has always been passionate about mental health advocacy and utilizing the outdoors for means of self care. While she hasn't always felt understood by people, the outdoors has always provided a sense of belonging where she had a safe space to grow and explore parts of herself she never knew existed. Camp Outlook has filled in that missing piece for her and combined both of her passions. Kirstin is so excited to take on co-directing this summer and being able to share with others the magic Camp Outlook has to offer everyone, no matter their story.
Peyton is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. He volunteered with Camp Outlook last summer as a Trip Leader and and knew that he needed to give more back to this amazing organization. He is passionate about the outdoors and the ability it has to both heal and create character.
Hailing from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Bailey is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems at Queens’ School of Environmental Studies. As an avid volunteer, and conservationist, Bailey became a director with Outlook to help reciprocate what nature has done for him to the youth of Camp Outlook.
Cheyenne is from Vernon, B.C. and is currently completing a bachelor of science in psychology. Cheyenne became involved with Outlook in her first year at Queen's as a counsellor for the winter season. Camp Outlook combines her love for camping food and the outdoors with her passion for connecting youth in the community. She is looking forward to working with Bailey and accomplishing yet another successful season.