Camp Lau-Ren is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who work for months in advance to plan exciting programs for campers. Each camp is staffed by a Director, Leaders and Counsellors. Seven Summer Staff (Head Cook, Assistant Cooks, Lifeguards and Caretaker) also work on site for the entire summer.
The Directors’ main responsibility is ensuring all campers live in a safe and Christian environment during their week at camp. All Directors have a thorough knowledge of United Church Camping Standards and OCA Camping Standards, and they ensure that all standards are enforced so that both campers and staff have a safe and high-quality camping experience.
The Director is also responsible for recruiting leaders (Health Care Provider, Bible Study Leader, Craft Leader and Sports Leader) for the week, all of whom are volunteers and must go through a comprehensive training program. Leaders are responsible for planning and implementing an exciting and engaging one-week program for the campers.
Counsellors are a minimum of 16 years of age and must attend training sessions before working at Camp Lau-Ren. This training includes sessions on first aid, allergies and allergic reactions, recognizing suspected abuse, harassment, bullying, behaviour management, homesickness, understanding camper problems, age group characteristics, leadership, techniques to be a good counsellor, canoeing and canoe rescue, as well as how to plan Campfire, Morning Watch and Vesper services.
Each cabin has 8-10 campers and two counsellors. Campers are never left alone in a cabin and are always supervised, both in the cabin and at all activities. At each activity, the campers are under the direction of an Activity Leader and/or Summer Staff and are accompanied by their Counsellors.
The 2018 Directors are:
Tadpole Co-Ed Camp: Cyndy Courtland
July 5 – 7
Cyndy is an Education Assistant with the Upper Canada District School Board and lives in Carleton Place. Cyndy can wear many hats at camp because she has volunteered for a variety of Leader positions as well as led the busy kitchen in her role of Head Cook. Cyndy is also actively involved in a variety of community organizations.
Junior Co-Ed A: Jenny Lade
July 15 – 21
Jenny (aka “Aligator”) takes over the reigns of the Junior Camp this year. Jenny’s organization skills and patience serve her well as a PSW and they come in handy in her role as a Director. She has a deep commitment to Camp Lau-Ren and a wonderful rapport with children and young adults. Her many camp roles over the years have provided invaluable experience.
Junior Co-Ed B Camp: Tania LeClerc
August 19 – 25
Tania returns as a Director after taking a year off as a Director to nurture her new baby girl (she still attended camp as a Leader with her new daughter strapped in a baby carrier and 2 other small children!). Her commitment to camp started in 2005 when she worked on Summer Staff as Waterfront Director developing the waterfront program still in use today. She has returned over the years in Leader and Director roles. She is a valuable asset to Camp and the campers in her care can expect an exciting experience.
Junior / Intermediate Co-Ed Camp : Logan Reid
August 5 – 11
Logan has a long history with Camp Lau-Ren. He started as a Counsellor, was on Summer Staff for many years in both Waterfront and Cook roles, has been a Leader at numerous camps and returns as a Director this year. He is committed to providing an exciting experience for his campers and is looking forward to 2018.
Junior / Intermediate Girls Camp: Emily McKenzie
July 29 – August 4
Emily (aka “Hutch”) joined the Camp Lau-Ren family 11 years ago in the role of Counsellor. She has been actively involved with the camp ever since; moving up to Summer Staff, then to Leader and Director. She brings a wealth of camp knowledge and has a wonderful rapport with children and young adults.
Intermediate Camp A: David Forrest & Tonja Aldis
July 8 – 14
David (aka “Gump”) has a long family history with Camp Lau-Ren. His mother, Vera Forrest, was the Camp Registrar for over 30 years, a job David has assumed since 2005. David and his family are very dedicated to Camp Lau-Ren and their dedication shows in their devotion to providing an exciting camp program every year.
Tonja (aka “Soleil”) has spent many summers at Camp Lau-Ren over the years in various roles as both a Counsellor and as a Leader. Tonja has a love of nature and the full camp experience and her favourite activities at camp are canoeing and campfires.
Intermediate Camp B: Christine Moses & Alison Postma
August 12 – 18
Christine (aka “Scribbles”) works in the federal government as a project manager and she shares her strong communications skills both at camp and on our social media pages. Christine was a camper in the 70s and decided to get reacquainted with the camp when her two boys started attending camp. We are blessed to have her enthusiasm and creativity at Camp Lau-Ren.
Alison Postma (aka “Slick”) will be Co-Directing this camp with Christine this year. Alison has a long history with camp – she has been through the Counsellor and Leader roles and is ready to take on the Director role. She will be working with Christine this year to fine-tune her skills in preparation for being a full fledged Director in 2019!
Senior Co-Ed / Counsellor-in-Training Camp: Steve McCulloch
July 22 – 28
Steve (aka “Mukluck”) started at Camp Lau-Ren as a camper and moved up to Counsellor, Summer Staff, Leader positions and has been a Director since 1997. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors. In his other life, he is a father to Katelyn and Dylan and works as a Facilities Supervisor with the Sudbury School Board.