Camp Volunteer Staff
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 2021 Directors are:
Tadpole Co-Ed Camp: July 1 – 3
Cyndy (aka “Stitch”) 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 /Intermediate Co-Ed A: July 4 – 10
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.
Junior /Intermediate Co-Ed B: Aug 1 – 7
Tania (aka “Minnow”) will be returning as the Director of this camp for 2020. She has a strong history with Cap Lau-Ren, starting as Waterfront Director 15 years ago. She is now a mother of 3 and continues to volunteer at Camp Lau-Ren, both as a Leader and Director.
Intermediate Co-Ed Camp: July 18 – 24
In her life outside of Camp Lau-Ren, Jennifer (aka “Nenners”) is a middle-school teacher and mother of two girls. She loves gardening and holding a book in her lap while she plays Wordscapes on her phone. She really intends on reading that book, though.
Jennifer’s family has been involved with Camp Lau-Ren for almost 50 years. Lau-Ren is one of the places where Jennifer feels most at home and close to God. She keeps coming back because she knows Camp Lau-Ren is a special place where kids can feel safe and have an amazing time, surrounded by people who care about God, nature and the spirit of camp.
Junior/Intermediate Girls Camp: July 26-Aug 1
Niikki (aka “Tigger”) is always excited to go to camp. She has been enjoying volunteering at camp for a long time. Tigger loves meeting new people at camp and listening to their stories. She has gone back to school to work on her Masters of Education. She is looking forward to playing games, swimming and canoeing as much as possible this summer at camp.
Junior B: July 15 – 21
Jenny Lade (aka “Aligator”) continues as a Director this summer and takes over the reigns of this Junior Camp with her Co-Director, Allison Brickenden. 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. She is the mother of a daughter, Kamdyn – a new generation to join us at camp.
Junior B: July 15 – 21
Ally (aka “Butters”) has been coming to camp since she was in middle school. She has been a camper, counsellor, leader, and is now very excited to be moving into the role of co-director. When not at camp enjoying the amazing food, Ally works with toddlers as an Early Childhood Educator.
Senior Co-Ed / Leader-in-Training Camp: July 11 – 17
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.