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 2017 Directors are:
Tadpole Co-Ed Camp: MJ Ferrier
July 6 – 8
Mary Jean (aka “Blossom”) has been a Leader at the Tadpole Camp for over 5 years and has joined the rank of Director this year. She has over 20 years experience as a Sunday School teacher at Mount Zion United Church in Carleton Place and has been a hospital volunteer for many years at the Riverside Hospital, CHEO and Carleton Place Memorial Hospital. MJ attended Queen’s University and Algonquin College and is a former Property Manager when she had to “think on her feet under pressure”. Her children have attended Camp Lau-Ren and her husband, Gord, is the Craft Leader at the Tadpole Camp.
Junior Co-Ed Camp A: Jennifer McLaren
July 9 – 15
Jennifer (aka “Nenners”) has a strong history with Camp Lau-Ren. Her father, Jay McLaren, was a Director of Junior Boys for over thirty years and Jennifer grew up at camp. Jennifer is a teacher in Toronto and the mother of two girls who are continuing the tradition of being camp children.
Intermediate Co-Ed Camp: Jenny Lade
July 16 – 22
Jenny (aka “Aligator”) takes over the reigns of the Junior Camp this year. Jenny has been the Director of the Leaders-in-Training program for the past two years and is returning to direct a 6-day camp. Jenny’s organization skills and patience serve her well as a PSW and they will come in handy in her old 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 / Intermediate Co-Ed Camp : David Forrest
July 23 – 29
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.
Junior / Intermediate Girls Camp: Emily McKenzie
July 30 – August 5
Emily (aka “Hutch”) joined the Camp Lau-Ren family 10 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.
Senior / Leadership Co-Ed Camp: Steve McCulloch
August 6 – 12
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 on 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.
Intermediate / Senior Co-Ed Camp A: Christine Moses
July 17 – 23
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.
Junior Co-Ed Camp B: Cyndy Courtland
August 20 – 26
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, including Boys Scouts.